In 1964, the Second Vatican Council affirmed in the document Lumen Gentium, “that all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity.” The Catholic Apostolate Center continues to promote this truth in the 21st century by providing active Catholics the tools and resources to share Christ’s loving message of salvation.
In this way the Center’s mission focuses on reviving faith, rekindling charity and forming apostles who give witness to this fullness of the Christian life by embracing their baptismal call.
Fr Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., Director of the Center, explains: “The Catholic Apostolate Center is rooted in the spirituality of St Vincent Pallotti, who believed that all are called to be apostles and to be co-responsible for the mission of Christ and his Church.”
Founded in 2011 as a ministry of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines - Immaculate Conception Province), the Catholic Apostolate Center develops resources that the faithful, particularly those in ministry, can use to aid in their own evangelization efforts. The Center responds to the current needs of the Church through developing, in collaboration with dioceses and other institutions and organizations, formation programs for the New Evangelization. It assists pastoral leaders in deepening collaboration with one another and provides formation opportunities for members and collaborators of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.
The Center accomplishes this bold mission through online resource pages, webinars, podcasts, and blogs, as well as through the partnerships with organizations like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Volunteer Network and St Joseph’s College of Maine, among others. Furthermore they host seminars, webinars, and presentations as well as providing consulting services.
“While we do produce our own material and have a large amount of no-cost digital resources, the Center collaborates with many national and international Catholic organizations, dioceses and the USCCB on a variety of projects to assist active Catholics in living as missionary disciples,” Donio said. In the spirit of St Vincent Pallotti, the Center equips Catholics to “go out” empowered with the resources and knowledge to
propagate the faith for the New Evangelization.
St Vincent Pallotti founded the Union of Catholic Apostolate, an association to revive faith and rekindle charity among Catholics and propagate the faith to all. He encouraged collaboration among clergy, religious, and the laity in the 1800’s at a time in history when many thought the work of the church should be left to priests and religious.
The Catholic Apostolate Center looks to the life of St Vincent Pallotti for inspiration as it strives to form collaborative relationships with more organizations, further develop its formation resources and ultimately empower all the faithful – clergy and lay – to live out their baptismal call.
The Catholic Apostolate Center specifically entrusts its work of forming apostles to Mary,
“Queen of Apostles” because of her invaluable role in building the early church and encouraging the first apostles. The Center looks to the Blessed Mother as the perfect model of discipleship, apostolic work and charity as we strive to lead Christ’s followers closer to her Son.
Formation leads to action – this is a core belief that influences the work of the Center. Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has reminded us to be comprised of both action and word, to encourage a spirit of accompaniment and encounter.
“Go out,” he says. “Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers and sisters, go out and share, go out and ask.” By forming the laity to ‘go out’ the Catholic Apostolate Center hopes to empower the Body of Christ to collaboratively carry out the mission entrusted to the church by Jesus Christ.
To learn more about the work and mission of the Catholic Apostolate Center, please visit their website at CatholicApostolateCenter.org.
Vilcashuamán - Ayacucho - Peru
THREE YEARS OF THE MISSION IN PERU
In February of this year he completed three years of the Pallottine mission in the province of Vilcashuamán - Ayacucho - Peru. When we arrived here the scenario was of abandonment both of the temples, and also of the faithful who did not have the presence of a priest for the sacraments and other necessary attentions to live and to strengthen their faith. In principle they were for us to attend only the three communities by the distance from one to another. Today we are serving the entire province that has almost four thousand kilometers in length. There were numerous sacraments held and patron saint celebrations held in all villages. The parish that did not have life, now has a new face. We have the presence of young people in the masses. We attend colleges with masses and talks for the preparation of the sacraments and human and religious values. With the arrival of Father Sergilson in February this year we have two Pallottine priests on the mission here in Peru. At the beginning of the mission, the parents lived in a settled house. But we fixed a house that was on the same land where you built the house "John Paul II". The house was very damaged but it was very beautiful.
THE HOUSE HOUSE "JUAN PABLO II"
Today I have a great feeling of gratitude for the boys who live in this orphanage and I was very sad to see that the boys were abandoned by the authorities. Thank God today we Pallottines are responsible for this house. They are the Pallottine sisters of India who take care of the house. They are directly responsible for the care of the children. Before that who maintained the house was the Government with an annual sum of ninety-one thousand (91) soles. And by an association that donates two thousand a month. Today who maintains the house is the Pallottines and the Ayacucho Emergency Association (A.E.A)
A cordial and fraternal greetings to all who support our mission here in Peru.
RECTOR OF THE MISSION IN PERU: Father Manoel Santana Vieira, sac