USCMA Mission Monthly
May 2014
Promoting Mission and Global Solidarity
Dear Friends,

May has been a busy month here at USCMA. The USCMA Annual Conference is continuing to take shape as we confirm our final speakers and work with local groups to prepare a conference that will guide participants toward a deeper understanding of the importance of Mission and Justice in their lives. We are happy to announce that registration is now open and we have several sponsorship opportunities available. To learn more about this year's conference and to register, click here.
 
Stephen with the FMS Short-Term Mission TeamWhile all of this has been happening, Stephen, USCMA's Associate Director, went on his first Short-Term Mission trip to Bolivia earlier this month with a group from Franciscan Mission Service. During his trip, Stephen travelled to La Paz, Cochabamba, Coroico, and Carmen Pampa. Next week, he will share some of his story in a special edition of our popular blog series Faces of Mission.
 
USCMA Member Becomes Superior General 
Br. Robert Schieler, FSC is elected the Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers
 
Br. Robert Schieler, FSC
Yesterday, Br. Robert “Bob” Schieler became the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, founder the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, more popularly known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The De La Salle Christian Brothers have been members of USCMA for over 15 years. Br. Bob served several years in the Christian Brothers’ mission in the Philippines before working in several administrative posts. Please join us as we congratulate Br. Bob upon his election to Superior General and pray that the Lord will continue to bless him in his new ministry.
 
To learn more, click here to read the press releases from the De La Salle Generalate and from the Christian Brothers Conference.
 
Basic Ecclesial Communities 
The New Face of the Church at the Service of Justice and Peace
 
El Alto, May 16, 2014 (Agenzia Fides) - From July 10 to 13, the XI National Meeting of the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) will be held in the Diocese of El Alto, with the slogan: "To build a new face of the Church from the BEC. For faith at the service of peace and justice". The participation of delegations of the BEC across the nation is expected. Read more here.
 
Disaster in South Sudan 
Aid Agency Warns of Imminent 'Catastrophic Levels of Hunger'
 
JUBA, May 16, 2014 (CISA) - Millions of people in South Sudan face catastrophic levels of hunger and suffering, Oxfam International has stated. The aid agency further said there was need for a “massive and rapid surge” in aid for the war torn country and called on the international community to act immediately to help the people of South Sudan. Read more here.
 
Martial Law Declared 
For the Church in Thailand, it is Urgent "to Open a Channel Between the Parties"
 
Bangkok, May 20, 2014 (Agenzia Fides) - "We were in a situation of institutional stalemate for a long time. Because of uncertainty and insecurity, the population welcomed the intervention of the army which is not a coup but serves to prevent violence and chaos that would further damage the country: this is the aim of the martial law. In a polarized situation, it is urgent to open a channel between the parties to resolve the institutional crisis". Read more here.
 
Kidnapping in Nigeria 
Archbishop Kaigama: Christians and Muslims United to Bring Back Kidnapped Girls
 
JOS May 16, 2014 (CISA) - Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into solidarity with each other across religious divides, one of the country’s bishops has said. Read more here.
 
"Ad Gentes Missionary Vocation" 
The Main Form of Missionary Cooperation
 
Madrid, May 20, 2014 (Agenzia Fides) - The "Days" of Diocesan Delegates for the Missions and the National Assembly of diocesan Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) are being held in Madrid. With the slogan "Ad gentes missionary vocation", this formation meeting brings together, from May 19 to 21, the principal leaders of missionary animation in the Spanish dioceses, and is jointly organized by the Episcopal Commission for the Missions and Cooperation among the Churches, and by the national Directorate of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Spain. Read more here.
 
Singapore and the New Evangelization 
A Ten Year Plan for the Church: God's Word at the Center
 
Singapore (Agenzia Fides) - Starting afresh from the Gospel and engage in the New Evangelization: is the approach that will characterize the Church in Singapore in the near future. This was outlined by Archbishop William Goh, explaining his ten-year pastoral plan, in a meeting with representatives and delegates from all the parishes of the diocese, held in past days. Read more here.
 
Share Your News and Upcoming Events with USCMA Members 
 
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USCMA Staff and Contact Information
 
Rev. John R. Nuelle, MSExecutive Director
Mr. Stephen F. Scott, MTSAssociate Director
Miss Allison Kingery, Associate Director of Operations
Sr. Anne Louise vonHoene, MMSAccountant

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In this Month's Issue...
Register today for USCMA's Annual Conference!
 
 
USCMA's Annual Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission, takes place October 24 - 26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA.
 
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
Denver, CO
  • Sept. 16 - 25, 2014
2014 Weekend Workshops
Chicago, IL
  • June 26 - 29, 2014
  • Oct. 23 - 26, 2014 
New York, NY
  • Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2014
Check Out USCMA's
Popular Blog Series

Our biweekly blog series Faces of Mission highlights our membership and all their work in and for mission.

Last week, we featured Rev. Julien Cormier, M. Afr., who spent many years in Burundi and Niger as a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 we will have a special post from Stephen Scott, USCMA's Associate Director, about his recent short-term mission trip to Bolivia. Make sure to check out these and other member stories!

If you would like to share your story, contact Allison Kingery, Associate Director of Operations.
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