The image of Mary as Queen of Apostles is very important to the Pallottine community, yet one that is less familiar to many people of faith.
This particular understanding of Mary relates to her participation in the Cenacle – the upper room where the apostles gathered before Pentecost. The first chapter of Acts lists her in attendance:
“When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”
Mary, in many ways, is the ideal apostle and an exemplary lay person. While she didn’t have the official designation of ordination or charge to preach, she nonetheless played a central role in sharing the Good News. The website for the Pallottine Missionary Sisters offers a beautiful reflection on Mary, Queen of Apostles, her centrality to St. Vincent’s spirituality, and her importance to the Pallottine community: