USCMA Mission Monthly
October 2014
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Promoting Mission and Global Solidarity
Dear Friends,
 
It’s been an exciting month here at the USCMA offices. Last weekend we hosted our annual USCMA Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission. It was a fantastic success!
 
We would like to congratulate Sr. Eleanor Ortega, CSJ, and Fr. Brian Quigley, MCCJ, for their election to serve on the USCMA Board of Directors beginning in the spring next year.
 
In the coming weeks we will be sharing more about what took place during the conference and the USCMA Members’ Business Meeting, so keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks. We pray that you have a blessed weekend.
 
Sincerely,

The USCMA Staff
 
 
 
Thank You for attending USCMA's Annual Conference!
 
We would like to thank all of you who took part in USCMA's Annual Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission. If you took part in this year's conference, please take a few moments to fill out our online evaluation survey. Your thoughts and insights will be able to help us in planning future conferences and events.
 
 
Civil War in S. Sudan Continues 
S. Sudan rebels claim control over Bentiu as government denies
 
KAMPALA (Sudan Tribune) – South Sudan’s rebel SPLM in Opposition faction announced on Wednesday that its forces were in control of Bentiu, the oil-producing capital of Unity state, accusing pro-government troops of disowning a ceasefire agreement inked on 23 January. Lt. Col Peter Riek Gew, a rebel spokesperson on the ground, told Sudan Tribune that rebel forces were forced to take control of the oil-rich town due to the aggressive action of South Sudan army (SPLA) against their defense positions. Read more here.
 
Visiting North Korea 
U.S. Missionary Visits North Korea as Silent 'Apostle of Peace'
 
By Francis X. Rocca (Catholic News Service) - Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, no Catholic priest has resided in the North of this divided peninsula, where autonomous religious activity is effectively forbidden. And no enemy of the communist regime there is more detested or fiercely denounced than the United States. Nevertheless, one of the few outsiders to have penetrated the so-called hermit kingdom of the North is an 81-year-old Catholic priest from West Philadelphia. Read more here
 
The Jesuits in Myanmar 
The Jesuits: "To be Companions for Indigenous Peoples" 
 
Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - The Jesuits in Myanmar intend to be "companions for indigenous peoples", is what the religious said in a recent meeting dedicated to the Pastoral ministry of indigenous communities, held in the diocese of Phekon. In the country there are 135 ethnic communities, which make up one third of the national population, around 56 million people. Read more here.
 
Advocating for Change in Congress 
Advocating for an end to Child Labor and Forced Labor
 
Siobhan Spiak (Peace and Conflict Resolution Intern, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach) - This week, I had my first experience of researching legislation and voting records of Congressional members. I am researching the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). Many of our goods are produced far away from where they are bought. It is difficult to ensure fair labor practices in such opaque supply chains. Read more here.
 
Catholic Appeal to Feed Peruvian Children 
Catholic Mission Calls for the Support of Australians in Order to Feed the Hungry, Malnourished and Sick Peruvian Children 
 
Melbourne (Agenzia Fides) - The phenomenon of malnutrition continues to spread in some of the poorest and most remote areas of Peru. In view of the upcoming holiday season, Catholic Mission Australia has launched its appeal highlighting the work of Catholic missionaries working in the Latin American Country in order to try to overcome the serious problem that primarily affects children. Among these missionaries, Catholic Mission cites Fr. Mauricio Careaga, who runs a feeding program for vulnerable children and young people in Yurimaguas in the Loreto region, in the Amazon. The Program, however needs urgent funds to expand and continue to save precious lives. Read more here.
 
Solidarity and Concrete Evangelization: 
Meeting of Diocesan Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Bolivia
 
Reyes (Agenzia Fides) - The Apostolic Vicariate of Reyes hosts the meeting of the diocesan Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Bolivia, from October 27 to 31. The note sent to Agenzia Fides informs that His Exc. Mgr. Eugenio Scarpellini, Bishop of El Alto and National Director of the PMS; Sister Cilenia Rojas, national coordinator; the staff of the PMS and the Diocesan Directors of 19 ecclesiastical districts of the country are present at the meeting, which is held every two years. Read more here.
 
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USCMA Staff and Contact Information
 
Rev. John R. Nuelle, M.S.Executive Director
Stephen F. Scott, MTS, Associate Director
Barbara WheelerDevelopment Coordinator
Mary Nguyen, Accountant and Administrative Assistant
 
 
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In this Month's Issue...
Job Opportunities
 
Are you looking to share your missionary zeal and talents with other? Here are some USCMA member organizations that are looking for people like you to apply for their open positions:

The Lay Missionā€Helpers is seeking an enthusiastic Associate Director with strong fund development interest and skills. The Associate Director is responsible for advancing the mission of LMH by identifying, attracting, and securing revenue from individual donors and foundations. This position, based in Los Angeles, will involve some international travel to mission sites in Africa and Latin America. Past international mission experience is a plus for this position. 
 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is seeking an Associate Director for the Office of National Collections/Director for Catholic Home Missions. The Associate Director manages the grant process, assesses the needs of applicants, and develops & maintains relationships with home mission dioceses and other collaborating organizations. The Associate Director also assists the with the Africa grant program and oversees Subcommittee on Africa consultant work.
 
To learn more about each of these positions, click here.
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