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St. Vincent Pallotti

Rome, during the years between 1795–1850,  provides the frame for the life of St. Vincent Pallotti, our Founder. Today, about such a person, one would say: the man the institution, the unique individuality, the leader. Pallotti, the tireless apostle of Rome, as he was called, the apostle of the streets and salons, is getting to the most needy and outcast: the sick, the orphans, those marginalized by society, prisoners, and the poor.

Pallotti, was sought after as confessor of popes, cardinals, the elite of the Church, seminarians and many nuns. Above all, the most frequent penitents in the long queues to his confessional were the Jacks-of-all-trades, because Pallotti as a folk retreat-master attracted crowds of Romans. The ordinary individual person’s salvation was the passion that consumed him. Through service in the confessional he not only brought people closer to God, but also made them aware of their personal responsibility for the salvation of others. On the other hand, he thought of himself as of the most unworthy creature of God, the least of the least. The only way he could serve in his own nothingness was to worship God, the Infinite Love, in response to the Lord’s own infinite affection.

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* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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