The Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks to increase prayerful and financial support for Catholic churches in mission territories. We invite you to learn more about the work of the Society and how you can help support our brothers and sisters around the world.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies. Under the direction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Rome, Italy) and the bishops, The Society for the Propagation of the Faith seeks to foster an ever-deeper spirit of universal mission, to inform Catholics of the life and the needs of the Catholic Church in the Missions, and to encourage prayer and financial help for those mission churches.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith was founded by a young French girl named Pauline Jaricot who wished to support the missions. 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 independent.
In the Archdiocese of Detroit, The Society for the Propagation of the Faith was led by Monsignor James Moloney from 1961 until August 2023, when Father Paul Ballien was appointed Director. Under Monsignor Moloney's leadership, the people of the Archdiocese of Detroit have generously supported these missionaries—consistently raising more than any other diocese in the United States. We are confident that this generosity will continue for years to come.
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The Society for the Propagation of the Faith
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith
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Detroit, MI 48226
Stipend Program For Dioceses and Religious Communities
As a baptized Catholic, you have the privilege and responsibility to participate in the worldwide mission of the Church by offering your prayers, sacrifices, and financial support throughout the year, especially during Advent and Lent.
As a member of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, you are asked to pray daily to the patrons of the missions for the missionary work of the Church by saying the Our Father, Hail Mary, "St. Francis Xavier, Pray for us," "St. Therese of Lisieux, Pray for us," and "Our Lady Queen of the Missions, Pray for us."
How do my contributions help the Missions?
Mission dioceses receive funds annually to assist them in catechetical programs, seminaries, communication and transportation needs, building of chapels and churches, and assisting the work of Religious Communities. Your donations enable the missionaries to bring the gift of hope to the poor when they learn about God’s saving love for them. The missionaries who give to the missions by going cannot do this without you. In Baptism you were called to be a missionary… you are the missionaries who go to the missions by giving.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is always strengthened by your generosity and assures you that every gift makes a difference.
Should you desire and have the means to make a long-term impact on The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, there are many options to choose other than simply writing a check. If you have any questions, we ask that you contact us at your convenience and we will be happy to discuss programs that suit your needs and desires.
Planned Giving Options
When you remember The Society for the Propagation of the Faith in your estate plans, you are providing it with the power to continue its work in years to come. Your gift can:
- Provide gift plans that benefit you and your family
- Help you acquire immediate and deferred tax advantages for both you and your heirs
- Make a significant impact on our goals
We are here to help you should you desire it. However, we always recommend that you consult your own tax and/or legal advisor prior to making a planned gift.
Types of Gifts
- Wills and bequests
- Gifts of stocks and bonds
- Life insurance
- Charitable remainder trust
- Charitable remainder unitrust
- Charitable remainder annuity trust
- Charitable lead trust
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