“The Charity of Christ urges us on”
Saint Vincent Pallotti was born in Rome on 21 April 1795 and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rome on 16 May 1818. He believed that the clergy, religious and laity had a responsibility to proclaim the Good News. As a priest he reformed clubs and religious organizations, organized evening trade school classes, served as Spiritual Director of several Roman colleges, served as Pastor of Holy Spirit, the Neapolitan National Church, and promoted the apostolate of the press.
On 4 April 1835, he founded the Union of Catholic Apostolate and initiated, through subsequent years, the Society of the Catholic Apostolate and the congregation of Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate. He entrusted to the members the task of instructing, animating, guiding and supporting the unity of the Union of Catholic Apostolate. St. Paul’s saying “the charity of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor.5:14) became the motto of the Pallottines. Vincent Pallotti died on 22 January 1850, at the Generalate of his community. Pope Pius XII proclaimed Pallotti “Blessed” on 22 January 1950, and on 20 January 1963, Blessed John XXIII proclaimed him a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
Take a visual tour of St. Vincent Pallotti’s home in San Salvatore, Onda, Italy by clicking here.