Pauline-Marie Jaricot

A brief biography.


Pauline-Marie Jaricot was born at Lyons (France), as the daughter of the silk weaver Jaricot, 22 July 1799. At the age of seventeen she began to lead a life of unusual abnegation and self-sacrifice, and on Christmas Day, 1816, took a vow of perpetual virginity. In order to repair for the sins of neglect and ingratitude committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she established a union of prayer among pious servant girls, the members of which were known as the 'Réparatrices du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus-Christ'.

Jaricot started also an organization by finding associates willing to contribute one cent of a week to the propagation of the faith. All the offerings were ultimately remitted to one central treasurer.

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith at its official foundation (3 May, 1822) adopted this method, and easily triumphed over the opposition which had sought from the very start to thwart the realization of Pauline Jaricot's plans. The Propagation was a canonical Institute in 1856 and the Papal Institute De Propaganda Fidei on 3 Mai 1922.

In 1826 she founded the Association of the Living Rosary.

An other object was the spreading of good books and articles of piety.

An undertaking of Pauline's in the interest of social reform, though begun with prudence, involved her in considerable financial difficulties and ended in failure.


She was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic and died in poverty in Lyons, 9 January, 1862. The cause of her beatification and canonization has been introduced in Rome.







In remembrance of the first centenary of the death of
Pauline-Marie Jaricot (22.0
portrait by the Italian artist Anne Descambes (20th cent.).


 Vatican City 1962, Mi 405-407, Sc 338-340.


This stamp is Mi 406, Sc 339 on maximum card.









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