Pauline-Marie Jaricot founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (the largest Society of Catholic Mission) in 1822 in Lyon, France
Born in 1799 to a wealthy family, Pauline at 18 years old was young, rich and beautiful. She was said to have a quick temper and an even quicker tongue - but a great deal of love in her heart.
While growing up, Pauline was well aware of the deprivation and trouble in France and other countries around the world. She wanted to raise money for the 'missions' in far off places, so every Friday she went down to the factories to collect money from the workers and servants.
Soon small groups were collecting money regularly each week and also came together to pray for the 'missions'.
By 1822, a well-organised mission aid society was established. It was later named the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and Pauline was officially confirmed as its founder by Pope Leo XIII in 1881.
From her early teenage years to her death in 1862, Pauline cared for the needs of some of the poorest people in the world. She herself died penniless, still trying to repay the huge debts she incurred while trying to help others. Pauline's commitment to the poor lives on today in the work of Catholic Mission.