AUSCP E-Bulletin

Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2024

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

(Isaiah 43:18)

Mutual Support

Humans seem incapable of correcting one problem without overcorrecting to the point that they create another, opposite problem. So seems to be the case with the United States bishops’ 2002 “Dallas Charter,” intended as a “zero tolerance” response to the ongoing abuse issue. While originally well intentioned, over two decades later, it has now become clear that it has caused justice, common sense, and due process for accused priests to have been completely thrown out the window. The lives of innocent priests continue to be shattered. This article by David Pierre issues a call to take notice of this issue. You can read the entire article HERE.


May you be blessed with the luck o’ the Irish!

Calling for AUSCP Leadership Team Nominations

The future of AUSCP depends on the guidance of the Spirit as displayed through the members of the Leadership Team (LT). We are calling for nominees for this year’s elections to the AUSCP LT which will take place at the Annual Assembly in Lexington, June 24-27.

Please consider your gifts and see if they match what is needed to serve on the Leadership Team. We welcome diversity in all areas – age, race, ethnicity, diocese, etc.

Election to the Leadership Team of AUSCP for a three-year term presumes that you commit to the following responsibilities:

  • One to two conference calls with the Leadership Team per month: (currently on Tuesdays for 1- 2 hours, beginning at 3 PM Eastern Time). You need to have a computer, phone, or ipad that can access Zoom.
  • Travel: two trips per year – in January, for a Leadership Team meeting in the city where the June Assembly will be held (2 and 1/2 days in length). Your presence will also be required at the annual national Assembly in June, plus the afternoon following it, (Monday through Thursday); expenses for the meetings (does not include Assembly) are covered by AUSCP.
  • Willingness to be an officer or work with a standing committee.

Nomination forms are available from: office@auscp.orgPlease consider self-nominating or encouraging someone you think would be a good addition to the Leadership Team.

We are at an exciting time in the AUSCP as we support the agenda of Pope Francis! Please give serious consideration to how you can use your gifts to further the work of AUSCP. Deadline for nominations is April 30, 2024.

Nominees must be current in their AUSCP membership and be present at the 2024 Assembly in Lexington!


Catholic Climate Covenant:

Pre-register for our 2024 Earth Day program


The 2024 Earth Day program will focus on the growing problem of plastic pollution and will complement the secular Earth Day theme of “Planet vs. Plastics.” The one-hour program will help your community learn about how plastic production, consumption, and disposal are impacting human and planetary health, and will give you concrete strategies for personal, community, and systemic actions. The Earth Day program can be used on April 22nd or on any day that fits your community’s schedule. Pre-register to receive the program in your inbox by mid-March here.


Register NOW for the 2024 AUSCP Annual Assembly!

New Information – Here is the link to the Assembly Schedule:

Registration is available online, or by check.

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

Access Online Assembly Registration Form HERE.

Link for Hyatt Regency Online reservations:

OR, call 800-233-1234; or 859-253-1234 and ask for Code G-ACPX .

Did you renew your AUSCP Membership for 2024?

If you are one of the 389 who have already renewed, thank you! You can ignore this message.

The yearly membership fee is $60 for priest members. We encourage Friends to support our work, but there is no set fee for Friends. We appreciate your membership! Please stay with us by renewing at this link at your earliest convenience, if you have not already renewed for 2024:


Make a donation to AUSCP as your Lenten Almsgiving!

Be an Angel

and support our work!

Click on the Angel to donate.

Thank YOU!

(We have reached $85,520

toward a goal of $100,000.)


Upcoming Webinars

See below for our upcoming webinars.

Be sure to take a look and consider signing up.


AUSCP and Voice of the Faithful invite you to:
Join the Conversation!

The General Secretariat for the Synod wants to hear from more priests and lay people before its second session in October 2024. YOU can make that happen. Join our co-sponsored Zoom gathering on March 20:

Wednesday, March 20 — 5 pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, and 8 pm Eastern

Our topic will be the two questions that U.S. Bishops are directed to ask in all dioceses:

1. Where have I seen or experienced successes and distresses within the Church’s structures, organization, leadership, and life that encourage or hinder the mission?

2. How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized to respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and mercy in Christ?

Or to translate the Church-speak: What works and does not work in the Church today, and how can we together make it work better? We will gather the combined voices of clergy and lay people from this Conversation and send the results to both the USCCB and the Secretariat.

Bring yourself. Bring your friends. Pastors, bring a staff member. Laity, bring your pastor. Invite everyone!

To register, click on the date: Wednesday March 20

We look forward to seeing you there!



Constitution on SACRED LITURGY, Sacrosanctum Concilium – Sessions completed.

Videos are online for Session 1 and Session 2

Other Webinars and Activities that might be of interest:

Informed, Engaged, and Committed: NETWORK’s 2024 Election Training Series

* Workshops will be offered online from April 9-May 4*

This election, faith-filled voters have the opportunity to choose community over chaos. Join NETWORK Advocates from across the country for a four-part series to dig deeper into what it means to be a multi-issue Catholic voter, learn strategies to engage people in challenging conversations and build hope-filled narratives that inspire people to care about important issues, and explore concrete actions you can take to influence the election.

Each workshop session has multiple time slots–you only need to sign up for one since the content will be repeated. You do not have to sign up for the same time slot each week. We hope that you can attend all four workshops in the series, but we will welcome your participation in any!

To read about each session and register, please visit:


Register HERE.

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