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Society of the Catholic Apostolate
The Pallottines
The seal of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate
Abbreviation S.A.C.
Motto Latin: Caritas Christi urget nos
English: The love of Christ impels us
Formation 4 April 1835; 184 years ago (1835-04-04)
Type Roman Catholic Institute of Apostolic Life
Headquarters Piazza San Vincenzo Pallotti, 204
Rome, Italy
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1,648 priests, 2,379 brothers (2010)
Rector General
Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, S.A.C.

The Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Latin: Societas Apostolatus Catholici, abbreviated S.A.C.), better known as the Pallottines, are a Society of Apostolic Life within the Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1835 by the Roman priest Saint Vincent Pallotti. Pallottines are part of the Union of Catholic Apostolate and are present in 45 countries on six continents. The Pallottines administer one of the largest churches in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire.


Saint Vincent Pallotti was born in Rome in 1795. In the area of the city of Rome, Together with a group of associates, collaborators, he developed in the city of Rome a large structure of apostolic activity. At the same time, he strove to unite and co-ordinate such activity. From this arose the idea of founding a new institution, that is, “the Union of Catholic Apostolate”, to unite all of the initiatives of apostolic activity. Vincent Pallotti died on January 20, 1850 without having seen the full development of his work. His closest collaborators continued his mission, ensuring further development of the Society. Vincent Pallotti was beatified in 1950 and canonized in 1963 during the Second Vatican Council.[1]


The charism of the Pallottines is to assist all in finding and living their apostolic vocation in life. St. Vincent Pallotti believed that all are called to revive faith, rekindle charity and be apostles. The Pallottines assist people in living these virtues.


Pallottine fathers

One example of their work was the Pallottine mission to Kamerun, established in 1890 in the German colony of Kamerun, today's Cameroon. From the late 1840s, when St. Vincent sent priests of the Society to England, St. Mary Star Of The Sea Hastings, to the present, with the addition of Taiwan and the Philippines, the Pallottines have been expanding their missionary apostolate. The Irish Province was founded in 1909 in Thurles, County Tipperary, and the Pallottines administer schools in locations as diverse as Pennsauken, New Jersey (Bishop Eustace Preparatory School), Laurel, Maryland (St. Vincent Pallotti High School; run by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters), and Bruchsal, Germany (the St. Paulusheim Gymnasium).

The Society conducts parishes, schools, missions, clinics, retreat houses and all types of charitable works.

Pallottine Martyrs

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, later Pope Francis, opened the cause in Argentina for beatification—the first step towards sainthood—for five members of the Pallottine community. The candidates for beatification are three priests and two seminarians killed by the military dictatorship in Argentina in 1976: Alfredo Leaden, Alfredo Kelly, Peter Duffau and seminarians Salvador Barbeito and Emilio Barletti. They could be declared blesseds within a year of the inauguration of Pope Francis.[2]

See also


  1. "Saint Vincent Pallotti", Societas Apostolatus Catholici
  2. Sánchez Alvarado, Gretta (20 March 2013). "Francisco: 'El verdadero poder es el servicio'". El Naconal. Retrieved 22 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ngoh, Victor Julius (1996): History of Cameroon Since 1800. Limbe: Presbook.
  • Gaynor, John S., SCA (1962): The Life of St. Vincent Pallotti. Cork, Ireland: Mercier Press.

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