Missionary Cooperative Plan

Propagation of the Faith:
Mission Cooperative Plan

According to the Archdiocesan Synod of 1971, every year between May and September each parish in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is strongly encouraged to host a speaker from a mission congregation, lay mission organization or mission diocese. Every parish in every (Arch)diocese in the U.S., with the exception of a few is encouraged to host a speaker. This is the Mission Cooperation Plan (MCP) of the U.S. Catholic Church.

The purpose of the MCP is two-fold. First, the many mission dioceses/congregations/ lay organizations get a chance to personally appeal for prayer and financial support from Catholics of the U.S. Secondly, we Catholics get the opportunity to be educated about what is happening in the mission field today. There are many new strides in mission. We emphasize solidarity and understanding of situations that make life so difficult for so many people. The US Catholic Bishops describe solidarity, in their statement, “Called to Global Solidarity: International Challenges for U.S. Parishes, as: “action on behalf of the one human family, calling us to help overcome the divisions in our world. Solidarity binds the rich to the poor. It makes the free zealous for the rights of the oppressed. It drives the comfortable and secure to take risks for the victims of tyranny and war... “

It is the responsibility of the Mission Office, under the direction of the Archbishop, to choose who is invited to come to the Archdiocese. Every year more than 125 applications are received for the 20 spots available. The process of deciding who gets the invitation and who does not is a difficult one.

The Mission Office believes that it is important for Catholics in the Archdiocese to understand why missionaries come to your parishes each year. We ask you to welcome them on behalf of us and rejoice in the opportunity to learn and grow in your faith through the knowledge and experiences they share. These funds are used by the dioceses/congregations/organizations represented by these holy men and women. Thank you for the support and solidarity you have given in the past and will continue to give in the future.

► Forms & PDF's:
Missionary Cooperative Plan

• MCP Guidelines for Applying
 MCP Application Form
• MCP Handbook for Causes
• MCP Guidelines for Parishes
 MCP Scheduling Form
• MCP Guidelines for Funds Collected
• MCP Funds Collected Survey Evaluation

Priestly Ministy:
• Suitability Forms

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