In 1818 a young French lay woman Pauline Marie Jaricot began the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. A far seeing ‘doer’, with a passion for mission, little did she know when she first established the society, that it would become the largest aid agency for the missions in the entire history of the Catholic Church: It was accorded Pontifical status in 1922 . Today the Society supports young Churches throughout the developing world, responding to the needs of the local communities. This is a large remit and varies from building churches and parish centres as well as helping to provide assistance for priests and sisters as well as lay catechists.
In the developing world, Catechists play a pivotal role in developing the faith. They are to the fore of all the important moments of prayer, fulfilling many of the duties normally carried out by Priests.
Their presence is an integral part of spreading the faith and they are invaluable to the people they serve.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith was established to provide funding for the construction of Churches and convents as well as funding faith formation and providing for Catechists in the Young Churches.
Our office in Ireland was able to provide financial assistance recently to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
Your continuing help and generosity allows us to help them so thank you.