Religious Communities or Orders have been around since about the second century after Jesus’ Pasion, Death, and Resurrection. Men and women join together to live in community to support one another and to better carry out some particular mission. The purpose or inspiration of a given Community is called its “Charism”, from the Greek for gift or grace. Each Founder leaves his/her Community with a goal and mission in the Church.The Pallottines, the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, have as our charism to remind every believer that they are called to be Apostles according to their own state and conditions of life. Whatever work we do we are to be, as St. Vincent Pallotti said, “an evangelical trumpet, calling all, reminding all of their vocation in Christ”.
At a set interval, every Community has a General Chapter or Assembly at which representatives of the whole institute gather to elect the Community’s leaders, review its life, and make plans and decisions for the future. The Pallottine Fathers and Brothers do so every six years. The term of office of the Rector General, his Council, and the General Treasurer, Secretary, and Procurator is six years. This September 19th our next Assembly begins and lasts until October 15th.At the last one in 2010, I was asked to serve as the Secretary of the Assembly. This time the Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakom, SAC, has asked me to serve as one of the simultaneous translators. For this reason I will, sadly, be absent from the Parish from September 15 th to October 18 th. I am sorry to be away for such a long time but it is an important service, I have been requested specifically, and the use of our own Confreres saves the Community a great deal of money. Besides, it is hard to find translators who know our specific vocabulary and our languages: Italian, English, German, Polish, and Portuguese.
So, that’s what it’s all about. True to our Charism, all of us are Apostles and all of us take responsibility for the life of our Parish. I leave to do this service with that trust and confidence.