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On March 1st, the Pallotti Institute in Rome began a new formation year.  On the occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti, a cycle of conferences addresses various aspects of his priesthood. The inaugural lecture under the theme: "Saint Vincent Pallotti - spiritual director of Sisters" was delivered by Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, SAC, General Councilor and a member of the Pallotti Institute.

Our speaker presented the broad context of Pallotti's engagement in spiritual accompaniment. She spoke about the concept of the human person according to Pallotti, mentioning his sources, methods and means in spiritual direction, and named as well a number of Pallotti's penitents. This conference gathered representatives of the three General Councils, Sisters, Priests and Lay members of the Union.

We also were pleasantly surprised by the presence of Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda, SAC. The vivid discussion of the participants showed the value and actuality of the topic today. From our heart we thank Sr. Anna for introducing us to the rich world of our Founder's spiritual culture and for the opening of the conferences in the Jubilee Year.

 

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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)

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