“I lit the match that lit the fire” - Pauline Jaricot

“I lit the match that lit the fire” - Pauline Jaricot

It is with great joy that we invite you to celebrate with us the announcement of the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. 

As a laywoman committed to supporting the missionary activities of the church, Pauline Jaricot reminds us that holiness is not only confined to those in holy orders or members of religious congregations. 

As we journey to the formal beatification ceremony, we invite you to join us and pray that her spirit will continue to enliven the Church in Australia to a true missionary outreach. 

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, to preside over the beatification ceremony of Venerable Pauline Jaricot in Lyon on 22 May 2022. Through her vision and energy, Pauline Jaricot established a network of prayer and support which continues to this day so that local churches can assist those missionary churches that are in need, due to persecution, minority status, or lack of material resources. 

Speaking earlier this year at a presentation for World Mission Day, Cardinal Tagle reflected on aspects of her charism, declaring Pauline Jaricot ‘a seed from which a great tree sprang’. 

“She is not only exceptional for the holiness of her life, but also for the greatness of the fruits of her labour,” he said. 

“She set in motion a real spiritual missionary movement through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, which had an immediate and widespread diffusion, also because it was built on a simple, but brilliant system: groups of 10 people, who then gathered in 100 and then in a thousand with a person in charge at each level.” 

 

Anniversaries of mission in 2022 

The celebration of the beatification of Pauline Jaricot also coincides with a unique triple celebration of these significant anniversaries of agencies of mission that have been at the service of global mission. 

• 400 years since the foundation of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, once known as Propaganda Fide. It was founded in 1622 for the promotion, coordination, and direction of the work of mission and missionary cooperation throughout the world. 

• 200 years since the creation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith by Pauline Jaricot in Lyon, France in 1822 for the promotion of prayer, acts of charity and encouraging the offering of material aid and support for global mission. 

• 100 years since the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, The Society of Missionary Childhood and the Society of St Peter Apostle received their pontifical and universal status as the Pope’s Missionary Societies in 1922. 

The Fourth Society  - The Pontifical Missionary Union was recognised as part of the Pontifical Mission Societies in 1956. The purpose of the Pontifical Mission Societies is to nurture a missionary spirit in the hearts and minds of people and to support through prayer and faithful acts of love and charity the work of global mission.