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The pandemic did not stop us from celebrating the feast of Epiphany, although unfortunately we had to do it in a much smaller group than usual. We started the celebration with Vespers in the chapel of the Generalate, singing Christmas carols in various languages, meditating on the theological meaning of the feast of Epiphany, and remembering how Saint Vincent Pallotti organized the solemn octave of Epiphany.

On January 6th, our communities from the Generalate and the guest house (Procura) had invited some guests: Sr. Antje Eichhorn OSB, Fr. Jarosław Merecki SDS, Fr. Jarosław Rochowiak SDB and Fr. Flavio De Pascali (Italy/ Puglia). We started by gathering around the Eucharistic table and solemnly celebrated Holy Mass.

Following the old tradition, we also had an adoration of the statue of the Infant Jesus, a solemn blessing and a service at the Nativity scene. Each of us was sent by Bambino Gesu to bring something to the world: love, hope, comfort, forgiveness, peace...

On January 7th, we participated in an online prayer service via Zoom, uniting members of the UAC from all over the world. The Pallottine celebration of the Epiphany, animated by the members of the National Italian Coordination Council of the UAC, gathered in faith and thanks to new technologies: Sisters, Pallottine priests and lay members of the Union from Belize, Brazil, Tanzania, India and Italy.The meeting was also attended by the superiors general: Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC, Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC, and Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, as well as Donatella Acerbi, president of GCC UAC.

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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)