On May 22, 2022, Paulina Jaricot (1799-1862), founder of the Pontifical Societie of the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary, will be beatified.
Paulina's canonization process was initiated by Pius XI in 1926. The heroism of her virtues was recognized in 1963 by Pope John XXIII. On May 27, 2020, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a decree on the miracle through her intercession.
The miracle was experienced by 3.5-year-old Mayline Tran - daughter of Emmanuel and Nathalie. A miracle happened in Lyon in 2012, when the Pontifical Missionaries celebrated the 150th anniversary of Paulina Jaricot's birth to heaven.
On May 29, 2012, Mayline Tran choked at a family party. First, the father undertook resuscitation, and then the professional medical services. Despite the resuscitation and all efforts, cerebral death was found.
Students and parents from the school where Mayline attended began a novena through the intercession of Saint Paulina Jaricot, whose hometown and where she is well known. After the novena ended on June 23, all attempts to disconnect Mayline from the life support apparatus were unsuccessful. Doctors decided that the child would die in the coming weeks. The turnaround was made in July 2012 and Mayline began to come back to life. On December 22, 2012, just before Christmas, she was healthy enough to go shopping with her father. Neither the doctors nor her parents could explain her recovery except as a miracle. Mayline completely recovered after rehabilitation.
Paulina Jaricot founded two powerful works in the Church - in 1822, the Association of the Propagation of the Faith (one hundred years later elevated to the papal rank) and in 1826, the Living Rosary. First in France and then all over the world, this form of praying the rosary has gathered millions of believers. In Poland, Living Rosary communities exist in all parishes. Many of them support the mission spiritually and materially.
Thanks to the funds of the Pontifical Societie of the Propagation of the Faith, missionary projects are carried out in all mission countries. Most often they concern the construction and renovation of churches and chapels, as well as the support of catechists.
Fr. Maciej Będziński, National Director of PMS in Poland, emphasized that Paulina Jaricot was ahead of her time: “The place and role of the laity in the Church was only appreciated by the Second Vatican Council. Meanwhile, Pauline, as a lay person, founded works that still play an important role in the universal Church."