Foundress Pauline Jaricot




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Heart of a Missionary


On May 2, 2022, the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith will celebrate two significant milestones.  It will mark the 200th anniversary of its foundress as the Association of the Propagation of the Faith and the 100th anniversary of its Pontifical status.


Pauline Marie Jaricot is the foundress of the Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  After 15 years of comfort and ease, she had an accident and it was in the context of this trauma of intense physical and spiritual suffering that she had a profound experience of God. Through this experience her life changed.  Pauline dedicated her life to the service of God.  Her days were filled with intense prayer with the intercession for the conversion of sinners, and the evangelization of the world. At the same time, Pauline discovers a great and urgent desire for the Gospel to reach to the ends of the earth.  Out of this fervor the Association for the Propagation of the Faith was born, which continues today to open the hearts of believers to engage in the vastness of the missionary horizon through spiritual and material support for the proclamation of the Kingdom of God.


On May 26, 2020 Pope Francis recognized a healing miracle attributed to Paulin's intercession.  Now we await the date of her beatification, confirming the value of the testimony of her life and the initiative she was inspired to found in support of the universal mission of the Church.



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