Sunday, January 13, 2019
Jan 11, 2019
As some of you know, I serve on the Leadership Team of the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP) a position I was elected to last June at our annual conference, which was held in Albuquerque. The Leadership Team meets monthly via ZOOM (a web based video conference service) for a 2-hour meeting. We meet face-to-face in January and in June, so I will be traveling to St. Louis on Monday for a 3-day meeting of the Leadership Team.
The AUSCP was formed in 2011 and the members are called to serve the People of God in parishes and other ministries. The primary purpose of the Association is to add priests’ voice to the public conversation within our pilgrim church, among bishops, laypersons, vowed religious, ordained deacons and others. We address the following concerns: good liturgy, social justice, the role of women in our church, immigration policies that reflect Gospel values, the dignity of all human lives, and a church that welcomes all the People of God.
Our Mission: To be an association of U.S. Catholic priests offering mutual support and a collegial voice through dialogue, contemplation and prophetic action on issues affecting Church and society. Our Vision: To be a Priests Voice of Hope and Joy within our Pilgrim Church.
The AUSCP is the largest association of priests in the United States. All members are priests in good standing in dioceses and religious communities; new members are always welcome. Our inspiration is the teachings of Vatican II and our primary pursuit is the implementation of those teachings. The Association is always open to the support of friends to whom and with whom we minister. Our intent is to be a voice of hope and joy, as we listen to our members and friends. We hope to be prophetic advocate in the following areas: priestly formation, re-commitment to Gospel non-violence, married clergy, youth synod, priest less parishes, reviewing the Roman Missal, caring for our common home, immigration, clericalism, anti-racism, bridges to the laity and end the death penalty.
Now on the lighter side…..Teacher: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? Donald: H I J K L M N O. Teacher: What are you talking about? Donald: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,