Missionary Cooperative Plan






The Society for the 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 30 available assignments. 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.


Guidelines for Applying for MCP

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Please know we consider our speakers to be partners in our efforts to animate and educate the Catholics of the Archdiocese concerning the mission endeavors of our Universal Church.

Submission of this application does NOT indicate acceptance in the MCP.

It is to your benefit in making an appeal if your representative speaks fluent English. This individual should also be able to drive and rent a car if necessary as public transportation is not available to most locations.

Missionary Bishops and leaders of Mission Communities who would like to be considered for the Mission Cooperative Plan within the Archdiocese of New Orleans will need to submit a completed application along with the following requirements postmarked by November 1, 2023. Without exception.
Before we can review your request, all priests, deacons, religious congregations and lay organizations will need to provide an original “Letter of Request” from the local bishop, superior or board president granting you permission to apply to participate in the MCP for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The following information needs to be included in the original “Letter of Request”:
• A description of the work done by your (arch)diocese, mission or organization
• Why your (arch)diocese, mission or organization should be considered for participation in MCP
• How MCP funds will be concretely used
• Who will directly benefit from these funds
• Specify that you are authorized to function legally as a 501-C-3 or similar identity

Letter must be stamped with an original signature of your (arch)diocese, institute or society
Application and required information above must be received and postmarked by November 1, 2023, and mailed to:

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith
UNO Newman Center 2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148-0001

► Forms & PDF's:
Missionary Cooperative Plan

MCP Application Form

MCP Scheduling Form

MCP Funds Collected Survey Evaluation

Priestly Ministy:
• Suitability Forms


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