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UNITED STATES CATHOLIC MISSION ASSOCIATION

Our Ambassador Dr.Zigmund Ziegler Cohen, is a member of USCMA, and is the representative of Admir there.

 USCMA: Beginning of the New Includes Building on the Old John Nuelle, MS [Father John Nuelle, MS, is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. Ordained in 1964 Fr. Jack, as he is known, served for over two decades as a missioner on the island of Madagascar. Subsequent service on the Congregation’s general council brought him into contact worldwide with missions in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Returning to the States, he consolidated and reorganized their US based mission activities. Fr. Jack assumed the position of Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) in mid-December 2011. In the article below Fr. Jack illustrates how the United States Catholic Mission Association has helped foster the spirit of Mission over the years and asks questions of how to forge new paths.] My first contact with the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) came when I attended an annual Conference over 30 years ago while on home leave from Madagascar. I felt uplifted as I experienced the mission enthusiasm of some 150 colleagues “in the vineyard of the Lord.” Sporadic attendance, whenever I was back in the States on leave, along with continual participation at Conference after annual Conference over the last 20 years, has solidified that experience. More than anything else those affirming experiences led me to accepting the offer of Executive Director of the USCMA in December 2011. Before me lay the challenge of celebrating the positive values of the past while honoring the call to confront new realities which continually present themselves in Mission. The Lineamenta document on New Evangelization calls us “to forge new paths … and generate new energies” and “to show boldness”1 as we courageously respond to the changing conditions in culture, society, means of social communication, economics, scientific research and politics. Being open and attentive to the challenges of modern-day situations, questions came to mind as I began this ministry. How could USCMA collaborate more effectively with its membership in promoting the Mission of the Church in this 21st century? The first task is to discover together where the needs are. What areas which touch our mission competencies come to the forefront? What inflames our imagination? Where are “the 1 http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20110202_lineamenta-xiiiassembly_en.html

USCMA: Beginning of the New Includes Building on the Old John Nuelle, MS [Father John Nuelle, MS, is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. Ordained in 1964 Fr. Jack, as he is known, served for over two decades as a missioner on the island of Madagascar. Subsequent service on the Congregation’s general council brought him into contact worldwide with missions in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Returning to the States, he consolidated and reorganized their US based mission activities. Fr. Jack assumed the position of Executive Director of the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) in mid-December 2011. In the article below Fr. Jack illustrates how the United States Catholic Mission Association has helped foster the spirit of Mission over the years and asks questions of how to forge new paths.] My first contact with the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA) came when I attended an annual Conference over 30 years ago while on home leave from Madagascar. I felt uplifted as I experienced the mission enthusiasm of some 150 colleagues “in the vineyard of the Lord.” Sporadic attendance, whenever I was back in the States on leave, along with continual participation at Conference after annual Conference over the last 20 years, has solidified that experience. More than anything else those affirming experiences led me to accepting the offer of Executive Director of the USCMA in December 2011. Before me lay the challenge of celebrating the positive values of the past while honoring the call to confront new realities which continually present themselves in Mission. The Lineamenta document on New Evangelization calls us “to forge new paths … and generate new energies” and “to show boldness”1 as we courageously respond to the changing conditions in culture, society, means of social communication, economics, scientific research and politics. Being open and attentive to the challenges of modern-day situations, questions came to mind as I began this ministry. How could USCMA collaborate more effectively with its membership in promoting the Mission of the Church in this 21st century? The first task is to discover together where the needs are. What areas which touch our mission competencies come to the forefront? What inflames our imagination? Where are “the 1 http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20110202_lineamenta-xiiiassembly_en.html  http://uscatholicmission.org/

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