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April 25, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter



Easter Litany

We thought you were dead. We thought the cross was the end. We thought that when the stone rolled over the tomb, that was it.

But this is it: the dead are living; the cross is empty; the stone is rolled, and one word describes it all: 


Jesus is risen!

We thought you had said your final word. We thought those with the power had won. We thought that when you cried out, that was it.

But this is it: the word breathes; the powers are defeated; the final cry was only the beginning, and one word says it all:


Jesus is risen!

We thought the story was finished. We thought the hope had ended. We thought that when the tomb was sealed, that was it.

But this is it: the story has just begun; the hope is newly born; the tomb is empty, and one word says it all:


Jesus is risen!

This is the news: 

Jesus is risen!

This is the moment.

Jesus is alive!

This is the gospel.

Jesus is with us! 

We thought that when they crucified you, death had defeated life, and that was it.

But this is it: Love is stronger than death, and one word says it all: 


Jesus is risen!

~ written by Roddy Hamilton




Have You Renewed for 2021?

We don't want to lose you! All AUSCP members were asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. The 506 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. 

To pay dues online, click on the jumping figures!

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AUSCP, PO Box 676, Tiffin, OH 44883



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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!  

The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.

Brochures are available. Send a request to: office@auscp.org



Help us continue the important and critical work of the AUSCP with your financial assistance!

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Parish Tithing

If your parish tithes its Sunday collection and sends a monthly donation to various places please consider putting the AUSCP on the list of recipients.  Thanks! 



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Website, Email, and Mailing Addresses

The website address is: www.auscp.org.

The office email address is: office@auscp.org.

The mailing address is:

P.O. Box 676,

Tiffin, OH 44883.

Please use these addresses for communication with AUSCP.  Thank you!


Only 6 Days left for 2021 AUSCP Assembly Discount! 

The 10th Annual AUSCP Assembly will be held in Minneapolis, June 21-24, 2021. Registration is $480 until April 30th; $500 beginning May 1st. Speakers include: Fr. Michael Joncas (Retreat presenter)Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack; Contemplative Reflector -  Sr. Margie Klein, SSND.

For the safety of all, Assembly participants must be fully vaccinated. The latest CDC guidelines regarding travel are available here: Fully vaccinated people may safely resume travel, CDC says - CBS News

The retreat with Fr. Michael Joncas on Monday, June 21, will be livestreamed. Those who are not attending the Assembly in person can get the link to this by paying a registration fee of $25. For those attending the Assembly in person there is no extra charge for the retreat. Registration is underway.

Click HERE to register!

AUSCP Statement on Chauvin Verdict

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd is the beginning of justice, said Fr Greg Barras, chair of the AUSCP leadership team. He said prayers for justice were answered.

“With the decision of the jury I believe the power of prayer, that justice be experienced, was realized in very profound and significant ways,” Fr. Greg said. “Prayer through people all over the country as well as the world resulted in a decision that harbingers a needed change in violence and abuse from those in authority toward African American women, men, and children.”

Fr. Greg went on to say, “This is only the beginning, a first significant choice, admitting racism exists and that there are solutions. It takes a desire by everyone to change our enculturated conscience and transform it into a non-violent gospel posture.”

Citizens Climate Lobby

CCL’s Catholic Action Team invites you to the first virtual CCL Catholic Conference! The sixth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home” inspired our conference, Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home, May 15th, 2021, Noon - 4 PM EDT on Zoom.

Who should join us:  Everyone!  Especially CCL volunteers with Catholic members of Congress!  We made it easy for you to find out if your member of Congress is Catholic.

Why:  To explore the tools you’ll need to effectively reach Catholics and activate the Catholic voice to Care for Creation and promote the EICDA.

Speakers include Bishop John Stowe (Lexington Diocese), Bishop Robert McElroy (San Diego Diocese), Jose Aguto from Catholic Climate Covenant, and Congressman Rep. Francis Rooney (R, Florida & former Ambassador to the Holy See).

Schedule:  You can view the conference schedule here.

We'll also celebrate Pope Francis’ encyclical letter together.


Catholic Labor Network

WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY MASS: 4/28 2PM ET: COVID has shined a harsh light on worker health and safety in the United States: nurses, supermarket clerks, warehouse workers and bus drivers who have continued to work through the pandemic have faced infection, illness and death as they labor to meet the needs of the rest of us. But even in a good year, nearly five thousand American workers are killed on the job, and a much larger number are sickened or injured by exposure to dangerous worksite conditions. That's why the labor movement marks April 28 each year as Workers' Memorial Day.

The Catholic Labor Network will honor the day by live-streaming a memorial mass for fallen workers 2pm ET on Wednesday, April 28, and YOU are invited. Fr. Sinclair Oubre (Seafarers Union) will be our celebrant; Fr. Ty Hullinger (Archdiocese of Baltimore) will offer the homily.

To register for the Workers' Memorial Day Mass, CLICK HERE .

Assembly Scholarships Available

 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

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.

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

Annual Appeal Ends April 30th

Matching Funds Available in April!

A generous donor will match up to $5,000 for donations received in this month of April. Thus far we have received $4,661. We have less than $400 to go to meet the match!

Thank you for whatever support you are able to offer! We are counting on your generosity to help us move forward. Click on the MLK photo to donate online!

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        


AUSCP Annual Assembly Highlights Videos: Mondays, April 12 - June 14th, 2021 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT - Each session includes one hour of keynote speaker highlights of a given year's Assembly, followed by discussion. The last session on June 14 will offer an opportunity to begin a conversation around this year's Assembly theme, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? - scheduled for June 21-24, in Minneapolis, MN. Fr. Bob Bonnot will be the host for the sessions. Your webinar registration will trigger an email reminder 1 day prior to each session with the Zoom log-in credentials, which will be the same for all sessions:

April 26 - 2014 Assembly - Dei Verbum, Revelation in Our Lives and Times, speakers: Sr. Diane Bergant, Fr. Donald Senior, Fr. Michael Crosby and Fr. James Bacik.

May 3 - 2015 Assembly - Gospel Joy in the World Today, speakers: Fr. Greg Boyle and Sr. Simone Campbell

May 10 - 2016 Assembly - Proclaiming the Gospel of Joy in a Year of Mercy, speakers: Dr. Massimo Faggioli and Sr. Carol Zinn

May 17 - 2017 Assembly - Addressing Racism in Our Fractured Society, speakers: Fr. Bryan Massingale and Cardinal Wilton Gregory (then Archbishop of Atlanta)

More to come in this series!


Tuesday, May 11, 11 AM EDT - The Border, legislation and  experience: What's happening  on the border? Bishop Mark Seitz, Diocese of El Paso, Texas

Legislation-What is Congress working on?  Ronnate Asirwatham, NETWORK lobby, Washington D.C., Government Relations Director

Experience of serving on the border. We will hear from people who have served as long term volunteers at Annunciation House

You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE. 


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

Living Non-Violently in a Violent World - Apr 12, 19, and 26, 2021 at 3 PM CT/4 PM EDT, Description: The Legacy of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis
Presenters: Rev. Msgr. Albert Kirk and Therese Gustaitis
Three hope-filled virtual sessions that address negativity and violence in our world today. The “WHY” and “HOW” will encourage a non-violent way of living. The “WHEN” of this course offers a very flexible approach for busy participants. Each session is self-contained; participants will benefit from attending one or all the sessions. 

Recordings will be available afterward on the Pax Christi USA YouTube page.


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

Caste discussion videos - 7 sessions

Catholic Social Teaching Series - 4 sessions by Dr. Joe Holland

Dvine Design Series - by Dr. Joe Toma, (Sessions 1- 7)

Register for: The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP 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.

Click HERE to register!

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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