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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


THE Society of the Catholic Apostolate, also known as the Pallottines, inaugurated yesterday its first Formation House in the Philippines at Marapara I in Barangay Bata Bacolod City.

Bacolod Bishop Most Rev. Vicente Navarra officiated the Concelebrated Mass and blessing ceremonies, while the Rector General of the Pallotine, Very Rev. Jacob Nampuslaham, presided the inauguration rites.

Assisting them were Very Rev. Shanti Panna, Provincial Khrist Jyothi, Raipur, India; and the Very Rev. Peter Sticca, Provincial Immaculate Concepcion in the USA; and Very Rev. Eugene San, Regional Superior, Mary Queen of the World, Australia.

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The occasion was well attended by the Diocesan and priests in Bacolod, as well as the nuns of different congregations, the lay and their friends, including Bacolod first lady Josefa Puentevella.

St. Vincent Pallotti founded the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in 1835, later to be known as Pious Society of Missions (the Pallotines). The original name was restored in 1947.

The Pallottines follow his motto, “Caritas Christi Urget Nos (The love of Christ impels us).”

St. Vincent Pallotti was an Italian ecclesiastic born in Rome on April 21, 1795. He was ordained as a priest on May 16, 1820 and died on January 22, 1850.

He was canonized by Pope John XXIII on January 20, 1963. His feast day is every January 22.

St. Vincent had taught that the clergy, lay people and those with consecrated life are sent as apostles for the church and the world. It is their mission to work with the laity throughout the world, furthering Christ's mission to renew faith and rekindle love.

The Pallotines have five seminarians who study at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod who will stay at the Formation House.

In his homily, Navarra welcomed the Pallotines in Bacolod. He said that he is happy that his "namesake's" group is here in Bacolod. He also mentioned another "Vincent" here in Bacolod, the St. Vincent's Home for the Aged.

Welcome to Bacolod, Pallotine priests!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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