We hope you enjoy this edition of USCMA's Mission Monthly.
USCMA's 2014 Mission Survey:
Later this month, the USCMA office will be mailing out the Mission Survey to many of our members and mission-sending organizations around the United States. This survey is critical to our work in promoting the U.S. Church’s missionary activity and global relationships with (arch)dioceses and parish around the world. To help religious communities and mission-sending organizations we will also be dedicating a page to the Mission Survey on our website for participants to download the gurvey guidelines and instructions, blank forms, and an optional MS Excel workbook for survey participants to use instead of the printed materials.
USCMA Meets Fr. Kevin O'Neill, SSC
Fr. Kevin O'Neill, Superior General of the Columban Fathers visited Washington, DC for the first time as Superior General
Fr. Kevin O’Neill, SSC, Superior General of the Columban Fathers, visited the new home of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach yesterday and met with several members of other Catholic mission and advocacy organizations. Fr. Kevin thanked all present for their dedication to their ministries and for their collaboration with the Columban Fathers. Continue reading here
Sacraments and Social Mission Series
Franciscan Mission Service Releases a New Blog Series on the Sacraments and Social Mission
Washington, DC (Franciscan Mission Service Blog)- Inspired by Sacraments and Social Mission: Living the Gospel, Being Disciples written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this series focuses on the seamless connection between the Sacraments and Mission. Each week will focus on a specific sacrament (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, Holy Orders). To learn more and to follow the blog series, click here.
Nicaragua's Missionary Jubilee Year
The "Missionary Jubilee in the Family" Begins
Matagalpa (Agenzia Fides) - Today, "the Missionary Jubilee Year Family" begins in Nicaragua, which coincides with the celebration of the national patronal feast of Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas. The great feast began yesterday, January 14, with a mass pilgrimage from three different points of the country towards the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lord of Esquipulas to celebrate the religious feast in honor of the "Black Christ", as it is called by the people of Central America (in fact, the feast is celebrated also in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico). Continue reading here.
OMI Archbishop Designated a Cardinal
The OMI Superior General: "With Msg. Quevedo, Let Us Look at the Church of the Poor"
Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "By naming Archbishop Quevedo cardinal, Pope Francis is giving a signal to all of us: it is the recognition of a very committed missionary, a priest and bishop who leads by serving others, whose main concern is the Gospel and the poor and who has worked tirelessly to promote friendship between Christians and Muslims, to support their struggle to live together in respect and peace" is what Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI, Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), the religious congregation which Msg. Quevedo belongs to, Archbishop of Cotabato, on the island of Mindanao (southern Philippines). Continue reading here.
The Future of Haiti Four Years Later
Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - A group of Haitian children, helped by a Spanish NGO, has made a documentary to convey an optimistic view regarding Haiti and its future, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary (12/01/2010 ) of the earthquake that killed about 300,000 people in the Caribbean country. The promotional spot of the documentary "Me llamo Haiti", by the NGO "Educar desde la Infancia", can be found on the internet: we are talking about a 28 -minute video made entirely by children. Continue reading here.
Protecting Life with Mass Media
New Plan of Evangelization with Mass Media Dedicated to the "Protection of Life"
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - In the new year the Church in Pakistan reintroduces evangelization with mass media, with a plan that will focus on the theme of "protection of life": this was reported to Fides by Fr. Nadeem John Shaker, secretary of the Commission for Social Communications in the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan and Director of Radio Veritas in Urdu language. Continue reading here.
Children Helping Children
The Missionary Childhood Children in Lebanon Help Syrian Refugee Children
Beirut ( Agenzia Fides) - Missionary Childhood (IM) Day will be celebrated on Sunday, January 26th, which has always had the motto "Children help children". Among the various initiatives, the young children of IM in Lebanon have organized themselves to help refugee children. The Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Fr. Paul Karam, and the secretary of the IM of the country, Nada Hajjar, declared that the aid will consist of clothing, fundraising, visits to refugee families. Continue reading here.
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