“My God, my mercy, you in your infinite mercy grant me in a special way to promote, establish, spread, perfect and perpetuate with a desire no less than the most living desire within your Sacred Heart.” - St Vincent Pallotti
The Pallottine Family came to birth in 1835 when St. Vincent Pallotti was inspired on January 9th to found the Union of Catholic Apostolate to promote the involvement of all the baptized in the Mission of Christ.
St Vincent’s spirituality was especially marked by his deep desire to revive faith to re-enkindle charity as he worked with rich and poor alike. As a child he gave his own food and clothing away to those who saw the need. Throughout his life his constant concern was to relieve the sufferings of those around him. He died shortly after giving his coat to someone else who was cold.
He taught that every human being is a mirror of God, worthy of reverence and love. He also taught that the role of each Christian is to be a sacrament of Christ’s presence in the world. He was a warm friend and a compassionate spiritual director. He died on the 22nd of January 1850, at the centre of his new community, the church of San Salvatore in Onda in Rome.
Vincent was beatified by Pius XII on the 22nd January 1950 and was canonised on the 20 January 1963 by Pope John XXIII who referred to him as a “loving saint who displayed such remarkable love and is one of the outstanding figures in the field of apostolic activity”.