We join in solidarity at this time of loss with the communities of the School Sisters of Saint Francis and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. As we honor the memory of Sister Margaret Held, SSSF, and Sister Paula Merrill, SCN, we recall their profound witness to the transforming power of the Gospel in mission. Read more here.
Please consider pledging to the
United States Catholic Mission Association, Inc.
as part of your COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN.
Pope Francis, in his message this year, highlighted that 2016 is the 90th Anniversary for World Mission Sunday. It is a moment of profound solidarity where the whole Church can financially care for “Christian communities in need” and support the “proclamation of the Gospel even to the ends of the earth.”
I would want to stress this moment of solidarity. All of us in mission are always seeking ways to raise funds for our piece of mission. This is right and good and the People of God have been very generous to us through our own annual appeals. Nevertheless, when we really look at our missionary efforts, we have to acknowledge that we do not go to the “ends of the earth.”
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2016 USCMA Conference
The United States Catholic Mission Association’s 2016 Conference will take place in the Cincinnati, Ohio region and is entitled: Together in Mission- Celebrating Concrete Expressions of Missionary Discipleship Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. In honor of USCMA’s 35th Anniversary, the aim of USCMA’s 2016 conference will be to highlight the mission reality of US Catholics serving around the world and at home and reflect how these realities can help make our local communities a reflection of Jesus’ liberating spirit and how these expressions of mission will adapt in the coming years. Click here to learn more.
Book your room today at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Hotel for $95.00/night plus tax. Internet in your room and parking are complimentary for conference participants. Click here to book your room today! (group code: USC) You can also book your room over the phone. Just dial 1-888-465-4329 and use the group block name Together in Mission.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12) and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.
Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance
by Francis Mandewah
“Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance” shares the remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie “Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. That movie brought attention to a rebel war in West Africa in which “blood” diamonds, also known as “conflict” diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities. The book includes a forward written by Sr. Rosanne Rustemyer, SSND, a former Executive Director of USCMA.