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Paris Evangelical Missionary Society

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Author(s): Zorn, Jean-François
[German Version] (PEMS; Société des Missions Evangéliques de Paris; Mission de Paris) was founded in 1822. Until its dissolution in 1971, it united local mission support groups in France, Switzerland, and Italy. It cooperated mainly with Lutheran and Reformed churches, but also with Baptists, Methodists, and other free churches. In 1829 it sent its first missionaries to South Africa, since at that time Protestants were forbidden access to French colonial territories. In 1833 more missionaries foll…

Communauté Évangélique d'Action Apostolique

(144 words)

Author(s): Zorn, Jean-François
[German Version] (CEVAA; Evangelical Community for Apostolic Action) was founded in Paris on Oct 31, 1971 as the successor organization of the Société des Missions Évangeliques de Paris (Mission de Paris). Originally conceived as an association of 23 churches (the Protestant churches of France, Switzerland and Italy, as well as the churches that arose from their missionary activities in Africa and ¶ Oceania), the CEVAA currently numbers 47 member churches (now also including churches in Latin America). As a religious organization of the post-…

Lafitau, Joseph-François

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Author(s): Zorn, Jean-François
[German Version] (May 31, 1681, Bordeaux – Jul 3, 1746, Bordeaux), Jesuit missionary in Québec. From 1712 to 1717 and from 1727 to 1729, Lafitau worked among the Native American Indians (II, 1; Hurons, Iroquois) in the mission at Sault Saint-Louis. After returning to France in 1717, he published a memoir on his discovery of ginseng in America and in 1724 his Mœurs des sauvages amériquains comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps, in which he contrasted his observations to those of other ethnographers as well as the missionary reports ( Relations) of the Jesuits. He compared the ethos o…

Pariser Mission

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Author(s): Zorn, Jean-François
[English Version] . Die P.M. (Socie´te des Missions Evange´liques de Paris) wurde 1822 gegründet. Bis zu ihrer Auflösung 1971 vereinigte sie lokale Unterstützergruppen der Mission in Frankreich, in der Schweiz und in Italien, in Zusammenarbeit hauptsächlich mit den luth. und ref. Kirchen, aber auch mit baptistischen, methodistischen und anderen Freikirchen. Da die franz. Kolonialgebiete Protestanten damals nicht zugänglich waren, sandte die P.M. ihre ersten Missionare 1829 nach Südafrika. 1833 fol…

Jaricot, Marie-Pauline

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Author(s): Zorn, Jean-François
[German Version] (Jul 22, 1799, Lyon – Jan 9, 1862, Lyon), a layperson involved in the restoration of French Catholicism. She devoted her life to founding pious societies which pursued benevolent and missionary objectives. In 1817 the Congrégation des Réparatrices du Sacré Cœur and La Loretta, a guesthouse for female workers, arose from her prayer groups for girls. Upon the establishment of the Association de la Propagation de la Foi (“Society for the Propagation of the Faith”) in 1822, she introduced the practice of gathering funds through a “weekly missionary sou.” In the same year, Les…