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Missionary Cooperation Plan

The goal of inviting missionaries into the Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) is basic evangelization— that is why we were founded; that is what we do best.

A Missionary Priest distributes Communion at St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine, Texas.
A Missionary Priest distributes Communion at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Grapevine. Photo by Joseph Barringhaus

At times, we may depart from this most basic tenet, emphasizing instead what are and should be the goals of social service, humanitarian relief, community development, peace and justice, and/or building construction specialists/agencies. All of these needs in the Missions are very genuine, but we are about evangelization, first and foremost. Our goal is to spread the “Good News” of Jesus Christ to those who are waiting to hear about Him. There are still many areas of the world where His name has never been heard or His saving presence in the Eucharist has never been witnessed. The MCP ultimately exists to support these basic evangelization works around the world.

Some examples of basic evangelization support include:

  • the training of priests and seminarians as the formators in the faith,
  • as well as of catechists and pre-evangelization teams;
  • the placement of clergy, Religious and catechists in “bush” settings;
  • the building of humble chaplets where the first celebration of the Eucharist might take place;
  • the support of basic outreach programs for catechizing the local population.

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth-Diocesan Office of Pontifical Missions is currently accepting applications for the annual Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) 2023.

MCP Information Sheet 2023
Testimonial of Suitability for Diaconal/Priestly Ministry
Testimonial of Suitability for Lay/Religious Ministry

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MCP 2023 Application must be submitted or postmarked by December 1, 2022.

Important Dates
Online Applications Open    July 1, 2022
Last Date for Submission of Application    December 1, 2022
Last Date for Parish(es) Assignment March 1, 2023
Mission Organizations contact the Parish(es) March 1 - April 15, 2023
Scheduling Appeals in the Parish(es) May - September 2023
A missionary sister speaks at Christ The King parish in Fort Worth, Texas.
A Missionary Sister speaks at Christ the King parish in Fort Worth. Photo by Jayme Donahue

Submission of an application does NOT guarantee acceptance in the MCP. Due to the high response volume of this program, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of each application. Only the organizations that have been selected for the program will receive a written response/invitation to participate. Response letters will be sent out in March for that year's MCP appeal season.

Criteria for Participation in MCP

Mission organizations wishing to apply for the MCP must meet the Diocese of Fort Worth’s qualifying criteria for participation in the plan. All applicants must be one of the following:

  • A recognized Catholic missionary society in good standing with the United States Society for the Propagation of the Faith serving in one or more foreign countries, or,
  • A recognized Catholic missionary society in good standing with the United States Society for the Propagation of the Faith serving in United States dioceses designated as missionary by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Home Missions Office, or,
  • A foreign (non-U.S.A.) Catholic (arch) diocese or eparchy struggling with poverty, persecution, oppression, or war.

 


Contacts:

Rev. Brijil Lawrence, SAC
Director, Diocesan Office of Pontifical Missions,
Chair, Diocesan Mission Council

817-945-9362

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