Years ago, when I first glanced at the USCMA tagline – Mission and Global Solidarity – I understood it as a yin-yang concept. Mission refers to sending forth, and solidarity suggests binding together; and yet there is an interrelated connectedness. As a missionary, sometimes I would ask children how far they could reach. Each one would maneuver for enough space to stretch out his or her arms, occupying a space of some three to five feet. Then I would ask them to join hands and see how far they could reach now. Big difference!
I have often thought of this little exercise during this year of preparation for the 2014 annual conference focusing on Gospel Justice. Individually we grapple with what it means to be missionary disciples, having a heart “as big as all outdoors”, yet knowing our personal commitments can only reach so far. The conference will give us insights about how far we can reach if we live with Jesus’ Gospel perspective of justice. Our USCMA resolution this year will propose certain means for making a difference in the lives of immigrants to our country. Through their lives, work, beliefs, talents, and overall presence among us, they affect our lives in so many unknown ways, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear.
Our mission calls us to solidarity with them. In Centesimus Annus (Nº. 51), Pope John Paul II reminds us that “Sacred Scripture continually speaks to us of an active commitment to our neighbor and demands of us a shared responsibility for all of humanity. This duty is not limited to one’s own family, nation or state, but extends progressively to all...so no one can consider himself extraneous or indifferent to the lot of another member of the human family”.
Come join us as we delve into Scripture and Catholic Social Teachings, discovering ways to benefit personally, as a parish, a diocese, a religious congregation, a lay organization from both the yin and the yang of being a missionary disciple.
Fr. Jack Nuelle, MS
Executive Director of USCMA
2014 USCMA Annual Conference Updates
October 24 - 26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA
This year’s USCMA Annual Conference is just a month away and there is plenty of space for what will be a fantastic conference. Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission will take place from October 24, 2014 through October 26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA. We are happy to announce that this year’s conference will have the prayers for this year’s conference will be led by local Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Offices.
Please note that our conference deadlines have changed:
- The early-bird registration fee has been extended to October 15, 2014.
- The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center has extended our special conference room rate of $99.00 to October 9, 2014. This room rate includes complimentary internet in guestrooms.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
USCMA Board Member Named to Lead USCCB National Collection Office
Mary Mencarini Campbell Was Named Executive Director of the USCCB Office of National Collections
Earlier this month, Mary Mencarini Campbell was named the new executive director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has served as interim director of that office since November 2013 and as director of Catholic Home Missions since 2011. She succeeds Patrick Markey, who stepped down in 2013. The USCCB Office of National Collections manages special collections held in U.S. parishes throughout the year. Read more here
Bishop Tamayo Calls for Immigration Reform
Waiting for the Reform, Migrant Families Continue to be Divided
Laredo (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishop of the Diocese of Laredo (Texas, USA), His Exc. Mgr. James Anthony Tamayo, complained that the proposed immigration reform has not yet arrived and the federal authorities are separating families due to lack of documents. The note sent to Fides Agency by a local source reports the Bishop’s words: "We continue to help Central American families who arrive in Laredo and are trying to reunite with their relatives in the United States. Maybe people do not know that migration has significantly reduced and now only 5 to 10 families arrive a day and not like before where there were more than 100 a day". Read more here.
XV National Meeting on the Pastoral Care of Human Mobility
Yucatán (Agenzia Fides) - "Listening to the migrant brother is like listening to the voice of Jesus. Hence our mission is to restore the dignity of the migrant ... Today, the agent of the pastoral, priest, religious or lay person, is called by the Pilgrim God to build the Kingdom of justice and solidarity in the world of human mobility", says His Exc. Mgr. Emilio Carlos Berlie Belaunzarán, Archbishop of Yucatán, in the opening Mass of the XV National Meeting on human Mobility. The event takes place in Yucatán from September 16 to 19 and with the presence of several Bishops engaged in the pastoral care of migrants. Read more here.
Minorities at the Crossroads
Bishops' Justice and Peace Commission: A Ray of Hope for India's Minorities
New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) – “There is a ray of hope for the security and future of religious minorities in India”: says the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India commenting, in a statement sent to Fides, a recent article by jurist Fali Sam Nariman. Illustrious lawyer, constitutional jurist and senior advocate to the Supreme Court, Nariman published a paper with the title “Minorities at the Crossroads” – Fides learned from Fr. Charles Irudayam, secretary of the mentioned Bishops’ Commission - “ which has nurtured new hope in the hearts of minority communities in India”. Read more here.
Pope Francis and Missionary Bishops
Bishops Called to Give "A Genuine Missionary Impulse" to Their Diocesan Communities
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "The church needs shepherds of souls – bishops – who are servants, and, "who know how to kneel down in front of others to wash their feet. Pastors close to the people, meek fathers and brothers, patient and merciful; who love poverty ... You are called to constantly monitor the flock entrusted to you, to keep them united and faithful to the Gospel and to the Church. Seek to give a genuine missionary impulse to your diocesan communities, so that they might grow more and more with new members... Be close to your priests, love the poor". This is what Pope Francis said to the recently appointed Bishops who he met on Saturday, September 20, at the end of the training seminar under the auspices of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Read more here
Brazil's Missionary Campaign 2014
One Cannot Combat Human Trafficking Without Combatting Poverty and Inequality
Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - On Monday, Sept. 22, the Pontifical Mission Societies of Brazil (PMS) presented, in a press conference, the materials prepared for the Missionary Campaign of the missionary month of October 2014, whose theme is "Mission to liberate" that echoes the tragedy of human trafficking (see Fides 23/07/2014). The note sent to Fides informs that the press conference, held at the headquarters of the PMS in Brasilia, was attended by His Exc. Mgr. Sergio Arthur Braschi, Bishop of Ponta Grossa, Parana, President of the Episcopal Commission for Missionary Action of the Brazilian Catholic Bishops' Conference (CNBB); Father Camilo Pauletti, National Director of the PMS; Sister Irene Lopes, a consultant of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon of the CNBB. 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