We hope that you have had a chance to enjoy the last few weeks, whether they have provided you with an opportunity to take a vacation or spend time with family and friends. As summer begins each year, Fr. Jack initially takes time for an annual retreat, followed by weekends “on the road” preaching mission appeals. At the time of his priestly ordination 50 years ago, Fr. Jack took as his motto, “Christ sent me to preach the Gospel”. Preaching mission appeals is an enriching way of fulfilling that dream and bringing Christians to a greater awareness of what it means to be “missionary disciples”. Participating in various conferences, such as that of the American Society of Missiology, he was able to nourish that challenging dream. Meanwhile Stephen completed facilitating a seven-week faith sharing group at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
in Washington, DC on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium
and shared with the participants some of his personal experiences while on mission, as well as some experiences from USCMA’s members.
Last month, Pope Francis promulgated his Message for World Mission Day
in which he continues the theme of the joy of missionary discipleship. In his message he reminds us how, “World Mission Day is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands.” Pope Francis begins by recalling the Gospel event of sending forth 72 disciples and then he invites us to share in the joy that comes from our own encounter with the Lord as missionary disciples.
He goes on to challenge us to live in solidarity with others. Reading Pope Francis’ message will be a wonderful way to prepare for this year’s Annual USCMA Conference in Alexandria, VA (October 24-26), where we will focus on the theme: Gospel Justice, A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission
. As we move closer to that October event, take a few moments to reflect on how each of us is called to live a life of authentic solidarity and how we can work together to live out Gospel Justice.
Child Malnutrition in South Sudan
Child Malnutrition Rates Skyrocket: +73% Compared to 2013
Leer (Agenzia Fides) - Rates of malnutrition have skyrocketed in parts of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei States since conflict erupted in South Sudan in December (see Fides 10/07/2014). More than 13,270 children, most under the age of five, have been admitted to MSF feeding programs in South Sudan so far this year, amounting to 73 percent of the 18,125 admissions during the whole of 2013. In the town of Leer, MSF teams were treating 40 malnutrition cases each month before the outbreak of hostilities. Read more here.
OMI Missioners in the Philippines
The Missionaries for the Development of Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao
Sultan Kundarat (Agenzia Fides) - To promote human development and education of indigenous Manobo-Dulangan, in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao: this is the commitment of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, established presence on the big island in the South of the Philippines. Read more here.
Emigration Emergency in Mexico
Cardinal Parolin, Vatican's Secretary of State, in Mexico for the Emergency Regarding Emigration
Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, arrived yesterday afternoon in Mexico to discuss issues related to the phenomenon of emigration. The goal, according to an official note sent to Fides by the Mexican government, is to try to coordinate a joint program between the government and the Holy See, on this tragic matter. Read more here.
March for Solidarity: 1,600 Million Unemployed and 400 Million Young Slaves in the World
Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - Unemployment and slavery are two sides of the same coin. Young people from all over the world are slaves or are exploited. From the work done with the hands of 400 million children, clothes, shoes, fruit, cereals, flowers are produced. These are flanked by 1.6 billion unemployed worldwide. There are many situations in front of which we cannot remain indifferent: immigrant children, those who live on the streets in Argentina, the mothers of those killed violently in Venezuela. Read more here.
Prayer and Fasting For Peace
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul: Armed Intervention Does Not Solve Problems
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - "In the villages in the Nineveh plain that accommodated part of the population fled from Mosul, the situation is worsening day by day. There has been no water and electricity for two days. Fuel is beginning to run out. And last night a part of Mosul was bombed, causing a new exodus of civilians". This is how the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Amel Shamon Nona describes to Fides Agency the progressive deterioration of the living conditions of the population after the offensive that has placed the city under the control of the militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Read more here
Social Media and Evangelization
First "National Catholic Congress online" for Those Working in the Field of Evangelization
Manaus (Agenzia Fides) - "We believe that Catholics who inhabit the internet and social networks, are a new force capable of supporting concrete initiatives for the sole purpose of promoting the gospel and individual formation": is the idea that animates the promoters of the "national Catholic Congress online" (Conacat), the first of its kind organized in Brazil, which wants to respond to the repeated appeals launched by Pope Francis to build a culture of meeting, and will have the theme "All for the culture of meeting". Read more here.
Mission Education in Poland
A School of Missionary Animation in Poland
Warsaw (Agenzia Fides) - The School of Missionary Animators, organized by the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Poland, which began at the Missionary Formation Center in Warsaw on June 30, ends today, July 5.
According to information sent to Fides Agency, this year there were 46 participants (3 nuns, 23 seminarians, 20 lay people) from different Polish dioceses. During this week they had the opportunity to learn more about the PMS, listen to the testimonies of people engaged in missionary service (missionaries and animators), to acquire the basics regarding the theology of mission, the missionary spirituality and missionary cooperation, as well as deepening the practical skills necessary for animation work. The celebration of the Eucharist, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary were the focus of each day: the participants prayed for the local Churches of every continent. The missionary themes were illustrated through presentations, lectures, workshops, films and meetings. The School of Missionary Animators has been gathering people from all over Poland for 17 years in order to prepare them for the commitment of missionary animation. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 05/07/2014)
USCMA Staff and Contact Information
Rev. John R. Nuelle, MS, Executive Director
Stephen F. Scott, MTS, Associate Director
Mary Nguyen, Accountant and Administrative Assistant
Sr. Anne Louise vonHoene, MMS, Accountant
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