The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) assists each and every one of the Catholic Church's 1,069 mission dioceses to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel effectively.
It was founded in Lyons, France, in 1822 by a young French woman, Pauline-Marie Jaricot. She began by persuading local working people to support overseas mission by giving a farthing a week. A century later, when the organisation was established in almost every country in the world, Pope Pius XI made it the official mission-funding society for the Catholic Church.
The APF in England and Wales works collaboratively with the Mill Hill Missionary Society; the only major missionary society to have been formed in England. Mill Hill missionaries are sent to the most remote places in the world to show the love of Christ to those who are in need, both spiritually and materially.
As part of this partnership, APF-Mill Hill publish Mission Today, a quarterly magazine that keeps supporters up to date with mission news.
In England and Wales, funds for overseas mission are collected through the famous Red Boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missionary Church.