Dear brothers and sisters,

In this special year, you are gathered in Lyon, a city where the Pontifical Mission Societies originated and where the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, will be held. It will be its bicentenary, as well as the centenary of its elevation, together with the Society of the Holy Childhood and the Society of Saint Peter the Apostle, to the rank of “Pontifical”. These were later joined, again recognized by Pius XII, by the Pontifical Missionary Union, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Blessed Paolo Manna.

This anniversary is part of the celebration of four hundred years of the Congregation De Propaganda Fide, to which the Pontifical Mission Societies are closely linked and with which they collaborate in supporting the Churches in territories entrusted to the Dicastery. It was instituted to support and coordinate the spread of the Gospel in lands hitherto unknown. But the evangelizing impetus has never diminished in the Church, and it always remains her fundamental dynamism. That is why I wanted the Dicastery for Evangelization to take on a special role also in the renewed Roman Curia, in order to foster the missionary conversion of the Church (Praedicate Evangelium, 2-3), which is not proselytism, but witness: going out of oneself to proclaim with one’s life the gratuitous and salvific love of God for us, all called to be brothers and sisters.

So you have come to Lyon because it was there, two hundred years ago, that a young 23-year-old woman, Pauline Marie Jaricot, had the courage to found a society to support the missionary activity of the Church; a few years later she started the “Living Rosary”, an organization dedicated to prayer and the sharing of offerings. From a wealthy family, she died in poverty: with her beatification, the Church testifies that she knew how to accumulate treasures in Heaven (cf. Mt 6:19), treasures that are born from the courage of giving and reveal the secret of life: only by giving it is it possessed, only by losing it is it found (cf. Mk 8:35).

Pauline Jaricot liked to say that the Church is missionary by nature (cf. Ad gentes, 2), and that every baptized person therefore has a mission; rather, he or she is a mission. Helping to live this awareness is the first service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, a service they fulfil with the Pope and in the name of the Pope. This link of the PMS with the Petrine ministry, established one hundred years ago, translates into practical service to the bishops, to the particular Churches, and to all the People of God. At the same time, it is your task, according to the Council (cf. Ad gentes, 38) to help the bishops to open every particular Church to the horizon of the universal Church.

The jubilees that celebrate the beatification of Pauline Jaricot offer me the opportunity to offer to you again three elements that, thanks to the action of the Holy Spirit, have greatly contributed to the spread of the Gospel in the history of the PMS.

First of all, missionary conversion: the goodness of the mission depends on the path of going out of oneself, on the desire to centre one’s life not on oneself, but on Jesus, on Jesus who came to serve and not to be served (cf. Mk 10: 45). In this sense, Pauline Jaricot saw her existence as a response to God’s compassionate and tender mercy: since her youth she had sought identification with her Lord, also through the sufferings she went through, with the aim of igniting the flame of her love in every person. Here lies the wellspring of mission: in the ardour of a faith that does not settle for less and that, through conversion, becomes imitation day by day, to channel God’s mercies on the roads of the world.

But this is possible – second element – only through prayer, which is the first form of mission (cf. Message to the Pontifical Mission Societies, 20 May 2020). It is no coincidence that Pauline placed the Work of the Propagation of the Faith alongside the Living Rosary, as if to reiterate that mission begins with prayer and cannot be accomplished without it (cf. Acts 13:1-3). Yes, because it is the Spirit of the Lord that precedes and enables all our good works: the primacy is always of His grace. Otherwise, the mission would be a question of running in vain.

Finally, the concreteness of charity: along with the prayer network, Pauline gave rise to a collection on a vast scale and in a creative form, accompanying it with information on the life and activities of the missionaries. The offerings of so many people were providential for the history of the missions.

Dear brothers and sisters who make up the General Assembly of the PMS, I hope that you will walk in the footsteps of this great missionary woman, letting yourselves be inspired by her practical faith, her bold courage, and her creative generosity. By the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Star of Evangelization, I invoke the Lord’s blessing on each one of you and I ask you, please, to pray for me.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 12 May 2022


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With 9 days to go before her beatification, the Pontifical Mission Societies offer you this novena to get to know her and ask the Lord for the grace of a true interior conversion.


The life of Blessed Pauline Jaricot is an illustration of the most radical and beautiful aspects of faith.

Following in the footsteps of her patron saint, Paul of Tarsus, Pauline underwent an interior conversion at the age of 17 in the church of Saint-Nizier. Her conversion is a complete renewal of her being that will set her on the road to a total configuration to the Lord. She lived all that Christ asked her to live with passion and love until the long martyrdom of her last years, which she accepted with joy for love of Him alone.

To revive our baptismal vocation and reawaken our commitment to the Mission in our country and to the ends of the earth, the worldwide network of the Pontifical Mission Societies proposes to follow Pauline Jaricot, a lay woman and entrepreneur of the 19th century, a creative and missionary figure of the universal Church!

Why this novena?

Pauline Jaricot, servant of the Missions, is beatified on May 22!

Nine days before her beatification, we propose this novena to get to know her and to ask the Lord for the grace of a true interior conversion. It is also an opportunity to entrust our sick relatives to obtain from her prayer a second miracle that will allow her to be canonised.

Each day you will receive:

¤ A biographical element of Blessed Pauline Jaricot

¤ An extract from her writings

¤ A challenge to enter into her spirituality

Novena programme

Day 1 – Birth and youth

Day 2 – Conversion

Day 3 – Consecration to God

Day 4 – The work of the Propagation of the Faith

Day 5 – Announcing Christ

Day 6 – The Living Rosary

Day 7 – Martyrdom

Day 8 – The Holy Curé of Ars

Day 9 – The Eucharist

Who is Pauline Jaricot?

I was made to love and act. My cloister is the world.

Biography of Pauline Jaricot

Pauline Jaricot was born in Lyon on 22 July 1799.

Her life took place in the heart of Lyon, between the parishes of Saint-Nizier and Saint-Polycarpe, then at the foot of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

She had a happy childhood, imbued with the affection and strong faith of her family. Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Communion allowed her to be intimate with the Lord from a very early age.

As a teenager, she led an active worldly life. It was then that a sermon on vanity shook her up and brought about a real interior conversion…


Prayer from the novena

Our Father….

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.


Give us this day, our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And let us not enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


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A special meeting of the Mission Education Commission Members on February 11, 2022 was held via Google meet to converse with each other about Synodality. Part of the reflections is to look at synodality as a means to unity in diversity and the renewal of the heart and mind. The Church through its local parishes, school and religious communities provide accompaniment to the young people and their families. In every community, there are ways of interministeriality which allows participative style of leadership fostering collaboration and communion for the mission of the Church.
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In partnership with Alpha Philippines – Catholic Contex and the Mission Education Commission (MEC) a weekly Alpha Course for an interactive spiritual formation of the young people online was held from September 4, 2021 to November 20, 2021. Feedbacks from participants, including teachers / mission animators / collaborators are generally positive.

The said activity motivated the participants to put into practice missionary works in their own little way.
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An online get together of the members of the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood and the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of Faith was organized by the national office with the assistance of the Mission Education Commission members on February 19, 2022 via zoom. It was attended by 730 participants.
After a short plenary session, they were divided into smaller groups (breakout rooms) and together they discussed on how they have become resilient and joyful in the midst of the pandemic.
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At work, with your family, with your friends, when you meet someone by chance… Any moment is suitable for being a missionary disciple. “If Christ moves you, if you do things because Christ is guiding you,” your testimony of life will make others ask, “What is the source of the love with which this person treats everyone—the kindness and good humor?” In this way, far from any form of proselytism, we can all be available for the mission, which is based, as Francis says, on an encounter between people, on the testimony of life of men and women.

“Jesus asks us all, and you as well, to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?

It’s enough to be available to answer His call and to live united to the Lord in the most common daily things—work, meeting other people, our daily duties, the chance events of each day—allowing ourselves to be guided always by the Holy Spirit.

If Christ moves you, if you do things because Christ is guiding you, others will notice it easily.

And your testimony of life will inspire admiration, and admiration inspires others to ask themselves, “How is it possible for this person to be this way?” or “What is the source of the love with which this person treats everyone—the kindness and good humor?”

Let us remember that the mission is not proselytism; the mission is based on an encounter between people, on the testimony of men and women who say, “I know Jesus, and I’d like you to know Him too.” Brothers and sisters, let us pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavor of the Gospel.

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An ideal and inspiring gift to give as we celebrate 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines and the Year of Mission to the Nations. It comes with a pouch / carton printed all over beautifully and colorfully with Philippine icons and landmarks. It costs 500 pesos only / plate, excluding delivery fee when applicable.
You may display this in front of your gate, on the door of your house or on the wall inside your office to promote awareness of our Catholic faith, celebrate the gift of faith and inspire everyone to grow in the life of faith. Every time you avail of this 500 YOC commemorative plate you also offer a humble but much needed donation to our church.
It is available at the Pontifical Mission Societies national office.
For order, you may send us your message at:
PMS Messenger: Pms Pilipinas
PMS Viber: 0921-349-9720
Telephone: 8731-3208 / 8781-9518
For payment, you may send to:
1) Bank Account
Name: Pontifical Mission Societies of the Philippines, Inc.
Metrobank Savings Account Number: 091-3-09151543-2
BDO Current Account Number: 006578010868
You may have the commemorative plate picked-up at 824 Don Quijote Street, Sampaloc, 1008 Metro Manila or delivered to you. The delivery fee will be shouldered by you. Kindly indicate how we can assist you book through your preferred rider such as Grab, Lalamove, Mr. Speedy, etc.,
Rates of LBC Freight….
• 1-10 PCS.
NCR – 160.00
North and South Luzon – 185.00
Visayas and Mindanao – 205.00
• 11-15 PCS.
NCR – 235.00
North and South Luzon – 298.00
Visayas and Mindanao – 318.00
Thanks and God bless always.
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Friendship is one of the great gifts that life gives us. Being able to count on friends, during good times as well as bad, is a gift from God. Wouldn’t it be stupendous if we could “go beyond (our) groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well,” as Francis tells us? We need to seek friends instead of enemies, understanding each other instead of fighting—in the Pope’s words, “leaving polarization behind.” Let us extend a hand and listen to others so we can work together for the common good. Share this message of Francis with your friends, and also—why not?—with people who aren’t friends yet. “The Bible says that whoever finds a friend has found a treasure. I would like to invite everyone to go beyond their groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well. We especially need to have a renewed encounter with the most impoverished and vulnerable, those on the peripheries. And we need to distance ourselves from populisms that exploit the anguish of the people without providing solutions, proposing a mystique that solves nothing. We must flee from social enmity which only destroys, and leave “polarization” behind. And this isn’t always easy, especially today when part of our politics, society and media are bent on creating enemies so as to defeat them in a game of power. Dialogue is the path to seeing reality in a new way, so we can live with passion the challenges we face in constructing the common good. Let us pray that, in social, economic, and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship, men and women who always hold out a helping hand, and may no spaces of enmity and war remain.”


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