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Maryknoll Affiliates Matt Rousso and Jim Huck (New Orleans) did a workshop at this Conference. Maryknoll Affiliate Rachel Tomas Morgan (South Bend) and I were also there.
Over 200 missioners from the United States gather in New Orleans for National US Catholic Mission Association Conference. The 2009 Mission Conference: Behold I Create a New Heaven and New Earth: Seeing Mission with New Eyes was attended by over 200 participants from all over the US! All who gathered in New Orleans were able to celebrate the life of mission and their own commitment to support their missionaries and to recall their own life in mission.
The Conference was sponsored by the US Catholic Mission Association located in Washington DC. The US Catholic Mission Association has convened the Annual Mission conference since 1980. Members of the association and people interested in exploring the on-going trends of mission in the world and the US are invited and encouraged to attend. This year’s conference had a very distinctive flavor due in large part to the warmth and hospitality of our site and Mission Office partners in New Orleans, LA.
Maryknoll Affiliate Bill Ofenloch pointed out three videos on YouTube of Miguel D'Escoto MM critiquing the UN after his time as President of the UN General Assembly. Click on "Read more" to view the videos.
Victor Maqqué wrote, "If you happen to have some spare time I’d invite you to see something about the ancient Inca road or Qhapaq Ñan at the Kellogg institute’s bulletin. It is an interview to a group of good people including my humble self. Here is the link http://kellogg.nd.edu/publications/NL/NL52.pdf."
You will find the "conversation" on page 26 of this PDF file.
Victor is a Maryknoll Affiliate from Puno Peru who is studying for his PhD at the University of Notre Dame.
We also encourage you to participate in the discussion forum on the article "Repairers of the Breach" in our online discussions.
Your Action Needed!
The Maryknoll Lay Missioners have the opportunity to obtain a dollar-for-dollar match for funds spent on living costs and travel of their missioners! But, they need you to act.
The Serve America Act has express provisions that provide direct stipends to U.S.A. citizens to "offset the travel and living costs of volunteering abroad." But, the Act has not yet passed the U.S. Senate. Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the GIVE Act.
Now, additional action must be taken in order for the Serve America Act to pass when it is voted on in the Senate before the Congressional Recess on April 6.
You can voice your support:
Call or e-mail your Senator. (Click on Read More for a sample letter that you can copy and paste into an email to your senator.) Find out who your senator is and how to contact her by visiting: www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm When you locate your senator from that website, it is recommended that you use the link titled: “Web Form.”
The Maryknoll Lay Missioners face an unprecedented challenge for future funding. This Serve America Act would provide non-profit organizations such as the Maryknoll Lay Missioners with a dollar for dollar match for funds spent on living costs and travel of their overseas workers.
For more information, visit: www.thomas.gov.
Don’t forget to also encourage every U.S. citizen you know to join the effort to pass the Serve America Act.