St. Vincent Pallotti, founder of the Union of Catholic Apostolate, the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers), and the Pallottine Sisters, whose feast day is on January 22, believed that all are called to be apostles, co-responsible for the mission of Christ and the Church. This was a rather radical understanding in the Rome of 1835.Today, it is central to the teaching of the Church, especially those of the Second Vatican Council, subsequent popes, and in the contemporary conversations about missionary discipleship and synodality.
The members of the congregations of priests and brothers and sisters that Pallotti founded do not stand apart from the Union of Catholic Apostolate But are members of their own congregations and of the Union and share co-responsibly with lay people in leadership of the Union. Its mission is to“promote the co-responsibility of all the baptized to revive faith and rekindle charity in the Church and in the world, and to bring all to unity in Christ” (UAC General Statutes, n. 1).
Reviving faith, rekindling charity, and living as apostles is what the Pallottine Spiritual Way is all about. To understand fully the mission and work of the Catholic Apostolate Center as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, it is important to know that it arises from and is always rooted in this spiritual way of being Church that Pallotti proposed and lived.
The Center provides formation for living the mission of an apostle of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, all those who live as apostles of Christ are seeking not their own glory, but the infinite glory of God. For as Pallotti said:
“Seek God and you will find God. Seek God in all things and you will find God in all things. Seek God always and you will find God always.”
May the Charity of Christ urge us on!
In God, the Infinite Love,