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Celebrations on the Occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Mons. Heinrich Vieter Print
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The year 2014 is of particular importance for the Pallottine family as well as for the Catholic Church in Cameroon, because this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Mons Heinrich Vieter, great Pallottine missionary and first Bishop of Cameroon. Mons Vieter is considered by the Cameroon faithful as the 'Father of the Faith' because he himself, along with his confreres and Pallottine sisters, implanted the Catholic Faith in this African country. Therefore the Holy Trinity Region and the Archdiocese of Yaoundé in the first week of November organised a series of celebrations and conferences to record the life and work of Mons. Vieter.

On Monday November 3rd, there was a solemn Mass celebrated at the tomb of Mons Vieter presided by the Bishop of Maroua- Mokolo, Mons Bruno Ateba SAC. That this event was presided by a Pallottine Bishop nominated this very year was a cause of great joy for all the Pallottine family.

On the following day, Tuesday 4th November a spiritual pilgrimage occurred to the places of Mons Vieter, on Mvolye hill at Yaoundé, where is found to this very day, among others the first Cathedral and the ancient Episcopal seat.

From November 5th-7th a symposium was organised on the theme: 'Mons Vieter: a gust of Pentecost on Cameroon'. In the various talks were recorded: the biography of Mons Vieter, his life, his historical- social and ecclesial context; the important role of the Pallottines and the Pallottine missionary sisters for the growth of the mission and finally the standing of the Beatification process for this great messenger of Faith. The Apostolic Nuncio in Cameroon & Equatorial Guinea, Mons Piero Pioppo, the Archbishop of Yaoundé Mons Jean Mbarga, the German Ambassador Dr Klaus- Ludwig Keferstein were present along with many Bishops, religious and  civil dignitaries.  Fr Martin Manus SAC, General Consultor participated on behalf of the General Council. The concluding Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of Yaoundé, presided over by Archbishop Jean Mbarga.

All the celebrations occurred in a climate of joy and thanksgiving for this great Pallottine missionary and for his works that, after many sacrifices, especially during the initial phase of the mission, have brought great fruits to the Church and to the Pallottine family.

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Let us pray for our deceased Confreres Print
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  • Fr. Leonardo D'Angelone (IT), Italy, born on 23.10.1938; First Consecration on 29.09.1964; Priestly Ordination on 28.06.1970; died on 08.11.2014.
  • Fr. Karl Josef Vogel (CJ), Germany, born on 26.03.1933; First Consecration on 25.04.1961; Priestly Ordination on 18.07.1965; died on 31.10.2014.

 

 
Annual Meeting of the Economic Commission Print

Commissione_Economica_2014The Economic Commission of our Society had its annual meeting from November 4 – 6, 2014 at the Generalate, Rome, to discuss about important aspects of the financial administration.

The Commission was headed by Fr. Gerald Dwyer, the General bursar, along with the members Fr. Reinaldo Picolotto (SP), Fr. Jean Pierre Nsabimana (SF), Fr. Thomas Plawny (WA), Fr. Joseph Neendukunnel (NA), Fr. Rainer Schneiders (CJ), Fr. Norbert Sequeira (Rome). Fr. Denis Njouongouo (CN) was invited as the observer.

Apart from examining and scrutinizing the statements of accounts from all the Provinces/Regions they also studied and discussed on the recent circular letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated life and Societies of Apostolic Life: “Guidelines for the Administration of the Assets in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life”, Formation of Bursars, implementation of the manual for the Bursars and suggestions for the forthcoming Major Superior’s Meeting in July 2015.

 
Pope Francis and the Joy of Gospel Print

Pope Francis extended his greetings and blessings to the Pallottine Family twice during the month of October 2014.

Papa-Francesco---Mons.-Julio-AkamineOn 8th October 2014, during the Consultative Congress of the Major Superiors of our Society, Mons. Julio Akamine, our confrere – bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Brazil, extended the greetings of the participants of the Congress to the Holy Father personally during the General Audience. Pope Francis turned towards the group of Pallottines and greeted them, as you can see in the photo.

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On 25th October 2014, the Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam greeted the Holy Father personally during the special audience given to the Schönstatt Movement on the occasion of the centenary celebration of its foundation.

“The Joy of the Gospel” is always present on the face of the Holy Father!
 
Number 34/2014 of the ​periodical 'Apostolato Universale' Print

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At the beginning of November 2014 number 34/2014 of the ​periodical 'Apostolato Universale' was published in digital form by the St Vincent Pallotti Institute, Rome. This edition ​consists of 48 pages.

The theme ​of the formation of women merits ​particular ​attention in this collection of material. Whether in the time of St Vincent Pallotti or in our ​own ​times​,​ feminine figures are ​bearers of a message ​needed ​for a proper evaluation in the area of Christian spirituality and in the life of the Church. Pallotti not only invited women to collaboration in apostolic works, but indicated to them their spheres of evangelical mission. The theme of the formation of lay women is ​examined more deeply in Donna Orsuto​'s​ text​, ​entitled: 'Saint Vincent Pallotti and the formation of lay women' ​featured in this edition. The reflection also contains​valuable pointers for women in the Church and in the Pallottine family today.

​The history section​ features the text of Prof. Jesus-Angel Barreda O.P. which present​s​ the ​relationship of Mons. Rudesindo Salvado OSB with Vincent Pallotti and, in particular, the history of the image of the Lady of Good Counsel, ​given to ​the mission ​of Nuova Norcia in Australia.

The edition is completed with comments ​from the visitors book in the Pallotti museum from ​the year ​2013, with the Pallottine bibliographical review ​for ​July-September 2014 and brief notices on the activities ​of the ​St Vincent Pallotti​ Institute, Rome.

We wish all the friends of Saint Vincent Pallotti ​inspiring reading and invite ​any ​possible suggestions for improving the editing of the magazine.

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St. Paul the Apostle Province (SP) Print

The General Council has approved the final election of the St. Paul the Apostle Province (SP):

  • Fr. José Elias Fadul, Provincial Rector
  • Fr. José Lino Reinaldo Oliveira, First Consultor
  • Fr. Reinaldo Aparecido Picolotto, Consultor
  • Fr. Denilson Geraldo, Consultor
  • Fr. Reinaldo Baggio, Consultor.
The Provincial Council will commence its three year term on January 1st, 2015.
 
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