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.

Earth Day Program: April 22, 2020
With all of us responding to COVID-19, Earth Day came at such a wonderful time. The Archdiocesan Care for Creation Team had its first event on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd.  After a day spent enjoying God’s creation in nature, there was a prayer vigil at 5:30 PM via Zoom that all were encouraged to join. We will post a copy of the vigil for you to watch. If you have questions, please contact Adam Fitzpatrick (  Thank you all for your interest.

Annual Writing Contest
The Center for Mission annual writing contest winners and runners-up have been selected. Check our winners and runners-up!  Click Here>>

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
The Rice Bowl program offers students and families an enriched Lenten experience by reaching out to others throughout the world through the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Your communities will encounter the issues of hunger and malnutrition through prayer, personal stories and videos. This is the time to order Rice Bowls and materials from Catholic Relief Service: all are free. Simply visit and begin your journey of solidarity. Through the Rice Bowl program, “we can respond to Christ’s call to help those in need and ensure everyone reaches his or her God-given human potential,” Archbishop Hebda, February 2020.

Living Water for Kitui, Kenya
The Living Water program is celebrated during the weeks of Lent or post Easter and connects us in a special way to children in Kitui, Kenya. Kitui has suffered years of drought or flooding and water, a necessary ingredient for survival, has become rare, especially clean water.  By learning about how children in Kitui struggle to meet their basic needs without water, physically and spiritually, we can support them through prayer and by raising money so that they can experience their right to a life of dignity though living waters. This year, the program emphasizes the importance of clean water, as it affects family and community healthcare and hygiene. Donations gathered through connecting with the children in Kitui go towards supplying water tanks at schools and village earthen dams to collect rare but clean rain water. Schools and Faith Formation programs are encouraged to adopt this program. Contact Janine Ricker with questions, Click Here>>

New Fall 2019 Newsletter
Check out the new Fall Center for Mission newsletter!  It focuses on the important Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and an example of an organization in St. Paul that has received  CCHD grants: Urban Roots. Click Here>>

Missionary Cooperation Plan (MCP) Applications
Applications for 2021 are now being accepted. Applications are due by December 1, 2020 and accepted applicants will be notified by February 2021.  If you have questions, contact Mickey Friesen, click here>> or contact Bonnie Curry-Gabel at the Center for Mission at: Click Here>>
Download applications here>>

Mass Stipends
The Center for Mission accepts mass stipend donations and coordinates distribution to mission dioceses for the celebration of requested intentions. For Mass Stipend Form, Click Here>>