A Blessed Feast and Octave of the Epiphany to all/ Buona Festa e Ottavario dell'Epifania a tutti
Together with the whole Church, St. Vincent invites us in these days "to the mystical Bethlehem to acknowledge and adore the Majesty of God humiliated for our love, and our Lord Jesus Christ to offer the gold of charity, the incense of humble prayer, confident , and persevering, and the myrrh of Christian mortification "(OOCC VI, 168).
We pray that the celebration of the Epiphany will be for all of us a time of renewal in the spirit of the our charism, that Christ, the Light of the Nations, will become ever more deeply the light of our lives so that, in the power of his Spirit, we may bring the light of his mercy and love to all peoples.
Insieme a tutta la Chiesa, San Vincenzo ci invita in questi giorni "alla mistica Betlemme per riconoscere ed adorare la Maestà di Dio umiliata per nostro amore, ed offrire al N.S. Gesù Cristo l'oro della carità, l'incenso della preghiera umile, confidente, e perseverante, e la mirra della Cristiana mortificazione" (OOCC VI, 168).
Preghiamo che la celebrazione dell'Epifania sarà per tutti noi un'occasione di rinnovamento nello spirito del nostro carisma, che Cristo, Luce delle Nazioni, divenga sempre più profondamente la luce della nostra vita in modo tale che, nella potenza del suo Spirito, possiamo portare la luce della sua misericordia e amore a tutti i popoli.
Greetings from "Mother of Divine Love Farm", Codó, Maranhão, Brazil
The Therapeutic Community wishes you a holy and blessed 2016.
"Thanks for being part of our history, thank you for helping us start again. Thanks for everything" (Words of one of the residents).
Photos of the Christmas party
Saluti dalla "Fattoria Madre del Divino Amore", Codó, Maranhão, Brasile
La Comunità Terapeutica vi augura un santo e benedetto 2016.
"Grazie per essere parte della nostra storia, grazie per averci aiutato a ricominciare. Grazie di tutto" (Parole di uno dei residenti).
Foto della festa di Natale
PALLOTTI INSTITUTE POLAND − XVI SYMPOSIUM: PALLOTTI'S MYSTICAL JOURNEY, PART 1
L’ISTITUTO PALLOTTI IN POLONIA - XVI SIMPOSIO: IL CAMMINO MISTICO DEL PALLOTTI, PARTE PRIMA
The XVI Symposium organised by the Pallotti Institute took place in Kostancin-Jeziorna on 28th and 29th November 2015 to deepen knowledge of St. Vincent Pallotti and of the Pallottine charism. More than 250 people participated, with Pallottine priests with their novices and seminarians, Pallottine Missionary Sisters with their novice and postulant and lay UAC members and friends of St. Vincent Pallotti, including groups from Ukraine and Slovakia.
The principal theme was: “Pallotti’s Mystical Journey, Part 1”.
Four topics were presented: Philosophical aspects of mysticism” – Prof. Artur Andrzejuk; “Christian mysticism”– Fr. Andrzej Zelek, SAC; “To Express the Inexpressible. The Language of Pallotti’s Mysticism”– Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC; “The Mount of Perfection of St. Vincent Pallotti”– Fr. Dariusz Przybyszewski, SAC.
Special guest of the symposium was Donatella Acerbi, President of the Union, who gave a reflection on the theme of mystical experience in the life of St. Vincent Pallotti and in our daily lives.
During the Sunday Eucharist, presided over by Fr. Dariusz Przybyszewski, SAC, 13 people made their Act of Apostolic Commitment in the presence of Sr. Anna Ozon, SAC – President of the NCC.
The next XVII symposium will be held from April 9-10, 2016 and will deal with the second part of the same theme.
Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC
The twelfth anniversary of the erection of the Union of Catholic Apostolate
The twelfth anniversary of the erection of the Union of Catholic Apostolate as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right was celebrated on Saturday, October 31st, 2015, in the church of SS. Salvatore in Onda. Members of the Union living in Rome and the surrounding area gathered for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration, thanking God for the immense gift of the Pallottine charism and of the Union.
This was followed by the vibrant Eucharistic concelebration presided over by Fr. Norbert Sequeira, General Bursar of the Union, during which, after an inspiring introduction by Donatella Acerbi, President of the Union, all of the Union members present renewed their Act of Apostolic Commitment. Fr. Wolfgang Weiss, Vice Rector of the General House, who was celebrating his feast day, gave the homily, recalling how the General Statutes of the Union and the rules in general are useful because they point to the life of Christ which, as St. Vincent Pallotti said, is the fundamental rule for our life.
As a witness to the call of the Union to be a concrete sign in the daily lives of people, there was a collection during the offertory to support a drug and alcohol rehabilitation project for young people in Codò, Maranhão, in north-east Brazil, which is run by a Pallottine priest with the collaboration of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and many lay members and collaborators of the Union and others.
Messa per l'Anniversario dell'Unione, Colletta per il Centro di Recupero dalla dipendenza della droga e dell'alcol, "Fattoria Madre del Divino Amore", Codó, Brasile.
Il XVI Simposio organizzato dall'Istituto Pallotti si è svolto dal 28 al 29 novembre 2015 a Kostancin-Jeziorna, per approfondire la conoscenza di S. Vincenzo Pallotti e del carisma pallottino. Hanno partecipato oltre 250 persone, con Padri Pallottini con i loro novizi e seminaristi, Suore Missionarie Pallottine con la loro novizia e postulante, e membri UAC laici e amici di San Vincenzo Pallotti, compreso gruppi dalla Ucraina e dalla Slovacchia.
Il tema principale era: “Il cammino mistico di San Vincenzo Pallotti. Parte prima”.
Durante il simposio sono stati sviluppati quattro temi: “Aspetti filosofici della mistica” – prof. Artur Andrzejuk; “Mistica cristiana” – D. Andrzej Zelek, SAC; “Esprimere l’inesprimibile. Sulla lingua mistica del Pallotti” – Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC; “Il Monte della Perfezione di San Vincenzo Pallotti” – D. Dariusz Przybyszewski, SAC. Nella serata di sabato, durante la recita dei Primi Vespri, l’ospite speciale, la Sig.ra Donatella Acerbi, Presidente dell’UAC, ha rivolto una riflessione sul tema dell’esperienza mistica nella vita di San Vincenzo e nella nostra vita quotidiana.
Durante la Santa Messa conclusiva del simposio, presieduta da Don Dariusz Przybyszewski, SAC, tredici persone (Lublin, Konstancin, Varsavia) hanno emesso l’atto d’impegno apostolico nell’Unione dell’Apostolato Cattolico alla presenza di Sr. Anna Ozon, SAC, Presidente del CCN..
Il prossimo simposio si terrà dal 9-10 aprile 2016 e affronterà la seconda parte dello stesso tema.
Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC
Photos of the twelfth anniversary of the erection of the Union of Catholic Apostolate
Mass for the Anniversary of the Union, Collection for the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre "Mother of Divine Love Farm", Codó, Brazil
Beatification Process of Elisabetta Sanna, UAC Member
On March 26th 2015 the Vatican Medical Consultatives evaluated a healing received through the intercession of Venerable Elisabetta Sanna. It dealt with the healing of a young Brazilian girl. The Medical Consultatives recognised this fact as scientifically unexplainable.
Subsequently on June 9th, past the participants of the Peculiar Congress of the Theological Consultors of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints recognised the aforementioned healing as a miracle having occurred through the intercession of Venerable Elisabetta Sanna.
With faith we expect that the same outcome will occur at the ordinary session of the Cardinals and Bishops, Members of the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints who in a few months will appraise the healing.
GCC Meeting 27 - 31 March 2015, Rome
The Annual General Coordination Council Meeting of the UAC begun from 27 March 2015 in Via Giuseppe Ferrari, Rome. This is an important meeting because the newly elected members of the GCC at General Assembly in January 2015 are participating for the first time and they will be electing the new President for the Union. The meeting will conclude on 31 March 2015 (for more photos)
Report on the 2013/2014 UAC Questionnaire regarding the Family - with a link to the full report underneath
First of all we would like to appreciate that so many members and collaborators took part in our survey. There were answers from Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Rwanda, Ukraine, and the U.S.A.
Not all of the responses gave detailed information of how many were involved. Yet, we know from the information given that there were at least about 60 persons taking part.
Among them there were community and individual members, married couples and unmarried single persons, men and women, at least one Pallottine Sister and one Pallottine Priest.
The Rwandan questionnaire, answered by lay members, hinted to the fact that they first examined all categories of their families. There are stable families, separated families, families with only one (widowed) parent and those where orphans are the head of the family. Responding to the questionnaire they took into consideration all these categories.(Read More)
Relazione sul Questionario UAC del 2013/2014 Sulla Famiglia con un link alla relazione completa sotto
Le risposte ai questionari " L'Unione e la Famiglia "
Prima di tutto vorremmo dire che tanti membri e collaboratori hanno partecipato al nostro sondaggio. Sono arrivate risposte dal Brasile, Germania, India, Italia, Polonia, Rwanda, Ucraina e Stati Uniti.
Non sappiamo con esattezza quante persone sono state coinvolte, in ogni caso sappiamo che almeno 60 persone hanno partecipato (comunità e singoli membri, coppie sposate e non sposate, membri singoli, uomini e donne, almeno una suora Pallottina e un Sacerdote Pallottino).
Il questionario ruandese (le risposte sono state date dai membri laici) ha accennato al fatto che in primo luogo hanno esaminato tutte le categorie delle loro famiglie. Ci sono famiglie stabili , famiglie separate, famiglie monoparentali (genitore vedovo) e quelli in cui gli orfani sono il capo della famiglia. Rispondendo al questionario, hanno preso in considerazione tutte queste categorie .(Read More)
FINAL MESSAGE OF THE IV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNION
Formation programme for Pallottine formators
From 18 to 20 August 2014, a formation programme was organised for Pallottine formators at Prabodhana, Mysore, by the Permanent Secretariat for Formation in India. It was attended by about 40 formators including four Provincial Superiors and the Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam.
The topics discussed included reflection on the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” in view of Pallottine formation by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, analysis of Pallottine formation in India today by Fr. Camilo Simoes and inputs on the process and dynamics of discernment of vocations by Fr. Savio Rodrigues SJ.
It was a very good experience of the spirit of communion of the Pallottine Family. It would have been also good to examine the concrete formation issues in India in the light of such specific themes in view of updating the formators and the formation programmes.
The III World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities organised by PCL in Rome.
Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities
The third world congress of the New Ecclesial Movements and Communities organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL) took place in Rome from November 20-22.
More than 300 members of lay associations from more than 100 groups and forty nations gathered to reflect on the theme "The joy of the gospel: a missionary joy (EG 21). The Union was represented by the General Secretary, Fr. Rory Hanly SAC, and Rosa Colucci, a married member of the Quinta Dimensione Community and a member of the General Secretariat of the Union. (Read more)
RIP - Sr. Grace Gabrielle O'Brien, CSAC
Fr. Derry Murphy SAC pays tribute to Sr. Grace Gabrielle O’Brien, CSAC:
“Sr. Grace Gabrielle went to join her Lord and Saviour on June 16th 2015. One of the great passions of her life was the Union of Catholic Apostolate which grew out of her love for our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti and her study of his life and writings. Her contribution to the development of the UAC was very significant during the six years she served in Rome as General Consultor of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, 2001 – 2007. (Read more in English...)
P. Derry Murphy SAC rende omaggio a suor Grace Gabrielle O'Brien, CSAC:
"Sr. Grace Gabrielle è tornata alla casa del suo Signore e Salvatore il 16 giugno 2015. Una delle sue grandi passioni della vita è stata l'Unione dell'Apostolato Cattolico; ciò scaturiva dal suo amore per il nostro Fondatore San Vincenzo Pallotti, dallo studio dei suoi scritti e dalla contemplazione della sua vita. Il suo contributo allo sviluppo dell'UAC è stato molto significativo durante i sei anni, quando viveva a Roma, come Consigliera Generale della Congregazione delle Suore dell'Apostolato Cattolico, 2001-2007. (Testo in Italiano...)
Feast of St. Vincent Pallotti 2015
“Pallotti: ispirazione e modello nella cura dei poveri e dei bisognosi” è stato il tema del giorno della festa di San Vincenzo Pallotti. Durante tutta la giornata, molte persone sono venute alla chiesa del SS. Salvatore in Onda a pregare davanti alla tomba del nostro Santo Fondatore. Alle 10.30 D. Franco Todisco, SAC ha presieduto la Santa Messa, alla quale hanno partecipato i bambini della Pia Casa di Carità di Borgo Sant’Agata, fondata da S. Vincenzo. (Read More)
Pallottine Schools Congress: South America
From September 5th-7th the Congress of the South American Pallottine schools took place at Santa Maria, Brazil, with the theme, “To build a Pallottine pedagogy”. About 220 participated, Pallottines, Society and Sisters, and lay teachers from Brazilian and Argentine schools.
Fr. Martin Manus, General Secretary of the Apostolate represented the General Council and presented a talk on Pallottine education at an international level, proposing indications for the development of a Pallottine profile in our educational institutions. Fr. Jadir Zaro (SM) Director of the Pallottine High School at Porto Alegre, Brazil applied the theme of the Congress to the South American context and summarised the principal challenges to address. In the group work and in the plenum various aspects of a Pallottine pedagogy were discussed. The presentations of the participants demonstrated the vast range of the reality of the Pallottine schools in the South American countries.
The results of the Congress will be communicated in a Final Message. In the differing moments of prayer and in the Eucharistic celebrations one could experience the Cenacle spirit that inspires our apostolic undertaking in education. The meeting took place in a serene and friendly atmosphere. Thanks also to the organising committee comprised of various parts of the Pallottine family in South America.
The Fourth General Assembly of the Union of Catholic Apostolate
The fourth General Assembly of the Union of Catholic Apostolate took place at Grottaferrata from January 9th-13th, 2015. 33 UAC members participated, among whom were 13 members of the General Co-Ordination Council (GCC), 13 Presidents of National Co-Ordination Councils (NCC) and invited guests. The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the UAC and occurs every three years.
In the Opening Mass Fr Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Rector General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and Ecclesiastical assistant of the Union, invited all to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on each one of the participants. ‘The Assembly has not the scope only to plan great projects on the basis of human thought; we are not by comparison to build the UAC only with our own wisdom and our human capacities. It should be a work of the Holy Spirit for the building of the Church of Jesus Christ.’ He then continued, ‘ If we truly believe that the UAC is the fullest expression of our Charism, a gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, now is the time to take it more seriously and to show greater efforts in facing it. This demands the task asked again of every member of the Pallottine family.
During the Assembly the following topics were dealt with: Identity- theological, spiritual and pastoral revisions of the UAC in order to find a clearer identity of our association in the Church; Formation- develop a more efficient strategy of formation; organisation of the GCC and UAC General Secretariat; evaluation of the General Statutes; economic management and transparent gathering of funds; the function of the NCC; nature and function of the Local Co-Ordination Council (LCC); specifying of apostolic and missionary areas; role of the Core Communities in the promotion of the Charism; declaration of the policy on Child Protection.
The Assembly elected a new General Co-Ordination Council:
Ex ufficio: Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC; Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC; Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC
Elected: Sr. Salete Cargnin CSAC- Brazil; Fr. Jeremiah Murphy, SAC – Ireland; Fr. Stanisław Stawicki, SAC Poland
Ms. Donatella Acerbi – Italy, Laywoman; Ms. Cheryl Sullivan – Australia, Consecrated Laywoman; Fr. Frank Donio, SAC – USA; Mr. Marek Kalka – Poland, Married Layman; Ms. Sonia Saldana – India, Married Laywoman; Sr. Marta Lohi, SAC – Tanzania; Fr. Eugene Niyonzima, SAC – Rwanda/DRC
Substitutes: Mr. Corrado Montaldo – Italy, Layman; Sr. Stella Marotta, CSAC – Italy; Sr. Bożena Olszewska, SAC – Italy
The new President of the GCC will be elected at the first meeting of the new General Coordination Council. The meeting concluded with the Holy Mass presided over by the current President of the GCC Fr. Jeremiah Murphy, SAC.
The annual meeting of the General Coordination Council of Union - March 2015
The annual meeting of the General Coordination Council of the Union will take place from March 27th to 31st, 2015 in Via Ferrari, Rome, during which time a new President and Vice President of the Union will be elected and issues pertaining to the life and apostolate of the entire Union will be addressed, particularly those emerging from the recent General Assembly in January. We ask you to keep this important meeting in your prayers, that it may be a true Cenacle experience of the inspiration and transformation of the Spirit of God.
L'incontro annuale del Consiglio di Coordinamento Generale dell'Unione si svolgerà dal 27-31 marzo 2015 a Via Ferrari, Roma, durante il quale verrà eletti un nuovo Presidente e Vice Presidente dell'Unione e questioni relative alla vita e apostolato di tutta l'Unione saranno affrontate, in particolare quelle emergenti dall'Assemblea Generale recente nel mese di gennaio. Vi chiediamo di tenere presente nelle vostre preghiere questo importante incontro, che possa essere una vera esperienza Cenacolo dell'ispirazione e della trasformazione dello Spirito di Dio.
Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals - 2014
The 83rd Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals was held from 28-30 May 2014 at Salesianum, Rome, with the participation of about 100 Superior Generals from all over the world. The theme of the Assembly was "Awaken the World: The Religious in the Mission of the Church Today" (Svegliate il mondo: I religiosi nella missione della Chiesa oggi). (Read more)
Inauguration of First Pallottine Formation House in Philippines
The First Pallottine Formation House in Philippines was blessed and inaugurated on July 22, 2014. Most Rev. Vincent M. Navarra officiated the Holy Eucharist and blessed the house and Rector General Very Rev. Jacob Nampudakam presided over the Inauguration rites. He was assited by Very Rev. Shanti Panna, Provincial of Khrist Jyothi Province, India, Very Rev. Peter Sticco, Provincial of Immaculate Conception Province, USA and Very Rev. Eugene San, Regional Superior of Mary Queen of the World, Australia.(Read more)
THE JOY OF CONSECRATION XV symposium of the Pallotti Institute in Poland April 25th to 26th 2015
A Symposium organised by the Pallotti Institute took place in Kostancin-Jeziorna in Poland from April 25th to 26th 2015. It is already the fifteenth time that
the members of the Pallottine Family and friends and supporters of St. Vincent, gathered in the Mission Promotion Centre (House of the Pallottine Priests and Brothers) to deepen their knowledge
of the person of the Saint and of the Pallottine charism. More than 150 people participated in the symposium (Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and Denmark). The theme, “The joy of consecration”,
was chosen for the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life.
Fr. Mariusz Małkiewicz SAC, director of the Pallotti Institute in Poland and rector of the community of Konstancin, welcomed the participants.(Read More)
Meeting of UAC Commission at Maria Rani centre in India
UAC Commission, under the leadership of Fr. Antony Roswan SAC, held a whole day meeting along with the Provincial, Local Rectors and animators of UAC at Maria Rani Centre, Trivandrum on September 3, 2014. A few interested members were also specially invited for the meeting. All together 8 members attended the meeting. The main agenda of the meeting was creation of UAC Profile for our Province and planning ahead for three years. Very Rev. Fr. Varghese Pullan SAC, the Provincial, addressed the meeting and appreciated the UAC commission for taking their responsibility with due seriousness. He told that the Provincial Administration wants to empower all Commissions and Local Rectors so that they can actively involved in the life and development of the Province. UAC Commission along with other 8 Commissions is an advisory body to help the Administration by providing innovative ways and means to make the whole body of our Province active. After the Provincial’s address, the reports of the different UAC units of the Province were read out. It was followed by presentation of a paper to assist the creation of UAC Profile for our province and plan ahead for three years by Fr. Joshi. After studious consideration of various suggestions and ideas provided by the members the meeting finally came out with a UAC Profile for the Province to be sent to the Provincial Administration for the approval. Issues related to the promotion and strengthening of UAC units were also taken up for discussion. The last session was devoted to choking out action plans for UAC for three years. Fr. Antony Roswan, the President of the UAC Commission thanked the Provincial and others present for their active participation in the deliberations that manifested their love for the Charism, conviction about UAC and commitment to propagate it.
XIV SIMPOSIO DELL’ISTITUTO PALLOTTI IN POLONIA Tema: FAMIGLIA. UNITI NELL’AMORE
Dal 29 al 30 novembre 2014 a Kostancin-Jeziorna si è tenuto un nuovo simposio dell’Istituto Pallotti. E’ già la quattordicesima volta che i membri della famiglia pallottina, amici e simpatizzanti di San Vincenzo, si sono riuniti nel Centro di Animazione Missionaria (Casa dei padri Pallottini) per approfondire la conoscenza della persona del Santo e del carisma pallottino. Hanno partecipato oltre 200 persone. Un folto gruppo di ospiti proveniva dall’Ucraina (oltre 20 persone). Nell’incontro hanno partecipato anche i superiori maggiori delle comunità pallottine e i membri del CCN UAC. Il tema: “Famiglia. Uniti nell’amore” , è stato scelto in occasione della chiusura della III Assemblea Generale Straordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi sulla famiglia (5-19 ottobre 2014) e della XIV Assemblea ordinaria del Sinodo dei Vescovi programmata per l'anno prossimo (4-25 ottobre 2015). (Read more)