USCMA Mission Monthly
November 2014
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Promoting Mission and Global Solidarity
Dear Friends,
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Article ImageIn this season of giving thanks we remember all of you, our friends sharing in the mission of Christ. Most of all we thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to carry out the mission to unite and support our brothers and sisters committed to the cross-cultural and global mission of Jesus Christ in service to the Church and the world. May the Lord continue to bless you and all your families with his many gifts.

Sincerely,

Fr. Jack, Stephen, Barbara, and Mary.
 
Coming Soon:
USCMA's Annual Conference
Reflection Guide and DVD Set
 
In the coming weeks the USCMA office will send out the first USCMA Conference Reflection Guide to all USCMA members and this year's conference participants as a special thank you gift. The reflection guide will include the keynote addresses, prayers, and pictures from this year's conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission.
 
The USCMA Annual Conference DVDs are in production now and will include 4 presentations by Rev. Donald Senior, CP; Marie Dennis; Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS; and Rev. Roger Shroeder, SVD.
 
The DVD will be available for $17.50 (shipping included) and can be pre-ordered using the “donate today” button on our webpage. Simply put 2014 USCMA Conference DVD in the comment section and we will mail you your DVD when it comes in. If you are ordering more than one DVD set, additional sets are $15.00 each.
 
If you have any questions, please contact USCMA's Associate Director, Stephen Scott.
 
Communication in the Culture of Encounter: 
A Gathering of the Bishops of Central America
 
Managua (Agenzia Fides) - Since Monday, November 24, 60 Bishops have gathered in Managua for the Annual Assembly of the Bishops' Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC). Within this meeting a short communication course is taking place held by an expert of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Department of Communications of the Latin American Bishops Council (CELAM). Read more here.
 
Working to End Human Trafficking 
Announcing the First "International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking"
 
Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The First "International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking" will be celebrated in all dioceses and parishes in the world, in the groups and schools on 8 February 2015, the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, freed, who became a Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000. The initiative is promoted by the Pontifical Council of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG and USG). Read more here.
 
Destruction in Mosul 
Jihadists of the Islamic State Destroy the Convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart
 
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - According to local sources consulted by Agenzia Fides, on Monday, November 24 jihadi militants of the Islamic State, who control the city of Mosul, used explosives to severely damage the convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart, previously occupied by them and used as accommodation and logistics base. Read more here.
 
National Missionary Conference: 
Rekindle the Fire of the Mission Ad Gentes
 
Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The work of the fourth National Missionary Congress, to be held in Sacrofano (Rome) until November 23 on the theme "Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city - where the Gospel becomes encounter" will open tomorrow, November 20th. Organized by the National Office for missionary cooperation among the Churches, together with Missio Foundation and Cum Foundation, the Conference, will be attended by more than 700 participants, and "aims to highlight the richness of the missionary activities of the Church in Italy and relaunch the efforts of individuals and groups and the community for the mission ad gentes, starting from the poor, those living on the outskirts of the world".
 
As it is written in the presentation of the event, "ten years after the previous National Convention in Montesilvano, there was the need to take stock of the situation with regards to: pastoral action as animation, cooperation and formation, to look ahead and revitalize mission". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 19/11/2014)
 
Fighting Hunger 
Franciscans at the Forefront for "Food Security"
 
New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - The Franciscans in India are engaged in the fight against hunger and contribute to food security of the population at a national level. The concept of "food security", elaborated at the UN, implies that "every person has the amount of food needed every day". Read more here.
 
Share Your News and Upcoming Events with USCMA Members
 
Do you have a story or an upcoming event that you want people to know about?
 
 
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
 
 
United States Catholic Mission Association
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Washington, DC 20017-1103
 
T: (202) 832-3112
F: (202) 832-3688
 
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.
 
Maryknoll Mission Institute 2015 Programs 
 
The Maryknoll Mission Institute (MMI) invites you to take part in their 2015 Programs. The MMI is an educational ministry sponsored by the Maryknoll Sisters which provides continuing education and renewal programs for missioners and others engaged in cross-cultural ministries in their local churches. To learn more about each of the programs below, click here.
 
May 2015
Continuing The Mission of Jesus: Discipleship Today (& Tomorrow)

Upstart Spring...Imagine Justice...Exploration into God
 
June 2015
The Spirit Leads Us Forth: Mission Reconsidered

No Longer Servants: Toward a Biblical Theology of Friendship

The New Universe Story: God, Jesus and Prayer

July 2015
Everyday Holiness: Sacred Scripture's Teaching on Economic Life
 
Denial or Discipleship? Bioregional Theology and Practice in a World of Ecological Ultimatums

Compassion: Witness to Love
 
September 2015
Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation

Soul Sisters: Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World
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Our blog series Faces of Mission highlights our membership and all their work in and for mission.
 
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