The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) is the leading US-based Catholic-sponsored philanthropic organization that focuses exclusively on providing healthcare to people in need worldwide. CMMB fulfills its mission by: developing and managing healthcare programs; providing medicines and supplies; training indigenous healthcare providers; recruiting and placing medical volunteers; and responding to emergencies. CMMB's placement program assists health providers interested in volunteering for short-term and long-term tours of service at selected clinical sites around the world. To learn more about the CMMB, visit their website: www.cmmb.org.
The Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) promotes, recruits, and refers volunteers to missions in the US and other countries. Through more than 200 faith-based programs, CVN works with US dioceses, religious orders, and the private sector in determining volunteer needs. To learn more about CVN, visit their website: www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org.
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is an association of the leadership of men in religious and apostolic institutes in the United States. CMSM represents US male religious and apostolic communities before a number of national and international bodies, including the Congregation of Religious and Secular Institutes of the Holy See, which officially recognizes CMSM as the national representative body for men in religious and apostolic communities in the United States. CMSM addresses the life and concerns of religious and communities of apostolic life in the United States, including their evangelizing mission in the context of Church and the country’s culture. CMSM is both a voice for major Superiors and a service to them. To learn more about CMSM, visit their website: www.cmsm.org.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is the association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, the conference assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today's world. The scope of the conference's concerns is broad and includes collaborating in Catholic Church and societal efforts that influence systemic change, studying significant trends and issues within the Church and society, utilizing its corporate voice in solidarity with people who experience any form of violence or oppression, and creating and offering resource materials on religious leadership skills. LCWRserves as a resource to its members, as well as to members of the public seeking information on leadership for religious life. To learn more about LCWR, visit their website: www.lcwr.org.
The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States:
The Pontifical Mission Societies have, as their primary purpose, the promotion of a universal missionary spirit - a spirit of prayer and sacrifice - among all baptized Catholics. The first three Societies, in carrying out that goal, invite baptized Catholics to express their missionary commitment by offering their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial support for the work of the Church in the Missions. The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious works to deepen mission awareness among priests, men and women Religious, catechists and educators so that they are fully prepared to take on the mission formation of the faithful. To learn more about the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United states, visit their website: www.onefamilyinmission.org.
The US Catholic China Bureau fosters communication and friendship with the people of China through sharing the values of the Gospel. It promotes understanding among American Catholics about the Catholic Church and the situation of Catholic Communities in China. It fosters re-engagement of the US Catholic Church in a new missionary partnership with the Catholic Church in China. The Bureau publishes China Church Quarterly; organizes the biannual National Catholic China Conference; sponsors Religious Study Tours to China; and presents lectures and seminars on the social, cultural, and religious context of Christianity in China today. To learn more about the US Catholic China Bureau, visit their website: www.uscatholicchina.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the US Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose. USCMA collaborates with the USCCB’s Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, and Catholic Home Missions Committee. To learn more about the USCCB, visit their website: www.usccb.org.