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Mission Update

United States Volume 16, Issue 2


Catholic Mission Association Summer 2007

Changing the Climate on Climate Change: A Mission Perspective We Pray


Our IHM community consid- The result of their discern- voices with those of many that , aware of their own
ers sustainability a moral ment is a vision for their 280- others calling for radical missionary duty,
mandate for the 21st century. acre Monroe, Michigan cam- change in human behavior.
Our growing ecological con- pus as a learning laboratory Addressing climate change is all Christians may
sciousness places all humans for living sustainably. Fol- most fundamentally a moral
in interdependent relation- lowing the three Rs Re- and spiritual issue. We see actively help
ships to one another and to all duce, Re-use and Recycle many signs indicating that
life on the planet (from the sisters salvaged what they people are becoming aware of all those
Mission for the Millennium: could from the existing build- the impact human actions are engaged in the
The Sustainable Renovation ing to use in the renovated having on global climate, the
of the Motherhouse of the space and learned how to need to take immediate steps evangelization of
Sisters, Servants of the Im- reduce their impact on the to mitigate the effects of these
maculate Heart of Mary, environment. (To learn more actions, the urgency of find- peoples.
Monroe, Michigan). The and see photos go to ing alternatives to destructive Benedict XVI
sisters did not simply write a www.ihmsisters.org) behaviors, and the necessity
nice document. Knowing of developing adaptations to
The Maryknoll Office for the inescapable impact of In This Issue
their motherhouse needed a Global Concerns has identi-
renovation, they took that global climate change. Changing the Climate... 1
fied global climate change as
need as an opportunity and a a current critical challenge. From the Director 2
challenge. Our community Work is being done around
In Global Climate Change: the world by different From the President 2
was inspired, through learning The most critical challenge in Maryknoll missioners. Fr.
and prayer, to renovate our the 21st century, the Office Mission Stories 6
Frank Higdon, in Joao Pessoa,
home and to renew our cam- offers some reflections. As Gods Asian Tapestry Center
Brazil, serves with the
pus and our lives in ways that people of faith we Churchs Pastoral Land Com- Maryknoll Study Program 14
express our commitment to [Maryknoll] wish to join our mission for the protection of
sustainable living. the rain forest and indigenous New Presidency of Pax 14
peoples rights. Sr. Margarita Christi International
Jamias in Baguio, Philippines Name That Country 14
models a zero waste project
What USCMA Members are 15
and teaches neighborhoods saying
how to create and implement
recycling centers. Lay Mis- Book Reviews 16
sioner Phil Dahl-Bredine Conference Brochure 17
works in Oaxaca, Mexico in
the Farmer-to-Farmer pro- Missiology Meetings 18
gram for sustainable agricul- What the Church can 18
ture and watershed recovery learn...
and preservation.
Receive MISSION UPDATE 18
Electronically.
Sisters Noreen McCarthy and
Rachel Kunkler direct an in- Resources & Upcoming 19
Events
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Forest devastation in Brazil contd on p. 3 Orbis Books 19

US Catholic Mission Association


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In this issue of the Mission Update, you will


From the Executive Director see the last of the series of comments that you, From the President of the Board:
Rev. Michael Montoya, MJ as members, are saying about USCMA. I am Sr. Mary McGlone, CSJ
sure that more pages can be added. We want
Dear Friends in USCMA,
those messages to reach the ears of those
Stop presenting yourselves as non-profit. whom you think should be part of USCMA. Happy Summer or Winter Days depending
Name your impact! This message has been The challenge and responsibility to put mis- which part of our globe you inhabit. As I
repeated time and time again by Tom Suddes sion on the agenda of the Church is in our write this, no matter where we live, we are
of the For Impact Group. Our impact, our hands. into the second half of the year, still celebrat-
vision is what people will be drawn into. ing our 25th anniversary.
Their willingness to be part of and be cham- If you have not done so yet, do register to
pions of the association is determined by the participate in our upcoming Annual Mission As you can see from the publicity we have
groups impact to effect change and trans- Conference, which will be held in Austin, sent out, with the speakers who accepted our
form lives. Youre in sales, get over it! The Texas on October 26-28, 2007. The theme invitation, our October Mission Conference
way we present ourselves, how we name our Are not our hearts burning? Spirituality of promises to be one of our best ever. All is in
vision, and how we invite people to be part of Mission in the 21st Century, hopes to engage place with the hotel, meals, input, and proc-
that naming and visioning is important for and deepen our own spirituality of mission, ess. In other words, our staff has done their
any organization. and promote a spirituality that is relevant to job. BUT
the varied contexts of our missionary work.
At the beginning of our 25th year, we repeat- We are happy to have two world renowned As we move into our second quarter-century,
edly said, We are USCMA! USCMA is us! speakers/authors/theologians to give the key- we need your creative help. The seasoned
USCMA is not simply a national office, but notes (Ron Rolheiser and Gerald Arbuckle), missioners know how much our mission
an association of members the missioners! together with 15 other speakers that will be scene has changed. Before long, the majority
Because of which, USCMA can claim that part of the panel and Dialogue Sessions. For of people involved in mission will be what
we give face to what mission is in the US more information, feel free to visit our website we now might call non-traditional: part-
Catholic Church. We give skin to US Catho- www.uscatholicmission.org or call us at 202- time, lay, young, retired, volunteer All
lic mission. We are the flesh and blood of US 832-3112. faithful people who are generously giving of
Catholic mission and global solidarity! themselves and reaping uncounted rewards as
Meanwhile, enjoy reading the Mission Update. they build up our Church. USCMA needs to
It has taken awhile for this claim to sink in. The lead article Changing the Climate on respond to these folks, to give them a larger
USCMA is us, you and I, flesh and blood. Global Climate Change gives us a hopeful forum in which to share their stories and
We are missioners and we participate in look at what could be an overwhelming prob- learn from others. The only way we can do it
Gods mission! Our experiences, our stories, lem of global climate change. Our missioners is with your help.
together with the stories of those we journey are once again leading the way through inno-
with in our mission response, give face to vative, creative, and faith-filled responses to So, now in the middle of the season of mis-
mission and how we as US Catholics partici- the challenge. sion appeals, I am going to make a strong
pate in that mission. Our lives as missioners appeal to you. Please, look for the new-style
and the lives of the people we encounter give The Periodic Paper is a reflection of James missioners you know and are working with
life to US Catholic mission. We celebrate this Kroeger, MM on the first Asian Mission Con- and encourage them to join us. It is only as
mission identity and accept the challenge and gress held last year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. we get more of them involved that we can be
responsibilities that come with the claim. The focus on telling the story of Jesus in Asia true to our name as the U.S. Catholic Mission
that engages the stories of the people is indeed Association. Please, set a goal for yourself to
As USCMA members, there are 3 things we as John Paul II has said an evocative peda- invite at least 5 new participants and to be
can do. First, be an advocate for USCMA gogy (EA 20g) that while so characteristic of sure that you get at least one to the Mission
and its projects whether you are a member Asian methodology in teaching can truly in- Conference. Thats the tithe I am asking
of a religious community, a director of Di- form our approaches to mission. from you as members.
ocesan mission office, a member of a lay
mission group, a leader in the parish, some- May the blessings of these summer months May God Bless us all as we do all we can to
one connected to your school, a student, a warm your hearts and keep enkindling the continue the mission of Jesus in our time and
professional, or retired. As part of the flesh passion for Gods mission in your hearts! place.
and blood of USCMA, your personal advo-
cacy for USCMA helps the association to
achieve its goals. Second, invite others to
USCMA Staf f
participate and be part of the organization. Rev. Michael Montoya, MJ, Executive Director
Person to person invitation is always the best
Ms. Charlotte Cook, Associate Director
form of invitation. Your own story and your
own commitment to mission are the best ad Sr. Anne Louise Von Hoene, MMS, Accountant
for USCMA. Third, make a commensurate
Sr. Michael Theresa Brauer, SND de N, Administrative Assistant
contribution to USCMA. Your commitment
to mission and to USCMA speaks volumes. Questions/Comments re: Meetings & Conferences meetings@uscatholicmission.org
We ask that your contribution be commensu- Questions/Comments re: Mission Update / Current Topics news@uscatholicmission.org
rate to that commitment and to the impor-
tance you think USCMA plays in the whole E-Mail: uscma@uscatholicmission.org Web Site: www.uscatholicmission.org
mission enterprise of the US Church.

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We need to address the human costs of climate change and envi-
termediate technology education center for alternative meth- ronmental degradation in terms of their impact on health, educa-
ods of securing water and generating electricity in, Iringa, tion and access. The increasing incidence of natural disasters with
Tanzania. Sr. Jocelyn Fenix uses her skill as a medical doc- environmental causes calls for a need to strengthen the links be-
tor to help people find and cultivate medicinal plants and tween environmental and humanitarian activities, stressed
gives workshops on organic agriculture as her ministry in Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy
Darien, Panama. Lay Missioner Maruja Gutmann-Gonzalez See to the United Nations, speaking in Columbus, OH in April
in Vilches, Bolivia, teaches at the Center for Spirituality con- 2007.
necting Earth, health and spirituality.
At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory
Sisters Janet Miller and Doreen Longres, working at or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest
Maryknoll, NY, facilitated the drafting of the Maryknoll Sis- group pressures. It is about the future of Gods creation and the
ters Land Ethic and are engaged in implementing earth- one human family. It is about protecting both the human envi-
friendly, environmentally sustainable practices at the ronment and the natural environment. It is about our human
Maryknoll Sisters Center. Sr. Aurelia Atencio in the Prela- stewardship and our responsibility to those who come after
ture of Juli, Peru, works with indigenous farmers in organic us. (Faithful Stewards of Gods Creation: a Catholic Resource
farming to create a seed bank. Fr. Herb Gappa spent more for Environmental Justice and Climate Change, USCCB, 2007)
than 20 years inspiring his parishioners in Bariadi, Tanzania
in the work of preserving and enhancing the forest watershed Resource Ideas
and Bariadi River.
Fr. Sean McDonagh insists that both learning about and taking
We see with our own eyes that poor people in our country care of our planet can and should be fun and rewarding! We have
and in poor countries often lack the resources and capacity to
adapt and avoid the negative consequences of climate
change. Their lives, homes, children and work are most at
risk. John Carr, Secretary of the USCCB Department of
Social Development and World Peace testified at a Senate
hearing in early June about the human costs of climate
change.

A number of Medical Mission Sisters in England are actively


engaged in campaigning mostly along the lines of two or-
ganizations, The Campaign Against Climate Change and
Stop Climate Chaos. Both have held rallies and have en-
couraged petitions and postcards to the Prime Minister.

Sr. Daphne Norden, MMS belongs to the World Develop-


ment movement and is actively campaigning against climate
change. Four Medical Mission Sisters in England visit par-
ishes in all parts of the country for mission promotion and as
part of their talks they encourage parishioners to become part
of these campaigns, because the worst effects are always
felt by people living in poverty with whom we are working
in some of the poorest countries of the world. The sisters
also promote the participation of parishes in becoming eco-
congregations.

Sean McDonagh, a Columban missionary priest spoke in


Washington, DC at a discussion on climate change in May
2007. Part of his challenge to participants was to develop
God-talk about the environment: evolve a theology, spiritu-
ality and missiology which is sensitive to the presence of
God in the natural world. Fr. McDonagh has researched
and written many books and articles on climate change since
his years working in the Philippines.

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aspects of living green including gift buying, lawn care, house-
listed below just a few resource ideas that can be used by indi- cleaning products and such. They have a checklist one can use
viduals, families, teachers, religious communities, and church to determine carbon emissions and actions to reduce them. Its
congregations. easy, its fun, its helpful.
Go to http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/119/calculator#.
Faithful Stewards of Gods Creation: a Catholic Resource for
Environmental Justice and Climate Change, USCCB, 2007
includes a wealth of prayers, worship hints, preaching ideas It is also possible to receive weekly e-newsletters from The
and personal actions, as Green Guide that are easy to read and understand and store for
well as, a CD-ROM. Cop- future reference. Their website is www.thegreenguide.com.
ies are available for sale in
English at http:// Regeneration Project helps to deepen the connection between
www.usccbpublishing.org/ ecology and faith. Their Interfaith Power and Light campaign is
searchproducts.cfm. A mobilizing a religious response to global warming in congrega-
smaller version in Spanish, tions through the promotion of renewable energy, energy effi-
Cambio Climtico Global ciency, and conservation. To learn more about Interfaith Power
is also available at the same and Light programs in the US and how to become an affiliate of
website. an Interfaith Power & Light program read the website http://
www.theregenerationproject.org/index.htm or contact The Re-
Composting is something generation Project at: info@theregenerationproject.org or call
that individuals, families, 415-561-4891.
schools, community groups
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Composting helps prevent erosion into can do even with just a
There is no dearth of actions and helps that each of us can do to
an Australian stream. small space. Not only does play our part in this current challenge. The list above is just the
composting cut down on a beginning. Energy checklists are readily available. The Internet
significant amount of municipal solid waste, the end result has is full of links to programs and action groups. In the words of
many benefits for the environment. For information on how to Archbishop Migli-
compost, check the EPA website: http://epa.gov/compost. ore, as children of
God we are chal-
Instead of sending flowers or other memorial gifts, plant a tree lenged by the Gene-
in the memory of a loved one. Read Leaf a Legacy, Plant a sis story to protect,
Tree online at www.thegreenguide.com/blog/lighten-up. not destroy, the cos-
mos. With hu-
mans open to love,
The documentary of Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth contin- creation becomes
ues to be a good resource for discussion groups at home, at the place for the
school and at church. It is available on DVD. mutual exchange of
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gifts among people. Recycling in the United Kingdom.
Penguins on Thin Ice uses music to share both inspiration
and scientific information about global climate change and USCMA Resolution on climate change
what people can do to help curb its effects.
Go to www.penguinsonthinice.com. At our 2006 Annual Meeting members approved a Resolution
urging members to actions. It is our hope that members will
make a renewed commitment to follow through with these:
The Environmental Protection Agencys website http://
epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/ lists Action Steps that one can do Become thoroughly familiar with and promote stewardship
in various situations including at home, school, in the office of the earth as integral to the gospel message and as
expressed in the Bishops recent policy statements
and on the road. The EPA also has free instructional materials
that are fun and educational for children. For more information, noted above. www.usccb.org/sdwp
go to http://epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/ORWKit.html. Learn ways of integrating ecological concerns into our pas-
toral ministry and promoting a simple lifestyle as indi-
The Green Guide provides a wealth of information on many viduals, religious communities, and as a nation, in re-
sponse to the destructive practices that abound in de-

Contemporary names of countries from page 14:


a) Lesotho; b) Belize; c) Sri Lanka; d) Democratic Republic of the Congo; e) Surinam; f) Taiwan; g) Mali; h) Malawi; i) Iran; j)
Guinea-Bissau; k) Thailand; l) Namibia; m) Equatorial Guinea; n) Bangladesh.

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veloped and developing nations.


Seek ways of educating ourselves and our co-workers by
making efforts to change systems and structures that
are ecologically unsound. www.ucsusa.org/
global_warming

Conduct an audit of the impact which all our institutions,


be they schools, hospitals, parishes and other commu-
nity buildings have on the environment. We hope to
generate an environmental impact statement for each
and every institution over which we, the members,
have direct control, and to be followed by a plan of
action for improving the efficient stewardship of all
persons associated with our own institutions.
Contact your Senators and Congressional representatives
to urge greater US leadership to address climate
change and to provide significant economic and tech-
nical support to developing countries. Read Safe Cli-
mate Act (H.R. 5642) introduced by Henry Waxman
and companion bill in the Senate, Global Warming
Pollution Reduction Act (S. 3698) introduced by
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Jeffords and Boxer by going to View of the Blue Marble from space.

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/c109query.html
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Composting to prevent erosion, photo courtesy of
We also strongly urge you to assist your bishop in sending www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/composting/benefits.htm
a cover letter and a copy of the bishops statement,
Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Pru-
dence and the Common Good, to your members in 3
Recycling courtesy of www.merton.gov.uk/living/
both the House and Senate. http://www.usccb.org/ environment/recycling
sdwp/international/globalclimate.htm
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Photograph of Earth from space taken December 7, 1972 by
Photograph Credits: Apollo astronauts en route to the moon. NASA created the
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Brazilian forest devastation with Brazilian Indians, courtesy photo and it is therefore in the public domain. It is one of
of Reuters News Agency through Planet Ark, http:// the few photographs where the entire disc of the earth is
planetark.org/envpicshome.cfm illuminated.

It is now possible
to register for the 2007 Annual U.S. Catholic Mission Association

Conference participates in the

online!!
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
For several months we had problems with Please remember us as you
the website that prevented us from updating make your donations.
information. We apologize for any incon- We also appreciate you telling
venience. There are two places on the site your friends
that link to online registration: on the home
page in the upper left column, and, under about our participation.
Events, go to Annual Mission Conference Thank you!

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Mission Stories
abuso, drogas y pobreca. Du-
GRADUATION SONGS FROM COSTA RICA
rante los primeros meses de mi
by Anna Hickner estancia aqu, haban muchas
Upon coming to Costa Rica, I knew it was God who situaciones difciles que tuve que
led me to La Casa de Maria Auxiliadora. I work daily with enfrentar, pero lo ms difcil fue
girls who come from disintegrated families, abuse, drugs acostumbrarme a la cultura de la
and poverty. In the first few months of my stay here, there pobreza. Estas muchachas son
were many uncomfortable situations I had to confront, but pobres no slo economicamente,
the hardest was probably adjusting to the culture of pov- sino tambin en espritu, educa-
erty. These girls were not just economically poor, but poor cin y esperanza. Saba que quis-
in spirit, education and hope. I knew I wanted to help, but iera ayudarlas, pero no saba
I didnt exactly know how. Thus, I decided to go back to exactamente cmo. Decid con- Anna Hickner, 23, is a cur-
God, and the talents he gave me. fiar en Dios y en los dones que rent Francis Corps Volun-
me ha dado. teer ministering at La Casa
I have been writing music since Ive been 16 years de Maria Auxiliadora in San
old, and I always wanted to write songs in Spanish, but He compuesto msica desde Jose, Costa Rica. A 2006
didnt exactly know how. With the support of Sister Lia, que tena 16 aos y siempre he graduate of St. Marys Col-
my director, I launched my own mini-project to collabo- querido componer canciones en lege (Notre Dame, IN),
rate with the muchachas and write a couple of songs. I espaol, pero no saba cmo em- Anna is a native of Chi-
asked them for poems that I could put to music. My peti- pezar. Con el apoyo de Sor Lia, cago, IL. She plans a fu-
tion was very well received by the ninth grade girls, who mi directora, lanc un mini- ture in counseling, psychol-
not only gave me poems but hopes, dreams and prayers. proyecto para colaborar con las ogy, and/or social work.
With their words, I was able to write two songs for their muchachas para escribir unas
graduation. As cliche as it sounds, I will never forget the canciones. Les ped unos poemas a las cuales podra pon-
change on their faces; eyes I hadnt known until they erles msica. Mi peticin fue bien recibida por las
looked up when I started to sing and teach them the words muchachas de noveno ao, quienes me brindaron no slo
and melody. As smiles started to appear, I felt like I finally sus poemas sino tambin sus esperanzas, sueos y ora-
connected with these girls. Days in the classroom review- ciones. Con sus palabras, compuse dos canciones para su
ing lyrics evolved into sessions around the piano practic- graduacin. Aunque parezca un clich, jams olvidar el
ing the songs. I think one of the fondest memories I carry cambio en sus caras: ojos que no haba conocido hasta que
from this experience was the walk from the classroom to me miraron en los ojos cuando empec a cantar y en-
the piano, arm and arm with Paola, singing our song, in searles la letra la meloda. Mientras aparecan sus sonri-
harmony. She wouldnt stop singing, so I didnt stop sing- sas, por fin yo sent una conexin con las muchachas. Los
ing. das que pasamos aprendiendo la letra en el aula se convir-
tieron en sesiones rodeando el piano donde practicamos
I didnt even know Paola before I started this project. las canciones. Creo que una de las mejores memorias que
My gift of music allowed me to walk with the poor of voy a llevar de esta experiencia ser caminando del aula al
Costa Rica. At times it was the girls guiding me, at times it piano, de brazo con Paola, cantando en armona. Ella no
was me guiding them, but resulted in something that we dejaba de cantar, pues yo tampoco iba a dejar de cantar.
could share together and something I will continue to util-
ize this semester to reach out to more girls. I knew God Yo no conoca Paola antes de este proyecto. Mi don
brought me to Costa Rica and La Casa de Maria Auxili- de msica me permiti caminar con los pobres de Costa
adora for a reason, I just didnt know why. Now I know Rica. A veces las muchachas me guiaron, y a veces fui yo
why. que les gui a ellas, pero la experiencia result en algo que
pudimos compartir y es algo que voy a tratar de utilizar
durante este semestre para alcanzar a ms muchachas. Yo
Al llegar a Costa Rica, supe que era Dios quin me saba que Dios me llam a Costa Rica y a La Casa de
llam a La Casa de Maria Auxiliadora. Cada da trabajo Maria Auxiliadora por alguna razn, pero no saba por
con muchachas que vienen de familias destruidas por qu. Ahora ya s por qu.

If you would like to share mission stories from any of your missioners we would be happy to include them in a future
issue of Mission Update, depending on space availability.

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Periodic Paper #2
Gods Asian Tapestry
Reflections on the First Asian Mission Congress
By James H. Kroeger, MM

This Periodic Paper comes in two parts. The first part is James H. Kroegers reflections on the First Asian Mission
Congress held in Chiang Mai, Thailand last year. The second part is the official statement of the said event.

Tapestries are a specialized form of art. Us- in the midst of life realities. It also moves to a
ing subtle colors and richly textured fibers, the artist deepened awareness about the renewed under-
weaves an inspiring piece, capturing people in their standing of mission ad gentes during and since the
uniqueness, geometric designs in their intricacies, Second Vatican Council and to priorities for a re-
animals in their diversity, and nature in all its beauty. newed mission animation.
The vision and skill of the artist serve to create a
moving work of art, often a masterpiece.
Here one hears echoes of Paul VIs Evan-
gelii Nuntiandi where he focused on encouraging
Peoples and cultures across the centuries our brethren in their mission as evangelizers so
have used and perfected this form of hand-woven that they may accomplish their task with ever in-
fabric. Through the skill and artistry of the weaver, creasing love, zeal and joy (EN 1). In the Asian
great beauty and refinement can be achieved. context where the Church is a small minority, truly a
Viewing a tapestry means appreciating the wonder- little flock, (less than 3% of the vast multitudes of
ful intricacies displayed and the artists attention to Asia), mutual encouragement is constantly needed
detail. Tapestries can evoke deep reflection and and appreciated. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, the prin-
insight into the beauty of life. cipal agent of evangelization, congress delegates
experienced renewed joy in being truly Catholic and
truly Asian; they departed for their home Churches
The First Asian Mission Congress, held in with renewed enthusiasm. Many hearts were set
Thailand in October 2006, noted in its final mes- ablaze in that New Upper Room (the congress hall
sage: All the colors, peoples, languages, cultures, of the Lotus Hotel in Chiang Mai). A renewed joy of
values, religions, and arts of Asias peoples formed evangelizing permeated the more than 1,000 par-
one great tapestry. The story of Jesus became the ticipants!
unique congress thread that wove all these dimen-
sions and experiences of life into one multifaceted
design. With hindsight, one can partially capture the AN ASIAN APPROACH. The Mission Con-
beauty of this Mission Congress by examining some gress tapestry was to be woven through a carefully
of the diverse threads that were woven together into chosen methodology: story-telling in faith or
a great tapestry, into Gods Asian Tapestry. narrative missiology. One can appreciate this ap-
proach by recalling the basic elements of a story. In
brief, stories tell us who we are; they link us to-
CONGRESS VISION. The Mission Con- gether and deepen our identity, revealing many as-
gress was not envisioned as a symposium or semi- pects of the mystery of our being. Stories are win-
nar; rather, the gathering in Chiang Mai, northern dows through which we view the world; they pos-
Thailand was to be a celebration of faith and life. sess tremendous power to influence faith and life.
The first stated congress goal was to share the joy They probe the heart, illuminating our relationships
and enthusiasm of our faith in Jesus Christ and to with God and others.
celebrate our faith in Asian language, song, story,
art, music, symbol, and architecture. Next, this ap-
proach sought to move from a celebratory phase The keynote congress address by master-
into concrete Asian ways of mission though witness weaver Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle identified eight
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dimensions of story-telling that help the Church un- largest event ever sponsored by the FABC
derstand her evangelizing mission in Asia: (1) Good (Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences); dele-
stories emerge from experience; the Church tells gates to the FABC plenary assemblies held every
the Jesus-story from its experience of Jesus; (2) four yearsthere have been eight to date
Stories reveal personal identity and the formative usually number around 300 persons at the maxi-
influence of people and events; the Jesus-story mum. To have participated in this congress
manifests the identity of the Church among the peo- meant a total immersion in Asian-ness. And, for
ples (especially the poor), religions, and cultures of the majority of delegates, it was a new, enriching
Asia; (3) Stories are dynamic and transformative; encounter that they had never before experi-
the Church keeps the memory of Jesus dynamically enced. People, Gods People, coming from every
alive; (4) Stories help interpret spiritual, doctrinal, race, family, and nation in Asiaall assembled,
and ethical symbols, and the Jesus-story provides hearing about the marvels of God. Everyone
meaning to the Churchs symbols of faith. was amazed and astonished; they asked one an-
other what it all meant (cf. Acts 2:11-12).

Tagle continued weaving his artistic design


by showing: (5) Stories create community; the story FABCs TRIPLE DIALOGUE. Since its
of Jesus generates the Church; (6) When received, first plenary assembly in Taipei in 1974 which fo-
stories transform the listener; the Church must listen cused on Evangelization in Modern Day Asia, the
to Jesus story and be renewed by it; (7) Just as sto- FABC has developed an Asian Paradigm for
ries can be narrated in a variety of ways, the Church missionary evangelization. The paradigm focuses
can tell the Jesus-story with a multiplicity of ap- on the building up of truly inculturated local
proaches; finally, (8) Stories of individuals and Churches. The operative approach is the distinc-
whole peoples can be suppressed; thus, the Church tive mode of dialogue. The dialogue partners of
must give voice to societys victims and their sup- the local Church are Asias peoples (especially the
pressed stories. Tagle succeeded in winning peo- poor), Asias cultures and religions. This Asian
ples hearts and minds; convincing them that story- Way of being Church, commonly termed the
telling is a very valid insight into evangelization in triple dialogue, shaped the thematic structure of
Asia today. the entire congress.

EXPERIENCING ASIAN-NESS. For all Brief opening ceremonies were held on the
the participants, the Mission Congress was a rich evening of October 18. The first full day (October
experience of the great diversity of Asia and her 3.6 19) was devoted to the story of Jesus in the Peo-
billion people. In the congress itself over forty coun- ples of Asia. The faith sharers or story-tellers
tries were represented in the more than 1,000 par- focused on the elderly and the family, two key
ticipants. Asians came from remote places such as segments of Asias population. Delegates met for
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, from Mongolia, the first time in their workshops and reflected on
Myanmar (Burma), and China, from Bangladesh, their personal faith story, responding to the ques-
Nepal, and Cambodia. They brought with them their tion: How have I encountered Christ in my life?
stories, cultures, experiences and, above all, their
faith and love of Jesus and his Church. One heard
numerous languages being spokenas diverse as Continuing the work of the congress, the
those heard on the first Pentecost. People eagerly second full day (October 20) focused on the role
shared their persons and experiencesin hotel cor- of Jesus in the Religions of Asia. An interesting
ridors and dining rooms, in the 100+ small discus- panel presentation addressed four of the living
sion groups, in their mission expositions, in their na- faiths in Asia: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and
tional dress, songs and dances during the final ban- Tribals/Indigenous. Workshops responded to the
quet and grand socialization. The people tapestry question: What do I appreciate in the followers of
at the congress was overwhelming and marvelous. other religions in my country?

This first Asian Mission Congress was the The morning of the next day (October 21)
centered on the Cultures of Asia; participants
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heard faith sharings on consumerism, media, Asias Catholics. A clear expression of gratitude
migrants, youth, and interfaith relationships. After- was heard for the self-sacrificing missionaries who
noon workshops reflected on this question: What labored to bring the Christian faith to Asia. A mar-
practices or traditions in my culture best express velous musical drama with over 400 student per-
the Gospel of Jesus? formers portrayed how the faith arrived and took
root in Thailand. Personal journeys of faith were
spontaneously shared in the small discussion
The final day of the congress was World groups.
Mission Sunday (October 22). The final faith
sharer focused on the Thai Tribals and their jour-
ney in faith. A congress synthesis was presented; Prayer in many forms seemed to be like a
the congress message and mission orienta- golden thread integrating the five-day assembly.
tions were read publicly [see separate docu- Solemn daily celebrations of the Eucharist were pre-
ments]. The final highpoint was the World Mission sided by five cardinals (Crescenzio Sepe, Papal En-
Sunday 2006 Eucharistic Celebration, presided by voy; Ivan Dias, CEP Prefect; Michael Michai Kit-
Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe, the Special Envoy of bunchu, Bangkok; Ricardo Vidal, Cebu; Telesphore
the Pope. Placidus Toppo, Ranchi). Creative morning
prayers, based on the themes of light, color, and
water, invited participants to focus on Gods pres-
Five days, October 18-22, 2006, days filled ence in the congress.
with stories of faith, enriched by intercultural shar-
ing, deepened by theological reflection, celebrat-
ing faith and life! These days added new meaning There was perpetual Eucharistic adoration in
to the FABC and its mission in Asia. Terming the a special chapel. National groups sang their indige-
FABC as Asias Continuing Vatican II is no mis- nous songs for communion-time meditation. There
nomer! Pentecost continues to unfold in Asia! was the recitation of the mission rosary and a holy
hour before the Blessed Sacrament on the Friday
evening of the congress; confessions were available
REFLECTION, FAITH, AND PRAYER. during morning prayer and the holy hour. A large
The tapestry of the Asian Mission Congress would Jesus-Asia mission cross was given to each coun-
be incomplete if one failed to mention the role of try delegation during the closing Eucharist; each
theological-missiological reflection that was inte- delegate received a smaller necklace version of the
grally interwoven into the fabric. Each day time mission cross. All received a special papal blessing
was allotted for a formal reflection on the during the mass on World Mission Sunday. In a
Churchs understanding of her evangelizing mis- word, prayer was woven well into the design of the
sion in Asia. Fathers Julian Saldanha, SJ, Proper congress.
Grech, OSA, Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB, James
Kroeger, MM, and John Prior, SVD were invited to
enhance and deepen the faith sharers story- AN ASIAN TAPESTRY. As a specialized art form,
telling and the feedback from the discussion tapestry is unique. Woven from various threads
groups. Once again, this missiological reflection silk, wool, and cotton, bright and darka tapestry
followed the FABCs triple-dialogue pattern. reveals the artists imagination and design. Each
tapestry narrates a story, it captures life, it invites
reflection.
The full title or theme of this First Asian
Mission Congress was: The Story of Jesus in
Asia: A Celebration of Faith and Life. Faith was At the Asian Mission Congress, the Holy
clearly evidentin many and diverse ways. Par- Spirit wove a unique tapestry of the Story of Jesus
ticipants seemed to be brimming with joyful faith in Asia. How beautiful it was to witness the master-
and enthusiasm from their arrival until their depar- weaver at work! Even the less than perfect threads
ture; their spontaneous faith perdured through a helped shape the final design.
very full and exhausting congress schedule. In-
digenous saints and blessedespecially the mar-
tyrscontinue to be vibrant faith influences on Mission belongs to God, it is his project, his
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work, his masterpiece. Only Gods weaving is im- dia. Indeed, to encounter the Risen Lord is to be
portant. His thoughts, his ways, his artistry shape sent on mission.
the final tapestrya masterpiece not made by hu-
man hands (cf. Heb. 9:11)!
In Gods gracious providence, over 1,000
James H. Kroeger, M.M. has served mission in Asian of us contemporary disciples of Jesus assembled
(Philippines and Bangladesh) since 1970. In addition to his for the first-ever Asian Mission Congress. A spa-
work in education and formation, he has published several ma- cious, sprawling hotel in Chiang Mai, northern
terials (books and articles) on the Churchs mission of evangeli- Thailand, became the New Upper Room. We
zation in Asia today. His most recent publication are: The Fu-
ture of the Asian Churches (2002), Becoming Local Church
gathered to share our experience, to tell our sto-
(2003), and Once Upon a Time in Asia (2006) [Claretian Publi- ries, to meet other disciples from across the vast
cations, Manila]. Asian continent, from Lebanon to Japan, from Ka-
zakhstan and Mongolia to Indonesia. We heard
inspiring stories, too numerous to count, stories of
life, faith, heroism, service, prayer, dialogue, and
TELLING THE STORY OF JESUS IN ASIA proclamation. An infectious mood of joy pervaded
The Message of the First Asian Mission Con- us. No one doubted the active presence of the
gress befriending Spirit of God. Together we celebrated
Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 18-22, 2006 our faith and our life as disciples of Jesus through
sharing, listening, praying, celebrating the Eucha-
rist. The multiplicity of cultures and languages
Jesus lives! Christ is Risen! Our Savior is added light and color to the celebration of our one
with us; his life is our life. These affirmations cap- common faith.
ture our sentiments as the participants of the 2006
Asian Mission Congress. Gathered in Thailand, Oc-
tober 18-22, 2006, we express the same joyful faith This pastoral-catechetical congress ex-
as Christs first disciples, who proclaimed: I have plored a unique methodology of evangelizing:
seen the Lord (Jn. 20:18); It is the Lord (Jn. 21:7); story-telling or faith-sharing. We listened to narra-
It is true: The Lord has risen (Lk. 24:34); My Lord tives about the elderly, families, youth, children
and my God (Jn. 20:28). The first disciples re- and women, BECs. We heard perspectives from
joiced: their friend, their teacher, their prophet, their Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Tribals. Con-
compassionate healer, their beloved was miracu- temporary contexts were highlighted: Consumer-
louslymysteriouslyalive. Fear and disappoint- ism, Media, Migrants, and Interfaith Dialogue.
ment, trauma and devastation became faith and re- How significant these are to the mission of evan-
joicing. Who could have expected? Who would gelization in the present context of ethnic conflicts
have dreamed? and religious tensions!

Jesus comes personally to his followers. He The Story of Jesus was the unique thread,
calls them by name: Mary of Magdala, Thomas, Pe- weaving all these life experiences into one grand
ter, James, John. They recognize him. He speaks narrative. All the colors, peoples, languages, cul-
words of peace and reconciliation. The disbelieving tures, values, religions, and arts of Asias peoples
disciples are transformed. Yet, Jesus, the Crucified- formed one grand tapestry. Lord, how marvelous
Risen One, expands the dimensions of their faith. are your ways! How deep your designs!
He challenges them further. He sends them on mis-
sion: Go forth to every part of the world, and pro-
The world is full of stories. Human life is
claim the Good News to the whole of creation (Mk.
unimaginable without stories. Stories tell us who
16:15); Go forth and make all nations my disci-
we are and they link us with other peoples, all
ples (Mt. 28:19); You are witnesses to all this (Lk.
across Asia and even throughout the world.
24:48); As the Father sent me, so I send you (Jn.
Through them we explore lifes deeper dimen-
20:21). And so the disciples set out to tell the Jesus
sions, including the mystery of our own being.
story. They go to places, near and far: James to
Stories impact our life and our faith. They trans-
Jerusalem, Peter and Paul to Rome, Thomas to In-
form perspectives and values. They form commu-

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nity. Stories contain a hidden dynamism and talked with us on the road and explained the scrip-
transforming power, incalculably so when they tures to us (Lk. 24:32)? For us, the way to Chiang
emerge from experience. They are remembered Mai has become our Emmaus road. At the Mission
much longer than lessons learned in school or Congress we shared our experiences of faith. Sto-
books that are read. ries from Bangladesh and Hong Kong, from Thai-
land and China, from Japan and Nepalfrom all
across the Asian continentset our hearts on fire.
Jesus was known as a story-teller. As a Echoes of Ecclesia in Asia resounded loudly: A fire
rabbi, a teacher, his favorite method of instruction can only be lit by something that is itself on fire (EA
was telling parables, insightful vignettes that re- 23b). The Church in Asia is to be a community
vealed the depths of Gods Reign. Who does not aflame with missionary zeal to make Jesus known,
know the parable of the Good Samaritan or the loved and followed (EA 19a). Jesus casts fire on
Prodigal Son? Jesus parables challenge us with the earth and prays that it be ablaze (cf. Lk. 12:49).
new possibilities in our relations with God and all The Church in Asia shares his zeal that this fire be
our brothers and sisters. Many might think of Je- re-kindled now (EA 18c). We know that our 2006
sus, who was born in Asia, as merely akin to the Mission Congress, sponsored by the Federation of
great Asian wisdom teachers, such as Confucius, Asian Bishops Conferences and its Office of Evan-
Lao Tzu, and Gandhi. But more marvelously, we gelization, thanks to the Holy Spirit, was able to set
Christians believe that Jesus is the God who be- many hearts ablaze.
came Man, sent by the Father. He is Gods love
story in the fleshGods Incarnate Story.
The Asian Mission Congress, particularly the
exchange of our faith-stories, has provided new per-
The Asian Mission Congress sought to en- spectives for our task of dialoguing with the peoples
flesh many of the challenges found in Pope John (especially the poor), the religions, and the cultures
Paul IIs Ecclesia in Asia (EA): narrative methods of Asia (cf. FABC V: 3.1.2). The stories of Asias
akin to Asian cultural forms are to be preferred. In poor today (beggars, people living with AIDS, mi-
fact, the proclamation of Jesus Christ can most grants, the outcasts) must be read within Jesus
effectively be made by narrating his story, as the story and his Paschal Mystery. Asias many vener-
Gospels do (EA 20f). Pope John Paul II recom- able religions may be seen within Gods universal
mends following an evocative pedagogy, using design of salvationthat all would be saved (I Tm.
stories, parables and symbols so characteristic of 2:4). The riches of Asian cultures can be a most
Asian methodology in teaching (EA 20g). suitable vehicle for communicating the Jesus story.
This task has a special urgency today in the multi-
ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural situation of
The local Churches in Asia can be faithful
Asia (EA 21b). The insightful triple dialogue pro-
to Christs mission mandate by telling and retelling
moted by the FABC for over three decades can be
the Jesus story both in words and effective deeds
accomplished in new and surprising ways (EA
of service. Repeatedly, the Church communicates
20f)one of which is in the exchange of gifts
its faith that originates in its experience of Jesus.
through the sharing of our lifes story.
The Holy Spirit, the Great Storyteller, guides the
Church in all situations to tell, especially through
the witness of a transformed life: what we have At this First Asian Mission Congress we re-
heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we discovered the joy of evangelization. Pope Paul
have looked upon and touched with our hands; it VIs words ring true; effective mission is to be done
is none other than the Word of Life (cf. 1 Jn. with ever increasing love, zeal and joy (Evangelii
1:1). Mission means keeping the story of Jesus Nuntiandi, EN 1). Jesus disciples must proclaim
alive, forming community, showing compassion, with joy the Good News which one has come to
befriending the other, carrying the Cross, wit- know through the Lords mercy (EN 80).
nessing to the living person of Jesus.

We, the Congress participants, commit our-


The disciples on the road to Emmaus ob- selves to carry home to our own communities, new
served: Did we not feel our hearts on fire as he
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insights into the story of Jesus, particularly its The Story of Jesus in Our Life
Asian dimensions. We seek to be on fire, ready to
bring home vivid and inspiring stories, which could We will make the story of Jesus come alive
light the flame of mission in young hearts. We wish through our personal encounter with the Risen
to follow Jesus words to the possessed person Lord through:
(the scriptural passage we adopted at the Con- a deeper study and living of the Word of
gress): Go home to your own people and tell them God in such a way that the
what the Lord in his mercy has done for you (Mk.
power of Jesus story transforms our life
5:19).
cultivating a habit of recognizing the story
of Jesus in ones own personal
We seek to approach evangelization in an
life, in all our experiences, particularly, in
Asian way, an evocative way through stories, par-
our struggles and pains, joys
ables and symbols, a method so characteristic of
Asian pedagogy, as Pope John Paul II has so per- and sorrows
ceptively noted. It is, therefore, a way of sharing making the celebrations of the community
our faith with others, an authentic path of dialogue. especially the Eucharist as
Still, we who believe in this distinctive approach to
evangelization will also not be timid when God powerful moments of encounter in which
opens the door for us to proclaim explicitly the Lord the story of Jesus comes alive
Jesus Christ as the Savior and the answer to the through the symbols used in the liturgy
fundamental questions of human existence (FABC (the breaking of the Bread, etc.)
V: 4.3). fostering the attitudes and values of humil-
ity and openness before the
On this World Mission Sunday we thank the mystery of God at work in the peoples of
Lord of the harvest for the countless missionaries Asia especially in those who
who have come to serve in Asia through the centu- suffer, such as the poor, the marginalized,
ries. We prayerfully commend to the Lords love migrant workers, the sick,
and protection the thousands from Asia who now
serve in various parts of the globe. women and children
promoting the participation of the laity es-
pecially the youth who are the
We beseech Mary, our Mother and the Star
of Evangelization, to intercede for us that our future of the Church in Asia
hearts may remain on fire with love of Jesus her proclaiming Jesus especially through wit-
Son, whose story we shall tell and retell through ness as the distinguishing mark
words, deeds and the witness of our lives.
of our missionary identity
living and promoting a spirituality of the
MISSION ORIENTATIONS AND PRIORITIES dialogue of life with the peoples
of Asia
First Asian Mission Congress learning to recognize the presence of the
Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 18-22, 2006 story of Jesus in the stories of
trauma, exclusion, sufferings and poverty
as well as in their other varied
Moved by the experience of the First Asian
Mission Congress, we the participants have identi- experiences of life
fied the following important areas of concern which learning the art of eagerly awaiting the
we consider as priorities for our missionary task in opportune moment to share
Asia, and we commit ourselves to implement them:
Jesus story as Gods gift for the fullness
of life

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The Story of Jesus in Peoples of Other Faiths collective levelsall the more
so when such values are being eroded by
We will: consumerism, materialism

recognize our ignorance and prejudice and other forces with the support of the
(individual and collective) by media and the market

taking concrete steps to acquaint our- promote a culture of service, compassion,


selves with other religious traditions disciplined life, meditation,

develop in our educational and formation silence, simplicity, reconciliation and har-
institutes, especially in our mony

seminaries, such positive attitudes of un- take concrete steps to integrate local festi-
derstanding and respect vals and cultural forms of

towards other religions expression such as dance and music, art


and architecture
form families to grow in openness and a
humble attitude to the mystery introduce with proper catechesis incultura-
tion at all levels of our life so
of God at work in other religions
that we can effectively present the Asian
make similar efforts to remove misunder- face of Jesus to our sisters and
standing and prejudice from the
brothers in Asia
people of other faiths in regard to the
Christian faith and practices Follow-up

offer more effective pastoral care for those We appeal to each Episcopal conference to
in mixed marriages and other organize national/regional Mission Congresses in
such way as to effectively promote a renewed
interreligious situations sense of mission of TELLING THE STORY OF JE-
SUS in an Asian way to the peoples of Asia. We
hope that the above measure, among others, will
The Story of Jesus in the Cultures of Asia
revitalize our missionary dynamism with a sense of
urgency and with a spirit of enthusiasm and joy.
We will:
integrate positive cultural values of Asia For He is indeed Risen and Alive in Asia!
as mentioned in Ecclesia in Asia
into our Christian livingat personal and

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MARYKNOLL EXPANDS FREE CLASSROOM STUDY PROGRAM

Maryknoll is teaming-up with Catholic middle peal to most youth. Many teachers go beyond
and secondary schools across the country to this and devise their own questions for other
teach students about mission, other cultures articles.
and geography absolutely free of charge. The
program introduces students to real-life heroes
and the people whom they serve. Educators acknowledge students today are
very media-oriented, and that teachers need
many different approaches to satisfy that. Many
In the MARYKNOLL magazine classroom pro- teachers have told Maryknoll the classroom
gram, each month from September through program is a good supplement not only to reli-
May, every student is given a MARYKNOLL gious studies but social studies too.
magazine. The teachers are provided with an
accompanying poster and photo from the fea-
tured article, along with an easy-to-use, ready- Gaughan says she hopes this program will
made lesson plan, and a series of related ques- eventually involve parents as well, to teach
tions for the students to answer and discuss. them about mission and involve them in the cur-
riculum. She says the program provides stu-
dents with the kind of insight they dont get from
The classroom program teaches students to standard textbooks.
reach out to others with Christ-like compassion.
The coordinator of the program, MARYKNOLL
magazines managing editor Marge Gaughan, Our program opens up students to the needs
says the missioners featured in MARYKNOLL of the world and its people.
magazine serve as role models for service.
For more information, visit them on the web at
A big advantage for teachers, says Gaughan, www.maryknoll.org/classroom or phone toll free
is that we provide a ready-made lesson plan 1-888-627-9566.
focusing on one article that we feel would ap-

New Presidency of Pax Christi International Name That Country


This was taken from the July-August 1977 issue
Pax Christi International has elected Archbishop of Mission Intercom.
Laurent Monsengwo and Marie Dennis as the new
Presidents of Pax Christi International at their An- To how many of the countries listed below can
nual General Assembly taking place 28 April 2007 you give the contemporary name? Answers on
in Antwerp, Belgium. Their 3 years mandate as co- page 4.
presidents begins at the Triennial World Assembly
of Pax Christi International, which will take place a) Basutoland b) British Honduras
from 30 October to 4 November 2007 in Torhout/ c) Ceylon d) Congo Leopoldville
Bruges. The present International President, H.B.
Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, e) Dutch Guyana f) Formosa
will remain in office until 3 November 2007. g) French Sudan h) Nyassaland
i) Persia j) Portuguese Guinea
We congratulate Marie who is the Director of the
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, one of our k) Siam l) South West Africa
partner organizations. m) Spanish Guinea n) West Pakistan

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WHAT USCMA MEMBERS ARE SAYING


We continue with some more sampling of what the participants of our 2006 Annual Mission Conference
tell us about what/who is USCMA for them.

The importance of USCMA is the forum it creates to promote and foster dia- USCMA is an organization of men and women committed to bridge-building
logue in respectful manner across the US. For me, USCMA stretches my mutual positive relationships long or short term.
vision, challenges me to examine my assumption and calls me to an open-
USCMA draws all mission organizations together. It helps give focus and
ness to diversity in culture and concepts.
hope to those who have desire and enthusiasm to mutually learn from others.
Sr. Shalini DSouza, SCN
Sr. Mary Serra Goethals, SCN

Excellent forum for exchange with other mission-minded persons and groups.
(It) provides an essential role for the networking of programs, institutes, and
Exceptional means of on-going formation information. people committed to mission in many forms. Also, a source of information, on-
going education, and encouragement for dedicated individuals who often feel
Great opportunity for religious to learn about lay participation in the mission
dis-connected. (It) provides the broader perspective and network.
entrusted to the Church at home and abroad.
Roger Schroeder, SVD
Marcel Sylvestre

USCMA calls me to reflect on my journey as a missioner. It has been many,


USCMA remains for me the place where missioners gather to research,
many years since I have received my baptismal call to follow Christ and to
celebrate, articulate, and challenge one another on the very live reality of what
proclaim the Good News I have received, to share with others. I look back and
mission is.
see each step following the previous. USCMA encourages me along the way
USCMA is important due to the fact it can attract ALL the actors to a deeper understanding of mission: my mission within Gods mission.
and factors of mission to create the place for the dialogue to happen. It can
USCMA stands within the Church as a witness to the baptismal
serve as the on-going mission memory in many creative ways.
call to mission we all receive. USCMA members are salt to the earth and light
Rev. Rocco Puopolo, SX to the world in its ecclesial position of calling all to be missioners.
Christopher Promis, CSSp
USCMA is something new for me. After discovering mission while in Peru,
South America, and Mexico I have learned about what it means to be in mis-
USCMA has always been for me what its purpose and focus
sion in my own country, the USA. USCMA is the agency that has awakened
states in the current brochure I affirm this why and what completely. I
the values of Gods mission in my life, in my homeland and as a guest abroad.
would like to see a new emphasis added to the 5th element of Integral Evan-
The importance of USCMA in the whole mission dialogue in the US gelization (social transformation) a stronger, clearer mention of Ethics as the
Church is that USCMA listens and offers opportunities for learning and net- underpinning of social justice work as well as intentional reference to CST
working. (Catholic Social Teaching) as the grounding of social advocacy and service.
Rudy Vela, SM Too often our Missionary Involvement echoes only other NGO serving secular
ends. and also risks becoming social activism - especially among younger
people (or the other extreme every social action as a covert evangelical
USCMA provides me with the opportunity to meet and dialogue with a very crusade to convert the other).
wide variety of people interested in mission.
Animating the Church Bishops Dioceses- Parishes as well as
For the Church, USCMA provides a forum for dialogue and a place lay, clerical, religious organizations do put Mission at the heart of their work
or space to refine our thinking. and become more intentional in supporting, sustaining (organizationally &
Tom Johnson, FSC financially) the Mission Out Reach of the US Church especially that which
crosses both culture and genders
Sr. Janet Carroll, MM
USCMA for me is one family working together to accomplish one vision.
The importance of USCMA in the whole mission dialogue in the US
Church is that it clearly represents the thoughts and desires of the Catholic Via the Congresses & Conferences, I am challenged, inspired, informed and
people to serve and live out its baptismal promises. It opens up the doors to propelled forward. USCMA is vital to me because it is my principal vehicle for
possibilities of service throughout the world and it brings people together as meeting our worldwide Church; without the USCMA, I would often be unable
one Catholic family. to feel & comprehend the true catholic, universal church. USCMA meetings
are an invitation for the various generations of missioners to meet, exchange
Luisa Ortega, SFO (with) and inspire each other.
David Masters
More than an organization, USCMA is a movement that constantly renews the
fundamental missionary spirit of the Church, promoting dialogue, conscious-
ness raising, and a commitment to justice.
Joseph Jablonski

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BOOK REVIEWS
Concepts of Mission, The Evolution of Contemporary Missiology by Andrew Oborji
Missions and Money by Jonathan Bonk
Two recent Orbis publications are important addi- With ecumenical dialogue the church continues her
tions to current mission studies. Francis Anekwe missionary mandate, because division in the church
Oborji, a Nigerian diocesan priest, has written Con- contradicts her essence and denies Jesus command.
cepts of Mission: The Evolution of Contemporary In other words, the church needs union, not because
Missiology while Jonathan Bonk, Director of Over- it is useful, desirable, or pleasant but because union
seas Ministries Study Center, has revised and ex- belongs to the essence of the life of the church.
panded his Missions and Money.
Oborjis discussion of Third World theologies from
a Catholic perspective is valuable. He shows the
Written by a missiologist from the global South
significance of dialogue with contextual theologies
where Church is now so strong and growing; Oborji
for the promotion of Christian mission and presents
can talk about inculturation and inter-cultural dia-
this as a new trend in mission studies.
logue from a perspective different from much of what
we read. Moving beyond basic issues in mission and
Missiology as well historical perspectives of mission As the face of mission has changed over the years,
Oborji includes a section on New Perspectives. An Bonk has recognized this new reality in this new edi-
important contribution to understanding of mission is tion of an old standard. He examines again in this
his Mission as Ecumenical Dialogue. new context his argument that an imbalance in the
relative wealth of evangelizer-missionaries and those
among whom they work distorts the transmission
He points out there is a close bond between mission
and inculturation of the Gospel.
and ecumenism. Ecumenical dialogue should today
be considered one of the churchs new ways of evan-
gelization. The objective of ecumenical dialogue is An addition to the new edition is the section Faith
to bring churches into closer contact with one another and Wealth in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Early
for the sake of mission and its credibility. Church that strengthens the books theological un-
derpinnings.
The overall perspective is one in which God con-
ferred unity and therefore Christians are commanded While addressing Protestant churches the issues
to preserve it or restore it where it has been broken Bonk raises certainly resonate with Catholic mis-
through human fault. This command of Jesus is sionary efforts as well.
the authentic driving force for ecumenical dialogue.

Requiescant in pace.
Sr. Andre Fries, CPPS, died on July 14, 2007 Sr. Lorena Bolte, OP, died on July 4, 2007 in a car
(Saturday) in Baltimore as the result of complications accident near Syracuse. Please pray for her, her family,
from surgery. Please pray for her, her family and reli- and the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kansas and
gious sisters, and in thanksgiving for her service to the in thanksgiving for her service to the Dominicans of
Church, the LCWR and the religious of the United Great Bend, Kansas, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cath-
States for her service as Executive Director of the erine of Siena of Gusau, Nigeria, her pastoral ministry
NRRO and her encouragement of renewal of the na- to Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish and to Africa
tional collection for the Retirement of Religious. Faith and Justice Network whom she served as a board
member since 2005.

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Are not our hearts burning? invites us to look at our own mission
journeys in the midst of the challenges of the 21st century. It asks us
to identify that which enkindles the fire of passion for Gods mis-
sion a holy longing a yearning of the heart.

Are not our hearts burning? calls us to take off our shoes as we
enter this sacred space and time to encounter the fire that burns
but never consumes alive in the stories of mission that we hold
deeply in our hearts. Like Moses in the encounter, and the disci-
ples of Emmaus, we hope to renew and deepen our passion for
Gods mission as we engage in a highly fluid and polarized world.

Keynote Speakers:
GERALD ARBUCKLE, SM
RON ROLHEISER, OMI

Panel Speakers:

ADRIENNE CURRY
SHALINI DSOUZA, SCN
KATIE EBERHARD
JUDY DONOVAN, CSJ

Dialogue Sessions:

MISSION IN CIVIL SOCIETY


JUDY DONOVAN, CSJ & CHRISTINE STEPHENS, CDP

YOUNG CATHOLICS IN MISSION


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Missiology Meetings What the Church can learn from


dialogue with Asian religions:
Stressing the importance for adequate preparation, appropriate
insertion into mission and supportive re-entry, Sr. Kathryn From Muslims the Church can learn about prayer,
Pierce, IHM, director of Intercultural Consultation Services, fasting, and almsgiving.
gave a helpful holistic view of the missioning process at the
annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology. With From Hindus the Church can learn about medita-
its theme, Training for Cross-Cultural Mission, the meeting tion and contemplation.
held June 15-17, 2007 at Techny Towers, IL, provided an op-
portunity to learn specific models of mission training and ways
From Buddhists the Church can learn about de-
to improve it. Sr. Kathryn followed her first presentation with tachment from material goods and respect for life.
a second, Preparing Effective Cross-Cultural Ministry Pro- From Confucianism the Church can learn about
grams. filial piety and respect for elders.
From Taoism the Church can learn about simplic-
The issue of short-term mission was addressed by Robert J.
ity and humility.
Priest, professor of mission and intercultural studies and direc-
tor of the Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies Pro- From animists the Church can learn about rever-
gram at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Priest contin- ence and respect for nature and gratitude for har-
ues to research short-term missioners, once described as dogs vests.
running through an art museum, seeing everything and under-
standing nothing. He contends that short-term trips, if em- The Church can learn from the rich symbolism
bedded in an appropriate pedagogical framework and super- and rites existing in their diversity of worship.
vised by missiologically trained leaders, have a strategic role to The Church can, like the Asian religions, learn to
play in the contemporary world. be more open, receptive, sensitive, tolerant, and
forgiving in the midst of a plurality of religions.
The papers presented will be published in the January 2008
issue of the journal Missiology. Source: James Kroeger, The Future of the Asian
Churches, p. 14.
Teaching Mission Today: Texts and Topics proved to be an
excellent theme for the annual meeting of the Association of US Catholic Mission Association Offices
Professors of Mission held at Techny Towers June 14-15,
2007. Four members spoke about their recent books and how to be blessed
they have used the books in teaching. Roger Schroeder, SVD
and Steve Bevans, SVD reflected on Constants in Context, Stan Archbishop Donald Wuerl will dedicate the North
Nussbaum explained A Readers Guide to Transforming Mis- American Paulist Center + Hecker Center for Ministry
sion, and Scott Moreau talked about Introducing World Mis- at Saint Pauls College on Tuesday, September 11,
sions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey that he co- 2007 at 5:15 p.m. At this time the Archbishop will also
authored with Gary R. Corwin and Gary B. McGee. All three
of these texts are frequently used in seminaries and universi-
bless the new offices of US Catholic Mission Associa-
ties. tion

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One of the ways that USCMA can do its part in protecting the environment is to cut back on the amount of paper that we use.
This includes our newsletter Mission Update.

We would like to cut back on the number of hard copies of the Mission Update that we print and mail.
While helping the environment it will also shift some of our cost back into mission.

We would send an email informing people when the next issue of Mission Update is available and include a link to the newsletter online.
If you are interested in receiving your Mission Update electronically please let us know.
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Resources and Up-Coming Events


Workshop for Returned Missioners
September 18-28, 2007 in Omaha, NE A Women-Church Forum: Celebrating Catholic Feminist Ministries:
Nov. 1-4, 2007 in Philadelphia August 17-19, 2007:
From Mission to Mission Hyatt Regency OHare
Telephone: 720-494-7211 Chicago, IL .
Email: missiontomission@qwest.org Telephone: (415) 381-7144
Web site: www.women-churchconvergence.org
Maryknoll Mission Institute
July 8-13 Reflections on the Call to Faith in Our Time
2007 Minority Womens Health Summit: Women of Color: Addressing
July 15-20 A Study of the Narrative Mosaics of Marks Gospel Disparities, Affirming Resilience and Developing Strategies for Success
July 22-27 Trauma and Spirituality August 23-26, 2007
July 29-Aug 3 Revisiting Our Christian Roots Washington, D.C.
Rogers Building, P.O. Box 529 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311 Website: www.4women.gov/mwhs/ or http://womenshealth.gov
Telephone: 914-941-7575
Email: missinst@mksisters.org The Third Annual Festival of Peace
Jesus Central Message for Today September 16, 2007: from 1-5:00 pm
Fellowship of Reconciliations headquarters, 521 N. Broadway
Sept. 19-22 Los Altos, CA
Nyack, New York
Sept. 23-28 Monrovia, CA Telephone (845) 358-4601, ext. 32
E-mail anita@forusa.org.
Annual National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Gathering
Be Not Afraid 2007 CNVS Annual Conference

July 27-28, 2007 Working for Peace Serving for Justice

Loyola University Chicago September 20-23, 2007


Telephone: 312.915.7790 Chicago. IL
Email: info@ncan.org
Website: www.ncan.org Email: cnvsinfo@cnvs.org
Website: www.cnvs.org

8th Annual National Convention of the African Conference of Catholic


Clergy and Religious in the U.S.: Global Economics Workshop
Faithfulness to our Call October 17-19, 2007
August 2-5, 2007: 2007 Partners for Global Justice
New Jersey Chapter of ACCCRUS New York City, near United Nations

Crown Plaza Hotel at 36 Valley Road in Clark, New Jersey. Telephone: 212-682-6481

Telephone: (973) 824-6548 Email: Lsiers6720@aol.com

E-mail: anywaorgu@yahoo.com.
USCMA Annual Conference
October 26-28, 2007
PaxChristi USA National Conference
Wyndham Garden Hotel &
The Pursuit of Peace in a Culture of Violence:
Woodward Conference Center
A National Catholic Conference on Peacemaking
Austin, TX
August 10-12, 2007
Telephone: 202-832-3112
Seattle University, Seattle, WA.
Website: www.uscatholicmission.org
Website: www.paxchristiusa.org/

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Missions and Money, Revised and Expanded, by Jonathan J. Bonk, Orbis Books, 2006
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The Spirit
is the life of all creatures; the
way in which everything is
penetrated with connectedness
and relatedness
Hildegarde of Bingen,
A Celebration of Spirit-Sophia

..the whole of creation is wait-


ing with eagerness for the chil-
dren of God to be revealed
that the whole creation itself
might be freed from its slavery
to corruption and brought into
the same glorious freedom as
the children of God.
Romans 8:21-22

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