Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

Photos from the 2017 Atlanta Assembly - Peacemaking in our Fractured Society

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St. Katharine Drexel built Our Lady of Lourdes Church over 100 years ago for the Black Catholic community of Atlanta. There was a school in which the order she founded taught, the.  Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She built over 100 schools from the east coast to the west coast.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (center) and Archbishop John Charles Wester of the Archdiocese of Sante Fe, New Mexico (left)concelebrate the Mass with Fr. Kenneth Taylor, the President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (right). Archbishop Wester is the Episcopal Moderator of the AUSCP; Archbishop Gregory is a member of National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC).

Assembly Keynote Address


Fr. Bryan Massingale, Archdiocese of Milwaukee and professor at Fordham University in New York opens the assembly with his keynote: "To Redeem the Soul of America: The Vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, J." He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. He is a member of National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC).




Black Catholic Liturgical Movement

Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in an Afrocentric Black Catholic parish. The parish is across from   the King Center in Atlanta. 

NBCCC delegation leads Morning Prayer Service with AUSCP members. From right to left:   Dn. Leonard Chambliss, Archdiocese of Atlanta; Fr. Jay Matthews, Diocese of Oakland, California; Fr. Jim Schexnayder (at podium) Diocese of Oakland; Fr. Clarence Williams, CPPS, Diocese of Columbus, Ohio; and Fr. Jim Kiesel of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland.


Tomb of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This site is across the street from Our Lady of Lourdes Church located within the National Park called the King Center and Museum.






Colloquium on Racism

Fr. Clarence Williams, CPPS shares with the priests attending the colloquium on Racial Sobriety wearing the AUSCP sweat shirt saying, "One God, One People." He is the author of Racial Sobriety: Becoming the change you want to see.


Award Dinner

Fr. Bryan Massingale receives the Pope John XXIII Award from Fr. Bob Bonnot, the Chair of the AUSCP Leadership Team. In the center is Fr. David Cooper, the founding chair of AUSCP, made the introductory remarks for the presentation of the award.


Spirit of Enthusiasm


There were many moments during the assembly that brought the attendees and the public to their feet in applause.



/Users/owner/Desktop/ATLANTA FOLDER/FR. JEFFREY OTT, OP PASTOR RESIZED.jpgFr. Jeffrey Ott, OP, the Pastor of Historic Our Lady of Lourdes, welcomes the church full of guests from throughout the country. Fr. Ott served as a local coordinator of the historical gathering.


Prayer Service focused on Lamentations for the Racial Breach

Fr. Clarence Williams leads morning prayer. He serves on the Leadership Team of the AUSCP as a bridge between NBCCC to model their racial collaboration. Fr. Williams is the Vice-President of NBCCC.


Table Talk

Fr. Kenneth Taylor, President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (center) and Deacon Leonard Chambliss (left) share table talk with AUSCP members.

HD photos sent in separate email. These photos are for reference in terms of possible caption and the identification of individual. With the exception of St. Katharine Drexel, all photos by Paul Leingang, Communications Director for AUSCP