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The 150th Anniversary of the Pallottines


By Ralph F. Firneno | July-August 1985
The Very Rev. Ralph F. Firneno is Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Pallottines, headquartered in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The NEW OXFORD REVIEW is published under the patronage of St. Vincent Pallotti.

Words of praise from Pope John Paul II and Archbishop James Hickey marked the 150th anni­versary celebration of the Pallottines, a society of priests, brothers, and sisters around the world. The Pallottines of North America observed the anniver­sary with a Mass concelebrated by 11 bishops and 52 priests at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on April 20.

Just before the Mass the society presented a bust of St. Vincent Pallotti, the priest who found­ed the society, to the Shrine. The bust, created by Sister Paula Beierschmitt, IHM, was blessed by Archbishop William Borders of Baltimore.

“The Holy Father knows and appreciates your work,” Archbishop Pio Laghi told the Pallot­tines at the anniversary Mass, “and he has asked me to convey his prayerful encouragement for all that you do to build up the Body of Christ.

“The Pallottine way of life, as envisioned by St. Vincent, is designed to give expression to the hidden and public life of Christ,” Archbishop Laghi, the papal nuncio and principal concelebrant of the Mass, told the congregation of 1,500. He added that, “It is refreshing to note that, even af­ter 150 years, the saintly wisdom of this simple formula remains eminently valid.”

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