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On July 21st, at the church Queen of the Apostles at Via Ferrari in Rome, Fr. Nicola Gallucci SAC, the parish priest and former  Provincial Superior during the morning Mass solemnly blessed a new painting of the Queen of the Apostles. The place that Sr. Izabela Świerad, the Superior General, has chosen for this occasion is not without significance. In the prayer and in the act of the blessing, the Sisters from the General Administration participated together with parishioners who - with Italian expression - greeted Blessed Mother Mary with prayers and kisses.

In this church we find the original painting of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, going back to the time of St. Vincent Pallotti. The recently painted picture, which now was blessed, is a brush-work of Mr. Wiesław Gotowicz from Pisz, Poland. Mr Wiesław is a man with the soul of a painter, a spiritual son of Saint John Paul II, a devotee of the Mother of God and friend of Saint V. Pallotti. These spiritual bonds with the saints of the Church find an eloquent expression in his paintings.

His works of art decorate also the chapel of our House of the International Novitiate in Poli Singisi in Tanzania as well as of our Generalate in Rome. A picture of Saint Vincent Pallotti was also offered to the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (CSAC) during our last meeting in July 2018.

Today's event shows that people need signs, because behind each one of them is a presence that invites us to a relationship. The painting of the Queen of Apostles invites us to the community of the Church, who is constantly calling: Veni Creator Spiritus.



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"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)