Origin & Nature Spiritual Profile Cenacles Motto & Seal Mission Growth & Development

  Having founded the UAC in 1835, St. Vincent saw the need for a permanent structure if the UAC would live on after his death. He initiated the founding of communities of consecrated persons who could devote themselves full time to this work.

  1838 - The opening of an orphanage for abandoned girls marked the beginnings of the
Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate.
  1839 - Vincent recognized the need to organize a core group of priests and brothers and wrote a rule for what became the Congregation of Priests and Brothers who today use the title "Society of the Catholic Apostolate."
  1895 - Missionary activity of the Fathers in the Cameroons and the cooperation of the Sisters in Rome led to the establishment of the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, a branch that was established in Limburg-Lahn, Germany and that emphasizes the missionary dimension of the Pallottine charism.

Each of these communities has expanded far beyond the city of Rome and are present throughout the world.

Over the years, additional communities have been instituted, often by a member of one of the founding communities mentioned above. These communities are specifically characterized by the Pallottine Charism and belong to the Union of the Catholic Apostolate.

  1921 -
The Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Hildegarde were founded in Germany by a Pallottine Father as a congregation of women without vows living in community.
  1928 -
The Theresian Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, also a congregation of women without vows but living in community, were founded in Germany by a Pallottine Father.
  1934 -
APIS, a secular institute of unmarried working women, was founded by Pallottine Fathers in Switzerland.
  1948 -
The Eucharistic Sisters of St. Vincent Pallotti became a separate branch of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate emphasizing Vincent’s love of the Eucharist and the practice of adoration.
  1950 -
The Pallottine Bishop of the Missioinary Diocese of Oudtshoorn in South Africa founded a secular institute, the Institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  1958 -
The Society of the Sisters of Divine Love was instituted by the Pallottine Bishop in Queenstown, South Africa.
  1959 -
The Marian Institute, lay women living in the world but bound by promises, was founded by a Pallottine priest in Australia.
  1960 -
The Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (Kristsevikas) was established as a Secular Institute in Raipur, India.
  1963 -

A secular institute known as the Marian Institute of the Catholic Apostolate was founded in Bolivia in cooperation with the Cardinal Archbishop of Sucre.

The community of the Sisters of Divine Love was founded in South Africa.

  1965 -
The community Ancilla-Kreis (Handmaids of Christ) of the Catholic Apostolate of Vincent Pallotti was founded in Germany.
  1966 -
The Austrian Region of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate organized the Laienverband des Katholischen Apostolates (Lay Community of the Catholic Apostolate)
  1970 -
The Italian Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate organized a lay community, Quinta Dimensione (Fifth Dimension).
  1984 -
The community Respuesta Cristiana (The Christian Answer) was founded in Argentina.
  1996 -
In Germany the community Circolo dell’Apostolato Hoffstetten (Apostolic Circle of Hoffstetten) was founded in Germany.
     

With Vatican II came renewed interest in realizing the Founder’s vision for a world-wide union of laity, religious, and clergy. In recent years the Union has been reorganized as a communion (communio) of individual persons and of communities inspired by the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti who appeal to all the baptized to revive faith and re-kindle charity in the Church and in the world, thus bringing all to unity in Christ.” Apostolic communities and individuals who identify with the Pallottine inspiration are received into the Union which is committed to their on-going apostolic formation, most often through a structure known as a Cenacle, a name which calls to mind the Upper Room at Pentecost. Many Cenacles have come into existence in the United States and Canada over the last several years.

 

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