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.
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2016 USCMA Conference
The United States Catholic Mission Association’s 2016 Conference, Together in Mission, celebrated the vast array of missioners and expressions of mission. In honor of USCMA’s 35th Anniversary, the conference highlighted 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.
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.