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The Daily Worldmissionnaires is a group of men and women who pledge to help the missions through daily prayer and sacrifice. These prayers and sacrifices not only directly help sustain missionaries around the world, but also enable them to provide food, clothing, medicine, and other necessities for the needy. As missionaries' physical needs are met, they are better able to share the Good News and advance the cause of Christ.
What Does a Daily Worldmissionnaire do?
Prays each of the following 3 times daily for the missions:
"St. Francis Xavier, pray for us"
"St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us"
Sacrifices some luxury or necessity daily, donating that money, instead, to the missions at the end of each month.
In 1953, a World Mission Exhibition was held at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. The Exhibit attracted more than 270,000 people coming from St. Louis, the Diocese of Springfield and Belleville, Illinois. The Exhibition was designed to "bring an intimate and a comprehensive knowledge of the vast mission work of the Church," and was such a success that many organizers expressed a desire to continue to work for the Mission Church. This group became known as the Daily Worldmissionnaires.
The newly formed DW's decided to adopt a mission aid program that was once followed by Pauline Jaricot, a native of France and the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Pauline had seen her brother, an ordained priest, serve as a missionary. In an effort to help him, she went to family and friends asking them to pray for the success of his work and to support his work financially through sacrifice. Pauline divided her growing "Society" into groups, with one member was designated as the Group Leader. It was the Group Leader's responsibility to gather the results of the sacrifices and forward them to Pauline for her brother. One day a visitor came to Pauline's house: Bishop William DuBourg. He convinced her to make the beneficiary of her work the Church Universal, and not just the work of her brother.
Today, over 1,600 Daily Worldmissionnaires follow a similar format of giving to benefit the mission work of the worldwide church.