Loving God, the Amazon is on fire!..
We pray that in Your mercy, You will forgive us
For our way of life, for we have created the markets
For beef, timber and minerals taken from the Amazon...
Oh God, Your mercy is infinite
And only Your power can save us from choosing destruction.
Grant us Your grace to turn to better and kinder ways of living.
Rain down your love to heal the scorched earth and its inhabitants.
May Your love, justice and peace reign for all creation always.
In the name of Your son, Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.
Excerpt - "Prayer for the Burning Amazon Forest" by Colm Holmes of We Are Church International
Links to 2019 Assembly Presentations:
Dr. Richard Gaillardetz
Sr. Norma Pimentel
Cardinal Blase Cupich (text only)
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Bishop R. McElroy
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Superb Lineup for 2020 Assembly!
Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Maritime Conference Center (MCC), June 22-25, 2020
The AUSCP 9th Annual Assembly will take place at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, MD (near BWI and Amtrak). The current Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Christophe Pierre, has accepted an invitation to preside and preach at the 2020 AUSCP Assembly Mass on June 24th.
Speakers for the 2020 Assembly include Archbishop John Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe; John Carr, Founder & Director of Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown Univesity; Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, former Executive Director of the Catholic Health Association.
In addition, Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, Executive Director of LCWR, will lead the retreat on Monday, June 22nd, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, will serve as a contemplative reflector during the Assembly. You won't want to miss this superb lineup! Details for Registration will be sent soon.
Annual Appeal Launched!
Each year in October the AUSCP begins its Annual Appeal. This year the appeal mailing was sent out on October 11th to coincide with the feastday of Pope St. John XXIII and the opening date of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.
The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! Last year 357 donors gave a total of $127,500. This year's goal is $150,000 from 450 donors. We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. If you know any persons who are possible supporters of the AUSCP, please approach them for a donation. Or, notify the office and we will send an appeal letter to them. Send the name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for whatever support you are able to offer! We are counting on your generosity to help us move forward.
Good Resource for Clergy
AUSCP member Tom Vandenberg, Archdiocese of Seattle, has published a book on marriage titled: Rediscoverning a Pearl of Great Price – to help clergy better support marriage and married couples, to awaken couples to the specialness of their sacred vocation, to inspire those preparing for marriage, to build enthusiasm for those in the ministry of marriage prep. Tom says, "Marriage deserves to be proclaimed, not just defended!" The book is available from Amazon and AbeBooks.
Amazon Synod Reports
FutureChurch is sending daily reports on the progress of the Amazon Synod in Rome. Deb Rose-Milevec, Executive Director, is there and shares some interesting insights each day. You can access the reports from FutureChurch at: www.futurechurch.org.
Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, is quoted in the Day 2 report of FutureChurch: Some might want us to believe that our vows of obedience would keep us from speaking up. However, we know from our study of obedience in the Benedictine tradition that obedience is to listen with the ears of our heart and then act on what we hear. This listening leads me today to say that silence is not an option. The experiences of our sisters and brothers whom we serve need to have us speak of our lived experience. We are the witnesses on this new Pentecost for our people and our earth. The Spirit calls us to speak against all forms of exploitation whether in the Church or in civil society.
Advocating for Women's Right to Vote at the Amazon Synod and Future Synods
At the opening press conference for the Amazon Synod, the head of the Synod office, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, confirmed that women religious will not be voting at the Synod. There are 33 women among the 265 Synod participants. Ten of them are women religious from the International Union of Superiors General and none will be voting. This is the case even though Pope Francis has made an exception for a non-ordained male religious (who is not a superior) to vote.
Synods are meant to be places where the whole People of God gather to share wisdom equally. This continued discrimination must end.
Please sign the petition urging our bishops to open the door to women voting at the synod.
The AUSCP Working Group on Immigration has representation at the border this weekend. Greg Barras, chair of the AUSCP Leadership Team, is participating in the workshop and rally in El Paso. A Public Action took place on Saturday, October 12th, at a port of entry.
All are invited to continue joining in prayer and solidarity with those who are suffering at the border and elsewhere.
You can find more information at: www.hopeborder.org.
Season of Creation, September 1 - October 27
Pope Francis calls on us to sign the Laudato Si’ Pledge
Following the 2nd Anniversary of his historic environmental encyclical, Pope Francis endorsed the Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign, which was also supported by many other Church leaders. Through the Pledge, the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least 1 million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si into action to care for the planet.
Answering Pope Francis’ urgent call in Laudato Si, I pledge to:
• Pray for and with creation
• Live more simply
• Advocate to protect our common home.
SIGN THE PLEDGE NOW
The AUSCP Working Group on Clericalism recommends that you download and read the document “Confronting the Systemic Dysfunction of Clericalism” by clicking HERE. Strategies for discussing and addressing clericalism in local faith communities can be found at bridgedialogues.org. The information provided is the work of VOTF, Future Church and AUSCP.
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The 9th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Our Catholic Faith in the Political World
Maritime Conference Center (MCC)
(Near BWI and Amtrak Station)
Baltimore-Washington: JUNE 22 - 25, 2020
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