WHAT IS THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE
The Society for the Propagation
of the Faith is one of four Pontifical Mission Societies, founded a by
young French girl named Pauline Jaricot who wished to support the
Her plan was to form groups of ten persons into
“circles”, each of which would organize another group of ten. These
groups would be formed into units of one hundred and the hundreds into
thousands, each with its own leader. Every member was expected to make a
weekly offering and pray daily for the missions. This became known as
the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
The first collection, in 1822 was sent to the
missions in China, Kentucky and the diocese of Louisiana, which included
all of the territory from the Florida Keys to Canada.
The United States continued to receive funds from
the Pontifical Mission Societies until 1908, when we became mission
THE NEW YORK ARCHDIOCESAN OFFICE WAS FOUNDED IN
In 1827, The Diocese of New York, (New York State
and the northern half of New Jersey), received its first grant of
$1,776.00. For the next 40 years the Diocese (which became the
Archdiocese of New York) received $112,160.00 from the Propagation.
In 1842, the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, on
Canal Street, was built with money received from the Propagation.
Despite the fact that the church in New York was very poor and still
receiving funds from the Propagation, Father Lafont, the pastor,
believed that the parishioners should show their gratitude by making
sacrifices and contributing to the Propagation. He formed a chapter of
the Society in the parish.
The collection for the first year was $42.72.
Other parishes started forming their “circles”. In 1853 Father LaFont
was named the first director of the Archdiocesan Office of the Society
for the Propagation of the Faith. By the time of his death in 1874, the
Archdiocese of New York had raised over $50,000.00 for the mission
WHERE IS THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE
More than 120 countries around the world have a
National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies, which includes the
Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The central administrative
offices of these Societies are located in Rome, Italy, under the
direction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Every diocese in the United States has a diocesan
director, appointed by the local ordinary (bishop) of the diocese.
The New York Archdiocesan Office is located at
1011 First Avenue,
New York, NY
Sr. Pauline Chirchirillo, PBVM, Director