You’ve probably heard that one of Missio’s founders – Venerable Pauline Jaricot – is to be beatified on 22 May in Lyon, France. This special celebration will be a day of prayer and joy in recognition of a lay woman’s contribution to world mission.

Her vision and passion created Missio’s Association for the Propagation of the Faith, today known in England and Wales through the Red Box, in partnership with the Mill Hill Missionaries.

Beatification is the penultimate stage in the journey to sainthood. For this step to take place, a miracle through the candidate’s intercession must be recognised. In Pauline’s case this happened in May 2012.

Mayline’s story

Mayline Tran, from Lyon, was just three and a half years old when she choked on a piece of food. Her father, Emmanuel, explained:

‘She went into cardio-respiratory arrest. I gave her CPR while waiting for help. At the hospital, she had several more arrests, and a pulmonary embolism, before falling into a coma. Ten days later, the test results were disastrous: her brain had stopped working.’

Mayline lay in a coma, hooked up to life-support machines. Her devastated parents had begun looking for a child-sized coffin.

The doctors advised her parents to stop life support. But instead, Mayline’s mother Nathalie, along with students and parents at Mayline’s school,began to pray a Novena to Pauline Jaricot for her recovery.

A miraculous return to life

Soon afterwards, the doctors were surprised to confirm that Mayline’s condition had altered. Emmanuel remembers:

‘Mayline began to show signs of waking up. My wife and I understood immediately that it was a miracle. Despite the doctors’ diagnosis, we saw that her condition was progressing. When she finally said “mom” in the arms of her mother in front of the doctors, the miracle took hold’.

Mayline left hospital in December 2012, fully healed.

Doctors have been unable to explain the change in her health. Mayline’s parents are convinced of the intervention of Pauline Jaricot. A diocesan enquiry occurred in 2019, where a medical board validated the miracle of healing, and the Theological Commission certified the intervention of Pauline Jaricot in the full recovery of little Mayline.

Mayline’s miracle has led to Pauline Jaricot’s Beatification. For the final step, sainthood, a second miracle will need to be recognised.

A worldwide celebration

As one of Missio’s founders, Pauline Jaricot is an important figure in the global Missio family. Celebrations, Masses and events will be happening around the world to mark her beatification. Mayline and her family will be joining the celebrations at the beatification ceremony in Lyon. Emmanuel, who has written a book about the family’s experience, says:

‘Of course, Mayline will be with us at the celebration on 22 May. By our presence, we want to make it understood that the power of prayer can achieve extraordinary things. And for those who don’t have faith, we want to testify: some events seem impossible, yet they can happen. It is important to give thanks to Pauline Jaricot and to say that miracles still exist today’.

Our celebration in England and Wales

Pauline Jaricot was a woman of deep and inspirational faith. At a time when women really didn’t have much influence, she set about making huge improvements to the lives of the poorest people in Lyon and around the world. Missio is full with joy at this special event, which recognises a woman who has shown us that small and simple initiatives, which bring people together in prayer and faith, really can change the world.

Featured image by Emmanuel Tran