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Sunday, 17th of May

This afternoon Sr. Izabela introduced the new President for the Union of Catholic Apostolate:  Donatella Accerbi.  She is the first lay person to been elected.

She has been involved with the Pallottines since the 1970’s and is imbued with the spirit of St. Vincent.  She continues to be a member of the Fifth Dimension (Quinta Dimensione).

Reflection:  Ephesians 4: 1-6  Unity of the Spirit

Here are key points from her talk.

  • Before we were created, we were called to be Pallottines.
  • Desire is so fundamental and if we do not desire unity, it will not happen.
  • The structures will change because they are only instruments to make Christ visible.  What does not change is the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti:  ONE.  This is my most urgent and demanding quest and thirst—to be in communion as the title of our family says.  It is not a very easy task.
  • In particular, women, are called to rediscover and announce with our own life the face of God—a merciful face.
  • This is a process that must be developed in terms of cooperation. I hope that everyone has the desire to be together and the vision that God gave to Vincent Pallotti.
  • Our formation as Union is formed and is centered around four pillars:  Spiritual, Intellectual, Communitarian, Apostolic.

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* Our Way of Life *

 

"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)