Pauline Jaricot was born into a wealthy family in Lyon, France in 1799. She could have lived a life of privilege but instead committed herself to raising funds and awareness for the world missions. As a teenager she appealed to girls who were working in her brother-in-law’s factory to make a contribution of one penny a week in order to support abandoned children in China. Soon others joined to help support the missions. In 1822 The Society for the Propagation of the Faith began.
In its first year Pauline also began printing and circulating information about the work of missionaries. The Annals increased interest in the work of the society.