April 2015
Promoting Mission and Global Solidarity
Dear Friends,
 
Any baptized who has experienced the call to be of service in mission will long remember their joys, difficulties, challenges, and yet-to-be-fulfilled dreams. Mission is the work of God’s Spirit alive in all who profess that Jesus is Lord (Phil 2:11); as such mission is not restricted to a time or a place. However, our experience of mission – whether it be short term or long term, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or in our own zip codes – is usually clearly defined by the elements of time and space.
 
It is the hope of USCMA’s staff that, as you read the Mission Monthly newsletter, it will help to enliven memories of times past, enflame longings for future encounters, and strengthen courage in present commitments. That’s what happens to me when, working with USCMA staff, we prepare each issue of Mission Monthly. This month is no exception! I had been part of U.S. delegation for the Missionary Congress of the Americas (CAM4-COMLA9) which took place in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 2013. I can still feel the vibrations sent forth by over 4,000 participants – overwhelmingly youth – on pilgrimage together under the banner “Missionary America, Share Your Faith” as the sang “América misionera, comparte tu fe!” And now, as you can read below, preparations have begun for CAM5. The flame is still alive!
 
Another article brings to our attention the importance of water for all of creation, especially for human life. If we have been attentive to recent news reports, the lack of abundant water in California today is causing problems. Yet more critical is the situation in other parts of the world. The article on Madagascar brings this home, especially to me who spent nearly three decades ministering on its southwestern coast. It was one of my major concerns as a young missionary. With the support of agencies like Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I was able to help villagers dig wells and install pumps. In villages where nearly 70% of children died before the age of 5, clean water and education in hygiene reduced the number of child deaths to below 20%. As St. Teresa of Ávila wrote:  “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, … yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”
 
May the way we use water this summer be of benefit to those who go thirsty!
 
Sincerely,

Fr. Jack Nuelle, MS
 
Mission Congress 2015 
Catholic Mission Forum Hosts Four Day Congress in Houston
 
Washington, DC, April 30, 2015 – On October 1 – 4, 2015, at the Houston Hotel North in Houston, Texas, fourteen Catholic mission organizations that form a collaborative effort known as the Catholic Mission Forum, convened by the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) will host Mission Congress 2015, a series of events featuring keynote speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and local immersions trips, in order to help every baptized Christian discover their baptismal call to be what Pope Francis has called “missionary disciples.” Read more here.
 
Mission Congress 2015 
Easter Joy as Missionary Disciples
By Stephen F. Scott
USCMA Associate Director
 
Each year I look forward to the evening Mass on Easter Sunday because the Gospel we hear tells us about that first Easter evening when two of Jesus’ disciples travel toward Emmaus full of confusion, rejection, and sadness, but return to Jerusalem with fire in their hearts following their encounter with the risen Jesus. Read more here.
 
Beatication of Mgr. Romero 
Nine Heads of State Have Already Confirmed Their Participation
 
San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - Nine heads of state and five Cardinals will attend the beatification of Mgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, to be held in San Salvador on May 23, says a note sent to Fides by Mgr. Rafael Urrutia, one of the organizers of the event. Mgr. Urrutia does not specify the names of the political leaders who have already confirmed their presence, but we know that the government of El Salvador invited all leaders of Latin America to the beatification. There is also confirmation of the presence, in addition to 5 Cardinals, of 15 Archbishops, 60 Bishops, 1,200 priests, and about 250,000 faithful are expected.
 
The "Bishop martyr" of El Salvador, His Exc. Mgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Ciudad Barrios August 15, 1917 - San Salvador March 24, 1980), Archbishop of San Salvador, was killed by "death squads" while he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of a hospital. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 29/04/2015)
 
Earthquake in Nepal 
Water, Food, Shelter, and Emergency Medical Care Needed
 
Kathmandu (Agenzia Fides) - The death toll due to the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 is unfortunately increasing. The children affected by this disaster have tripled. Now there is also the fear that children remain victims of trafficking. According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, the missions of the Non-profit Foundation Brothers Forget have not recorded any damage in Bharawal and Biratnagar. About 6.6 million people have been affected by the earthquake in 34 districts and one million people have been left without a roof. In Kathmandu everything has stopped, the people are desperate. There is no electricity, no water, there are no safe places to sleep. Many bodies are still buried in the rubble, there are thousands of wounded waiting for care on the roads and there is not sufficient medicines. The risk that is feared is the explosion of an epidemic.
 
Meanwhile, the earth continues to shake, and the situation could worsen with the imminent arrival of monsoons."We are working - said one of the members of the Foundation - with local partners, Caritas Nepal and Salesians, to intervene and bring relief to the affected population. The situation is dramatic, water, food, shelter and emergency medical care are needed. They desperately need help, it is important to act now. "The non-profit Foundation Brothers Forget promotes the self-reliance of rural communities in the countries of the southern hemisphere as a determining factor to ensure the future of children and the dignity of adults. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 29/04/2015)
 
Mission is to Serve 
Theme for the 2015 Missionary Campaign in Brazil
 
Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - "Mission is to serve" is the theme chosen by the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) for Missionary Campaign 2015, which will take place in October in all the dioceses of Brazil. Reflection for the missionary month, celebrated throughout the Church, follows the proposal of this year’s Fraternity Campaign ("Fraternity: Church and Society. I have come to serve" Mark 10:45). The slogan of Missionary Campaign 2015: "Whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all" (Mark 10:44).
"Serving is one of the words we use in mission. There is no mission if there is no service, because service gives meaning to the mission" explains to Fides the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil, Father Camilo Pauletti. Usually the topic of the Missionary Campaign accompanies that of the Fraternity Campaign, except in years when we celebrate a specific missionary Conference, with its own theme.

The PMS, recalls Fr. Pauletti, have this charisma to look at the missionary dimension as a whole. They want the spirit and mission solidarity to motivate Christians, the baptized and the particular Churches. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 28/04/2015)
 
Madagascar Water Crisis 
Half the Population Has No Access to Drinking Water- 4,000 Children Die Each Year
 
Antananarivo (Agenzia Fides) - Water and sanitation on the island off the coast of Africa: this is the appeal launched by Catholic Mission Australia. Currently in Madagascar half the population has no access to safe drinking water and every year more than 4,000 children die from preventable diseases. The National Director of Catholic Mission, Martin Teulan, in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, said that the situation is surreal. "As a parent, I am upset that in Madagascar the lack of water and proper sanitation facilities, which we take for granted, cause the death of thousands of children" he said. The objective of the campaign is to support local missionaries thus enable them to help the children of Madagascar. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 29/04/2015)
 
CAM 5 Update 
Representatives of the Commission for the Inter-Institutional Relations of CAM 5 Elected
 
Cochabamba (Agenzia Fides) - During the preparatory meeting of the V American Missionary Congress (CAM 5) held yesterday, April 13, at the Cardinal Maurer house, in Cochabamba, the President and Secretary of the Commission for inter-institutional relations were elected and a number of initiatives to ensure communication with the various national and international institutions were pinpointed. As the letter sent to Fides from Bolivia reports, His Exc. Mgr. Jesús Juárez Párraga, S.D.B., Bishop of Sucre, was elected Chairman of the Committee and Carlos Busch as Secretary.
 
Busch said that he will still coordinate the missionary initiatives with various national and international institutions, citing as an example the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) and the Bishops' Conferences of the Americas. He will also have to maintain contact with the National Immigration Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with regards to the request of visas for Catholic volunteers, priests and religious who will arrive in the country to attend the Congress. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 14/04/2015)
 
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...
 
 
 
Center for Mission
Mission Opportunities
 
The Center for Mission has several opportunities to visit several mission locations. These trips will be a combination of walking with the people in solidarity with their situation by engaging with them in clinics and schools. Perhaps you can even help build a home for the near-homesless. To learn more about each trip, simply click on the link.
 
Dates:
 
May 27 - June 6, 2015
Mexico City and Chipas
 
June 13 - 23, 2015
Sao Paulo & Iguacu Falls, Brazil
 
August 1 - 11, 2015
El Salvador
 
 
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
 
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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