AUSCP E-Bulletin

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 11, 2024

You are my refuge, O Lord;
you fill me with the joy of salvation

(Responsorial – Psalm 31)

AUSCP Annual Pope St. John XXIII Awards

At the Assembly, it is a tradition to honor several persons, lay or ordained, who have significantly promoted the spirit of Vatican II by the witness they have given in the way they live, through their ministry, and by the way they share their spirituality. The awardees chosen for the 2024 Pope St. John 23rd Award are: Archbishop John Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and Sr. Marge Eilerman, OSF, Pastoral Minister in Booneville, Kentucky.

We are featuring Archbishop Wester in this bulletin and will feature Sr. Marge in a future edition

In January 2022, Archbishop John Wester published a pastoral letter calling on Catholics in the U.S. to have an “urgent conversation” about the continued risks posed by the stockpiling and development of nuclear weapons: “Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament.” He called for an open dialogue on nuclear disarmament and redirecting resources from the nuclear arms race to peaceful objectives, like cleaning up nuclear contamination and addressing climate change. In August 2023, he undertook a five-city “Pilgrimage of Peace” to Japan with Seattle Archbishop Paul Etienne to promote nuclear disarmament.

Archbishop Wester actively promotes the Synod, women’s role in the Church, positive action on climate change, unity against cultural violence, and transparency in working through sex abuse cases. He is also serving as the Episcopal Consultor for AUSCP. AUSCP is delighted to recognize him for his prophetic ministry. Congratulations, Archbishop Wester!

Lenten Resources

Book on Nonviolence

The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence – John Dear, Orbis Books, $20.00. Art Laffin’s book review (NCR online 1/19/24) of John Dear’s book on Gospel nonviolence shows why this would be an excellent book for Lenten reading. Click on the title of the article to read more: The Gospel of Peace’ makes a case for Christian nonviolence with precision, passion

Daily Reflections

Join Ignatian Spirituality Network and voices from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network each day as we ask: How are we being refreshed and consoled in our lives, in our Church, and in our work for justice? Subscribe here for FREE daily reflections and join us, in our world in which injustice abounds.

Laudato Si’ Movement

We invite you to share this Lenten experience with us using the Lent Calendar that the Eco Conversion team has especially prepared: a combination of Gospel reflections and regional calls to action, linking the contemplative spirit of Lent with the need for ecological conversion through repentance, reflection and reconciliation.

What Happened at the Synod? The Call to Dialogue on Co-responsibility and Women’s Participation in Our Church

The AUSCP Women in the Church Working Group held a webinar on February 7th, which included presentations by Cynthia Bailey Manns, Delegate to the 2023 Synod; Bishop John Stowe, Diocese of Lexington, KY; Maureen O’Connell of Lasalle University; Ellie Hidalgo of Discerning Deacons; and Bernadette Rudolph of Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Valuable information was shared on the Synod. The recording of this webinar is available by clicking on the link below. After viewing, if you wish to share your thoughts on what resonates with you and why, you can do so by sending them to:

Use this link to view.

A great article about this event by Michael Centore, is available in Today’s American Catholic.

Register NOW for the 2024 AUSCP Annual Assembly!

Registration is available online, or by check.

Send checks to: AUSCP, PO Box 676, Tiffin, OH 44883

Access Online Assembly Registration Form HERE.

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There are several upcoming webinars listed below. Please join us for those that are of interest to you. Thank you for your interest and participation!


AUSCP Zoom Discussion Series on Racism

This program is part of the three-year strategic plan to combat racism provided by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests Anti-racism Team. All are welcome and you may invite others to join. You need not have attended previous sessions and may switch between these sessions as you wish.

Year 3 Task: Dismantle Structural and Deeply Systemic Racism in our American Society

Two sessions will be offered:Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings:

Wednesday February 14, 21, 28, & March 6 (2:30-4:00 PM ET) or

Thursday February 15, 22, 29, & March 7 (7:30-9:00 PM ET)

The sessions will be moderated by Rev. John Judie and Susan and Paul Sherman.

Contact Paul Sherman to register:



Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 6, 13, 2024.

4-5pm ET followed with 30-45 minutes of further discussion.

Host: Fr. Bob Bonnot Presenter: Dr. Joe Torma

Constitution on SACRED LITURGY, Sacrosanctum Concilium

Sacred Liturgy was the first Vatican II conciliar constitution developed and adopted by the Council in 1963. It established several adjustments for Restoration of the Liturgy, especially the Eucharist. This 4-part webinar offers an apt preparation … for the Eucharistic Revival the Church in America is holding during a National Eucharistic Congress from July 17-21, 2024. Other developments regarding Liturgy in the Constitution include the Mystery of Eucharist, Sacraments and Sacramentals, the Divine Office used by many, the organization of the Liturgical Year, Sacred Music, Art and Furnishings used in various liturgical places. This Webinar can help many persons to refresh their liturgical practice and spirituality.

Register by clicking HERE.


What is Asylum?

Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 3 pm EST / 2 pm CST

Michael Richard, the Legal Director of Immigration Services for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, will offer a thought provoking webinar which will help one better understand asylum law and the reasons individuals seek protection under asylum. This a current topic as tens of thousands of individuals from around the world are seeking asylum in the United States in order to save their lives. There will be a short period for questions after the presentation. The AUSCP Working Group on Immigration is hosting the webinar.

Register by clicking HERE.



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