Missionary Plan of Cooperation

Missionary Plan of Cooperation

 Applications due November 1st

Application for 2019 will be available in April

CERTIFICATE OF APTITUDE

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

Deadline for applications is November 1  for consideration for the 2018 program.

If accepted, you will receive a letter in January and your mission group is expected to conduct their appeals between the months of May and September at assigned parishes.

Program Guidelines

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

+Appeals may not be scheduled on the following 2018 blackout date weekends, due to other archdiocesan collections taking place:

Catholic Communications Campaign May 20th          
Glennon Sunday                                                          June 3rd                                      
Peter's Pence                                                                 July 1st                                     
Latin America Apostolate                                          August 5th                                    
Catholic University of America                                 September 2nd                                    

+A  CERTIFICATE OF APTITUDE must be completed before appeals take place and submitted as follows:

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:

Rev. Robert J. Menner, Director
Pontifical Mission Societies
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.