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Let us pray for our deceased members Print
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  • Fr. Franz Josef Haid (CJ), Germany, born on 26.12.1929; First Consecration on 25.04.1954; Priestly Ordination on 20.07.1958; died on 14.08.2014.
  • Fr. Patrick Murray (IR), Ireland, born on 11.11.1931; First Consecration on 12.09.1957; Priestly Ordination on 21.12.1959; died on 16.08.2014.
  • Fr. Stanisław Sarnicki (PN), Poland, born on 30.09.1933; First Consecration on 08.09.1954; Priestly Ordination on 04.06.1961; died on 17.08.2014.
 
Study Week on the theme “The Life of Pallotti: certainties and doubts" Print

The Study Week on the theme “The Life of Pallotti: certainties and doubts was held from July 7-11, 2014 in the “Cenacle” Centre, via Giuseppe Ferrari, Rome. In total, 34 people participated, including those responsible for the Pallotti Institutes in the various geographical areas (Brazil, Cameroon, Germany, India, Italy, Poland), the members of the Historical Commission of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and representatives of the Pallottine communities.

During the course of the Study Week, Themes around a deeper study of Pallotti’s thought on the apostolate and of his relationship with the figures of his time were examined during the course of the week. Much historical information regarding the life of Pallotti was provided, which may give useful indications for further research. The Study Week was a time of intense work and very useful for knowing many details regarding Pallotti’s life.

Speakers came from the Pallottine family and also from religious communities spiritually connected to Pallotti’s charism: Fr. Vito Del Prete PIME (General Secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union), Fr. Marcelo Raul Zubia CR (Theatines), Fr. Claudio Massimiliano Papa IC (Rosminians). The material from the Study Week will be disseminated through publishing the Acts in digital format.

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Meeting of those responsible for the Pallotti Institutes Print

Direttori-Istituti-Pallotti-2014The meeting of those responsible for the Pallotti Institutes of the various language areas took place in Rome on July 12, 2014. The participants were: Jan Kupka SAC (Rome); Serenella Morandotti (Rome); Vanderlei Cargnin SAC (Brazil); Hervé Pascal Okolong SAC (Cameroon); Ulrich Scherer SAC (Germany); Mathew Kanjiramkalayil SAC (India); Mariusz Małkiewicz SAC (Poland). The meeting was planned to coincide with the Study Week, in which all of the above participated.

The Rector General Jacob Nampudakam SAC spoke at the beginning, greeting all of those responsible for the Pallotti Institutes and expressed gratitude for their dissemination of Pallotti’s thought. After a brief updating regarding the activities of the various Pallotti Institutes, the work to be carried out in the future was planned. The Pallotti Institutes will work on composing the detailed chronology of Pallotti’s life in which events will be indicated with reference to the sources. The proposal to collaborate in a common project with the publication of a short, popular, informative biography of Saint Vincent Pallotti in various languages was discussed.

The next meeting of those responsible for Pallotti Institutes will take place in Rome from June 23-25, 2015.

 
Let us pray for our deceased Confreres Print
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  • Fr. Antônio Soldera (SM), Brazil, born on 21.07.1918; First Consecratin on 16.10.1943; Priestly Ordination on 27.12.1947; died on 13.07.2014.
  • Fr. Oswald Scheuermann (CH), Switzerland, born on 11.12.1921; First Consecratin on 15.09.1945; Priestly Ordination on 02.04.1949; died on 15.07.2014.
 
Annual Meeting of the Historical Commission Print

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The members of the SAC Historical Commission came together for their annual meeting from July 3rd-5th at the Cenacle centre in Rome. Frs. Mariano Pinasco (IR.AR- President), Martin Manus SAC (General Consultor and reference person on the General Council), Joao Battista Quaini (SM), James Anchukandathil (NA), Aloyse Kisito Essono (CN) and Piotr Belczowski (WA) participated.

At the beginning of the meeting the new historical research was presented and in  particular the 2nd volume of the History of the Church in the Amazon/Brazil, written by our confrere Fr Celestino Ceretta (SM) that includes also the engagement of the Pallottines in this region. Fr Aloyse is preparing, at this time, a biography on the first Bishop in Cameroon, Fr Heinrich Vieter, on the occasion on the 100th anniversary of his death that occurs in 2014. He also informed the historical commission members of the events and celebrations that will occur in Cameroon. Among other things he spoke of the convention that will take place in Yaoundé in September 2014. Another jubilee that occurs this year is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Schoenstatt movement.

The commission members then examined the condition of the SAC historical manual. At this time almost all the contributions are ready and in a short time can proceed to the final compiling of the text. An important theme in the meeting was the elaboration of the list of historical houses in the Society (cf. Decree n.5 of the XX General Assembly)The following questions were also dealt with: the book of the dead, 'in memoriam', the memory of the Argentine Pallottine martyrs and the history reference personnel in our Provinces/Regions.

The next meeting of the Historical Commission is planned for August 2015 in Mysore, India coinciding with three days historical formation for our students on the topic, 'The missionary and apostolic impetus of the SAC in our history'.

The meeting was conducted in a most fraternal and serene atmosphere thanks to the optimum hospitality of the confreres at the 'Cenacle' centre and in a particular way to the Provincial, Fr. Nicola Gallucci.
 
Mons. Jonhannes Jobst (CJ) Print

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On July 5, 2014, died in Patsch in Tyrol our confrere, Bishop John Jobst SAC. He was 94 years old, 73 years Pallottine, 64 years priest and 55 years bishop.

John Jobst was born in Frankenberg, community Brennberg (Oberpfalz) on February 4, 1920, oldest in a family of 13 girls and boys. The family liked to visit the nearby Pallottine House in Hofstetten (Falkenstein). The young Johannes was impressed by the joy that radiated especially the brothers in their work in agriculture. He heard of the missions of the Community and of the Minor Seminary in Freising and he decided to join the Pallottines. There he began in 1931 his secondary education, which he completed in Oberlahnstein 1939 with the graduation. In October 1939 he began his novitiate in Olpe, Westphalia, together with 32 candidates. On September 28, 1941, he made ​​his first profession and was then drafted into the army. After the war he continued his studies, and on July 9, 1950 he was ordained priest.

Together with other Pallottines, missionaries returning to Australia after their home-leave, four newly ordained priests, among them Fr. John Jobst, left by ship from Genoa and arrived on April 5 at the port of Fremantle. His first stay in Beagle Bay in the northwest of the continent, where 1901 the Pallottine Mission among the aborigines had started. But this stay did not last long – he was called to start the Novitiate for our Community in Sydney. There he was taken by surprise by his nomination as bishop, responsible for the Kimberley. Once it was said that the mission of the Oblates among the Eskimos in Canada and the mission of the Pallottines among the Aborigines in Australia were the two most difficult missions in the Church. From 1959 - 1995 he was the good shepherd of the people entrusted to his care. Since his diocese had the size of France he made the necessary training and exams to become himself a pilot. He realized that the integration of the aboriginies – neglected by the Australian government for centuries – could not succeed without schools. And he was lucky in getting Sisters Congregation accepting his invitation and opening schools.

The Second Vatican Council was a fulfilling of his dreams: a new vision of mission, a new vision of liturgy. Now the sacraments could be celebrated in a language the people understood. And at the Council a lasting connection with another Bavarian, Joseph Ratzinger, started. With 75 year he resigned, stayed first in Perth, and in the year 2000 he returned to Europe, living close to Innsbruck, Austria. The last years his health deteriorated and on July 5, 2014, he died - the last German-speaking bishop who attended Vatican Council II.
 
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