We extend our prayers and congratulations to current CMSM board member Rev. Adam Gregory Gonzalez, OCD, who was recently elected by the members of the California-Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars to become their new provincial. The Provincial-Elect takes office on May 15, 2017.
Topic: General Announcements
The following is the text of a letter CMSM received from the U.S. Apostolic Nunciature carrying greetings from Pope Francis in anticipation of Religious Brothers Day on May 1, 2017. A downloadable version of the letter is also available.
Dear Father Pavlik,
I have been asked to forward to you the following message from the Secretariat of State as the Church in the United States prepares to celebrate “Religious Brothers Day”:
As the Church in the United States prepares to celebrate the first annual “Religious Brothers Day,” His Holiness Pope Francis sends cordial greetings to America’s communities of brothers, together with his prayerful good wishes for the spiritual fruitfulness of their varied apostolates. Conscious of the immense contribution made by generations of brothers to the growth of the Church in the United States through their schools, hospitals and other forms of religious and social outreach, the Holy Father trusts that this day of recognition will confirm them in their distinctive witness of consecrated life and their generous service to God’s Kingdom. He likewise expresses his hope that their prophetic testimony to evangelical fraternity and ecclesial communion will act as a leaven for the renewal of the Church in America and the building up of an ever more just society, respectful of the dignity and aspirations of all God’s children. Commending America’s religious brothers to the paternal intercession of Saint Joseph the Worker, His Holiness affectionately imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of abiding joy and peace in the Lord.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State
With cordial regards and assuring you of my prayers, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
The following information comes to us by way of Sr. Joan Mumaw of Friends in Solidarity, the U.S. partner to solidarity with South Sudan. Their offices are part of the shared building with CMSM.
On New Year’s Day, the village of Riimenze in Western Equatoria was the scene of intense fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (national army) and rebels, made up primarily of local men and boys “recruited” to defend their area. During the fighting, homes were looted and burned, sometimes with people in them. Over 5000 people from the village fled their homes and are sheltering at the parish in Riimenze, the site of the Solidarity Agricultural Training Project.
Sisters Rosa and Josephine and Brother Christian, members of Solidarity with South Sudan, are assisting these internally displaced people (IDP), helping them to access water, food, shelter and medicines. Fortunately, there was an abundant crop of sweet potatoes harvested from the agricultural project at the end of the year. Solidarity staff from the Teacher Training College bought all the tarps available in the Yambio area, an insufficient number for the 1700 families needing shelter. Generous donors are providing resources for an additional borehole and water tanks.
The needs are greater than our resources. Solidarity with South Sudan is focused on capacity building- training nurses, midwives, teachers and pastoral teams. The urgent needs of the community built up around the agricultural project present Solidarity members with new challenges. Friends in Solidarity is seeking funds to assist the Riimenze team with this great need. JOIN US in supporting Solidarity. Secure tax deductible donations can be made via www.solidarityfriends.org or Facebook. Checks made out to Friends in Solidarity can be sent to the address below.
The United Nations recently warned of famine in South Sudan. 100,000 people in Unity State are facing famine and over a million are food insecure. Others indicate that 40% of the population will soon be in a similar situation. The tragedy is that this is man-made. Leaders in the country have failed to comply with peace agreements and are unable to control their own military groups who continue to ravage the country, looting and burning and raping the women and young girls. Humanitarian agencies are unable to deliver life-saving food and medicines because of the lack of security. Solidarity with South Sudan is partnering with Catholic Relief Services to deliver humanitarian assistance in Wau, Riimenze and Juba. Where possible, assistance is given to support people who want to return to their homes and rebuild. The Riimenze crisis provides us with the opportunity to assist people to return to their plots of land and rebuild their homes when peace is restored. This is possible because of the work Solidarity has done to build a community around sustainable agricultural practices. Join us, Friends in Solidarity, as we assist Solidarity with South Sudan in this rebuilding effort. www.solidarityfriends.org
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Despite rainy weather and dramatic traffic challenges at the eleventh hour, the Brothers Symposium held on March 25, 2017 was a very special day for all who participated.
Over 225 individuals attended the Symposium and interacted with speakers, facilitators, panel members, breakout session leaders, and scribes who represented over 750 years as vowed religious in over 15 different communities/institutes. Thank you to all — your commitment to religious brothers inspires us all!
Please stay tuned to this website where we plan to publish the text of the Keynote Address given by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, as well as links to the videotape of his talk, the reflections of the two responders (Br. Ton Sison, C.PP.S., and Br. Peter O’Loughlin, CFC), and the opening/closing remarks by Fr. John Pavlik, OFM Cap., and Cardinal Joe Tobin, C.Ss.R.
As additional photos of the event are received, they will be posted on that website as well. Please send yours to the Symposium Project Manager — Martha Novelly. Some photos and a video from the events are also posted below.
Videos of the major talks and Mass celebrated at the Symposium are now available. Below is the Keynote address by Br. John Mark Falkenhain, OSB is below along with a link to the CMSM YouTube channel to view other videos from the event.
For more videos, visit the CMSM YouTube channel.
CMSM was one of fifteen Catholic organizations and religious institutes to endorse the petition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of Catholics have asked President Donald Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions.
Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, said 15,000 Catholics signed an online petition that was submitted to the president March 15. It was developed as one response to Trump administration claims that climate change is not caused by human activities.
“They are issues that our organization, the Catholic bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and other organizations have supported for years,” Misleh said of the three areas addressed in the petition. “We think there is a federal role for action on the climate issue.
In 2013, our friends at Paulist Productions’ produced a special program “A New York Christmas to Remember.” It can now be watched online in it entirety. Produced at the Paulists’ mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, it features the narration of Regis Philbin, the beautiful puppetry of Jane Henson’s Nativity Story, stirring Christmas carols and more!
We are sad to inform members and friends of CMSM that the father of our President, Brian Terry, SA, passed away on November 27. The funeral Mass celebrating his entrance to eternal life was celebrated on December 3 in Virginia. In their hour of grief we join with Brian and his family in extending our prayerful , fraternal sympathy.
We at CMSM extend our thoughts and prayers to the Benedictine community in Norcia, Italy, as well as to the Benedictines throughout the world and in our nation as they begin to recover from the devastating loss suffered in the October 30, 2016 magnitude 6.6 earthquake which leveled their historic basilica and monastery built above the birthplace of St. Benedict. We will be attentive to the news as it develops and follow up as we are able. We invite all of our members and all people to remember the Benedictine community in prayer.
For more information and photos of the eartquake damage, view this story from Religion News Service.
Fr. John Pavlik, OFM Cap., Executive Director of CMSM, and Martha Novelly, Associate for Special Projects, participated in the Saint Luke Institute Annual Benefit. This annual gala evening brings together friends and supporters dedicated to Saint Luke Institute’s mission: supporting healthy life and ministry for Catholic clergy and religious through psychological and spiritual care and education. This year’s benefit honored Donald Cardinal Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington. Pictured in the image below from left to right are Fr. David Songy, OFM Cap., President of St. Luke’s Institute, Cardinal Wuerl, Fr. Pavlik, Ms. Novelly, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The event was held at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. For more information on the event and additional photos, visit the Saint Luke’s Institute website.