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Message from the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly of the Union of Catholic Apostolate

Authentic Apostles of Jesus Christ in the Church and the world today

John Paul II (cf. General Statutes p. 12)

At the beginning of this Jubilee Year of the 50th Anniversary of Saint Vincent Pallotti’s canonisation we, the members of the 3rd Ordinary General Assembly of the Union of Catholic Apostolate, representing our sisters and brothers in the Union throughout the world, came to the Cenacle of the San Vincenzo Pallotti Spirituality Centre in Grottaferrata, Rome, to pray, to listen, to share and to work together as one family for the infinite glory of God.

It gave us great joy to hear in the NCC reports how the idea and the charism of Vincent Pallotti are spreading throughout the world. We are conscious that the Union is like a seed that is growing according to the needs and the culture of each of our realities. We have experienced its unifying force among lay people, sisters, brothers, priests, old and young working together.

We called on the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us the wind and fire of Pentecost for our times, to re-energize and re-enflame our spirits, enabling us to be Authentic Apostles of Jesus Christ in the Church and in the world today (cf. GS p. 12, Teachings of John Paul II, 9/1 [1986], p. 1899), truly open to the call of the Church to participate wholeheartedly in the “New Evangelisation”. One of the biggest obstacles to this New Evangelisation is the risk of us getting too comfortable in the Cenacle. We desire, like the Apostles before us, to leave the Upper Room in order to respond to the challenges of the 21st century which hungers for God, for God’s truth, for God’s love and for a living experience of the spirituality of communion. In this spirit, we are all called to allow ourselves to be transformed and so to become transforming; to search for and commit ourselves to new and creative initiatives which give expression to new forms of apostolate that meet the needs of our time.

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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)