The program included several celebrations:
▪ On May 15, 2018, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, there was a solemn celebration, at the same church, where two hundred years ago our Founder had received his priestly ordination. The pallottine Family gathered in great number at 3 p.m. in the Basilica, to thank the Lord in Eucharistic adoration for His multifold graces. Subsequently, at 5 pm, the Vicar of the Holy Father for the Diocese of Rome, Mons. Angelo De Donatis, presided over the Holy Mass.
With joy we wish to inform, that the Italian original of Sr. Stella Holisz's - former Superior General´s book titled Maria, Regina Degli Apostoli negli scritti di San Vincenzo Pallotti (1996) was translated to English and recently printed.
I am glad that today we are sowing seeds on a fertile ground of Pallotine studies about Pallotti as the spiritual director of the Sisters. The subject is unique for several reasons which also determine the structure of this speech.
First of all we will have to face a general question about a man. Who is he? What is the source of his existence and the ultimate goal of his life? This concerns the concept of a person according to Pallotti. This search for an adequate and complete picture of man is an indispensable condition for answering the question of what was the spiritual direction taken by Pallotti. What were its sources, methods and means? Second of all, the topic sets the direction of reflection on the sacramental/ontic and functional/social identity of Pallotti as a priest. What does Pallotti say about himself, leading so many Sisters from various religious congregations and traditions? Third of all, who were these Sisters with whom Pallotti had spiritual, paternal ties? And fourth of all, the topic has some hopes for a preliminary reconstruction of Pallotti's ministry as the spiritual director of the Sisters. Although, of course, I do not include here the whole political, social and religious context.
We foster unity among Christians and avoid all that hinders the spirit of ecumenism. (Our Way of Life, 204)
The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." (Exodus 15:6).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21)