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.

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

“Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow”
A Special Sunday in India’s Pallottine Parish

“God’s law is to aspire to the service of the human person and of his life ennobled in God.
Mankind owes that vow to the innumerable sorrowing host of mothers, widows and orphans who have seen the light, the solace and the support of their lives taken from them.”
Pope Pius XII

5 December 2018 • Odisha, India

“Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, defend the the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17); if humankind wishes for the developmental advancement of all peoples, then we mustn’t forget those who might be stumbling on their feet after their support was taken from them. This is what it means to be integral, a key word of Pope Francis’ pontificate, and one that will certainly mark his pastoral legacy. Hence when we read the word integral, so, too, can we read the story of an Indian Pallottine Parish in Bonaigarh, Odisha; because they encompass Pope Francis’ mission.

As the Holy Father says, “knowing how to mourn with others, that is holiness.”


A Legend of the Missions:
St. Francis Xavier

“it is not the actual physical exertion that counts toward a man’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but the spirit of faith with which it is taken.”
St. Francis Xavier

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3 December • Rome, Italy

“Go!” St. Ignatius of Loyola told him, “and set all on fire!” These were the final words of the Jesuit founder to St. Francis Xavier, the Society’s co-founder, who embarked upon one of the most thrilling missionary adventures through Asia.
Born to a noble Spanish family in 1506, he first set sail to Goa, India, on his 35th birthday. The King made his first mission clear: restore Christianity amongst the unruly Portuguese settlers, and evangelize the natives. Enflamed with his “two P’s: prayer and penance,” he set out fearlessly living his favorite prayer: “Give me souls!”

“Behold, the days are coming!”
The First Sunday of Advent

“Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint.
the lord never lets us down.”
pope francis

3 December 2018 • Pallottine Missions Across the Globe

From Cuba to Brazil, Sri Lanka to Rome, these are just some photos of our Pallottine family as the images of hopes and dreams, joy and excitement, as we await the birthday of our Saviour!
To see photos and read Pope Francis’ Sunday Address, click here!

Sri Lanka’s Pallottines Celebrate
Christ, Our King!

“Love, justice, and peace: this is the Kingdom of which Jesus is King, and which extends until the end of time. History teaches us that kingdoms founded on the power of arms and lies are fragile and, sooner or later, collapse; but the Kingdom of God is founded on love and is rooted in hearts.”
Pope Francis

26 November • Kulakattu, Sri Lanka

“Learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17); for then we will be advancing toward the Kingdom of God, where Jesus reigns as King. It’s His feast of Christ the King that we celebrated on Sunday, recalling that Christ came to us poor, exercising His power not in arms, but in love.

In the tiny village of Kulakattu, located in Northern Sri Lanka, the Pallottine parish of Christ the King celebrated its namesake, with a procession followed by a community meal after Holy Mass.

Harvest Festival in the Himalayas

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“And children must listen to the wisdom of elders! You, young people, ought to listen to their wisdom, and talk to them in order to keep going, because they are your roots. They are the roots and you draw from those roots in order to keep moving forward.”
Pope Francis

24 November • Yachuli, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit, hence it should never be taken for granted! In India’s northernmost state of Arunachal Pradesh- whose border rests along China- the Yachuli Catholic Church celebrated its annual harvest festival. Only this year, the festivities touched further than what the eye could see; blending the traditional practices of the Nyishi tribal people to the new generation of today. As it is said, our own tree can only grow when its roots are watered!

Peru’s Little Stars

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God loves you, dear children! This is what I want to tell you.” 
St. John Paul ii

24 November • Ayacucho, Peru

“Children are a gift. They are a gift. Each one is unique and unrepeatable,” bringing a joy only their pureness can give, Pope Francis reminds us. Thus in their great honor, the little ones under the care of Peru’s Pallottine Fathers and Sisters celebrated Children’s Day at the local school.

Raise your tiny hand, Divine Child, 
and bless these young friends of yours, 
bless the children of all the earth.
St. John Paul II

Dear Young People…
Pope Francis’ Video to the Youth

23 November • Vatican City, in the preparation of January 2019’s World Youth Day

World Youth Day is fast approaching. It will be held in Panama in January and the theme is Mary’s response to God’s call, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).

Her words are a brave and generous “yes”. It is the positive reply of one who understands the secret of vocation ‒ to go beyond oneself and place oneself at the service of others.”

Young Missionaries in the City!

 Fr. Peter Sticco SAC and the students and staff of Our Lady of Grace Academy

Fr. Peter Sticco SAC and the students and staff of Our Lady of Grace Academy

“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, in the face of Jesus.”
Pope Francis

23 November • South Bronx, New York City, USA

Heeding the wisdom of Pope Francis, “if we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering of the poor.” Thus, the same young missionaries who collected food for over 400 families during the Thanksgiving holiday, traveled to serve their neighbors in need.

400 Families Fed by 1 Square Mile

“This is the secret, dear friends, and all of us are called to share in it. God expects something from you. God wants something from you. God hopes in you.
He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different.
For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourselves, the world will never be different.”
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22 November • Our Lady of Grace Academy, Fairview, New Jersey USA

Our Lady of Grace!

In a small town of 1 square mile, the Pallottine community of Our Lady of Grace Parish and Academy in Fairview, New Jersey, fed over 400 families. If Pallotti asks us, “can you give good example to others? Then show good example. Can you exhort your neighbor to do good? Then exhort him. Can you contribute something to help the missionary activities?” then this small but mighty community has shown us the response!

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.”
St. augustine of hippo

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!


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