As part of the Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperation Plan, Reverend Peter Osuji, CSSp, will visit St. Valentine on September 23-24, 2023 to speak about the missionary work of the Church and in particular that of the Spiritans (Officially Congregation of the Holy Spirit). To learn more about the Spiritans, please visit their website at www.spiritans.org
This visit is part of a national program in which annually a representative of one of the missionary groups visits parishes of the Archdiocese to invite parishioners to share in the mission work of the universal Church. The Spiritans are an international community engaged in a wide range of missionary activity in over 60 countries throughout the world. This weekend’s missionary, Fr. Peter, is a missionary priest from Nigeria.
When Jesus said: “You shall witness to me in Jerusalem and in Samaria and to the ends of the earth,” He made the spread of the gospel an essential party of our Catholic life.
St. Vincent Pallotti was born in Rome in 1795. He was a well–known priest because many people sensed that God worked extraordinary graces through him. He raised large sums of money and organized schools for shoemakers, tailors, coachmen, carpenters, and gardeners, as well as evening classes for young farmers and unskilled workers. In his lifetime, he founded the Union of Catholic Apostolate. At that time, the Church did not actively involve the laity, but St. Vincent wanted to inspire people from all walks of life to work constantly for God’s kingdom. He called the members of the Union of Catholic Apostolate (laity, sisters, priests, and brothers) to charity, patience, humility, zeal, and love of God. St. Vincent Pallotti died, leaving a legacy that inspires people worldwide. Today the Union of Catholic Apostolate in the United States is composed of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, the Pallottine Sisters, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, and various lay groups.
At St. Valentine Catholic Church, we are blessed to be served by the Pallottine Fathers. Happy Feast Day, Fr. Socorro!