Newsletter: April 28, 2011

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Reclaiming the Promise of Vatican II

Pentecost Weekend, JUNE 10-12, 2011
COUNTDOWN TO DETROIT                                     Update: April 28, 2011

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Gracious and Holy God, we join in prayer with all who seek to reclaim the vision and spirit of Vatican II and all those who will gather in Detroit this Pentecost.

May we be anointed by your Spirit to share in divine creativity in solving challenges of carrying out Vatican II’s empowerment of the baptized;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we benefit from the diversity of gifts you have bestowed on all your people and work toward recognizing and using those gifts fully and inclusively;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we be open to Your grace and steadfast in the face of scorn, opposition and dismissal;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we always remember all those who have gone before us, both blazing prophets and quiet souls, who have labored for freedom, truth and dignity for your people;

Send forth your Spirit!

May we join our footsteps with those of your Risen Son, on the Road to Emmaus, the Promise of Pentecost, and the Alleluia of a resurrected Church; Send forth your Spirit!

May we be strengthened by the solidarity of this communal prayer and through the grace and power of the God who lovingly weaves us all together in a tapestry of love, so that we can do more than any one of us dreams alone;

Send forth your Spirit!

The Detroit Venue


Most sessions of the ACC will take place in COBO HALLa world-class meeting and convention facility, located along the beautifully restored international riverfront in the heart of a vibrant and transformed downtown Detroit. COBO is physically linked to the Marriott at GM Renaissance Center, our host hotel, by the Detroit People Mover

, an elevated railway system. A number of other hotels and restaurants are in the immediate area.



Booth space is still available for organizations that would like to display or sell merchandise. Your 10′ x 10′ booth includes one a 6′ table, 2 chairs, wastebasket and ID sign.  Commercial booth: $400;

NonProfit Service Booth (no sales): $250. One complimentary conference registration is included per booth. Click here to Reserve Booth. If you need further assistance or have questions, please contact  JACKI GIACONE, at 815-509-7158 or email

Understanding why 30% US  Catholics leave the  Church

One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic.One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic. Jesuit Fr. Thomas J. Reese, former editor of America and senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington, reflects on disturbing data released by the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, explaining why nearly a third of all Americans raised Catholic have left the Church. Quoting the Pew research study, Reese states that the principal reasons given by people who leave the church to become Protestant are that their “spiritual needs were not being met in the Catholic Church (71 percent).  … Dissatisfaction with how the church deals with spiritual needs and worship services dwarfs disagreements over specific doctrines.

Read Reese’s full commentary in The Hidden Exodus ( 4/18/2011) National Catholic Reporter

All Aboard

All Aboard the ACC Express:

Be Part of an Historic Moment Pre-Registrations have passed 1000!


or download Mail-in Form in the Program Brochure below;


Additional Information on BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (CBRR)

(rev. December 15, 2010)

The CBRR is a foundational document to be presented for adoption at the American Catholic Council and will be a central element of the Detroit agenda. The Planning Committee has been developing this document over two years, reflecting input from the grassroots in nearly 100 local/regional listening sessions. A fourth and final draft of the CBRR will be published to the ACC website by May 20.

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Last Chance to let your voice be heard:

OnLine Survey Closes Midnight, Saturday, April 30th

Let Your Voice Be HeardThe ACC in Detroit has been preceded with nearly 100 locaI/regional Listening Sessions involving over 3000 participants across the country over the past 18 months. Whether or not you are able to be with us in Detroit, if you haven’t participated in a listening session or if you previously attended a session and did not submit a survey in the days following that session, please take time to share with us your thoughts about the future of the church.

Go to Virtual Listening Assembly Survey. Follow the directions under “Data Collection.” No password is required to access the survey, however, if you are not surveyalready a member of our social network (ACC Assemblies Community Network) you will be prompted to SIGN-UP The survey itself is totally anonymous and cannot be linked to your identity. To learn more about the Assemblies Community Network (ACN), the steps we take to protect your privacy, and our standards for transparent communications on the network, see the downloadable information at the “JOIN NOW” box on the left column of the HOME PAGE. If you have difficulties, email:

The “REFORM IN ACTION” Process in Detroit:


Our “Listening” will Continue throughout the Council Sessions in Detroit. Beginning with a session on Friday evening and continuing throughout Saturday, members of the ACC National Planning Committee and other volunteers will provide a location and process to provide opportunities for attendees to document comments and feedback on ACC strategies and to receive reports from Breakout Session recorders that can impact the post-Council Action Plan. Venues and times will be detailed in the program and announced from the podium.

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Kung           Carroll       Townsend    Rodriguez    Padovano    Chittister

  • The Council opens at 6pm on Friday evening, June 10th, with the premier screening of an extraordinary video interview with German Theologian HANS KUNG, filmed exclusively for American Catholic Council. Copies of the video will be available for purchase in Detroit. Kung will provide historical perspective on the expectations of the ACC and spiritual motifs of Vatican II; For background on Kung and the making of this video, go to ACC Newsletter Archives and scroll down to the September 2010 issue.

    Reclaiming the JOY of the People of God

    Reclaiming the FREEDOM of the People of God
    Reclaiming the SPIRIT & VISION of the People of God
    Reclaiming the COMMITMENT of the People of God

    Reclaiming the HOPE of the People of God

PRE-CONFERENCES (Register Directly With Each)


Hanging Tough Via Community Organizing & NonViolent Action: Keeping Your Integrity While Changing the (Institutional) Church  (Friday, June 10 / 9am-3pm)

This preconference to the American Catholic Council will help you learn principles of community organizing and gospel non-violence as they apply to your local parish and diocese.   Learn how hundreds of ordinary Catholics put the priest shortage and women deleted from the lectionary on the agendas of two Vatican synods, and changed the public image of St. Mary of Magdala from a prostitute to the first witness to the Resurrection. Still others are successfully resisting unjust parish closings by flooding Vatican offices with appeals that are now proving successful. Keynote by Sr. Louise Akers plus hands-on training by other Catholic activists on how to use proven resources; Early Bird $40 ($50 after May 20)

Info and Register here:

VOTF NATIONAL MEETING Voice of the Faithful

Church Reform:

A Do-It-Yourself Job

Friday June 10 (10 am-3:30pm)

Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center; Prior to the American Catholic Council, hear from team members working on bishop selection, women’s initiatives, statutes of limitations reforms, spiritual and communal growth, financial accountability … and so much more. Morning program features a report from President Dan Bartley and interactive presentations by our Voices in Action teams. Afternoon program features Jason Berry and Fr. Tom Doyle discussing connections between the greatest Church scandals of today: sex abuse and coverups by the clergy, and the misuse of funds. No registration required.

CORPUS (National Association for an Inclusive Priesthood)

and International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry

CORPUS Joint Meeting & Conversation:

Revisioning Our Past & Becoming our Future

FRI, JUNE 10 – 10am

For More Information, EMAIL:


We welcome advertisements and expressions of support of ACC for publication in the Detroit program booklet commemorating this historic national gathering celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II.  The program will be distributed to all registrants and will be available for downloading on the ACC website (averaging more than 100 hits a day)

The program will be printed on 8 ½” by 11″ quality white paper with heavy stock cover and contain Council documents including the final draft of the Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, biographies and descriptions of the six keynote addresses, detailed descriptions of 18 different Breakout Sessions, summary narrative and data from nearly one hundred listening sessions held over the last 18 months years, as well as music, lyrics and prayers that will be used at the celebratory Closing Eucharist on Sunday morning.

Ads are priced as follows:

Full page, $200; Half page, $100

Inside front and back covers, full page $400

Page LayoutsCamera-ready ads should be submitted in PDF format, with 1″ margins; full page copy up to 6 ½ by 9; half page up to 6 ½ by 4 ½. Deadline: May 19, 2011. E-mail with copy to  Send check to Joseph Beausoleil, Treas., American Catholic Council, 9007 Springview Loop, Estero FL 33928, or provide us with billing information. Thank you for helping us to make this a marker event in Roman Catholicism in the United States!


Ground TrGround Transportationansportation: Volunteers will be on site at Detroit Airport to provide directions on how to use taxi, bus or van service to the Marriott Renaissance Center in downtown. Our next update will include a list of ground transportation options and pricing;

Looking for a Roommate to Cut Hotel Cost? Having difficulties with the registration process? … Or any other question about the registration, Call the Registrar at 815/299-7158 or David Lister at 763/767-6190 or email

Haven’t Yet Received You Registration Confirmation?

Confirmation notices are regularly sent via email.  Be sure to check SPAM folder. If you need to verify your registration status, contact

Booking Hotel Reservations at the Marriott: There are still a good number of rooms available in the ACC block at the substantial discount price of $109/night. Be sure to book your hotel room by May 18th when the block will be released. Note that the hotel will not accept reservations at our preferred rate if you call the hotel directly.  To get the discounted hotel rate, we recommend that you book your hotel room via the ACC Online Registration Form by following the steps below:

(1) Go to the field: “Council Registration, Full Registration;”

(2) Click the drop- down window and select “I am not registering at this time” (the first item);

(3) Proceed to the Hotel Reservation Section of the form to reserve your hotel rooms. 

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