AUSCP E-Bulletin

Palm Sunday

March 24, 2024

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the wearty with a word.

(Isaiah 50:4)

Five Parish Priests from the United States Named to Participate in

International Meeting of Priests in Rome

April 28-May 2, a global gathering of parish priests as part of the Synod on Synodality will be held in Rome, “Parish Priests for the Synod: An International Meeting.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was asked to submit a list of five priests who have been participating in synodality in their local parishes to send to the meeting. The guidelines of the Vatican’s General Secretariat of the Synod were to select four Latin Rite priests and one Eastern Catholic priest to represent the United States. The following have been selected to participate:

Rev. Artur Bubnevych, Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Rev. Joseph Friend, Diocese of Little Rock

Rev. Luis Navarro, Diocese of Stockton

Rev. Donald Planty, Diocese of Arlington

Rev. William Swichtenberg, Diocese of Green Bay


 Congratulations to All Saints Parish, Syracuse!

Syracuse Catholic parish wins national environmental prize

AUSCP member Fr. Frederick Daley is pastor of All Saints Parish in Syracuse, New York, which just won the 2024 Cool Congregations Challenge in the “Community Inspiration” category, an annual competition that celebrates exceptional efforts of U.S. religious congregations to combat climate change within their facilities and communities. You can read the story in NCR online HERE.

AUSCP Members Make Nagasaki Pilgrimage


We applaud AUSCP members Bob and Donna Cushing for their recent participation in a Pax Christi Pilgrimage to Japan. The following excerpts are taken from Bob’s write-up on the purpose of this pilgrimage:

“…We come to Japan to learn about the history of suffering in this extraordinarily beautiful land of culture, how Christ was crucified here in one of the most violent experiences of the twentieth century. Our pilgrimage is a journey of faith to a sacred place for the sake of conversion. This classical definition means that we are students and penitents, pilgrims of peace seeking reconciliation for the crimes our country committed against yours, especially in August of 1945. Yes, we come bearing an apology for the horrific act our government did to you. Also, we come needing to humbly listen to your hibakusha, to understand even a little of their prophetic witness. We want to hear their stories, your stories, to challenge the violence that is within ourselves for the sake of our own conversion.”

“…We cannot make this journey without your gracious welcome, open dialogue and helpful guidance to understand how Christ has suffered with you and in you. You empower us to continue to pray, plead, and protest for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the survival of humanity.”



Bob with Bishop Shirahama of Hiroshima



Register NOW for the 2024 AUSCP Annual Assembly!

Discounts expire April 1, 2024.

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Upcoming Webinars

There are no upcoming AUSCP webinars at the present time,

but stay tuned for more in the near future.


CONSTITUTION ON SACRED LITURGY: Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 6, 13, 2024. Hosted by Fr. Bob Bonnot and presented by Dr. Joe Torma

This series has ended, but Videos are online for Session 1 and Session 2

Other Webinars and Activities that might be of interest:

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.


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!

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