Society for the Propagation of the Faith

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SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH

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Founded by the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks prayer and sacrifice for the world’s Missions, now some 1,150 dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America. Help is offered for pastoral and evangelizing programs, for catechists and catechetical work, to build churches and chapels, for the work of Religious communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs.  Since its approval in 1933, the Society has become the Church’s official organization for mission aid helping mission diocese to be self-supporting.  Most familiar to parishioners are the annual collections for World Mission Sunday.

 

History

831 In France in the early 19thcentury, Pauline Jaricot, inspired by letters about the Missions from her brother, Phileas, started gathering small groups of people – mostly workers in her family’s silk factory.  She asked each member of the group to offer daily prayer and a weekly sacrifice of a sous (the equivalent of a penny at that time) for the Church’s worldwide missionary work.  Pauline insisted that her efforts be directed to all the Church’s missions – that it be universal.

Pauline’s vision became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  The very first collection of the Propagation of the Faith in 1822 supported the vast diocese of Louisiana, which then extended from the Florida Keys to Canada, as well as the missions of Kentucky and China.  Pauline is referred to as “The Match that Lit the Fire” and the 150th anniversary of her death was celebrated on January 9, 2012.  Read more about her life, her work and her passion for the Missions of the Church – her quest to “love without measure…without end” – by clicking here.