Beatification date set for founder of mission society

Pauline-Marie Jaricot (Catholic Mission)

Catholic Mission has welcomed the announcement of the beatification of Pauline-Marie Jaricot, the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, to preside over the beatification ceremony in Lyon on May 22, 2022.

Catholic Mission national director Fr Brian Lucas said it is fitting that the beatification will occur during year marking the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, known as Catholic Mission in Australia.

“As a laywoman committed to supporting the missionary activities of the Church, she reminds us that holiness is not confined to those in holy orders or members of religious congregations,” Fr Lucas said.

“Through her vision and energy, she established a network of prayer and support which continues to this day so that local churches in solidarity can assist those missionary churches that are in need, due to persecution, minority status, or lack of material resources.”

“As we journey to the formal beatification ceremony, we pray that her spirit will continue to enliven the Church in Australia to a true missionary outreach.”

Pauline-Marie Jaricot (1799-1862) was declared Venerable by St John XXIII in 1963,. In 2020, Pope Francis authorised the publication of the decree recognising a miracle attributed to her intercession, opening the path to her beatification.

This miracle involved a three-year-old girl, Mayline Tran, who in 2012 was hospitalised and considered dead after choking on food. Her family refused to stop artificial life assistance and began a novena to Pauline Jaricot. Shortly thereafter, the little girl woke up and, against all hope, completely recovered.


Official announcement of the beatification of Pauline Jaricot (Catholic Mission)

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