History of the Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg
Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg replaced the annual Ogdensburg Peruvian Apostolate collection which supported our missionaries in St. Martin de Porres Parish, Mollendo, Peru. 2003 marked the closing of the Ogdensburg Peruvian Apostolate and the last summer for the appeal to directly aid our missionaries.
While our Peruvian mission has closed and the Peruvian appeal has ended, there is still the need for financial assistance to support and promote the pastoral work of the Catholic Church.
The Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg enabled us to contribute to the collection for the Church in Latin America which is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Donations were also made in support of our North Country natives who are serving in mission territory in Africa, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Due to our parishioners’ generosity, Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg has been to send funding, both emergency and routine, to the Horn of Africa, the Church in Latin America, earthquake victims in Haiti, bought a new truck for Mollendo, assist with vocations in India coming here to work in our Diocese, sponsor students at orphanages in Nicaragua, just to name a few.
Missionary Cooperation Program – COOP
Each summer, the Diocese of Ogdensburg invites in to our churches 16-20 mission aid societies to participate in our Mission Coop program. This past summer, the East Side Deaneries in our Diocese hear from missionaries from around the globe. Your support of this program is appreciated and the impact of local generosity is felt around the globe.
Since the 1930’s, dioceses around the country have been implementing Mission Coop plans. First started in the Archdiocese of Newark, it’s original purpose was to help send mission societies to solicit funds for their mission efforts to appeal for vocations to their communities. Up to this point, churches often received request by missionaries to allow societies to make appeals to their parishes. Then, the Society for the Propagation of the faith took over these programs. Pastors embraced this idea because it took the burden of personal choice out of their hands and gave it to a priest who was only there for a few days enabling their parishioners to hear of missionary experience to promote a universal spirit.
COOP is conducted every summer in the Diocese of Ogdensburg where only one half of the Diocese participates at any given summer. Odd years are the Western Deaneries and even years are the Eastern Deaneries. It is conducted in summer months only and the collection is taken up on the same day as the MPDO collection, last Sunday in July typically. Monies are distributed to the societies by the year end. Real life missionaries look forward to being engaged with our members of local parishes. They find such joy in spending time in our Diocese in the summer, especially those that come from such far away places that are torn with disease, poverty and war.
“Parishes - Please note the highlighted sections in the following chart”
The following should help to clarify the difference between the Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg (MPDO) and the Missionary Cooperation Plan (COOP), both of which take place during the summer months.
Our diocese is split in half by deaneries:
West Side – St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis
East Side – Franklin, Clinton, Adirondack, Essex and Hamilton/Herkimer
Each year the MPDO and COOP run simultaneously, but with a different time frame and they are split every other year between the West and East sides of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. i.e.:
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg participates in the MPDO Appeal EVEN years
In the EVEN year the MPDO Appeal takes place on the West Side. The date for this appeal is always the last Sunday in July. There are no speakers involved with this appeal. All materials are mailed directly to each parish from our SPOF Office.
One envelope - two uses (MPDO or COOP) – placed in the last week of July envelope box
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ogdensburg will participate in the COOP Appeal ODD years
In the ODD year the COOP Appeal takes place on the West Side. The date for this appeal varies due to the schedules of the Mission Speakers. Therefore the dates for this appeal ideally should take place anytime during July or August. Specific guidelines are mailed to each parish along with the name and address of the Society that will come to visit your parish. It is not necessary to take up two collections for this appeal even though your parish envelopes are dated for the last Sunday in July and your speaker may be schedule for another date or month. One envelope - two uses (MPDO or COOP) – placed in the last week of July envelope box
We are proud to support our 2018 Missionary Cooperation Plan Participants!
Congregation of the Holy Spirit
Diocese of Djibouti- Somalia
Diocese of Latakia- Syria
Divine Word Missionaries
Franciscan Friars of Atonement
Lenity Project - Sr. Cindy Sullivan
Maryknoll - Frs. & Bros.
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
North Country Mission of Hope
Sisters of Chavanod
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Society of St. Peter Apostle
The Heralds of Good News