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She is the Maid of Bethlehem,

Mother of Jesus, and Queen of Apostles:

That ragtag group of men

Chosen by Jesus

To change the world.


She wears a crown

Of humility, not of gold.

Simplicity is her way of life,

And Love her shining garment.


Let us, who shun queens and such

Bow in awe, sensing the grace

Embodied in the lady who served

Her God in an such an earthly way.


We who walk a different path,

A road of cement, not sand,

Searching for new universes to conquer,

And flicking switches to change our world,

Must stand quiet for an instant of calculated time,

Waiting patiently for grace to fill our empty hearts

And give meaning to our endless wanderings.


Today,  let us peer into the spinning hour glass

Of time, and see yesterday, and tomororow

Reflected in the vision that permeates our view,

Remembering one thing only: God crowns our lives

With the success of love and only this is worthy

Of keeping before us, as we move into the future

And follow the example of Mary, Queen of Apostles.



By Sr. Phyllis Carpenter, SAC

Painted by Sr. Julitta Golebiowska, SAC

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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)



"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)



"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)



"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)



"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)