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Let us pray for our deceased Confreres Print
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  • Fr. Charles Nirmal Kujur (RA), India, born on 19.11.1968; First Consecration on  31.05.1990; Priestly Ordination on 14.05.1999; died on 19.10.2014 in a car accident.
  • Fr. Prakash Tigga  (RA), India, born on 29.12.1974; First Consecration on 31.05.1996; Priestly Ordination on 27.04.2004; died on 19.10.2014 in a car accident.
  • Fr. Józef Dąbrowski (PN), Poland, born on 20.08.1936; First Consecration on 08.09.1957; Priestly Ordination on16.06.1966; died on 6.10.2014.
 
Third meeting organised by the St. V. Pallotti Institute Print

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The friends of St Vincent Pallotti came together on Thursday 9th October at 5 p.m. in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda to pray as well as to deepen the theme, “Pallotti formator of lay women”. It was the third of the Study & Formation meetings organised by the St Vincent Pallotti Institute in 2014.

The reflection on the reports of Vincent Pallotti with lay women was given by Donna Orsuto, Professor of Spirituality at the Gregorian Pontifical University. Her talk-divided in three parts- dealt with the history  as well as the subject. Calling to mind the thought of Pope Francis on active participation of the laity in the mission of the Church (cf. Evangelii Gaudium nn. 102-103). Donna Orsuto maintained that the scant feminine presence in the Church is due to two reasons: the absence of female formation and excessive clericalism.

Appropriately Vincent Pallotti with his apostolic activity and vision of the Church has left us proposals on how to overcome these two obstacles. With a brief presentation of some lay women who worked with Pallotti (Marchioness Longhi, princess Borghese, Antonia Bronzini, Elisabetta Cozzoli, Elisabetta Sanna, Marianna Allemand, Anna Maria Taigi) emerge indications for the formation of lay women. Pallotti actually invited them to collaboration in their apostolic works, but indicated to them the areas in which they could develop the evangelical mission. He had a great faithfulness in the women and recommended them to embrace with prayer all needs both human and of the Church. That which is most striking was his ardent requests which he addressed to the lay women to pray for him and for his apostolic tasks.
 
XI Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors Print

Congresso-Consultivo-2014The XI Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors of the Society was held from 5-11 October 2014 at St. Vincent Pallotti Spirituality Centre, Grottaferrata, Rome. The participants included the eight members of the General Administration, thirteen Provincial Rectors and seven Regional Rectors from all over the world. The sessions were moderated by Fr. John Kelly (IR) and Fr. Piotr Krakowiak (PN). Together with the Secretaries, translators and technical assistant, a total number of thirty six members present at this event.

Following the spirit of the XX General Assembly, the present Congress reflected on these words of St. Vincent Pallotti: “The fundamental rule of our Congregation is the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (OOCC III, 40). These words of St. Paul affirmed further the main theme: “For not one of us lives for himself…for if we live, we live for the Lord…” (Rom. 14, 7-8). The main theme was presented by our confrere – bishop Mons Julio Akamine. His deep spiritual reflections as well as his very presence were a joyful and enriching experience for all the participants.

The Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam presented his reflections, titled “The Joy of being Pallottine”, touching not only the various aspects of the life and apostolate of the Society but also offering an optimistic view for the future development of the Society by being faithful to our charism and by strengthening the spirit of collaboration within the entire Society.

Based on the reports received from the Major Superiors in preparation for the Congress, the following specific themes were presented during the subsequent days: Collaboration in the Society (Fr. Adam Golec), Signs of the time and our response (Fr. Martin Manus), Commitment to formation as a response to the challenges of our consecrated life (Fr. Francesco Harelimana), New strategies for the missions (Fr. Jean Betrand), Financial transparency (Fr. Gerry Dwyer), Continental Meetings (Fr. Jeremiah Murphy), Juridical questions (Fr. Vitaliy Gorbatykh) and Aging in community (Fr. Helmut Scharler). In the light of the deliberations of the entire week, the participants formulated also a number of proposals as orientations for the future course of action.

Before concluding the Congress, an evaluation was done of every aspect of the Congress. The participants were almost unanimous in stating that the entire event was conducted in a very fraternal, orderly and serene atmosphere. In his concluding remarks the Rector General thanked all the participants, the co-operators and the Italian Province of Queen of Apostles and said that three key challenges could be taken along from this Congress: our fidelity to Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, discovering more profoundly the “hidden treasure” of the spiritual patrimony of St. Vincent Pallotti and our commitment to the spirit of collaboration at all levels in our Society. During the concluding Mass in honour of Mary, Queen of Apostles, the Rector General reminded the participants once again that our Pallottine life and apostolate meant finally entering into, remaining in and going forth from the Cenacle, as intended by our holy Founder.


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The Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors 2014 Print

The Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors is progressing very well with the active participation of all the members. We have been reflecting on various aspects of the life of the Society like collaboration. formation, mission and apostolate.

On 8th October 2014, we participated at the General Audience of Pope Francis. The Holy Father greeted the Pallottines. Our confrere/bishop Mons Julio Akamine met the Pope personally during the Audience and conveyed the greetings of the Pallottines. The outing ended with a visit to the Sanctuary of Divine Love in the outskirts of Rome.

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XI Consultative Congress - 6 October Print

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The XI Consultative Congress  of the Major Superiors of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate was officially opened today, 6th October 2014, by Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam.

It was followed by the conference by our confrere,  Mons Julio Akamine, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St.Paul, Brazil. He reflected on the main theme of the Congress: 'The fundamental rule of our Congregation is the life of our Lord Jesus Christ'.

In the afternoon, the Rector General spoke on the theme, 'The joy of being Pallottine' with the help of fifteen important topics connected to the life and mission of the Society in today's world. After the presentation of the conferences, there was always discussion in the groups followed by plenum. The opening day was concluded with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Mons. Julio Akamine.

 
XI Consultative Congress of the Society Print

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The Major Superiors of the Society of  the Catholic Apostolate are gathered together at St.Vincent Spirituality  Centre, Grottaferrata, Rome, for the XI Consultative Congress of the Society.  The Congress will start tomorrow morning,  6th October 2014. All the members of  the Society as well as  the Pallottine Family are invited  to pray for the success of this event. May the Holy Spirit guide and illumine us during tthe entire Congress.

 
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