The life-changing work of the Pontifical Mission Societies began with a simple invitation between neighbors 200 years ago. Pauline Marie Jaricot asked those in her community to offer prayers and small donations in support of the universal missions of the Catholic Church. The network slowly expanded across continents. Today, some 1,100 dioceses in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands benefit from what Pauline began and countless other generous people continued.
Throughout the year, the Pontifical Mission Societies support the proclamation of the Gospel, the building of the Church and the work and witness of mission priests, religious and lay pastoral leaders. These missionaries provide food, education and medical care to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Through their work, they reveal the compassionate heart of Jesus. Support their efforts, and you can be right there with them — offering hope.
The Young U.S. Church Received Help from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith...
Hope Amid Adversity
As part of the work support supported by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the mid-1800s, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary cared for the sick, tended to the dying, and educated slaves and free people of color throughout Louisiana despite such activity being punishable by death.
From 1825 to 1850 — only 25 years — the Society for the Propagation of the Faith helped the Catholic community in New York grow from just five churches to over 200.
Service on Our Soil
Missionary Sisters from Europe followed the call of the Lord to Indiana and Illinois. While grappling with life-threatening illnesses and even one devastating fire, they established numerous schools throughout the area, with support from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Helping the Pope Help the Most Vulnerable for 200 Years
This year, 2022, the Pontifical Mission Societies (TPMS) celebrate the 200th anniversary of our founding by Pauline Marie Jaricot, a young woman, living in early 19th century France. Learn more about the history of the Pope's four mission societies, and how each helps him in his outreach to the Missions in unique ways.