OUR HOLY FOUNDER
Mystic, visionary, tireless apostle.
St. Vincent Pallotti was born in Rome, Italy on April 21, 1795; the very same city of his apostolate and death on January 22, 1850. He sought to evangelize both his city and the world, by means of a charism well ahead of its time; one that begins to find its match with the onset of the Second Vatican Council.
Pallotti believed that it was the duty of all the baptized- both lay and religious- to revive faith and rekindle charity in the Church and the world. Each and every one of us is called to holiness; for he himself says, our " holiness is simply to do the will of God, to do it always and everywhere." Hence for St. Vincent, even our daily actions are opportunities to grow in sanctity. In all that we do, "Remember to take great account of every work done for the love of God, because even the smallest will be super-abundantly rewarded in paradise."
The Gospel was the absolute rule for St. Vincent Pallotti, whereas every other rule was meant merely to be an expression of the Gospel and a means of living the Gospel to the full. For him, the ideal was Christ; he sought to be interiorly united to him and thus be able to say with St. Paul: “For to me to live is Christ” (Phil. 1:21).
In his unparalleled holiness, God especially graced Vincent with a gift from the Holy Spirit to feel His infinite love and mercy. Through this divine fruit, he received Heaven's blessing to start the Union of the Catholic Apostolate on January 9, 1835.
The "UAC" is a "communion of the faithful" who with God, and in the spirit of St. Vincent, seek to radically live as Jesus of the Gospel, bringing the lost sheep back under one fold. It is "universal since it is common to all classes of persons, means doing all that one must and can do for the greater glory of God and for one’s own salvation and that of one’s neighbor.” As it is love and discipleship that it seeks, Pallotti entrusts his institution to Mary, Queen of the Apostles; "after Jesus Christ, [she is] the most perfect model of true Catholic zeal and perfect charity, because she was so committed to the greater glory of God and the good of souls… that she surpassed the Apostles in merit.”
With the Blessed Mother's guidance, on October 28, 2013, the Union was officially declared an International Public Association of the Faithful by degree of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
As St. Vincent's vision continues to bear apostolic fruits, one can visit his incorrupt body at the Church of Ss. Salvatore in Onda in Rome, Italy.