In July USCMA bid a fond farewell to two members of its staff. Sr. Anne Louise von Hoene, MMS retired after more than 16 years of service as accountant for the Association. Familiar to staff and membership alike, her attention to detail kept us on our toes! Allison Kingery, Associate Director of Operations, will be remembered for her dedication and for the reminder-filled post-it notes that covered her desk and often found their way to the desks of other staff personnel. We wish to express our thanks to both of these remarkably devoted women. They both worked diligently to help USCMA further the mission of the church. Their places were not vacant for long. During the summer, Mary Nguyen was hired to be USCMA’s new part-time Accountant and Administrative Assistant, and Barbara Wheeler joined USCMA as our new Development Coordinator. They are both working hard and joining in the preparations for this year’s USCMA Annual Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission.
Mary Nguyen enjoys having the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives each and every day she comes into work. She recently attained a Bachelor’s in Finance from George Mason University. She brings a variety of experiences including Financial Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Purchasing/Compliance, and Residential Leasing Management in corporate, private, and contracting environments. She has a love of life and is a contagiously positive adrenaline junkie who water skis, jet skis, scuba dives. Next on her bucket list is skydiving.
Barbara Wheeler served with the Vincentian Mission Corps in St. Louis, Missouri after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010. She is excited to be working for the United States Catholic Mission Association after spending three years at Catholic Volunteer Network. She also enjoys playing soccer and the piano.
Called to Fulfill the Great Commission?
Mission Opportunity with the Archdiocese of New Orleans
The Pontifical Mission Society of the Archdiocese of New Orleans is looking for a Missionary who would like to serve Christ and the people of Granada, Nicaragua for 2 years. The majority of the expenses will be paid for the Missionary as well as being given a small stipend. Missionary and language training will be provided for by the Program. There are a variety of services and ministries in Granada ranging from healthcare, education, social services, etc. The talents and desires of the Missionary will be taken into account when deciding what type of service the Missionary will do. For more information about the Lay Mission Program please click here.
If you are interested or have any other questions please contact Tanya Cenac at (504) 527-5773.
Telling the Story of the People in Iraq
Cardinal Filoni: My Mission Among the Sufferings of the Iraqi Brothers
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who returned from Iraq last night after his visit as personal envoy of Pope Francis, met the Pope this morning to inform him about the mission entrusted to him. In the following interview, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation told Fides Agency about the meetings and impressions that marked the days spent in the devastated Middle Eastern Country. Read more here.
Cardinal Salazar Gómez: "Only Mercy Can Make Justice a Reality."
Bogota (Agenzia Fides) - "Colombia is capable of mercy", said Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez at the III World Apostolic Congress on Mercy WACOM, held in Bogota from August 15 to 19, which was attended by 4 Cardinals, 7 bishops, 50 priests and several hundreds of religious and lay people from all over the world. Read more here.
Ecumenism and Mission in Brazil
The Symposium on 'Ecumenism and the Missions' Begins
Sao Paolo (Agenzia Fides) - The city of Vargem Grande Paulista (SP) will host between 21 and 24 August, the "Ecumenism and Mission" Symposium. The event, which is organized by the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC) in collaboration with the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUC-PR) and the Board of Ecumenism, Laity and Mission of the Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), will be based at the Mariapoli Ginetta Centre. Read more here.
Director of St. Joseph's Hospital in Monrovia has Died
Monrovia (Agenzia Fides) - Brother Patrick Nshamdze, director of the St. Joseph’s hospital (Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God), in Monrovia (Liberia) died after contracting the Ebola virus. Brother Patrick was a native of Cameroon, he had studied in Rome for 2 years and was general director of the hospital in Monrovia. Read more here.
A Religious Sister Has Died Due to the Ebola Virus
Monrovia (Agenzia Fides) - The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God said in a statement sent to Fides, that on Saturday morning, August 9th the religious Sister Pascaline Chantal died. Sister Chantal of the Immaculate Conception, of Congolese nationality, had been infected with the ebola virus and was in St. Joseph hospital in Monrovia (capital of Liberia), where she worked as a nurse.
There is also great concern regarding the health conditions of another religious, Sister Paciencia Melgar (from Guinea). According to the note, a Spanish NGO that works side by side with the Hospitaller Order is preparing a team of health professionals to be sent as soon as possible.
The ebola virus, which is spreading alarmingly in West Africa (see Fides 05/08/2014), is creating an emergency situation in different parts of the world. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 11/08/2014)
The Church's Response to the Epidemic in Eastern Equatoria
Isohe (Agenzia Fides) - There is not only war, unfortunately, that afflicts South Sudan. Since 21 July, there have already been 26 reported cases of cholera at the St. Theresa Mission Hospital, in Isohe, Ikwoto County. In a few weeks the spread of the disease has reached different parts of the country. Read more here.
USCMA Staff and Contact Information
Rev. John R. Nuelle, M.S., Executive Director
Stephen F. Scott, MTS, Associate Director
Barbara Wheeler, Development Coordinator
Mary Nguyen, Accountant and Administrative Assistant
United States Catholic Mission Association
3025 Fourth St. NE, Ste. 100
Washington, DC 20017-1103
T: (202) 832-3112
F: (202) 832-3688