Origin and purpose
During the last century, Vincent Pallotti’s idea of the cooperation of all Christians, in mission for the church, has become common knowledge. During his lifetime however, the Apostolate was the special right of the Bishops, Priests and other religious orders.
Therefore it had to attract attention in the city of Rome that a priest engaged himself with fringe groups, founded educational Institutes for youngsters, founded a relief fund for small agricultural businesses south of Rome and organised the printing of religious scripts. Pallotti trod new and unusual paths and the "Heirs" of Vincent Pallotti, the Pallottines, a Priest-, Brother- and lay community with the name Society of Catholic Apostolate (SAC), today see the attaining of all Christians for assistance in the church as their mission. They therefore work together with many laymen as individuals and in groups alike
We Pallottines currently belong to around 2,200 members and are active in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, France and Ireland, in England, the former Yugoslavian countries, the USA as well as in Africa, India, Australia and Latin America.
One of our priorities in our homeland and within the mission is mainly concerned with our working relationship with laymen. We therefore work in pastoral care, in different groups and associations, in adult education, engaging in dialogue with communities and youth work.
On a broader spectrum we are mostly active in spiritual welfare. Since Vincent Pallotti’s time we also apply ourselves journalistically. In German speaking countries we publish two monthly journals: "KA + Zeichen" and "ferment". We operate publishing houses for our own authors.
Way of life
Fruitful Apostolate constitutes an apostolic life up front. We therefore follow evangelical advice as successor to the Lord. The principle of life is partnership: Live together - work together - believe together.
Inclusion and education
During a two year introductory period the applicant gets to know the community and the fundamentals of how to lead a spiritual life. Thereafter follows a preliminary bonding with the community for one year. After three years follows a lifetime dedication to God.
Anyone wishing to become a priest must undertake six years of philosophical-theological study. Anyone wanting to belong to the community as a brother receives the same basic education as the future priest. The path one takes differentiates the vocational training. Open to him are wider interests in working areas of the community: mechanical, technical and service operations, administration, education, schooling, spiritual welfare and service in the missions.