Founder Jeanne Bigard.
Founded in 1889 in Caen in France, the Society of St Peter Apostle owes its existence to the original vision of Jeanne and Stephanie Bigard.
This mother and daughter team, through their contact with the Paris Foreign Mission Society, came to know some missionaries working in the Far East and established a strong rapport with them. Through their correspondence with many missionaries over the years they became convinced that the Church would never be truly established in new areas until the communities there had their own bishops, priests, brothers and sisters. They believed that indigenous Church leaders were the only ones who could truly evaluate the richness of their own culture and traditions. They are in a unique position to preach the gospel in an effective way to their own particular culture.
Convinced of their vision for the development of an indigenous Church, Jeanne and Stephanie Bigard sold many of their possessions and placed these funds at the disposal of seminaries in mission countries.
Through the initiative and vision of these committed ladies, thousands of bishops, priests and religious have been supported in their faith journey through the help of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
Seminarians and Novices in 17 counties benefitted from funding sent by our office last year.
The Society of St. Peter Apostle (SPA) helps to provide the basic requirements of food and shelter to those entering religious life in mission countries, while ensuring an adequate religious and spiritual formation.
Through the continuing generosity and loyalty of our donors, we were able to provide these basics to people in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, South Africa, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
With our funding and support, those beginning the journey into their missionary vocations in these countries can look forward to fulfilling their calling and enrich their lives and those of the people they will serve.