Joseph and Mary came to Bethlehem, where there was no room for them in the inn. They took up lodging in a stable which Mary quickly turned it into a home. When her time came, she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. Jesus’ mission began with Mary’s gifting him to the world.
As we continue Jesus’ mission, working together to proclaim his Gospel of love, peace, and joy, we pray that your faith will bring you to gift Jesus to everyone hungering and thirsting for the life that only he can bring.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Fr. Jack, Stephen, Barbara, and Mary
USCMA's Annual Conference
Reflection Guide is Now Online
The Reflection Guide for the 2014 Annual Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission
is now available online for all USCMA members, conference participants and those interested in mission promotion and education. The Reflection Guide includes the prayers, major addresses, and pictures from the 2014 USCMA Conference. It is our hope that the Reflection Guide for the USCMA 2014 Annual Conference will help you to consider the relationship between mission and working for justice as an integral component of our response to our baptismal promise. Click here to download your copy of the reflection guide
or go to our website
The 2014 USCMA Conference DVD set will be available for $17.50 (shipping included) and can be 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 have any questions, please contact USCMA's Associate Director, Stephen Scott
Position Opening at USCMA
USCMA Board of Directors Opens Search for USCMA's Next Executive Director
During the 2014 USCMA Annual Conference in October, Fr. Jack announced that he will retire as USCMA's Executive Director at the end of December 2015. Following the Board of Directors discussions, they announced that they are opening the search for USCMA's next Executive Director. The search will remain open until a candidate is selected, however the Board hopes to have the new Executive Director begin in October 2015 to allow for a smooth transition. Here is an excerpt from the position announcement:
The United States Catholic Mission Association seeks an Executive Director with strong cross cultural mission experience who will work with the board and staff to promote the vision and mission of the organization. The position offers numerous opportunities for national leadership in the areas of mission and global solidarity.
Jesuit's New Conference Formed
Jesuits’ Superior General Approves Newly Formed Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
December 3, 2014 (Jesuits.org) — On the feast of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and one of the first companions of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus is celebrating a significant milestone: the establishment of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Read more here
Archbishop Coutts: “Advent In the Spirit of Love of Neighbour”
Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “May Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas, help you to open your hearts to the gift of the Holy Spirit, asking Him to deepen your faith, confirm your hope in God’s promises, and help you be more generous in your love for God and for neighbour especially the poor, the marginalised and the sick”: this was part of an address by Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, at a meeting organised at Karachi Catechesis Centre, attended by pupils of various Catholic schools and members of the faithful from nine different parishes. A report to Fides, said the meeting was one of biblical reflection and prayer. Archbishop Coutts urged the faithful to “nurture during Advent a spirit of prayer in hearts, homes and in families”.
Another speaker was Archbishop Evarist Pinto, emeritus of Karachi, who praised the activity of the Centre for Catechesis, as well as enthusiastic participation on the part of so many faithful. Archbishop Pinto told those present to “concentrate on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ, so that the heart of every Pakistani Christian will be ready to receive the gift of God’s love, even in times of difficulty”. The Archbishop underlined the importance of vigilance, repentance and conversion. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 4/12/2014)
Pontifical Missionary Union Celebration
Mary, Model of Missionary Commitment for All Believers
Czestochowa (Agenzia Fides) - "Mary - Model of missionary zeal" was the theme of the meeting and prayer vigil promoted by the Pontifical Missionary Union of Poland, which took place on 6 and 7 December at the National Shrine of Jasna Góra. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the meeting was attended by over 300 people: seminarians, people in charge of the missions of religious congregations, missionary animators, people who are preparing for missionary work in the Missionary formation Center, members of the Living Rosary. Read more here.
Missions, Miners, and the Struggle in Peru
Analysis of the Socio-Cultural Impacts of Mining and the Contributions of Missionaries
Puerto Maldonado (Agenzia Fides) - Destruction of nature, the exclusion of indigenous people from social life, human trafficking: these are some of the effects of the extraction of natural resources in South eastern Peru documented in the scientific research thanks to the initiatives of the Jose Pio Aza Cultural Center of the Dominican missionaries in Peru, with the support of the Secretariat for the "Selvas Amazonicas" (Amazon forests) Missions. Read more here.
Foreign Missionaries in Brazil
Socio-Cultural Immersion Before the Mission
Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - On December 12 with the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, n.112 edition of the Course of Missionary initiation of the Intercultural Formation Center (Cenfi) concluded. Organized by the Missionary Cultural Center (CCM) in Brasilia, the course lasts three months and aims to introduce foreign missionaries (sent by congregations, dioceses, or other organizations) in the reality of the mission in Brazil, before starting their service.
According to the note sent to Agenzia Fides by the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil, the course was attended by 24 missionaries (men and women) from 13 countries: Indonesia, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Poland. The course program included the systematic teaching of the Portuguese language; the stay with families to get to know the local reality; the study of society and of the Church in Brazil; the exchange of experiences among the participants.
CCM highlighted that: "These missionaries were able, with great maturity, patience and good relations among them, to successfully accomplish a process of acculturation, of immersion in the socio-cultural world of Brazil and in the path of the Church, sharing the riches of its Christian identity and culture". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 15/12/2014)
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
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Washington, DC 20017-1103
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