Apostle means “being sent” – apostolate means mission.
by Marillyn Webb, executive director of Pallottine Renewal Center
In the eyes of St. Vincent he truly believed everyone has an Apostolic call to share their gifts.
Back in the eighteen century St. Vincent, ordained a priest in 1818, became known as the “Apostle of Rome” working with the poor, the sick, the dying and the imprisoned. There were so many needs to be met he invited the help of priests, religious and lay people to participate.
For St. Vincent, it was imperative to unite every available source to help in the effort to revive faith and promote the love of God and neighbor. He founded the Union of Catholic Apostolate.
To St. Vincent, there were no distinctions made between the gifts of the ordained or the laity – he was convinced that all the faithful, each in his or her own role in life and each according to personal ability, can be an apostle and can cooperate to further the growth and deepening of faith and love.
You are an apostle. How are you living an apostolic life, sharing your talents and gifts?