Missionary Childhood Association

The Missionary Childhood Association is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies and is active in 110 countries throughout the world.  Established in 1843, the MCA's goal is to gather prayers and financial support for children in mission countries, following it's founder Bishop Charles de Gorbin-Janson's motto of "Children Helping Children".  MCA's membership is made up of elementary-aged children - from Catholic schools, parish schools of religion, and homeschooled children. Children are invited to participate in activities throughout the year that foster their understanding of being a missionary disciple.

The Missionary Childhood Association in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis serves students in over 100 Catholic elementary schools and parish schools of religion, and homeschooled students.  Each school and parish school of religion appoints a mission moderator, who acts as a liaison between his or her school and the archdiocese's MCA Coordinator. The MCA Coordinator supports the mission moderator with materials throughout the year for educating his or her students in mission awareness and support through prayer, sacrifice, and activities.




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Christmas Artwork Contest

The Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest is open to all Catholic school, parish school of religion, and homeschooled students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Twenty-two different illustrations will be chosen as winners. 


The 2019 - 2020 Entry Form

Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2020. 

Please send all entries to our local office:

Missionary Childhood Association
Attn: Artwork Contest
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119


What happens when you win?

Winners are chosen in Spring and announced to the public in Fall. Winning artwork is available as e-greetings on the website of the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies and is displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas.


Winners from the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Congratulations to all of our artwork winners from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who have won over the years!


Reagan, St. Joseph School (Cottleville)

Camille, St. Joseph School (Cottleville)


Keegan, St. Margaret of Scotland School

Sam, Christ, Prince of Peace School

Anna, Assumption School (Mattese)

Carly, Holy Infant School


Elise, St. Justin Martyr School

Molly, Holy Infant School


Olivia, Christ, Prince of Peace School


Ella, St. Justin Martyr School


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