200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          April 7, 2019

 Earth Day 2019

Monday, April 22nd

Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.

Laudato Si' #42



Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are at:


2019 Assembly Schedule

Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations: 

Katarina Schuth 

Bishop R. McElroy

Richard Rohr



Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 172 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!

You can click below to donate.

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! 


Membership Renewal

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:


200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458


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

For more information, visit the AUSCP website at: 


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




Reduce Your 2019 Assembly Cost by $200 

When you reserve your hotel room for the Assembly, you will see an offer for a Marriott Credit Card. If you have not had one within the last 2 years, you can apply and get a $200 credit on the card IF you make a purchase within 3 months.

Then if you register for the Assembly online with your card, $200 of that $495 fee will be covered by your credit!

Be sure to look at the details.  

In Christ with Hope, Joy & all Blessings,  

Bob Bonnot, AUSCP Executive Director


 It's Time: To nominate candidates for the AUSCP Leadership Team! 

Who has the gifts needed to continue the critical work of the AUSCP?  Please consider your gifts and see if they match what is needed to serve on the Leadership Team. Or, contact a priest friend and encourage him to submit his name. We welcome diversity in all areas - age, race, ethnicity, diocese, etc. 

Nominations should be submitted by April 15, 2019. 

The elections will take place at the 2019 Assembly, June 24-27, in St. Louis (Airport Marriott hotel). This year we have one member of the Leadership Team eligible for re-election and three who are completing two terms (2013-2016 & 2016-2019) and thus not eligible for re-election.

Those who are completing two three-year terms are: Bob Bonnot, Kevin Clinton, and Jim Kiesel. Completing one term and eligible for re-election is Louie Arceneaux. We are grateful for the time and energy they have put into serving the AUSCP.

 Nomination forms and Leadership responsibilities are available from the AUSCP office: office@uscatholicpriests.org

New Name Survey

Thank you to the 255 AUSCP Members who responded to the recent 4-question survey exploring new brand name options for our Association. Our corporate name – Association of U.S. Catholic Priests – is not in question. Only our brand name, our abbreviated handle, is being explored. 

Q1 was about keeping AUSCP as is or changing it:  

  • 55.5% (136 or 255) of respondents voted NO to keeping our current alphabetical AUSCP brand name.
  • 44.5% (109 of 255) of respondents voted YES to keeping our current alphabetical AUSCP brand name.

A full report will be sent out soon in a special bulletin.

Facilitators Needed for 2019 Assembly


We are in need of 25 Assembly ‘Table Facilitators’. If you are attending the June Assembly and would be willing to facilitate a Table Discussion Group, please notify the office at: office@uscatholicpriests.org.  A Facilitator Guide will be provided.

U.S. Catholic Reports on Study of Male Pronouns Referring to God

An article titled "Stop (only) calling God ‘he’" by Meghan Murphy-Gill, (U.S. Catholic) explores people's preferences in referring to God. The article states: To stop the insidious abuse of power within the church, we have to stop exclusively calling God ‘him.’    Read More 

 Annual Appeal Has a Matching Challenge!

A generous donor will match all gifts given between now and April 30th when the annual appeal ends. This is a chance to really push the Annual Appeal "over the top!" We set a goal of receiving donations from 350 donors and we are now at 332, so we are getting close! Please invite your friends to support us NOW while we have a matching gift.

You can click on the "Donate Now" button in the left column, or send a check to: AUSCP, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458.

A primary focus for this year is expanding the voice of the AUSCP. Every donation, large or small, helps us toward that goal. Thank you to the 332 who have already responded!

FutureChurch Offers Webinar

April 17, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Lay Leadership in Church Financial Transparency

Kerry Alys Robinson, Founding executive director and global ambassador for the Leadership Roundtable, will put forth a vision of Church finance and resource management that faithfully reflects a synodal vision of Church and suggest ways the laity can take up an increased role in this area of Church life and leadership.   REGISTER

Tuition Discount Extended To April 30, 2019 ($325.00)

Director: Professor Alan C. Mitchell

Program includes:

“Biblical Figures in Iconography”

"Peddling Paul: Pastoral and Theological Insights from the Apostle’s Letters”

“Challenge, Promise, and Hope in the Book of Revelation”


Click here for the brochure; registration form

                                 Phone: 202-687-5756                                  

Email: sacred.scripture@georgetown.edu


Catholic Climate Covenant Resources for Earth Day

A one-hour educational program with prayers, readings, a short video, and suggested activities can be downloaded for free from the Catholic Climate Covenant website. This year's program is called "All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in a time of Climate Crisis." To access it, click HERE.

 In Memoriam

AUSCP member Jay Matthews, Diocese of Oakland, died of a heart attack on March 30, 2019, at age 70. Fr. Jay was pastor at St. Benedict Church from 1984 to 2015, and presently rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light. In addition to his work at St. Benedict Church, he served as vicar for Black Catholics, as a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and as a chaplain for the Oakland Police Department and Fire Department.

Those who knew him praised him as a dedicated man of faith whose ministry transcended the traditional and sometimes rigid structures of the Catholic Church. He has been called a "trailblazer" for being the first African American ordained as a Catholic priest in Northern California.

May he rest in God's eternal love!

Voice of the Faithful 2019 Conference

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Massachusetts

$95 / person, Early Bird Special, before April 30 (includes box lunch); $125 / person, after April 30 (includes box lunch)

Click here for information, click here to register,

and click here to reserve your discounted hotel room ...

 Amazon Smile 

Shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3307327 and Amazon donates to Association of Us Catholic Priests. 

Creator Mundi 

VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at the 2018 Assembly, is supporting our mission. 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.

Register NOW!


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

God's Priestly People: The Baptized & the Ordained

2019 Assembly Schedule

Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica,  CSB, Monday, June 24, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM

"Go, Repair & Rebuild My Church: Reclaiming the Priesthood of the Faithful"


Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago: "Ordination does Not Annihilate Our Baptism"

Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College:  "To Form a Priestly People - Toward a Non-Clerical Theology of Priesthood"

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley:   "Today's Leaders in the Church"


Send check for $495 to: AUSCP

200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458

Or, register online at:


Hotel rooms are $115 per night, single or double occupancy, if booked by June 1, 2019. Use the link on the AUSCP website or call 314-423-9700.

(Rate available 3 days before and after Assembly.)

For  links to articles of interest on various topics, visit the AUSCP Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/AUSCPriests

For more information and photos, visit the AUSCP website at: AUSCP - HOME 

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