2021 Mission Appeal- Investing in the Mission of the Church
Missionaries are first responders. They are called by God and sent by the Church to cross some type of border so they can be with and for others in their culture, language, and context. The goal of the missionary is to dwell among the people so they can witness to God’s love. Missionaries provide many ministries – education, community building, medicine, economic development – but their purpose is to be with others. Mission is relationship first. The work comes later based on the needs and goals of the people.
Missionaries need to connect with, accompany, and learn from other missionaries. Just like first responders, they need the support, encouragement, and wisdom of others who have shouldered the awesome responsibility, and amazing privilege, of mission. A gift to USCMA through the Mission Appeal is an investment in missionaries – it honors those who have come before, it empowers all who answer the call to mission today, and it prepares missionaries for the future.
USCMA provides missionaries a “space” to come together in peace, educational programs, ministerial resources and publications, and professional services. A missionary could be a lay person, a religious, or ordained. They could dwell among others in a remote village in Kenya for years or with others from a distance through a parish twinning program. Missionaries could be young adults who are giving months or years of service to others.
More and more lay people are involved, religious are entering deeply into the lives and struggles of the poor and the forgotten – the periphery as Pope Francis says – all over the world, and priests, deacons, and even bishops are accompanying the laity on short-term mission trips, forming parish partnerships, and building bridges of solidarity.
Due to the pandemic, the work of USCMA is more important than ever. As the church’s “first responders,” they need the formation, and the tools, to be truly with and for others, in their culture, governed solely by the Gospel, during these difficult times.
USCMA was founded in 1949 by the bishops and 32 mission sending religious communities. Today, it is a national alliance for all missionaries, the communities, parishes, or organizations that sponsor them, and the missions they serve. USCMA is recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national Catholic organization and listed in the Official Catholic Directory.
Dr. Donald R. McCrabb
USCMA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the United States Catholic Mission Association, please visit their website at uscatholicmission.org
To support the UNITED STATES CATHOLIC MISSION ASSOCIATION, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 1153 in the memo box. God bless!