The Center for Mission serves the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis by offering opportunities to engage with mission communities overseas as well as expressing mission spirit here at home. This What’s New section is updated frequently with important events, dates and activities for the archdiocese.

National and Diocesan Collections Schedule for 2021
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National and Diocesan Collections Schedule for 2022
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Pontifical Good Friday Collection; April 15, 2022
The Holy Land collection is a parish collection taken on Good Friday, April 15. Contributions help the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land as they serve as a bridge between the Holy Land and Catholics all over the world. If you have been to the Holy Land you would have experienced many of the activities of the Franciscans. They support sacred shrines, minister to parishes, provide formation and education to communities and schools and care for the basic needs of the people. With your help, the Franciscans can continue to be a light of hope to those living in darkness in the Holy Land. Please contribute what you are able to at your parish on April 15. All contributions are forwarded to the Center for Mission for distribution. Thank you.

Home Missions Appeal: Strengthening the Church at Home
Did you know that nearly 40% of all dioceses in the United States are unable to fund the essential pastoral work their communities need?  That includes our own state’s Dioceses of New Ulm, Crookston and Duluth. By supporting this Home Missions Appeal in your parishes, you are providing much needed assistance for these dioceses and Strengthening the Church at Home. Please offer what you are able at your parish during this appeal on April 24, 2022. All contributions are forwarded to the Center for Mission for distribution.

New Icon Representing the Archdiocesan Relationship with Archdiocese of Damascus, Syria
​A new Icon of the Conversion of St. Paul representing our relationship with the Church in Damascus has arrived at its final location: The Cathedral of St Paul. It is meant to inspire prayer and meditation. It is hanging in the “baptismal” niche near the front entrance.




COVID 19: Updated Guidance for Parish Missionary Appeals
Although many parishes have returned to weekly Masses, the Covid-19 Pandemic has continued to disrupt the normal schedule and process for parishes to host the annual missionary speaker in 2021 as part of the Missionary Cooperation Plan.  The following updated guidance is provided to assist parishes as they consider how and when they will host a missionary in 2021.

  • The normal timeframe for a parish hosting a missionary has been relaxed. A mission appeal may now take place on any weekend in 2021 that is agreeable to the parish and the mission group.
  • Some mission appeals may need to be postponed or canceled because of travel restrictions for the missionary or changing circumstances at the parish.
  • The format for conducting the appeals can be flexible to meet the situation of each parish. Appeal presentations can be given in person as usual or they may be given as video-type recordings for streaming services or other formats that serve the purpose.
  • Mission groups and parishes should communicate with each other to address any changes that arise or need to be made.

Contact Deacon Mickey Friesen at the Center for Mission with any questions or concerns about participating in the Missionary Cooperation Plan in 2021 at: Deacon Mickey Friesen / 651-291-4445.

MCP: Applications for 2022 are no longer being accepted. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 2022.  If you have questions, contact Deacon Mickey Friesen, click here>> or contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel at the Center for Mission at: click here>>

Care for Creation: has a new contact email. If you are interested in joining, or discovering planned activities, email us click here>>