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Missionary Childhood Association

Missionary Childhood Association (MCA)

MCA is one of the Pontifical Mission Societies and focuses on the principle of "children helping children" through learning, praying, and sharing with kids around the world.

"Missionary Childhood or Holy Childhood celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1993. Today there are millions of "little missionaries" distributed throughout parishes, schools, and movements of the five continents.

Concretely, the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood proposes to:

  • Help educators to progressively awaken in children a universal missionary conscience.
  • Help children to develop their missionary protagonism.
  • Move children to share their faith and material means, especially with the children of the neediest regions and Churches.
  • Promote missionary vocations.
  • To be integrated into the overall pastoral program of Christian education, to which it will contribute its missionary projection.

In order to achieve its objectives, Missionary Childhood lends two services to children: the first and principal one is missionary education; the second is missionary cooperation with the neediest children and the missions of the whole world." (PONTIFICIUM OPUS A SANCTA INFANTIA, www.vatican.va)

Missionary Childhood Association - A History of Helping

Downloadable Mission Education Resources

Heaven's Heroes

Lessons for children about a saint or saints of the month who exemplify a deep relationship with God and the ability to share it with others.


Newsletter Countries

These lesson plans give a brief overview of a mission country and the work that missionaries accomplish with your students’ help. 


Prayer Activities

for the year

Students are invited to pray for their sisters and brothers in the missions. These short prayer services can be used in a classroom setting, at home, or in large groups.

Calendar of the Month

A calendar of the month with suggested prompts of when to use the lesson plans, prayer services, activities, and prompts to pray the World Mission Rosary.



MCA Mite Box 

Scripturally inspired by Jesus' parable of the "Widow's Mite" the Mite Box Program is designed to encourage young people to give from their hearts.

Little Way
Giving Day

Participate in a national effort to support the Pope's Missions through the Missionary Childhood Association in honor of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, patron of the missions.


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