It is “Pontifical” because it is an agency
of the Papacy.
It is “Missionary’ because it promotes the Gospel mandate
‘Go preach to all Nations”
It is “Societies” because it is an organization with four
Missionary Society for the Propagation of Faith.(C.S.P.F.)
Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Founded: 1822 at Lyons in France
Founder: A group of lay people among whom the central figure was Miss
Pauline Jaricot: a venerable and lay woman.
Aim: Awakening an interest in world – wide evangelization daily
prayer for the propagation of faith and collection of aids for the mission
Granted Pontificial Status: On May 3rd 1922
Headquarters: Transferred: Lyons to Rome
Benefit: Grants for buildings of Churches, and other
Church structures (from Lyons to Rome); paying Catechists care of missionaries
in difficult places etc.
2. Pon tifical Missionary
Society of Holy Childhood
(S.M.C. – Society of the Missionary Childhood)
Founded: 1843 at Nancy in France.
Founder: Bishop de Forbin Janson
Aim: Education of Christian children to think about their
counterparts in poorer conditions. To help, educators to awaken missionary
awareness in children (6 to 14 years) so as to lead them to share spiritual
and material resources with other poor children of the World.
Granted Pontifical Character: On May 3, 1922
Headquarters: Rome from France
Benefits: Promotes Missionary Vocations; grants for projects
in favour of children like building, running kindergartens, Nursery schools.
a. To cooperate with Diocesan children committee to organize
the World Day of Children for children.
b. To help the Diocese to organize the yearly collection
done with children for the universal Solidarity fund.
c. To give a missionary formation to the children animators
through SOMA Workshop.
3. Pontifical Missionary
Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
(S.P.A. – Society of St. Peter the Apostle)
Founded; 1889 at Caen in France
Founder: Jeanne Bigard, a lay woman
Aim: To awaken Christians to the need of training local
clergy and to invite them to participate in the training of candidates
for the Priesthood and religious life both spiritually and materially.