The Pallottines live by a very simple motto: The love of Christ urges us on. These words, inspired by St. Vincent Pallotti, are the foundation of a living ministry that reaches around the globe, serving the poor and needy in 46 countries on 5 continents.
The Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Latin: Societas Apostolatus Catholici, abbreviated SAC), better known as the Pallottines, are a Society of Apostolic Life, founded in 1835 by the Roman priest Saint Vincent Pallotti. Pallottines are part of the Union of Catholic Apostolate. The Pallottines administer one of the largest churches in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire. The Pallottines also administer at the St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine located in Baltimore , Maryland.
Vincent Pallotti was born in Rome in 1795. The Society as a community of priests and brothers was founded in Rome by Pallotti in 1835. Together with a group of associates and collaborators, he developed in the city of Rome a large structure of apostolic activity, which included assisting the poor, the sick, and marginalized; founding orphanages, institutions of charity, and shelters; and ministering to soldiers, workers, students, and prisoners. The Society, as a community of priests and brothers, was founded in Rome by Pallotti in 1835.
Vincent Pallotti died on January 22, 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 On January 20th, 1963, by Pope John XXIII.