Missionary Plan of Cooperation

2020 Missionary Assignments

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person appeals are cancelled for 2020.

However, each parish is still encouraged to pray and hold a second collection for their assigned missionary.

If you would like to see which missionaries are assigned to which parishes, please click here.


About the Program

One of the most important missionary education, animation, and support programs is the Missionary Plan of Cooperation.  Each year, the Mission Office accepts applications from missionary groups and dioceses to speak at parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. These groups and dioceses make an appeal for their missionary cause and ask for the parishioners' prayers and financial support. Through this program, parishioners also learn more about the missionary work of the Church, which leads to a better understanding of our baptismal calling to share in the mandate of Our Lord: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:20) By praying with the missionary and by sharing in the celebration of the Mass, parishioners join their prayers with those of the missionaries and the people they serve.


To Apply


Due to the cancellation of in-person appeals for 2020, we will be reconsidering mission groups who applied in 2020 for the 2021 Missionary Plan of Cooperation if it becomes safe to host appeals.

Certificate of Aptitude


Program Guidelines

  • Appeals must be scheduled NOT LATER THAN MARCH 31st with the Parish Pastor.

  • Appeals may not be scheduled on the following 2020 blackout date weekends, due to other archdiocesan collections taking place:

Catholic Communication Campaign                          May 24th 

Glennon Sunday                                                       June 7th                                    

Peter's Pence                                                            June 28th                             

Latin America Apostolate                                           August 2nd                                    

Catholic University of America                                  September 6th                                 

Missionary Priests: Apply for preaching and confession faculties by sending your Certificate of Aptitude to:

Msgr. Jerome Billing, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Completion of this form is necessary to be in compliance with the United States' Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter called: "Respecting God's Children." 

Religious or Lay Persons: The Director of the Missionary Society should send a letter of suitability to make the appeal on behalf of the Missionary Society. The letter should be sent to:

Kim Becvar
Mission Office
20 Archbishop May Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63119

Members of mission-sending societies of Religious or Lay Persons may not preach. They may give a personal witness talk after the prayer after communion. Only an ordained Bishop, Priest, or Deacon with preaching faculties may preach in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.