We Are A Mission
 

ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI: 

BE HOLY 

RADICALLY LIVE THE GOSPEL. HOW PALLOTTINES AROUND THE WORLD ARE PURSUING JESUS' MISSION IN THE PERIPHERIES. 

 

BE A MISSION

"I want to see you rich and wealthy with the treasures of the Divinity, I want to see you totally transformed in God in order to make you the most useful minister of the Gospel."

Twice a month, we share the stories of Pallottine missionaries across the globe.

Be Featured

2018 World Day of the Poor

Fr. General Jacob Nampudakam writes in honor of Pope Francis’ spirit-inspired initiative.

BE UNITED

Around the clock updates from the lives of Pallottines in 56 countries.

Kenya to Tanzania: Journey of the Youth!

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“indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.”
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21 November • Nairobi, Kenya/ Arusha/Siuyu, Tanzania

As Pope Francis said in his homily on World Day of the Poor, Jesus’ disciples “make their way traveling light, ready to leave momentary glories behind, careful not to cling to fleeting goods. Christians know that their homeland is elsewhere.” This is exactly what Fr. Steven Lwebuga SAC, of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nairobi, Kenya, taught the youth of his parish during their travels to St. Vincent Pallotti Children’s Rehabilitation Center.


Brazilian Youth:
I’m Pallottine, I’m a Volunteer

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"[volunteering] is the most beautiful service we can give as missionary disciples. To prepare the way so that all people may know, meet and love the Lord. I say: May you always be generous with God and with others: one loses nothing thereby, but gains great enrichment in life.”
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21 November • Santa Maria, Brazil

“I’m Pallottine, I’m a volunteer” is a project that was born in 2010 at the high school segment of Our Lady of Fatima College, in Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. Part of the Pallottine Sisters, the initiative emerged as a mission for the youth to fulfill St. Vincent Pallotti’s words: the proof of love is action! In turn, our young people would find a greater depth to their being, and become aware of their social responsibility as citizens; making Brazil a better place beginning today, not tomorrow.


Pallottine Students Feed 240 Families

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“And this is the road Jesus tells us to take: to go up to God and to come down to our brothers and sisters.
He tears us away from grazing undisturbed in the comfortable meadows of life, from living a life of ease amid little daily pleasures. His disciples are not meant for the carefree calm of a normal life.
Like Jesus, they make their way traveling light, ready to leave momentary glories behind, careful not to cling to fleeting goods.”
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19 November • Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, Pennsauken, New Jersey

When we help the poor, we become servants of the poor; a most noble mission, as Jesus Himself says we will be judged by what we “do to the least of our brethren.”  Indeed, it is this mission that the high-school students at Bishop Eustace Prep- founded by the Pallottine Fathers in 1954- are living. Putting actions to words, these teenagers fed over 240 families during the American Thanksgiving holiday; which also runs parallel to Pope Francis’ initiative, World Day of the Poor.

Children’s Day in India!

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“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven’”
Matthew 19:14

14 November • India

As Fr. General Jacob Nampudakam would say, “make a child smile again!” On 14 November, India celebrates National Children’s Day. The date is not perchance; it’s also the birthday of the country’s first Prime Minister after gaining its independence, Jawaharlal Nehru. He emphasized the importance of giving affection and attention to the little ones, and hence in return was fondly recognized by them; garnering the nickname Chaha Nehru, or Uncle Nehru!

To see photos and videos of our Indian Pallottine Family celebrating the special day, read more!

Himalayan Mothers Retreat

“I like to think that God created woman so that all of us would have a mother”
Pope Francis

13 November • Yachuli, Arunachal Pradesh, India

In India’s far northeast, the Pallottine Parish Mary, Help of Christians hosted a 4-day women’s convention for the mothers of its Church. Nearly 200 participated, where the wisdom of the elders, and the sweetness of the youth, synchronized with the Spirit! As Pope Francis once said in his homily, “this is God’s great gift: He gave us woman. A woman is harmony, she is poetry, she is beauty… and without her, the world would be less harmonious.”

Exam Time Around the World

“Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation of grace in the soul.”
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12 November • St. Vincent Pallotti School, Rwanda

#PrayerIntention! All around the world, students are preparing for their exams! At St. Vincent Pallotti Nursey and Primary School in Maska, Rwanda, Monday brought mathematics! With 900 students total, let us keep our holy Founder’s spiritual children in our special prayers this week.

Thank You! Grazie! Merci! Danke!

“I felt humbled to receive such an honour and kindness from all of you. It is also a great manifestation of the goodness and magnanimity of the heart of each one of you.” 

10 November • Rome, Italy

Fr. Jacob’s letter of gratitude to each and every one of you, who wished him a most special 38th priestly ordination anniversary!

The Feast of the Pope’s Cathedral:
Where Pallotti Was Ordained Priest

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“Upon entering the churches, all should be impressed as if they were entering into paradise.”
St. Vincent Pallotti

9 November • Rome, Italy
The Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

St. John Lateran: The world’s first Christian basilica.
The Cathedral of Rome- and hence the seat of its Bishop- was home to the Popes for a thousand years, until moving to the Vatican in the fourteenth century.
Commissioned by Constantine- the city’s first Christian emperor- it also served as a most sacred place to our holy Founder. He prayed there often during his youth, it was where the Cardinal Vicar conferred the Order of the Diaconate upon him, and 200 years ago, where he was ordained priest. Thus, 16 May, 2018, the Pallottine Family celebrated his bicentenary anniversary where the city’s Saint began his ministry.

Upon This Rock:
Foundation Stone In The Himalayas

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“Being for God and His people – here is the essence of our being!”
Fr. Jacob nampudakam

8 November • Siyum, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Life is a pilgrimage rooted in the words, “go forth;” or as Pope Francis would say in Italian, “uscire!” The dreamers are not only those who are merely youthful in age, but also those who have a youthful heart. Here is the very tale of our own Fr. Augustine Kolencherry SAC, who in his mid-seventies, left for the Pallottine Mission of Arunachal Pradesh, located in the Himalayas. In what seemed like an improbable mission, it has turned into one of the Epiphany of the Lord Province’s (Nagpur, India) most flourishing projects for God. Now, Fr. Thomas KP SAC has placed a foundation stone in Siyum, as the foundation for the new St. Vincent Pallotti School building.

Taiwan’s Pallottine Family Journeys to Its Founder

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“This is my prayer for Taiwan:
Go forth. Courage. Give all that you have. And the good Lord will reward you a hundredfold.”
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7 November • Rome, Italy

9,700 km separate St. Vincent Pallotti’s spiritual sons and daughters of Taiwan to where his incorruptible lies peacefully upon the altar of Ss. Salvatore, Rome. If the country of our pilgrims is known as the “Land of Smiles,” then their holy cheerfulness- a Christian’s most distinctive characteristic according to our Founder!- is a most living testament to it!
They celebrated the blessings of being in Rome with Holy Mass at the Church of St. Vincent, celebrated by their shepherd Fr. Anthony John SAC, and concelebrated by Rector General Jacob Nampudakam, and Fr. Norbert Sequira.

Khrist Jyothi Province Celebrates Its Feast!

“I plead with you- never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, never become discouraged. Be not afraid!
St. John Paul II

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7 November • Raipur, India
Khrist Jyothi Province

A Brief Timeline…
25 July 1951: German missionary Fr. Lorenz Scheu was appointed Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Raipur
2 February 1952: Fr. Hunold was entrusted to the Kutela Mission
March 1953: Fr. Joseph Strittmatter- carpenter and engineer- came to assist the missionaries; in which the foundation found its strength!

However, such strength did not mean its construction was free of winds and stormy weather. In 1954, the Fathers were advised to abandon the mission and return home. The missionaries refused; for any project in service of God and His people will eventually succeed. In 2018 alone, there were 12 ordained priests, amongst the Province’s 14 homes for children, 23 schools, and 82 Pallottine Fathers.

The Silver Jubilee in Arunachal Pradesh

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“MAY THE JUBILEE BRING US ALL CLOSER TO GOD’S GOODNESS AND LOVE!”
POPE FRANCIS

Kodak, Arunachal Pradesh • India

In Arunachal Pradesh, India’s far northeast state- whose border lies much closer to China than its own country’s inland- St. Francis of Xavier Church celebrated it’s Silver Jubilee! 400 were present to joyfully give thanks for its 25th birthday, which began with a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Thomas SAC, & 5 other Pallottine Fathers.

Mission Tanzania:
150 Years of Jesus’ Gospel

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“Faith is God’s precious gift… a gift not reserved for the few but offered with generosity. Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation!”
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4 November • Tanzania, East Africa

4 November marks 150 years of Catholic Evangelization in Tanzania, East Africa. Of this century and a half, 85 of these years were marked with the Pallottine presence; in which St. Vincent’s spirit greatly shaped Catholicism as it is seen today.
With 9 Pallottine parishes, a rehabilitation center, schools, and a formation house for postulancy and philosophy, Fr. Allan Bukenya SAC recounts the celebration, and days past.

Rwanda’s Pallottine Cup!

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“Lord Jesus Christ, Help these athletes to be your friends and witnesses to your love!  help them to achieve a harmonious and cohesive unity of body and soul!”
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3o October 2018 • Kinoni Parish, Rwanda

On 28 October, the Union of the Catholic celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a Holy See approved International Public Association of the faithful. In its honor, the Pallottine Fathers of Rwanda organized a soccer competition for the youth of their flock!


“Let them come to Me”:
The Sacraments Across 3 Continents

“Jesus Christ loves you, He gave his life to save you, and now He is living at your side everyday to enlighten, strengthen, and free you.
Pope Francis

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24 October • Siberia, South Africa, Peru, & Cuba

To the question, “why mission?”, the answer becomes evermore beautiful when the graces of the sacraments are conferred upon the missionary’s flock! Across 3 continents and 4 countries, the Pallottine Fathers welcomed new people into the Church in Siberia, administered First Holy Communion in Peru and South Africa, and Baptized all ages of the faithful in Cuba.

The Saint’s Address

“Recognize Christ’s face in everyone.
This is what st. vincent pallotti did”
- St. john paul ii

22 October • Rome, Italy

On the Feast of St. John Paul II, we remember his address to the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers on October 6, 1998. A great pope, only naturally continuing his mission as a great saint.
Thank you, JPII!

Live The Mission. Be the Mission.
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“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force. On razed land life breaks through, stubbornly yet invincibly. Each day in our world beauty is born anew, it rises transformed through the storms of history.”
(Evangelii Gaudium, 276)

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22 October • Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

On World Mission Day, the Pallottine Fathers & Brothers opened a new mission in the capital city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. If, as our holy Founder says, it is love that brings Jesus to wherever there is want and need, then may this infectious love revitalize the faith.

GOAL!

PELE, RONALDO, PALLOTTI

“Dear Young Sportsmen!
Continue to give the best of yourselves in sports competitions! But I also say to you: be good citizens in family and social life, and even more, be good Christians, who are able to give a superior meaning to life, in such a way as to be able to put into practice what the Apostle Paul said about athletes to Christians of his time: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it … They (athletes) do it to receive a perishable wealth, but we an imperishable (1 Cor 9:24-25).” St. John Paul II

Over the weekend, our holy Founder’s young soccer squad from the St. Vincent Pallotti Social and Cultural Center participated in Brazil’s Football Festival, held at Santa Marta College.

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