Missionary Plan of Cooperation

"Since they are members of the Church by virtue of their Baptism, all Christians share responsibility for missionary activity. 'Missionary cooperation' is the expression used to describe the sharing by communities and individual Christians in this right and duty.

 Missionary cooperation is rooted and lived, above all, in personal union with Christ. Only if we are united to him as the branches to the vine (cf. Jn 15:5) can we produce good fruit."

Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 77

 

2022 Missionary Plan of Cooperation (MPC)

Applications are closed for the 2022 Missionary Plan of Cooperation. Those accepted into the program will be notified in January.

  

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.

  

Program Guidelines

  • Appeals must be scheduled NOT LATER THAN MARCH 31st with the Parish Pastor.
  • Appeals may not be scheduled on the following 2022 blackout date weekends, due to other archdiocesan collections taking place:

Catholic Home Missions                                          May 22nd

Catholic Communications Campaign                       May 29th                                    

Glennon Sunday                                                      June 5th                             

Peter's Pence                                                           June 26th                                    

Catholic University of America                                 September 4th                                 

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 Specht
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.