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2018 Worldwide Faith Formation Forum

Active Duty, Reservist, Guardsmen, and Civil Service Women,

I call and invite you to the 2018 Worldwide Faith Formation Forum.  Our goal is to have at least 50 military women attend Forum. The women serving in our military take on a special role of being Christ to our country, our units, and our families. We need faithful, formed Catholics leading and serving our military.  Be sure to read your service’s Permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) regulations as this entitlement is available for a training of this caliber. We cannot wait to see the fruits in bears in your chapels, units, families and personal lives!  Our women serving our in my daily prayers and Mass intentions. I cannot wait to grow in fellowship with each of you!

We call all women to invite those serving in the military into your local chapel programs and request each chapel to sponsor at least two women serving in the military to attend Forum and we cannot be more excited to have them join us at the WELL!

Katie Taylor, Capt, USAF
MCCW Worldwide Active Duty Liaison

AMS Seminarian Liaison

Did you know that AMS chaplains serve over 1.8 million Catholics in the military? Our need for priests is great!  Providing for the spiritual and sacramental needs of men and women in uniform and their families is an essential task, and priest-chaplains are in higher demand now than ever before. Christ needs men to answer the call to the chaplaincy for the good of the Church, the country and the world and those men need our support. MCCW actively supports AMS seminarians by fundraising to support the Archdiocese Co-Sponsorship Program and through our Adopt-a-Seminarian Program.

Bishop John J. Kaising Scholarship Fund for Co-Sponsored Seminarians

The Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program was created as a formal relationship between the AMS and cooperating U.S. dioceses and religious communities to encourage men to pursue priesthood in the U.S. military and throughout the Church by supporting vocations drawn largely from the armed forces.

The annual cost of educating a single AMS co-sponsored seminarian is $15,000! MCCW’s goal is to cover this cost for three seminarians each year. This goal is reached through generous donations to our monthly pledge program, special events, and seasonal online pledge drives.
A monthly pledge of as little as $10 can make a significant difference in the faith formation of our future priests. Individuals, families and ministry groups can join our pledge program.

Like our Facebook page to receive notifications about upcoming special events and pledge drives to support our seminarians.

Adopt-a-Seminarian
The Adopt-a-Seminarian program connects current AMS seminarians and military chapel groups. Through prayer, letters, and care packages, the chapels provide much-needed support to their adopted seminarian. The forming of personal relationships between chapel groups and seminarians allows the seminarian to learn more about military life through regular contact with military families like those he will serve in the future.

To adopt your seminarian today, email MCCWamsLiaison@gmail.com.

“Servant-Leaders through the Holy Spirit”

The 2018-2020 MCCW Worldwide Board
Call for Discernment

“Servant-Leaders through the Holy Spirit”

Have you ever sensed a calling from the Holy Spirit to Serve and to Lead? You may be called to discern for a position on the MCCW World Wide Board!

Discernment is a letting go and letting God guide the process of leadership selection. It is being open to prayer, information and willingness to serve in the capacity in which the Holy Spirit guides you.

How does discernment work? 

First, pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance and revelation in all areas of your life. St. Ignatius recommends the ten guiding principles of discernment.

Second take a personal inventory of your time, gifts and talents.

Third, discern through prayer if you are being called to MCCW Worldwide Board (talk with people who currently hold positions within MCCW to better understand what they do).

Fourth, receive an endorsement from your chaplain/priest.

At the Forum in San Diego, you will attend a beautiful “conclave” style gathering where you will meet other discerners too, and go through a wonderful process.

I am here to help you on this journey! I will guide you through every step of the process.

God’s abundant Blessings to you!

Kelly Oliver

Your Discernment Coordinator

Discern2lead@gmail.com

From the Central Region

Greetings from the Central Region!
It’s been a good season for us, as we’re all still reminiscing over the February 2017 MCCW retreat at Conception Abby in Conception, Missouri, which was titled “Listen and open your the ear to your heart”.

From the Southeast Region

Back in the day, I remember parents were excited to send their children back to school. Today, most parents dread Back to School.

Save the Date – Asia Retreat

“Surrender to the Holy Spirit”, Asia Regional Retreat.
2-5 November 2017, South Korea

Contact: mccwasiaregion@gmail.com

From the Pacific Region 

In the Pacific Region, the catholic women of the chapel groups have been participating and providing faithful events over these summer months. Many of the Pacific regional CWOCs held celebrations, retreats, and reflections in honor of the 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima

From the Northeast Region

The Northeast closed out the spring with a fantastic retreat entitled “’Unplug and Recharge’ living like Mary in a World of Martha Demands”.  The retreat had over 100 ladies in attendance from up and down the eastern seaboard.

Missionary Discipleship 

In honor of the Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother and our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization we reflect on the call to be missionary disciples in our Church.

Every Christian is called to be a bringer of the Gospel. All who have encountered Jesus are called to know, live, and share the Gospel with joyful hearts as missionary disciples. However, while missionary discipleship aims to reach those living in the peripheries it is not limited to those on the outskirts but is consistent of our immediate spheres of influence, in our homes, with our extended friends and families, and our workplace. At its root to be a missionary disciple we must witness to Christ in all aspects of our lives so as to proclaim Jesus Christ and live in a state of prayerful missionary activity.

Yet we are not required to do this alone. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus’ disciples were empowered to share the message of the Gospel. It was the apostles who turned the world upside down through doing and proclaiming the teachings of Christ. Let us use the apostles as our intercessors and inspiration going forward in missionary activity. Our recent popes have stressed this call, Pope Bl. Paul VI said that the Church exists in order to evangelize. Similarly, Pope St. John Paul II stressed the need for commitment of the New Evangelization, and most recently by Pope Francis has called all Christians to be missionary disciples in the spiritual war zone of our times.

In response to this call our Catholic Bishops have sent out resources and tools for us to engage in missionary activity. Beginning this past April (with on-going course sessions available), The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA invited all members of the archdiocese to participate in the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) by taking the free online course titled Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love. MCCW Leadership and many military spouses from across the globe responded to this invitation by participating on the online course.

The five week course highlights the heart of the V Encuentro process, which is to provide opportunities of reflection, evangelization and consultation, through themes inspired by Pope Francis’ call to foster a culture of Encounter. By entering into dialogue and contemplating the call to be a missionary disciple we are able to better engage in evangelizing missions and consultations in the peripheries. Which is all to be documented in the larger process to discern pastoral implications for our faith communities.

We wish to extend this invitation as the next course cycle to be offered through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) will be available from September 2- October 6, 2017. You may contact FaithFormation@milarch.org to register or for more information.

For we are born for a time such as this…We pray you may reflect and answer the call to be an evangelizing missionary disciple and light the world on fire for God’s love.

The V Encuentro Prayer
God of Mercy, 
You who went out to encounter
The disciples on the way to Emmaus, 
Grant us a missionary spirit
And send us forth to encounter
 Our brothers and sisters,
To walk along beside them,
Listen to their hopes and dreams, 
Rekindle their faith
With the fire of your Word,
Prepare them to recognize you in the Eucharist
And send them as missionary disciples
To share the joy of the Gospel
To present and future generations
Of every race, language and culture.
We ask you this 
From our burning hearts
Filled with the Holy Spirit, 
In the Name of your beloved Son
And through the intercession of our Mother,
Mary of Guadalupe
Star of the New Evangelization
Amen. 
In Jesus and Mary,

Stephanie Bartolomeo

MCCW V Encuentro Coordinator

mccwencuentro@gmail.com