Dr. Mike Gable
100 E 8th Street
Missionary Cooperation Plan
According to the Archdiocesan Synod of 1971, every year between April and October each parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 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 congregations, lay organizations and mission dioceses 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 job of the Mission Office staff and Mission Office Advisory Board to choose who is invited to come to the Archdiocese. Every year more than 200 applications are received for the approximately 50 spots available. The process of deciding who gets the invitation and who does not is a difficult one. Those chosen are notified and invited to a training seminar, where they learn about the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and how to give a mission appeal.
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 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.