Propagation of Faith
Holy Childhood Association
Peter the Apostle
Pontifical Missionary Union
- Propagation Missionary Union (POF)
The Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith (POF) was founded in Lyons, France, in 1822 by a French Lady, called Pauline Marie Jaricot (1799-1862). It aims at forming a Catholic conscience in the faithful and promoting their commitment of outreach to the world. The association is responsible for building new churches and providing pastoral care to young faith communities. It also supports new and emerging churches especially where poverty is most severe. The apex of the celebration of this society is the World Mission Sunday which comes up on the last but one Sunday in October every year. Under this society, we have the Young Missionary Movement of Nigeria (YOMM).
2. Holy Childhood Association (HCA)
The HCA was founded in Paris, France, on May 9, 1843, by Bishop Charles Forbin-Jason, the Bishop of Nancy. The Society aims at creating a movement of Christian children committed to helping other children throughout the world. Hence their motto is “CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN.” Through this society, children are imbued with a universal missionary spirit. It is for children between the ages of three (3) years to fourteen (14) years. The society contributes towards practical initiatives of assistance, which is made more effective if carried out in close cooperation with local Churches and in harmony with families, parishes, and schools.
- Peter the Apostle (SPA)
This Society was founded in Caen, France, by Jeanne and Stephanie Bigard in 1889. SPA sensitizes all Christian people on the shortage of the local clergy and religious, particularly in mission lands. Besides helping the local clergy, the society of St. Peter the Apostle also provides scholarships to priests and religious. It runs a pension fund scheme for retired Diocesan priests in many parts of the world. It provides material assistance to religious men and women in their initial period of formation and also in a limited way, their post-graduate studies. Through its funds, SPA is able to train more than thirty thousand (30,000) seminarians and ten thousand religious’ sisters around the world. The major celebration of SPA is Good Shepherd or Vocations’ Sunday that comes up on the 4th Sunday of Easter every year.
4. Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU)
The Missionary Union, being the last, is the soul of all the other three Societies. It was founded by Fr. Paolo Manna in 1916. According to the PMS statutes, the PMU “sets itself out to re-awaken apostolic zeal among its members and through them, in all Christian people…. It animates the people of God by making clear their missionary duty; it is the spiritual force aimed at the conversion of the world”12.
The PMU is not a fundraising organization but of recent committed to advancing the understanding and dedication of all to the church’s mission, through their subsidies for the on-going formation of Priests, Religious and lay faithful.