200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          November 11, 2018

Let us hold the U.S. Bishops in prayer as they meet in Baltimore November 12-15.


It is in relationships - with Christ, with others, in the community - that faith is transmitted. Also in view of the mission, the Church is called to assume a relational face that focuses on listening, welcoming, dialogue, common discernment in a process that transforms the lives of those who participate in it.

#122 - Synod on Youth Document


November 27, 2018

For the first time, AUSCP will participate in #GivingTuesday this year. In response to the onslaught of Christmas sales enticing buyers to spend, #GivingTuesday is designed to inspire donations to worthwhile causes. As a nonprofit, AUSCP is eligible for matching funds when donations are given online on the AUSCP Facebook page on November 27th. We ask you to consider giving and asking your friends to give to this unique opportunity to double our donations.

Click on this link on to donate on November 27th:

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Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are now live at:



Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:

Katarina Schuth 

Bishop R. McElroy

Richard Rohr


Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 150 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.

If you would like a flyer with the information on AUSCP Friends to print out or to email to your friends, send a request to: office@uscatholicpriests.org



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

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Thank you!




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! 


If you received a reminder about your annual dues, please renew by clicking on the BECOME A MEMBER button below, or send a check to:


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Consider setting up an auto-renewal on your bank account.


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If you have a problem with your credit card being accepted online, call PayPal at 888-215-5506. When asked to name your problem, say “credit card denied.”


To access the latest information on immigration reform and Action Alerts, click on the JFI logo below:



To access information on care of creation and Laudato Si', click below:

Catholic Climate Covenant

Direct link to Homily Resources


New Endeavor of AUSCP: Assembly to Action

Last week a special bulletin was sent out on the topic of "Eradicating Racism," authored by Leadership Chair Bob Bonnot. This represents a new endeavor by AUSCP called "Assembly to Action" to inform, inspire, and invite action on issues that have been determined priorities by the AUSCP Assembly. Too often, great goals and resolutions are approved at the annual Assembly and then quickly forgotten. To help with follow-up and implementation of the Assembly proposals, the Leadership Team hopes to publish occasional issues of "Assembly to Action." You are encouraged to share these issues with your bishops, friends, and parishioners. If you need a printable copy, contact the AUSCP office.

If you would like to volunteer to be an author of a future issue, please notify the office at: office@uscatholicpriests.org.

Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group

By popular demand Fr. Harry Bury has been re-scheduled for an online/phone Conference Tuesday, Nov 20th, 3:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Time. It will let us compare our own attempts to LIVE Gospel Nonviolence (GNV) with Harry’s as written up in his memoir: Maverick Priest, (2018 from Amazon for $12.) A question to begin our sharing could be: Does a commitment to GNV de facto disqualify a priest as pastor or vicar, or a lay minister as a pastoral associate in today’s church?  Bring your own question for this AUSCP member, now an 88 year old sage. 


Join the Video conference from PC, Mac, or android at:  


Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16699006833,,925522127#  or +16468769923,,925522127#

Or Telephone: US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923

    Meeting ID: 925 522 127

St. John XXIII Award Nominees for 2019

The AUSCP Leadership Team is calling for nominations from our members for the Pope Saint John XXIII award to be presented at the 2019 Assembly in St. Louis.  This award is given to someone in the Church who has given exceptional witness to promoting the vision of the Second Vatican Council.

Please submit name and contact information, along with three reasons why he or she should be considered.  Nominee must be present at the Assembly to accept the reward. Send your nomination to: office@uscatholicpriests.org.

The deadline for submitting names is November 26, 2018.

Synod on Youth

The document which was produced by the October Synod has many meaningful sections. Here are a few notable quotes:

13. We cannot forget the difference between men and women with their peculiar gifts, the specific sensibilities and experiences of the world. This difference can be an area in which forms of domination, exclusion and discrimination arise from which all societies and the Church itself need to free themselves.

The Bible presents man and woman as equal partners before God (see Gn 5:2): all domination and discrimination based on sex offends human dignity. It also presents the difference between the sexes as a mystery so constitutive of the human being as irreducible to stereotypes. The relationship between man and woman is then understood in terms of a vocation to live together in reciprocity and in dialogue, in communion and in fruitfulness (see Gn 1,27-29; 2,21-25) in all areas of human experience: the life of couples, work, education and more. God has entrusted the earth to their covenant.

121. ...Synodality characterizes both the life and mission of the Church, which is the People of God formed by young and old, men and women of every culture and horizon, and the Body of Christ, in which we are members of one another, starting with those who are marginalized and trampled underfoot. In the course of the exchanges and through the testimonies, the Synod has brought out some fundamental traits of a synodal style, towards which we are called to convert.

Other sources of quotes and information include: 

"Top 100 quotes I overheard at the Synod on Young People" by Jonathan Lewis, America Magazine (11/08/18)

Youth Synod reporting by Deborah Rose-Milavec,  http://focus-futurechurch.org/

Commentary on Church

AUSCP member Bill Stenzel of Chicago wrote a commentary which was recently published in the Chicago Tribune. Referring to the sex abuse scandal, he stated, We have much work to do. We must reform how our church is governed. And we must replace anyone who has allowed the wounding to continue again and again and again. As we move to rescue our church and embrace those victims, I hope we all feel the tears.

Click on the title to access the article: "A Chicago priest's epiphany: Those of us in the pews will save the Catholic Church"

Workers' Rights

Unite Here and organizers of the Marriott workers' strike are asking your support by signing a Pledge to tell the largest hotel chain globally that “one job should be enough to raise a family, pay the bills, and retire with dignity.” 

For more information on the labor strike against the Marriott Corporation, please click on: Fr. Clete Kiley’s Call to Action.

Annual Appeal 

The Annual Appeal is off and running. Thus far we have received donations from 145 donors with a total of $22,685. This is a great start!

Our goal for this year's appeal is to receive donations from 350 donors for a grand total of $100,000. This would represent a 40 percent increase over last year's appeal and would enable the AUSCP to move forward with plans to reach every priest in the U.S. with our message of hope and joy. Please consider making an online donation on #GivingTuesday, November 27th, when all donations made through the AUSCP Facebook page will be matched. Thank you!

If you have friends you would like to invite to support the AUSCP, copies of the appeal letter are available upon request:  office@uscatholicpriests.org

How to Reduce Your 2019 Assembly Cost by $200

If you reserve your hotel room soon for the June Assembly in St. Louis, you will see an offer for a Marriott Credit Card. If you do not currently, or within the last 2 years, have a Marriott Credit Card, you can apply for one now and get a $200 credit on the card IF you make a purchase within 3 months. Once you have the card you could register for the Assembly, and $200 of that $495 fee will be covered by your credit! (You also get 2 free nights at a Marriott hotel IF you charge $3000 on your Marriott Card within 3 months of getting it.) 

For the first year there is no fee; in the second year, a fee of $95. Such offers typically allow cancellation of the card before the renewal date, so you could avoid the $95 fee for the second year if you wish. This card option is likely available until near Christmas. Be sure to look at the conditions. If it makes sense to you, AUSCP's 2019 Assembly will be yours at significantly reduced cost.

In Christ with Hope, Joy & all Blessings,

Bob BonnotAUSCP, Leadership Team Chair

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Creator Mundi 

A SPECIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AUSCP - VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at our Albuquerque Assembly, wants to support our mission while making available high quality and inspiring sacred art pieces. The AUSCP receives 12% of your purchase total every time you shop at the Creator Mundi Store, if you use code donateAUSCP  when you place an order. (This is not a discount to the customer.) Click here to order.



St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019


God's Priestly People: 

the Baptized & the Ordained

Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

Confirmed Speakers:

Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago

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