FINAL MESSAGE of Annual Meeting of the General Coordination Council of the Union (28 May ˗2 June 2019)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
We wish to share with you, your families and communities, the great joy we have experienced together during the annual meeting of the General Coordination Council of UAC. Pope Francis often speaks to us about growing in the culture of encounter, something very close also to the heart of St. Vincent Pallotti. The reports of the President of the Union, the three General Superiors, the other GCC Members and GCC Commission Representatives, demonstrated an increase in the understanding of our charism in evangelization and in the mission of forming apostles in service of the Church and of the Kingdom of God. During her report, Donatella Acerbi, the President, made use of a very important word synodality, proposed by Pope Francis. “Synod” literally means “journeying together”, hence synodality expresses the nature of the Church as a pilgrim people, journeying and regularly taking counsel together on the way led by the Pope and the bishops. This dynamic has marked us from the beginning as sons and daughters of St. Vincent, encouraging us to seek together both a deeper understanding of our roots and also greater faithfulness and dynamism in living them in the Church and today’s world. In a very real way, the Pallottine Family is seen as a model of collaboration and inspiration for other Charismatic Families, who are deeply impressed by St. Vincent and his vision. This challenges us as a family to grow more deeply into what we already are and are called to be. We know without doubt that we have a long way to go before fully realizing this vision. It requires constant growth in unity, in the commitment of our time and all of our talents to fulfill the mission entrusted to us. We were strengthened on this path of growth by Fr. Hubert Socha SAC and Fr. Denilson Geraldo SAC, who helped us to
understand more profoundly the Union as a Public Association and the importance of growing in synodality, which characterizes public associations. This is our way of living co-responsibility and collaboration according to St. Vincent’s vision. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, the Ecclesiastical Assistant, reminded us of the enduring validity of the call of Pope Saint John Paul II to the Pallottine Family: continue to increase your commitment so that which Vincent Pallotti prophetically announced, and which the Second Vatican Council authoritatively confirmed, may become a happy reality, and that all Christians become authentic apostles of Christ in the Church and in the world (Teachings of John Paul II , p.1899). Our meeting also marked a time of particular transition for the life of the Union at the General level: Fr. Rory Hanly SAC completed his time as General Secretary, a role of service which Fr. Roque Gonsalves SAC now takes on. We thank Fr. Rory for his eight years in this position, for his heart and patience, and wish Fr. Roque every blessing in his new mission. Many thanks to Cheryl Sullivan and you who helped us to improve the work of the General Secretariat by completing the questionnaire sent out several months ago. Your input has made a great contribution to helping us identify further action which the Secretariat can undertake to improve its role in serving the Union. Many thanks also to Dr. Katharina Anna Fuchs from the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University, who helped us to deepen our knowledge regarding the protection of minors, an issue that is so important for the whole Church today. Like St. Vincent Pallotti, we also want to live today in deep harmony with the Church, constantly expanding our horizons. Thanks to the presence of the Holy Spirit, thanks to your prayers and to our unity of heart and mind. Our meeting was beautiful, fruitful and enriching. May God help us together as Union to become an ever clearer visible sign of His love and mercy for every person who seeks his face.
With warmest greetings and prayer
The Members of the General Coordination Council of the Union of Catholic Apostolate
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Divine Providence turned Kerala's St. Vincent Pallotti Convent into a place of refuge for flood-stricken victims. Provincial Superior Sr. Ligi CSAC recounts!
Fr. General Jacob Nampudakam's personal testimony of his time in his home state of Kerala, South India, during its greatest environmental calamity.
Read it, here!
“Actions are the true proof of love. The true proof of love is the performing of deeds.”
St. Vincent Pallotti
As it is so unjustly the case, what many take for granted are the dreams of others. Such is the story of the Mother of Divine Love Kindergarten, opened by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate.
Located in Inharrime, its opening meets the humble appeals of the families that live there, who have hoped for a school and safe place to place their children during the day. In 2004, the response was first simple; a room in the Sisters’ house of formation.
But in 2012, they took a significant step and began a program with 25 children. Quickly seeing that the demand was greater than the space, the plunge of confidence into the depth was taken; they began to build a kindergarten. Through Divine Providence, funds became available to build it.
The Pallottine education seeks both the formation and integral promotion of the human being. Its founding principles are unity, charity, cooperation, development of critical spirit, initiative, responsibility, and Christian and scientific formation.
With the little ones, they seek to promote the integral development of the child, created in the image and likeness of God, helping to develop his social, physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual capacities.
Pre-school education in Mozambique is not part of the state education system; it is a private initiative, especially of the Catholic missions.
It is vital for all children to attend preschool, because it is very important for their socialization and integral development. Thus, we are especially concerned about poor children, whose families cannot afford the monthly amount necessary to cover operating expenses.
But as we continue to pray and grow, we remember that if it is truly a project in service of God and His people, our Good Lord will provide all of the necessary graces.
Sr. Lourdes Boufleuher
FR. GENERAL JACOB NAMPUDAKAM'S NEWEST BULLETIN
Read the full text, in six languages, here!
Attached are two version of Very Rev. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam's presentation on UAC Today; given in Nagpur, India for the Congress of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate.
From August 10-12, India’s Union of the Catholic Apostolate held its National Congress at the Pallottine Animation Centre in Nagpur, India. The theme was “Communion and Co-responsibility”, in which 150 members from diverse parts of the country participated. Also present were two of the three Pallottine Religious Superiors; Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC and Mother Ivete Garlet, CSAC. The Union continues flourish across the Nation’s three provinces, growing in their apostolic activities and involvement of the youth. St. Vincent Pallotti’s intercessions were felt, as the days bore much fruit for the Lord’s garden.
Fr. General Jacob's Most Recent Bulletin
"It is easy to lose hope when young people find themselves alone and facing what seems like impossible challenges. In the darkest moments in my childhood, it was easy to be tempted to give up. As famine and ethnic war grips South Sudan, I cry for the children who are being robbed of their childhood. But I know the strength of the people and pray that the global community can come together and recognize this critical time to give hope to young people yearning for a different future." - Lopez Lomong
Read the full interview, here!