Catholic Church continues to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

Archbishop of Freetown Edward Tamba Charles with aid workers in Sierra Leone.

Archbishop of Freetown Edward Tamba Charles with aid workers in Sierra Leone.

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone remains on the front line in providing food and hygiene necessities to people living with the effects of the deadly Ebola virus. Bishop Henry Aruna, National Director of Missio in Sierra Leone, is grateful for the support of the Catholic community in England and Wales. Read full article at missio.org.uk

Mongolia to Receive its First Native Born Deacon

Enkh Baatar will become the first Mongolian deacon during an ordination on Thursday in Seoul, Korea (Photo courtesy of Églises d’Asie)

Enkh Baatar will become the first Mongolian deacon during an ordination on Thursday in Seoul, Korea (Photo courtesy of Églises d’Asie)

Bishop Wenceslao Padilla of the prefecture said the ordination of Enkh Baatar, 23, is something he has long looked forward to and coincides with the recent celebration of the Catholic Church’s 20 years of existence in Mongolia. Read Full Article

Young Africans Vulnerable to Modern Slavery

Delegates against human trafficking attend a conference Saturday at Lancaster House in London. (CNS/ Catholic Communications Network/Marcin Mazur)

Delegates against human trafficking attend a conference Saturday at Lancaster House in London. (CNS/ Catholic Communications Network/Marcin Mazur)

From the National Catholic Reporter --
Manchester, England

Young Africans are being seduced into modern slavery by the promise of a dream that never comes true, an English cardinal told a conference on human trafficking.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said "there seems to be no enticement that isn't being used" by human traffickers to entrap children. READ MORE

Sister Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF Named Assistant National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States

Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF addresses students and their families at the 2014 MCA Christmas Art Contest Award Ceremony in Washington D.C.

Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF addresses students and their families at the 2014 MCA Christmas Art Contest Award Ceremony in Washington D.C.

New York — Sister Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF has been named Assistant National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. She has served as President of St. Augustine College of South Africa, Johannesburg, since 2013. She succeeds Monsignor Robert Fuhrman, who received an appointment in the Archdiocese of Newark in October 2014. Sister Madge will begin her service January 2015.
 
“Sister Madge will bring to this National Office and our entire network her tremendous abilities as an educator as well as her deep compassion as a missionary,” said Oblate Father Andrew Small, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, who made the appointment. “She has been a tireless advocate for an ever deeper understanding of the essential missionary nature of the Church, one that has found renewed energy in the words and actions of Pope Francis,” he added.
 
Born in Chicago, Sister Madge, a Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, spent 21 years as a missionary in South Africa. She earned a doctorate in missiology from the University of South Africa, the first woman to receive this degree from a South African university. She has also taught, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at the University of South Africa (Johannesburg), and Mundelein Seminary/St. Mary of the Lake University (Archdiocese of Chicago). Honored by the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa, she also served on an education task team for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue that produced a curriculum guide for those teaching Islam, African Traditional Religion and Interreligious Dialogue at Catholic seminaries and institutes for higher education. Returning to Chicago in 2005 to work in ministry for her Religious Community, she was asked to serve as Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies office there, and later on the Societies’ National Board of Directors, as Vice President.
 
“With the heart of a missionary, and the experience and credentials of a gifted educator, Sister Madge will offer a vital service to the Pontifical Mission Societies,” said Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop-Emeritus of Chicago, who appointed Sister Madge to lead the Mission Office in the archdiocese in 2008. “I know of Sister Madge’s special talents personally, and I am pleased that she will bring these gifts to the Church at the national level.”

Ancient Missions to Asia are Bearing Abundant Fruit

 (AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys)

 (AFP Photo/Gabriel Bouys)

It is widely believed and accepted — although there is a lack of incontrovertible evidence — that Christianity was brought to India by two of Jesus’s apostles, Thomas and Bartholomew.

Thus, Christianity can be said to have existed in India from almost the time the religion was born.

Despite this, the names of Indian Christians — particularly their holy credentials — have somehow not found a prominent place in Church annals.

However, with the canonization of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia on Sunday, Sister Alphonsa a few years ago, and with up to 25 more Indians up for possible sainthood, that situation seems to be changing fast. --From ucanews.com

Arlington Parishioner is a One-Woman-Dental-Mission

Photo by Katie Collins, Catholic Herald

Scarlet Sandoval, a dental assistant and parishioner of St. Philip Church in Falls Church, VA has become a missionary to Latin America, bringing basic dental care to the poor and touching hearts with her infectious faith. From The Arlington Catholic Herald

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Assistant National Director Called Back to Archdiocese

Msgr. Robert J. Fuhrman

Msgr. Robert J. Fuhrman

Staff changes in Newark prompt assignment to parish ministry

Following the appointment of Newark’s Auxiliary Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, Monsignor Thomas Nydegger was appointed to succeed him as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. This left a vacancy in a large parish, St. Philomena in Livingston, New Jersey. Newark Archbishop John J. Myers asked Monsignor Robert J. Fuhrman, currently serving as Assistant National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, to assume the role of pastor there, beginning October 8. St. Philomena is also home to the parish elementary school, Aquinas Academy, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. An announcement made today by the Archdiocese of Newark welcomed Monsignor Fuhrman back to the “pastoral life of the archdiocese with gratitude for his many years in service to the missionary life of the Church universal.”
 
“Monsignor Fuhrman has been a great blessing to the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies nationally, nurturing a love for the Missions, just as he did for nearly two decades as Newark’s Archdiocesan Director,” said Oblate Father Andrew Small, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States. “We will all miss him in our Mission Network, none more so than I.”
  
A veteran pastor of the Archdiocese of Newark, for which he was ordained in 1981, Monsignor Fuhrman has also served as Secretary to the Archbishop, vice rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary, and rector of St. Andrew College Seminary. Both seminaries are located at Seton Hall University. From 1997 to 2010, he was pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Saddle River. In 1993 Monsignor Fuhrman began his formal work for the Missions, appointed by then-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick as director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Newark Archdiocese, a position he held until being named Assistant National Director of those Societies in 2010.

“The Missions are at the heart of the Catholic Church and will always be a central part of my priestly life,” Monsignor Fuhrman said. “It has been so special for me to be part of the momentum and the exciting initiatives that Father Andrew has begun. He is a wonderful friend and I am very thankful to have been and to remain his colleague. I pray for all in our national and diocesan offices, that we possess joyful and generous missionary hearts.”

Local Church fights Ebola from the Pulpit

Knights of Columbus Honor their Own with Gift to the Missions

Rev. Patrick L. Posey (L), Diocesan Director of the Society for Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Arlington, VA presents a chalice donated by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Robert O. Hickman Assembly #1883 to Rev. Ghenghan Mbinkar of Cameroon.

Rev. Patrick L. Posey (L), Diocesan Director of the Society for Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Arlington, VA presents a chalice donated by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Robert O. Hickman Assembly #1883 to Rev. Ghenghan Mbinkar of Cameroon.

Each year the Knights of Columbus Fr. Robert O. Hickman Assembly #1883 in Winchester, Virgina honors those members who have passed away that year by donating a chalice engraved with the name of each deceased Knight to the missions. It is a loving tribute to their brothers that have passed and a way to keep the spirit of Christ ever moving through their collective memory.

The Pallotine Missionaries were the first to enter Cameroon in 1890, with the Sacred Heart Fathers joining them in 1913, trekking to the outskirts of Cameroon to evangelize what is now the Diocese of Kumbo.  Later came the Mill Hill Missionaries whose work would be felt in a very special way on the 24th of July 1949 when the first Southern Cameroonian priest, Rev. Aloysius Ba’lon Wankuy, was ordained. This was a landmark moment in the history of the Catholic Church in Southern Cameroon.  The Diocese of Kumbo was established in 1982 and now has 152,000 Catholics (20% of the population).  They have 89 priests, 26 Brothers, and 147 Sisters serving in 25 parishes. -- arlingtonmissions.org