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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Joseph Lang, MM. Fr. Lang was the second Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association.
"On September 20, 1984 he was appointed Executive Director of the U.S. Catholic Mission Association in Washington, D.C. (USCMA), where he served for six years. One of the highlights of his service with USCMA was the organization of the Ecumenical Mission Consultation, "Divided Churches/Common Witness: An Unfinished Task for U.S. Christians in Mission" in October 1987. During this time, he was named a Vatican Observer for The World Council of Churches Assembly in San Antonio, Texas in 1989. In 1991 he was reappointed as a Vatican Observer for the World Council of Churches Assembly in Canberra, Australia." - Fr. Raymond Finch, MM, Superior General
Celebrating Concrete Expressions of Missionary Discipleship Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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.
Bishops From Both Nations Call for Peace
January 26, 2016, Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The international community have to develop alternative plans if peace agreements reached between the Government of South Sudan and the armed opposition should fail. This is what the Bishops of South Sudan and the Sudan said at the end of their extraordinary meeting in Rome.
Despite the agreements signed in recent months by the government of President Salva Kiir and the guerrillas, headed by former Vice President Riek Machar, fighting continues in some South-Sudanese States of the Federation.
The Bishops express concern that the peace process should not hold this time as South Sudan is already described as "failed State," that is to say States without a government and functioning institutions, which become prey to armed gangs and guerrilla groups. The Bishops also call for new efforts to restore peace in Sudan, where warring parties are active in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 26/01/2016)
Click here to read the joint statement by the bishops.
On December 7, 1965, Pope Paul VI promulgated Ad Gentes (the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church). Ad Gentes was overwhelmingly approved by the bishops gathered at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). As the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs states, Ad Gentes "announces the Catholic Church's commitment to bringing the Gospel to all people. (The name Ad Gentes comes from the Latin translation of Jesus' exhortation of the apostles to "go forth.") It establishes evangelization as one of the fundamental missions of the Catholic Church and reaffirms the tie between evangelization and charity for the less-fortunate. Ad Gentes also calls for the formation of strong lay groups, as well as strong relations with other Christians. Finally, it lays out guidelines for the training and actions of the missionaries."
MARRIED IN MISSION: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural Service
by Alexis C. Kenny
"Married in Mission" is a down-to-earth guide that aims to help couples who are engaged in overseas ministry grow as husbands, as wives, and as missioners by drawing upon psychology, theology, intercultural studies, and the real-time wisdom of married persons with past international service experience.
Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' was promulgated June 18, 2015 and we are excited to share some news and stories related to Laudato Si'.
Clink on the links below to download a copy of each document:
Laudato Si' (Pope Francis' encyclical)
Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action. (USCCB)
Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide for Indiviuals & Small Groups (Coumban Center for Advocacy and Outreach- beginning on page 8 of the Mission Update)