Missionary Childhood Association
Providing Children With A Chance
The Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) – formerly the Holy Childhood Association – is one of four Pontifical Mission Societies active in 120 countries around the world. Founded in France in 1843 by Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson, MCA exists to motivate young Catholics to embrace their own missionary spirit. With a motto of “Children Helping Children” MCA also gathers material support from children for the support of missionaries ministering to children in Africa, Asia, remote regions of Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.
Meet James Moonga, a fourth-grade student at the St. Charles Lwanga School in Monze, Zambia and a member of the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). James is eating a lunch of cabbage, beans and nsima, a traditional food of his country. The food for James and his fellow MCA members was provided by the local Church through sacrifices made by MCA member around the world! James is open-hearted boy tells us that last year, he and his fellow students across Zambia were able to sacrifice from their own poverty for their brothers and sisters in the missions around the world through the Missionary Childhood Association. Note that James is proudly wearing his World Mission Rosary!
In Sri Lanka, students present themselves at the Cathedral to receive the sacrament of Confirmation from their bishop. The lit candles they carry signify the fire of the faith that is growing in their country, with help from the Missionary Childhood Association. Representing only about 7% of Sri Lanka’s population, Catholics and the missionaries who accompany them on their faith journey are a growing sign of God’s love. Though small in number, they are rich in faith and sent help to the MCA General Fund last year to lift up other children as they prepare to receive the sacraments of the Church.
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