The St. Peter the Apostle Society was born – a society that supported and promoted the formation of local clergy in the Missions.
The Bigards traveled throughout France promoting the work of the society. In 1922 Pope Pius XI placed it under papal patronage and gave it the task of supporting seminaries in mission dioceses – the young churches.
It is within young churches that the Church is most active and growing. They have the faith but lack the material resources to train many men and women who wish to become priests and religious to serve the Church in their communities. The Society trains young men and women in their own country and culture to serve their people as religious Sisters, Brothers, or Priests. Also assisted in their formation and training of catechists who have been chosen to be teachers and formators of the catechists in their country.