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March 14, 2021

Fourth Sunday of Lent


(Iraqi Christian girls)

Following a crisis, it is not enough to simply rebuild; we need to rebuild well, so that all can enjoy a dignified life. We never emerge from a crisis the same as we were; we emerge from it either better or worse.

Pope Francis

Baghdad, Iraq,

March 5, 2021


Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis

Jesus gave us a set of key words with which he summed up the grammar of the Kingdom of God: the Beatitudes. They begin in the hope of the poor for fullness of life, for peace and fraternity, for equity and justice. It is an order of existence in which values are not negotiated but sacrosanct. Reflecting on the Kingdom of God in response to the way we live in the modern world, the Church has developed a series of principles for reflection, together with criteria for judgment that also offer directives for action. It is know as Catholic Social Teaching (CST). While they are drawn from reflection on the Gospel, its principles are accessible to all, seeking to translate and set in motion the Good News in the here and now.

(Excerpt from Part Two)




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2020 Assembly Presentations Online

Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJJohn Carr, Archbishop John Wester, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website:





Invitation to Become "Friends" or "Associates" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends & Associates Group now has 230 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!  

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AUSCP Strategic Planning 

Dear Members, Associates, and Friends, 

The paragraph below briefly describes the Strategic Planning method that the AUSCP Leadership Team will experience in early April. It will be a guide to discern and act on issues that come before the Leadership Team. Please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. More information will be shared as we draw closer to our Assembly in Minneapolis, June 21-24. 

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Fr. Greg Barras, Chair of AUSCP Leadership Team

The strategic planning process is built on two important dimensions of Catholicism - discernment and reading the signs of the times. We begin in contemplation, clearing our minds so we can read the signs of the times. What are the needs and opportunities we see in the world around us. How can AUSCP respond? This is a challenging question because we will encounter more needs and opportunities than AUSCP can respond to. Therefore, prayerful discernment is needed - what should AUSCP say yes to?  And what should it say no to, given its resources? The discernment at the planning retreat should identify 5-7 issues that can then be presented at the Assembly. Further discernment at the Assembly will identify 3 priorities out of the 5-7 that are presented. The plan will then be built around these 3 priorities, on which AUSCP can focus its resources. 

 Last Call - Assembly Retreat Day Input

The 2021 Assembly Retreat Day will be led by Fr. Jan Michael Joncas. He is offering to explore several possible topics, based on the interest of the membership. Please take time to respond to the brief SurveyMonkey you received, whether you are planning to attend the retreat or not. Thank you! If you cannot find the link, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FQR63SD

Deadline for responding: March 15, 2021

Tyler Clementi Foundation

TheTyler Clementi Foundation, whose mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities, has a petitiion in support of the bishops who have signed the statement “God Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth.” The bishops are receiving unwaranted criticism for signing. You can show your gratitude to them by adding your name with a message of support. The petition is available at: https://tylerclementi.org/ingratitude/

Assembly Scholarships 

 All AUSCP Priest members, Associates, and Friends are invited to join us for the 2021 Annual Assembly in Minneapolis, June 21-24. See below for further details. Until April 30, registration is $480 online or by check. After April 30 - $500. 

Scholarships available: Special scholarships are being offered to those who have been ordined ten years or less. The scholarships will include the Assembly registration fee and three nights at the hotel (June 21,22,23)Scholarships are also available for others in need of assistance. These scholarships include up to half of the registration fee as needed. Please call the office for more information: 872-205-5862

For the safety of all, Assembly participants must be fully vaccinated.

Other Assembly Notes: If you wish to share a hotel room, or to connect with someone who is driving to the Assembly, contact the office: office@auscp.org.

In Memoriam* 

AUSCP member Fr. Justin Reis, age 77, (Diocese of Columbus) died on March 2, 2021. After his ordination in 1969, Fr. Reis served at various parishes, at Bishop Watterson and Bishop Hartley high schools, at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (Marysville). He was active in various Catholic groups and was also deeply committed to renewal movements, such as the Christian Family Movement and Marriage Encounter.

Fr. Reis studied at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute (Israel) whose mission is to be a living embodiment of the aspirations of Christian ecumenical dialog, interaction and community. He was passionate about serving the poor and marginalized through the B.R.E.A.D. organization and as a preacher for Unbound, whose mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world, particularly in Central America. 

May he rest in God's eternal love.

*If you are aware of any AUSCP member who has died recently, please inform the AUSCP office. Thank you!

 Have You Renewed?

We don't want to lose you! All AUSCP members were asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. The 465 who have renewed have made us jump for joy! Thank you! If you haven't already renewed, please do so now.

Membership dues for Priest-members and Associates are $60 per year. Friends may still join with or without a donation. 

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Annual Appeal Progress

Our goal is to reach $150,000 from 500 donors. We just met our goal for number of donors at 503 donors who have given a total of $117,693Thank you for whatever support you are able to offer! We are counting on your generosity to help us move forward.

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AUSCP Upcoming Webinars 

Please register for the webinars that are of interest to you and we will send you the Zoom link. All webinars are free at the present time. The next webinars are listed below. You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE. 

Webinar topics - If you have suggestions for future webinar topics, please send them to Fr. Bob Bonnot: auscpbonnot@gmail.com        


March 23, 2021, 2:00 - 3:00 PM -  The life of Archbishop Oscar Romero will be remembered and celebrated on the eve of the 41st anniversary of his execution in El Salvador, March 24, 1980. A sniper killed St. Oscar Romero from the back of a hospital chapel while the Archbishop was saying Mass in San Salvador, El Salvador. This webinar will remind us of his dramatic conversion from meek priest to prophetic pastor, his courageous commitment to caring for the poor of El Salvador, and his deep theological understanding of Jesus' Transfiguration.


Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST, March 3, 10, 17,  24, 31, April 7, 14 - DIVINE DESIGN: The Cooperatist Alternative to Competition; A Catholic Vision for Society and the Church 

Divine Design explores how Catholic Social Teaching on cooperation opens contemporary possibilities for church minstry. Current ideologies are not designed to promote the Kingdon of God understood as the common good - where "there is made available to everyone everything necessary for a truly human life" (Pastoral Constitution, art. 26)...God wants society ordered "as a community and not as a competing crowd." (Cardinal Bernardine)

PRESENTERJoseph Torma, Ph.D., a university professor who has been involved in issues of social justice and ministry for fifty ears. His inspiration is derived from the Catholic Worker Movement in Rochester, NY, and in Alliance, OH. He has been a trainer of parish social action committees, a field education director at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester NY, and the director of an Institute for Justice and Peace at Walsh University in North Canton OH. This background has given him insights to share with parishes, diocesan and national level organizations, and academic conferences. He is married with four grown boys.


Other Workshops/Activities that might be of interest to you:

Monday, March 15 - 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central / 4:30 pm Pacific - "Women Deacons: The Global Conversation"; A conversation hosted by Sister Colleen Gibson, SSJ with Dr. Phyllis Zagano. Event is free. Register online here, and you will receive additional instructions to access the online talk.

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT - The Francis Factor at Eight Years: Global Impacts, U.S. Challenges. Sponsored by Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Speakers include: Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Cindy Wooden; John Carr, co-director of the Georgetown Initiative, will moderate the dialogue. Link to RSVP


The following past webinars are available for viewing:

Choosing Peace: Vision and Practice 

Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2 

Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.? Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future?


Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 40th Anniversary 

God's Own Vintage - Dr. Marc DelMonico - January 11, 2021

Ban the Nukes, Feed the Hungry

All 7 Caste discussion videos are posted on Vimeo: 


 CST Session 1: Social Analysis of Evolving Contextual Challenge

CST Session 2: Catholic Social Teaching’s Three Historical Strategies 

CST Session 3: Catholic Social Teaching's Postmodern Johannine Strategy

Register for our 2021 Assembly!


Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021

 Where do we go from here?

2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jan Michael Joncas.

Speakers include: Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack

Contemplative Reflector: Sr. Margie Klein, SSND

Assembly Registration: $480 if received by April 30, 2021 (Online or by check); $500 after April 30.

For the safety of all, Assembly participants must be fully vaccinated.

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For room reservations, use the Hilton Link on the AUSCP website, or contact the DoubleTree by Hilton directly at 952-835-7800. Rooms are $119 per night (Standard Room, single or double occupancy) if booked by May 20th. Limited availability; rate available three days before and after the Assembly.

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