Mission Office

Missionary Cooperation Plan

Each summer, the Mission Office facilitates opportunities for approximately 130 missionary communities to share their stories and invite support from roughly 300 parishes within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Eligible missionary dioceses, congregations, and organizations are invited to apply each year for participation.

We receive more applications than we can accept, and past participation in the Missionary Cooperation Plan in Chicago is not a guarantee of acceptance.


The 2019 Application is now available. Missionary groups seeking participation in summer 2019 must complete and return this form before December 31, 2018. The Mission Office will only consider applicants that:

  • Fill out the application in its entirety, and
  • Indicate a US contact authorized to correspond and receive funds on behalf of the requesting missionary group. Only applicants with a representative who can receive checks in the US or possess a Vatican Bank account will be considered.

If you cannot fill out the PDF form electronically, please print it and write or type responses clearly. Do not send the cover sheet. We recommend you include a letter from your bishop, religious superior or director, as well as an explanation of the relationship with the US contact.

US Contact Responsibilities

The US contact represents the mission cause in all communications with the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Responsibilities include:

  • Notifying missionaries when they are accepted into the MCP program,
  • Updating missionaries on all processes and necessary documentation,
  • Notifying missionaries of assigned parishes for appeals,
  • Serving as the primary contact for parishes to which your mission cause is assigned, and
  • Receiving checks from the Mission Office representing donations. All checks must be cashed or deposited within the United States.

If your US contact changes, please notify the Mission Office immediately.