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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.
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.
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."
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)