February 13, 2022
Happy Valentine's Day!
Our worth stems from the fact that we exist only because of divine love...(Richard: As Bishop Tutu told me when I met him, "We are only the light bulbs, Richard, and our job is just to remain screwed in!")
We are each a God-carrier, a tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by God the holy and most blessed Trinity.
- Richard Rohr
Daily Meditations 2/9/22
The clock is running! Membership renewal time was January. We have not heard from some of you yet.
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2021 Assembly Presentations Online
Fr. Michael Joncas – Retreat
”Living in Apocalyptic Times” (2 segments of approximately 2 hours each)
Michael Sean Winters
“The Politico-Theological Merger that Is Shaping the U.S. Catholic Church”
Bishop William Wack, CSC
“Pastoral Directions for Our U.S. Church Going Forward”
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Cardinal Peter Turkson Confirms Attendance
Cardinal Peter Turkson has communicated to Fr. Steve Newton, CSC, AUSCP Executive Director, that he will keep his commitment to speak to the 2022 AUSCP Assembly in June, even though he recently
resigned as head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will also be the main celebrant for the special Mass on Wednesday, June 22nd, which will be followed by a banquet and the presentation of the annual St. John XXIII awards. The recipients of the awards will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
See below for the exciting list of speakers. If you have not yet registered for the 2022 Assembly, you can register at: AUSCP - HOME
Or, by mailing a check for registration to: AUSCP office, PO Bos 676, Tiffin, OH 44883. If registering by check, there is a $10 discount until March 31st.
More Resources for Black History Month: February 1 - March 1
Black History Month resources from Center for Racial Justice in Education: Dismantling racism, Transforming communities: -https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/black-history-month-resource-guide-for-educators-and-families/
Network for Grateful Living – Celebrating Black Poets: https://gratefulness.org/blog/celebrating-black-voices/?mc_cid=e33f00ab7a&mc_eid=56ce965ca8
Congratulations to AUSCP member Fr. Bob Flannery (Diocese of Belleville, IL; pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Carbondale) on his election as one of 25 trustees for the Parliament of World’s Religions. The Patliament was founded
in 1893. It has the largest and most inclusive gatherings of religions, averaging 8,000 in attendance. It strives for harmony rather than unity of the world’s faiths, as it works for the betterment of humanity and society. Fr. Bob has been officer of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue for the Diocese of Belleville for the past 24 years.
Lent is "just around the corner"!
Loyola Press: This year’s Living Lent Daily series: In honor of the Ignatian Year, we’ll pray with Fr. Joe Tetlow, SJ, throughout Lent. Inspired by Fr. Tetlow’s new book of prayers, You Have Called Me by My Name, we’ll explore the Examen and direct our attention to Jesus’ experience of the Passion. The daily messages include
suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers.
Recommended for Lenten reading and study: "Living in the Light of Christ's Peace." by Archbishop John Wester.
Opportunity to Serve the Church
Fr. Jay Davidson, an AUSCP Founding Father, is looking for a qualified lay person to serve as Parish Administrator for All Saints Parish in Evansville, IN. He is also looking for someone to serve as a Director of Justice in a part time capacity. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact Fr. Jay at: 812-455-7265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video on Facilitating Synodality Groups
The Catholic Committee of the South in partnership with AUSCP is offering resources to assist with the process of conducting small group discussions on synodality. A brief video is now available which clearly outlines how to conduct a session on synodality. You can access the video here: The Synodal Process: An aid to facilitating synodal sessions
We are aware that there are groups currently disaffiliated from the Church who need to be involved in any process that hopes to succeed. To that end, we have joined together to ensure a path for groups and individuals who might otherwise not have a voice in the synodality process. If you wish to host a local cluster of “The Gathering: Toward a Synodal Church," contact Cathy Harmon-Christian at: email@example.com
AUSCP member Fr. Joseph Ziliak, (age 85), died on February 8, 2022. Fr. Joe was ordained for the Diocese of
Evansville in 1962. He served in a variety of capacities, including teacher, vice rector and librarian at Magister Noster Latin School, Evansville; Diocesan Director of Radio and Television and Vicar for Seminarians; and Editor, Evansville edition of The Criterion, newspaper for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He was Administrator of St. Nicholas Parish, Santa Claus, Indiana, and the first editor of The Message, newspaper of the Diocese of Evansville. He was Pastor of Nativity Parish, Evansville, while continuing as editor of The Message.
Officials in the diocese say he was loved across the diocese and the region because of his pastoral ministries and his work leading pilgrimages and tours across the world, which included destinations in more than 50 countries and six countinents.
May Joe rest in God's eternal love.
Progress Report on 2022 Annual Appeal
The total response to the Appeal thus far is $92,300.25 from 384 donors. Thank you!
The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. Thank you for whatever support you are able to offer! We are counting on your generosity to help us move forward.
You can give online at the AUSCP website: AUSCP - HOME
Assembly Scholarships Available
All AUSCP Priest members and Friends are invited to join us for the 2022 Annual Assembly in Linthicum, MD (near Baltimore), June 20-23. See below for the wonderful line-up of speakers. If you have friends who are interested, we welcome them also.
Scholarships available: Special scholarships are being offered to those who have been ordined five 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 us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More webinars are planned for 2022. You can register for these webinars by clicking HERE.
Mondays, (January 31), February 21, March 14 at 4 PM EST/3 PM CT - Conversations on the Council, sponsored by the AUSCP Vatican II Working Group. These conversations will focus on each of three issues drawn from the documents of Vatican II. We see these three issues as relevant to the Church and society at this time, namely: “People of God,” “Church in the present world” and “religious liberty.”
- January 31, 4-5:30 EST/3-4:30 PM CT - “People of God.”
- February 21, 4-5:30 EST/3-4:30 PM CT - “Church in the present world”*
- March 14, 4-5:30 EST/3-4:30 PM CT - “religious liberty”.
Each session will begin with prayer and a short statement on the topic by a member of the working group. Then we will invite a free-flowing conversation on what participants consider values to be drawn from the topic and how we can promote these values in the present Church and society. Please plan to join and invite others.
*This conversation on Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution of the Church in Today's World, Gaudium et Spes, will focus on the Mission of the Church. Bob Bonnot will offer a brief presentation regarding what is expressed in the first part of that closing document. He will then open the door for attendees to share their own comments. For example, such questions may arise as:
- How does the document help us address the development of culture in the world and hence care of God’s creation?
- How does it call us to focus on the socio-economic life of all and hence distribution of wealth?
- What about the importance of the life of the political community and Church’s encouragement of lay participation in politics fostering moral teaching of Church?
- Finally, what about the other social teachings of the Church: on peace and opposition to war, on death penalty, on racism?
You can register for the webinars by clicking HERE.
Other events & webinars that might be of interest to you:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m. EST - What Is Going on with Latino Voters? Faith, Politics, and the Latino Community in 2022 - Sponsored by Georgetown: Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life. Anna Gordon, project
manager of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation. Participants include:
- Sabrina Rodriguez is a national political correspondent for Politico where she covers immigration, U.S. elections, and Hispanic voters.
- Gabby Trejo is the executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT). Sacramento ACT is an affiliate of Faith in Action and a member of PICO California.
- Maria Valencia is the associate director of the Culture of Life office in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, California.
- We are inviting an expert on Latino voting and polling.
Wednesday, February 16, 11 AM – Noon, EST - How Do We Walk Together as Church? Embracing Pope Francis’ New Call to Synodality - What is synodality and why does it matter to ordinary Catholics today? The Second Vatican Council (1962–65) shone a light on the idea of all the baptized - the whole People of God – walking,
working and discerning together to further their mission as Christians. More recently, Pope Francis has brought the Church’s teaching in this area into sharper focus, calling synodality “an essential dimension of the Church.” Presenters: Massimo Faggioli, Moira McQueen, and Christopher White
The following webinars of January 2022 are available for viewing:
(Links to past videos can be found on the AUSCP website: www.auscp.org)
V2 and Our Mission: Leavening Humankind
Session 1 - Our Lens for Reading Vatican II
Session 2 - The Community of Humankind
Session 3: - Human Activity Throughout the World
Session 4 - The Church's Role in Today's World
Conversations on the Council:
Session 1 - People of God
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