Propagation of the Faith (SPF)

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MISSIONARY PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MONTH OF MARCH 2015:  

That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.

MISSION PRAYER

Lord, our God, help us to walk with you on the pathway of the beatitudes and to live out your mission in today's world.

Bind us to all men and women of our time so that together we may bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

Open our hearts and our Christian communities to the needy, the afflicted, the oppressed.

May we radiate the Living Christ and transform our lives in the hope of the Resurrection.

This prayer we make to you who are living God now and forever.

AMEN

The foundation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith was due to the insight and initiative of a young French laywomen, Pauline Marie Jaricot. Pauline was committed to the formation of a missionary conscientiousness’ in the Christians in order to aid the Church in its task of preaching the Gospel and establishing it in areas of the world where it had not been before. She saw that the renewal of the Church in France following the Revolution was linked with a renewed zeal for the missions. 

Pauline Jaricot was born into a wealthy family in Lyon, France in 1799. She could have lived a life of privilege but instead committed herself to raising funds and awareness for the world missions. As a teenager she appealed to girls who were working with her brother-in-law’s factory to make a contribution of one penny a week in order to support abandoned children in China. Soon others joined to help support the missions.In 1822 The Society for the Propagation of the Faith began.

In its first year Pauline also began printing and circulating information about the work of missionaries. The Annals increased interest in the work of the society.

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith grew to become the universal fundraising organization for all Catholic missions. Pauline Jaricot’s life was one driven by concern for the missions and the poor. She died in 1862.