Above: St. Vincent Pallotti
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SAINT VINCENT PALLOTTI (APRIL 21, 1795-JANUARY 22, 1850)
Founder of the Pallotines
St. Vincent Pallotti (born April 21, 1795) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest considered widely to be a saint during his lifetime. His devotion to Mary, Mother of God, and to the Holy Trinity affirmed his personal piety. And his work raising great sums of money for the poor and founding orphanages, agricultural schools, loan associations, and worker guilds testified to his care for his fellow human beings.
Yet there is more.
In 1835 Pallotti founded the Union of Catholic Apostolate, a.k.a. the Pallotines. This organization sends lay, ordained, and religious missionaries (all considered equal) around the world. (This equality in the church was an unusual idea and approach at the time.) The Pallotines’ motto is “The love of Christ impels us.”
Pope John XXIII canonized Pallotti in 1963.
Almighty God, we praise you for your servant St. Vincent Pallotti, through whom you have called the church to its tasks and renewed its life. Raise up in our own day teachers and prophets inspired by your Spirit, whose voices will give strength to your church and proclaim the reality of your reign, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 3:11-23
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006)
Revised on November 21, 2016