Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

St. Peter Apostle

St. Peter Apostle

The Society of St. Peter Apostle was founded in Cain, France in 1889 by two laywomen: Jeanne Bigard and her Mother Stephanie.  After overcoming personal tragedies, they dedicated their lives to working for the missions. In 1888 the Bigards met a French missionary working Japan who asked for their assistance to build a Church. By selling their possessions enough funds were raised for the Church.  Later, a Bishop in Nagasaki had them help support his seminarians. In 1922, after traveling through France, the Bigards were placed under Papal Patronage by Pope Pius XI. Thus, The Society of St. Peter Apostle was born to promote the formation of local clergy in the Missions, especially the young churches. 

Donations help young men as they prepare for the priesthood with a donation for a year of studies and go toward the formation of men and women novices preparing for a life of service as Religious Brothers and Sisters.  Once ordained, priests serve Missions in the dioceses where they were born and raised. Currently, more than 30,000 major seminarians in some 400 seminaries receive help from St. Peter Apostle, along with close to 10,000 men and women religious novices.  

Every summer, the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Diocese of Ogdensburg conducts an appeal for the St. Peter Apostle. Please consider offering your prayers and donations for the growth of mission vocations. 

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A Prayer for Mission Vocations 

God our Father, 
You will all men and women to be saved and come to the knowledge of Your Truth. 
Send workers into Your great harvest that the Gospel may be preached to every creature and Your people, 
Gathered together by the Word of Life and strengthened by the power of the Sacraments, 
May advance in the way of salvation and love. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You 
And the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever. AMEN.