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WORKSHOP ON FAMILY APOSTOLATE – ROME

In the context of Family Apostolate, the Pallottine Fathers organized a Workshop for the members of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate in Via Ferrari, Rome from 19 to 22 July 2018. There were about 36 members from different Continents: America, Asia, Europe and Africa. From our Congregation four Sisters participated, namely: Sr. Nancy Logue (England), Sr. Catherine Nikuze (France), Sr. Beata Witerska (Poland) and Sr. Liberata Niyongira (Generalate).

During the sessions the participants shared and touched the realities of the families and their life today. We recognized that many challenges are almost similar in all Continents. There were also input sessions on different topics such as: Promotion of Family Pastoral and life in the Universal Church by Mgr. Carlos Simón Vasquez, the delegate of the Prefect and on the documents of “Amoris Laetitia” and “Familialis Consortio” by Dr. Gabriella Gambino, Assistant Secretary. Both resource persons were from the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. 

The participants felt the importance of Family Apostolate and their response as Union members. It was realized that to live our Charism fully it is necessary to be engaged in the apostolate of family in order to instill in them deep faith and Christian values. Christ is the foundation and center of the families.  Participants were happy to have the opportunity to take part in this workshop and to interact with the members of the Pallottine family.

Sr. Liberata Niyongira, SAC

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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)

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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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