MCC 50th Anniversary FAQs

MCC 50th Anniversary FAQs


When, Where, Why

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please note this event will NOT be held at the State Capitol, as it was in the past. The address for Cathedral of St. Joseph is 2305 W Main St, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Since 1967, the MCC has been the voice of Missouri’s Catholic Bishops and Catholic citizens in the halls of the State Capitol. This event will focus on celebrating the past accomplishments of the MCC and its continuing efforts.


How Much Does it Cost?

The event is FREE (however, donations will be accepted), and includes a hot lunch! If you are riding a bus, there is a $10/person, $20/family bus fee.



To pre-register, click here or call us at (800) 456-1679. Pre-registration is strongly recommended so that we have adequate meals and supplies, but you can sign up at the event if absolutely necessary.


Event Schedule

8:30 am – 9:30 am Registration (Cathedral of St. Joseph)

9:30 am – 10:15 am Opening Session (Cathedral of St. Joseph)

10:30 am – 11:30 am Workshops (held at Cathedral of St. Joseph sanctuary, Catholic Diocesan Chancery, and St. Joseph School)

  • Catholic education in Missouri – Msgr. Michael Witt
  • Pro-life – Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood clinic supervisor
  • Social justice – Joan Rosenhauer, Catholic Relief Services

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch (Cathedral of St. Joseph Undercroft)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Keynote address, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre (Cathedral of St. Joseph)

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Closing Mass (Cathedral of St. Joseph)


Keynote Address

Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Christophe Pierre will deliver the keynote address. Archbishop Christophe Louis Yves Georges Pierre was named Apostolic Nuncio to the United States by Pope Francis in 2016. As the Apostolic Nuncio, he serves as the Vatican’s representative in the United States. In his address, Archbishop Pierre will discuss how the mission of evangelization can be carried out more effectively.

“The Church needs to foster a greater sense of discipleship and mission, forming missionary disciples who have the task of giving prophetic witness through ongoing pastoral activity, calling others to deeper conversion, and to joyfully proclaim the Gospel. The Church cannot disengage from the rapidly secularizing and changing culture; rather, strengthened by the Spirit, she must be a missionary Church that goes forth, engaged in a permanent state of mission, building a world with more justice, reconciliation, and solidarity – a world which values and affirms the dignity of every person, and furthers a genuine culture of encounter in the promotion of life, love, and peace.”

Hear the address in full on Saturday, October 7 at the Missouri Catholic Conference 50th Anniversary celebration. Read his full bio here.



Three workshops will be offered at the 50th Anniversary. When you sign in, you will get a packet that shows where the workshops will be held. Several golf carts and wheelchairs will be available for those who need assistance.  


Joan Rosenhauer, Catholic Relief Services Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations

Joan Rosenhauer joined CRS in April 2009 and is responsible for leadership of the agency’s mission of assisting Catholics in the U.S. to act on their faith by helping people in need around the world. She leads CRS’ domestic programs, including five regional offices across the U.S. Working with Catholic institutions and individuals across the country, as well as with others who share a commitment to global justice and peace, CRS provides resources and programs, such as CRS Rice Bowl during Lent, to engage people in the U.S. in global issues ranging from poverty to violence and war, hunger, human trafficking, migration and environmental challenges.

As a member of the CRS executive team, Ms. Rosenhauer has visited CRS programming in East and Central Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Programs in these regions include agriculture and food security, health, microfinance, peacebuilding, and others.

Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Rosenhauer spent 16 years working for the Office of Justice and Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dominican College and St. Ambrose University as well as the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. Ms. Rosenhauer serves on the Boards of Directors of Jesuit Refugee Services USA and the Catholic Climate Covenant.


Msgr. Michael John Witt, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Rev. Michael John Witt was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 1990.  Before that, he served the Church for 22 years as a Christian Brother teaching in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Tennessee.  He holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in Modern European History and a Masters in Divinity from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  He has served the Archdiocese as associate pastor, pastor, and Director of Continuing Formation of Priests, Interim President-Rector of the seminary and is currently Professor of Church History at the Seminary, pastor of All Saints Parish in University City and Rector of the Oratory of Ss. Gregory and Augustine. In addition to journal articles, Father Witt has published two books on American Catholic topics and is writing a four-volume history of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, the audio versions available on Covenant Network.

Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate

No one in the pro-life world has been inside Planned Parenthood longer than Sue Thayer. Having been a Center Manager for nearly 18 years, Sue believed she was helping women. But that all changed when she was informed she would soon be trained to do webcam abortions at her small rural Iowa center. Stunned, her concerns fell on deaf ears. Sue began to see the abortion giant in a new light and ultimately shared her insider’s knowledge. Sue’s vast experience coupled with her changed heart and bold faith has led to a whistleblower lawsuit, currently in litigation.

After converting to become a pro-life advocate, Sue led Storm Lake’s first ever 40 Days For Life campaign at the very clinic she supervised for so many years. Shortly after completing the prayer vigil, that Planned Parenthood location closed its doors forever. And later, Sue opened her own pregnancy resource center to help pregnant women and their children, and to foster pro-life values.

Sue shares her miraculous conversion with honesty, transparency, and humor. Having been a foster and adoptive parent for 29 years, Sue has an amazing love for children. As founder and Director of Cornerstone For Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Sue has truly come full circle.


Parking/Carpooling/Bus Transportation


Parking is available in the upper and lower parking lots near the Cathedral of St. Joseph (2305 W Main St, Jefferson City). Additional parking is available at St. Joseph Cathedral School or the Catholic Diocesan Chancery. (see map)


If you are interested in carpooling with others from your area, please indicate that on your registration form. Carpooling is being arranged from Cape Girardeau. We will obtain your permission before we share your contact information with others.

Bus Transportation

Bus fee: $10/person, $20/family

You will be contacted by the MCC or a diocesan agency about the fee and the pick up/drop off times. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.

St. Louis

  • Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr, St. Louis

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 6:00 am DROP OFF – 6:15 pm

(park in big parking lot on side of building)

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (North County), 1115 S Florissant Rd, Ferguson

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 6:30 am DROP OFF – 5:45 pm

  • Wentzville Walmart, I-70 and Pearce Blvd

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 7:15 am DROP OFF – 5:00 pm

Send check to:
Respect Life Apostolate
20 Archbishop May Dr
St. Louis, MO 63119
“MCC 50th
Anniversary” in memo line

Or call 314-792-7555 to pay by debit/credit card


Kansas City

  • Charles Borromeo Parish, 900 NE Shady Lane Dr, Kansas City

 TENTATIVE PICK UP – 6:00 am             DROP OFF – 7:00 pm

(please park in northwest parking lot behind church)

  • Mark Parish, 3736 S Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 6:30 am             DROP OFF – 6:30 pm

(please park in parking lot north of church)


How to make payment:

1. ​Checks can be sent to the following address:

Respect Life Office

The Catholic Center

20 West Ninth Street

Kansas City, MO 64105″MCC 50th Anniversary” in memo line

2. Electronic payment can be made on either website – or .

  • Each has a “Donate” button on the Home page that takes the user to one of two payment sites that are basically identical:  Respect Life Office DonationsHuman Rights Office Donations .
  • Enter “$10.00” in the Amountfield and select either, “General Respect Life Fund” or “General Human Rights Fund” in the drop down list and then fill out the debit/credit card information.

3. Call (816) 714-2375 to pay by debit/credit card.

4. Bring payment at the time of departure.



  • Springfield Catholic High School, 2340 S Eastgate Ave, Springfield

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 6:00 am DROP OFF – 6:00 pm

(park on 65 side of building)

  • Lebanon McDonald’s, 850 S Jefferson Ave, Lebanon

TENTATIVE PICK UP – 7:00 am DROP OFF – 5:00 pm

(park in back lot)

Send check to:

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Office of Social Ministry
601 S Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO 65806

“MCC 50th Anniversary” in memo line


Check-in at the 50th Anniversary

If you are pre-registered, check-in at the tables in the back of the Cathedral of St. Joseph to get your nametag and packet. Registration is broken out by the first letter of your last name. If you have not pre-registered, please go to the “Not Pre-registered” table in the back of the Cathedral. There will also be a separate registration for children attending child care (ages 4-12). After you have gotten your materials, please be seated to allow others to obtain their materials. Coffee will be available in the Undercroft (basement) of the Cathedral, but we ask that you not bring it into the Sanctuary.


Child Care

After you have registered, care for children ages 4-12 will be available throughout the day in the Mary Room near St. Joseph School. If your child requires a nap, please bring a mat for him/her to sleep on. If you child is not potty trained, please provide diaper products. Please register your child(ren) at the tables in back of the Cathedral after you have registered.


What if I change my mind about the workshop I want to go to?

When you registered, you indicated your workshop preference. This is only used to assign workshop rooms by size. You may choose to attend any workshop on the day of the Anniversary.



A hot lunch will be provided in the Undercroft (basement) of the Cathedral of St. Joseph. The meal is free, but donations will be accepted. Your nametag is your lunch ticket. There will be 2 buffet-style lunch lines and volunteers on hand to help you find a seat or carry your materials. Gluten free options are available. If you have pre-registered for the Anniversary and need to cancel, please let us know so that we have an adequate amount of food.


Closing Mass

This special Mass, held at the conclusion of the 50th Anniversary on Saturday afternoon, will count for your Sunday obligation. This Mass will be concelebrated by the bishops of Missouri.


Lost/Need Help

Throughout the day, volunteers wearing a red sash can help you find the registration area and workshops. You can also visit the Command Center in the cry room in the Cathedral for lost/found or for general questions.


Dress Code

There will be some walking involved, so please wear comfortable shoes and “church clothes”.



You can reserve a room at Fairfield Inn & Suites (3621 W Truman Blvd, Jefferson City, 573-761-0400) for the discounted rate of $104/night if you say you’re with the Missouri Catholic Conference. Limited rooms are available, so reserve as soon as you are able. You will be responsible for paying for your room.


Bring Friends!

The MCC 50th Anniversary will be an experience you will never forget. We often get comments from participants that they look forward to coming every year. Share this flier with friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else who will enjoy this faith-filled day.


Show & Tell Us How Much You Love it!

If you attend the MCC 50th Anniversary, let us know what you thought! We will post a collection of crowd-sourced photos and videos (photos/videos that participants take) from the celebration on our social media pages and website. Show and tell us—feel free to write a note, too—about your favorite part of the day and about the Missouri Catholic Conference.


Stay Involved with the MCC

We hope you will join us for the MCC 50th Anniversary on October 7. Stay up-to-date with the MCC all year long by visiting our website, joining the MCC Catholic Advocacy Network (MOCAN), liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.


Still Have Questions or Need to Cancel Your Registration?
Give us a call Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, (800) 456-1679 or (573) 635-7239, or email us at