January 2015
Promoting Mission and Global Solidarity
Dear Friends,
 
We hope that the New Year has been treating you well. Here at the USCMA office we are glad to welcome our new interns, Chris and Rhiannon, who will be working with us this semester. Barbara Wheeler, USCMA’s Development Coordinator, is on her first short-term mission trip to Honduras led by Dr. Mike Gable, Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Mission Office and USCMA Board member.
 
We are also excited to be working on several projects that will take place this year including the Mission Handbook and the 2015 Mission Congress in Houston, TX. The USCMA Board of Directors is also working on the association's next Strategic Plan and have asked members for their thoughts about the work we do as association. If you are a member of USCMA and you have not received the online survey, please contact us and we will send it to you.
 
We hope you enjoy this January edition of the Mission Monthly.
 
Sincerely,
The USCMA Staff
 
USCMA Welcomes New Interns 
Chris Fontaine and Rhiannon Richards Join USCMA's Internship Program
 
This month the USCMA office welcomed two new interns, Chris Fontaine and Rhiannon Richards.We are grateful to have both Chris and Rhiannon helping us with several projects including the Mission Congress, Social Media outreach, and Mission education and research. 
 
Chris Fontaine is currently a senior Theology major at the Catholic University of America. She has joined the USCMA staff as an intern to assist with projects relating to the upcoming Mission Congress and Faces of Mission blog posts. She hopes to work in Catholic publication and loves to write. Chris has had a love for mission throughout her college career and has served most recently in Kingston, Jamaica and Prescott, Arizona.
 
Rhiannon Richards is a junior Theology major at the Catholic University of America. Having become Catholic only three years ago, she is excited to learn more about the Church and its mission activities during her internship at USCMA. She has done some mission work, including at World Youth Day Rio 2013, and she plans to do long-term mission work after college. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and traveling.
 
 
Story of a Missionary 
Malawi on its Knees Due to the Damage Caused by Cyclones 
 
 
Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "Cyclones of the Mozambique Channel have brought devastation in Malawi", writes to Agenzia Fides Fr. Piergiorgio Gamba, Monfortan missionary who for decades has lived and worked in Malawi. "In addition to hundreds of deaths, many people are forced to leave their villages, which in the south have been literally covered with water. Cyclones have ended, now it is the normal rainy season. Fields, already soaked with water form marshes that cover everything. It is difficult to predict whether there will be a harvest this year".

The logistical challenges are huge and it will take a very long time before daily life, even in poverty, goes back to normality. Electricity is rationed across the country, because different plants are completely clogged by debris dragged to the grids of water intake on the Shire River. The fear of epidemics is high. The country has no tablets to purify water and cases of typhoid and cholera are reported in various villages.
 
Gamba noted that Malawi needs aid from donor Countries, still blocked because of "cashgate", the embezzlement of funds from abroad (see Fides 06/12/2014). The missionary describes what his community does to help people affected by the floods "We have collected food and clothing to be distributed. Houses are made of bricks dried in the sun and therefore are not waterproof like red bricks". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 30/01/2015)
 
Missionary Training in Brazil 
Missionaries Study "Concentration and Manipulation of the Media"
 
Bacabal (Agenzia Fides) - More than 50 leaders of dioceses in the Northeast Region of Brazil (called by the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil as "RN5"), which covers the state of Maranhão, are participating in the 23rd edition of the Missionary Training Course. The workshop is sponsored by the Regional Missionary Council (COMIRE), in collaboration with the Franciscan Center for Missionary Animation (CEFRAM) and has the support of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Brazil (PMS). The Course, held at CEFRAM in the city of Bacabal, started on 16 January and will end on 30 January.
 
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the central theme of the Course, led by Fr. Jaime Carlos Patias, IMC, National Secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union, is "Communication and Mission". Besides analyzing concentration and manipulation of the media, the Course emphasized the importance of communication and its new tools for evangelization in the world today, and the organization of the missionary dimension of the Church in Brazil. The program also includes five workshops: communication and missionary animation; digital networks like environment; alternative communication; Pastoral Communications (PasCom); how to use the media. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 28/01/2015)
 
Welcoming the Stranger 
Scalabrini Missionaries Open a Community in Syracuse to Welcome Migrants
 
Syracuse (Agenzia Fides) - A new missionary community has been opened in Syracuse to welcome migrants who land in Sicily and the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinians have the first three sisters who will give their support and assistance. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides we are talking about: Brazilian Sister Teresinha Santin and Sister Ivanir Filipi and Albanian Sister Gjeline Preci. "A heartfelt response to the call of Pope Francis to 'open convents to refugees, flesh of Christ' - explain Sister Neusa de Fátima Mariano, Superior General, and Sister Milva Caro, head of the St. Joseph Province/Europe -. A sign of pastoral charity of the Congregation in the year of the beatification of Mother Cofounder Assunta Marchetti. It will be a missionary presence to be 'lived' in the local church, with the people of Syracuse and with migrants in order for them to live with dignity". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 23/01/2015)
 
Strife in Niger 
Message of Solidarity from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples to the Church of Niger
 
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, sent a message of sympathy and solidarity to pastoral workers and to the faithful of the Catholic Church in Niger after the last serious incidents of violence against churches and convents which were set on fire and where a dozen people died.
 
"The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples learned with deep sadness about the systematic looting against Christian churches, especially Catholic ones, in your country" is what is written in the message.

"The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in front of the huge losses and the desolation caused by the events of these days, wants to express its spiritual closeness, communion and solidarity.
 
The Congregation assures you its prayers for the victims of this violence and for their families. In addition, it launches an appeal to the political, civil and military authorities, so that through dialogue peace may be restored, and to put a permanent end to the violence against Christians".
 
The message concludes by recalling the words of the Holy Father Francis, "you cannot possibly cause death and suffering in the name of God, nor justify the violation of fundamental freedoms of the human person". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 21/01/2015)
 
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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...
 
2015 Mission Congress
 
Save the Date
October 1 - 4, 2015
Houston, Texas
 
CMSM Highlights USCMA's 2014 Annual Conference 
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The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) has included two talks from the Reflection Guide for the 2014 USCMA Annual Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission, in the CMSM Forum. The Forum is a quarterly e-journal for the CMSM. 
 
If you would like to download your copy of the Reflection Guide for the 2014 USCMA Annual Conference, click here.
 
USCMA Executive
Director Search
 
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.
 
 
From Mission to Mission
2015 Re-Entry Workshops
 
From Mission to Mission Re-entry Workshops provide a safe and comfortable place where missioners and volunteers are understood. We offer two Re-entry Workshop formats, a 10-day Workshop and a Weekend Workshop.
 
2015 Schedule
Feb. 24 - March 5 in San Antonio, TX
April 16 - 19 in New York, NY
July 9 - 12 in Chicago, IL
Sept. 15 - 24, 2015 in Denver, CO
Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 in Chicago. IL
 
For more information see our website: www.missiontomission.org
 
 
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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