USCMA's
Mission Monthly
February 2014
 
 
Dear Friends
 
What a great month! Even though winter is hitting DC hard, USCMA is already blossoming with new projects and activities for 2014! As always, we look forward to your feedback and hope you enjoy this edition of the Mission Monthly.
 
USCMA Announces Release of the 2014 Mission Survey 

 
It is with great joy that USCMA released the 2014 Mission Survey to Mission Sending Organizations as we continue our dedication to promoting mission and global solidarity. The Survey was mailed to the Mission Sending Organizations on record with USCMA. This year’s survey can be completed electronically through a new downloadable form. Download the Mission Survey Workbook here.
 
Due to the many mission activities that do not fall under the current Mission Survey, USCMA is in the process of creating a Mission Activity Survey to give a more complete picture of the missionary activity of the US Church. The new survey will highlight the mission activities and service opportunities that are not covered by the current Mission Survey. It will request information on Twinning Relationships, Short-Term Mission Trips, Immersion Trips, and other activities. Read more here.


 
USCMA's New Website 

USCMA Prepares to Unveil Its New Website 
 
In the coming weeks USCMA will unveil its new website. Fr. John R. Nuelle, MS, USCMA Executive Director, spoke of how, “in preparing for the 2013 annual conference, USCMA staff recognized that, like so many other organizations, an audit of our own use of the Internet was imperative. The gradual introduction of new platforms, materials, and links over the years caused a proliferation of pages, duplications, and broken links, while outdated information remained available.
 
As a result, the website had become unruly and less than user-friendly. A re-design was in order.” USCMA’s new website will maintain many of the popular features of the existing website and incorporate some new functionality. The “Member’s Only” section of the current website will also be reformatted and become the “Member Resources Portal.” The username and password of the current member’s only page will remain the same for the new site.
 
Job Opportunity at USCMA 

Fr. Jack Writes to USCMA Members
 
USCMA is offering to its members a great opportunity to share integrally in the workings of the Association as part of the staff in the Washington, DC office. The position of Accountant / Administrative Assistant is open. To read Fr. Jack’s letter to the members, click here.
 
Learning to Become Missionary Disciples  

"From Blessed Brochero let us learn to become missionary disciples": Meeting of the Diocese of Patagonia
 
Rawson (Agenzia Fides) - The XI Regional Meeting for the Pastoral Care of the dioceses that make up the region of Patagonia-Comahue was held in the city of Rawson, the capital of the province of Chubut (Argentina). The meeting was held from 14 to 16 February on the theme "From the Blessed Cura Brochero, let us deepen our vocation as missionary disciples".
 
On opening the meeting, the Bishop of the Diocese of Rio Gallegos, His Exc. Mgr. Miguel Ángel D'Annibale, presented the life and work of evangelization of Cura Brochero, inviting participants to reflect on the impact that his example and his witness could have in the dioceses of Patagonia. He then presented the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Read more here.
 
To Be Truly a Church of the Poor 

The Final Message of the Assembly of Bishops
 

Palai (Agenzia Fides) - The Church is called to become an example of simplicity, transparency, justice, mercy, in a society polluted by corruption and violence: This is what the final communiqué of the 31st Assembly of the Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), held at Palai (Kerala), from February 5 to 13 says, on the theme "A renewed Church for a renewed society". In the text sent to Fides, the Bishops say, following the example of Pope Francis: "We want the Church to be truly a church of the poor". Read more here.
 
Working Together Against Human Trafficking 

Prevention is Not Enough: Church, State and Society Must Work Together to Combat Human Trafficking
 
Tlaxcala (Agenzia Fides) – Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation has put Tlaxcala in the eyes of the whole world, but the "sad reality" of forced sexual exploitation, unfortunately, occurs in many other places. On the issue, the Bishop of Tlaxcala, His Exc. Mgr. Francisco Moreno Barrón has raised his voice in his weekly message spread through social media, which was also sent to Fides. Read more here.
 
Mobilizing Against Human Trafficking 

"Play for Life": Thousands of Religious Mobilize Against Human Trafficking 
  
Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - More than 30 thousand religious women, almost 8,000 priests and about 2,700 religious brothers mobilized "for a prevention campaign that will begin on May 18 in all the host cities of the Football World Cup" in order to increase the awareness of the population on issues such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the country. Read more here.
 
In this Mission Monthly...
FROM MISSION TO MISSION RE-ENTRY WORKSHOPS

 
Since our founding in 1980, many cross-cultural missioners and volunteers have found From Mission to Mission re-entry workshops a valuable part of their transition process.

Our goal is to offer support for all returning missioners to reflect on their experience, heal from the wounds of the experience and to integrate the many gifts gained.

To register go to our website: http://www.missiontomission.org
For more information contact us at missiontomission@hotmail.com.

2014 10-Day Workshops

San Antonio, TX
  • Feb. 25- Mar. 6, 2014
Denver, CO
  • Sept. 16 - 25, 2014
2014 Weekend Workshops 

Camden, NJ
  • April 24 - 27, 2014
Chicago, IL
  • June 26 - 29, 2014
  • Oct. 23 - 26, 2014 
New York, NY 
  • Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014 
 
Save the Date
 
 
 
The 2014 USCMA Mission Conference, Gospel Justice: Living the Challenge as the Church in Mission, will be October 24 - 26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.
 
We hope you can join us!


Check Out USCMA's 
New Blog Feature:
 
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out USCMA’s blog series Faces of Mission. This biweekly series highlights our membership and all their work in and for mission. In our most recent post, we featured Maureen Daniels, a La Salette Lay Associate who established a parish nurse training program in Madagascar. Check out Maureen’s and other member stories today! 
 
If you would like to share your story, contact Allison Kingery, Associate Director of Operations.

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