Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . . Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . Seamless ethic of life

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A message from Dr. Donald R. McCrabb

Cameroon Treasure Center, photo courtesy Lay Mission Helpers

Mary and Elizabeth were partners in mission.

One was old, married and barren. The other was young, unmarried, and a virgin. Both were faithful, fearless, blessed and pregnant with mission.

Pope Francis reminds us that “The Church which ‘goes forth’ is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice.”

We, too, are partners in mission. We are old and young, women and men, sent forth and called back, foreigners and natives. Yet we are all disciples in and for mission.

Thank you for being a partner in mission. As we look toward the New Year, we want to harvest the fruit of the 2015 Mission Congress, revive our partnership for mission, and engage young and old missioners in fruitful dialogue about the future of mission.

I ask you to consider three things this Christmas: 
  1. How would you give voice to the joy of being a missioner? Send your reflections to me. My email address is below.
  2. If you are able, could you support the work of the United States Catholic Mission Association? Some members give a percentage of what they receive from the generosity of their family and benefactors during Christmas. It is easy to donate on line HERE or send a check. Please note our new address and please designate the gift Christmas 2015.
  3. Please pray for one other person who is in mission. If you are young, pray for an older person. If you are a Maryknoll Missionary pray for a Franciscan. If you are priest, pray for a sister. Pull out your membership directory and remember one person in your Christmas prayers. Let them know of your prayers. 
I am grateful for the welcome and encouragement I received as I begin my ministry as Executive Director. I am particularly grateful to Fr. Jack Nuelle, MS for his embodiment of the missionary heart and his graciousness during the days of transition.

We pray that you will have a truly blessed Christmas. We, the USCMA staff, are honored to serve mission by serving you. Thank you!

Together in Mission,

Dr. Donald R. McCrabb
Executive Director
United States Catholic Mission Association

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fond du Lac Area Ministerial Association Christmas Gathering


The Fond du Lac Area Ministerial Association (FAMA) had a Christmas gathering last December 17. Comprised of priest, deacons, and lay people, they regularly meet to discuss some local social justice issues that face the Fond du Lac community. The following is a VIDEO at the Holy Family hall in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Peace Tree Celebration at the CSA Motherhouse


The Sisters of Saint Agnes, Associates and friends in the community celebrated the 24th Annual Lighting of the Peace Tree at the Motherhouse last December 10. This celebration was linked up with peace tree lighting done at Nazareth Court and Center last December 8.    VIDEO

Thursday, December 3, 2015

National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath


In 2002, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes took a stance on Peace and Nonviolence. How appropriate for Sisters and Associates to engage in prayer and song as part of the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath sometime between December 10-14. Many resources are available on the web site, and we might appreciate the common desire for peace as we look at those from different faith traditions. Faiths United launched this campaign in 2014.
(See stats from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.)