USCMA Board of Directors elect new officers
The US Catholic Mission Association Board of Directors gathered for their Spring meeting between March 6th and 8th in Washington, DC. During this meeting the Board of Directors elected the Association's new officers. Please join us in congratulating our new officer: Rev. Greg Gallagher, OMI (President), Ms. Alisa Macksey (Vice-President), Sr. Liliane Alam, FMM (Secretary-Treasurer), Ms. Amy Woolam Echeverria (At-Large) and Rev. Mike Kerin (At- Large).
Pictured from left to right: Rev. Melanio Viuya, MJ, Rev. Mike Kerin, Rev. Paul Masson, MM, Rev. John Nuelle, MS, Sr. Janice McLaughlin, MM, Ms. Amy Woolam Echeverria, Ms. Alisa Macksey, Rev. Greg Gallagher, OMI, Ms. Janice England, Mr. Michael Gable, Sr. Liliane Alam, FMM, Rev. Don Ward, SJ.
"Instrumentum Laboris: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith"
"New evangelization, that is, new proclamation
of the message of Jesus, which brings joy
and frees us.": the instrumentum laboris of the Synod
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "Handing on the Faith" is the title of the third chapter of laboris the XIII General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith" (7 to 28 October 2012). Here it is evident that the purpose of the new evangelization and the transmission of the faith, and this is not the work of one individual only, but instead is the responsibility of every Christian and the whole Church. It focuses especially on the liturgy and life of prayer, which "transform a Christian community which celebrates and transmits the Trinitarian faith", and on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which develops the fundamental contents of faith and at the same time indicates the pedagogy of its transmission. At the heart of the new evangelization the parish must be placed, point of reference and coordination of pastoral initiatives, and family, the model-place of evangelization. Click here to read more.
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**Lineamenta: "New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith"**
Pray for the success of the upcoming XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” which will be held on October 7-28, 2012.
The lineamenta calls upon the Church to a process of discernment and “to have the courage to forge new paths” (#5) to effectively respond to the challenges of mission and evangelization. It encourages “finding new approaches to evangelization so as ‘to be Church’ in today’s ever-changing social and cultural situations’ (#9).
The lineamenta challenges us, “Today, a ‘business as usual’ attitude can no longer be the case” (#10) and calls the on all of us in the Church “to evaluate pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their programmes and activities” (#10). Click here to read more.
Pope Benedict XVI's Message for World Mission Sunday
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SECAM Position Paper on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
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