The Society for the Propagation of the Faith was founded in 1822 by a 19 year-old woman from Lyons, France, named Pauline Jaricot. She, along with several other women who worked in the factories of France, would gather each week in prayer for the missions and missionaries.
Her first significant collection ($4,000) was divided three ways for the missions in China, Louisiana and Kentucky (America was considered mission territory at this time).
Pauline insisted that her efforts be directed to all the Church’s missions, that it be universal. From Pauline’s vision came the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.