100 years of history, recounted through pictures and words that celebrate the Congregations humble and poor beginnings, marked by the unshakable faith of an Albese priest, Blessed James Alberione, and a simple but fearless woman, Venerable Thecla Merlo, as well as many young people who shared the same prophetic charism.
The text also offers readers a vibrant glimpse of the apostolic passion of 2300 Daughters of St. Paul who, scattered in 50 countries on all the worlds continents, continue to disseminate the bread of the Gospel today, feeling in their hearts, like the Apostle Paul, the urgent need to proclaim the Word of God through the wide spectrum of todays communications languages.
The FSPs of the United States share with us the exciting news that their new documentary film, Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story, has just been released in DVD format. Produced by Pauline Books & Media, the film is an especially favorable opportunity to make this communications apostle and his apostolic charism known to vast audiences.
The films originality lies in the fact that it is an event to be lived.
In view of this, our sisters have set up a special website (www.mediaapostle.com
) where visitors can find a lot of background information and many details about the film and the Pauline Family. Requests can be made for a Pauline Day featuring a viewing of the documentary, a meeting with the Daughters of St. Paul, a time of Eucharistic Adoration according to the spirituality of Blessed James Alberione, and a conference on the importance of the media and their use in todays world.
Media Apostle is a film that can be used with great fruit in catechesis, youth ministry, schools, formation to the media, the evangelization of adults, days dedicated to dialogue, retreats, and also to celebrate 26 Novemberthe Memorial of Blessed James Alberione, an apostle of our times.
The Daughters of St. Paul of Great Britain are celebrating not only the Institutes centenary of foundation but also their 60th anniversary of Pauline presence in the nation. In honor of this double historic event, they invited all their collaborators from London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Langley and Newcastle to participate in a Pauline Centenary Laity Conferencea time of prayer, thanksgiving, reflection and looking to the future.
The encounter opened with a sung Mass in Our Lady of Victories parish church in Kensington, after which Sr. Angela Grant, Delegation Superior, presented the circumscriptions Centenary Bible Project and gave public recognition to Miss June Sampson and Mr. Bernard Taylor, both of whom have been dedicated co-workers in the Kensington Book and Media Center for many years. In the afternoon, Sr. Mary Lou Winters introduced everyone to her beautiful painting of the Good Samaritan. Other unforgettable moments during this special weekend included enlightening input on the part of various speakers and a presentation of the delegations future online book center and new computer system.
All the participants rejoiced at the opportunity to be together as one body, thanking God for everything that has been accomplished over the past decades through the Institutes mission of evangelization and thanking God in anticipation for all that is yet to come.
On 25 April 2015, Australia celebrated the centenary of ANZACthe anniversary commemorating all the Australian and New Zealand military personnel who died during World War I. Our sisters chose this very moving and significant National Remembrance Day to celebrate not only the memory of these heroic soldiers but also the Institutes Centenary of foundation, the 60th anniversary of our FSP presence in Australia and also the Golden Jubilee of religious profession of Sr. Bernadette Muscolino and Sr. Maria De Vitis.
Members of the Society of St. Paul, of the Pious Disciples and of the Good Shepherd Institute joined our sisters in a joyful Eucharistic Celebration in which everyone gave thanks to God for leaving the Pauline Family a wonderful heritage born out of the farsightedness and courage of James Alberione and the strength and wisdom of Thecla Merlo, who shared his vision and dream. It was she who inspired, guided and sent out the first Daughters of St. Paul to the four corners of the globe, ready to facewith Gospel in handthe many challenges and risks awaiting them.
Besides praising God for the Congregations 100-year history, other touching moments during the Eucharistic Celebration were the sisters grateful remembrance of the many sacrifices of the first FSPs who arrived in Australia in 1955 and for their two pioneer Jubilarians.
To celebrate our Institutes Centenary of foundation, the FSPs of Arequipa, Peru launched a new book in their Girasol series entitled, Reflexiones al viento, un camino de santidad, by Fr. David Pacheco Neyra, a Capuchin priest.
The event was held in the auditorium of Mother of Mercy Parish, which offered all the participants a festive welcome. The author expressed his gratitude to Pauline Editions for including in this series the first fruits of the prayer and meditations of a Franciscan.
Those who attended the book launch said they enjoyed it very much, in particular the witness to FSP-Capuchin collaboration a precious example of religious Institutes working together during this year dedicated to the consecrated life.
To celebrate our Institutes Centenary of foundation, the FSPs of Pasay conducted a day of recollection for their Pauline Mission Associates on the theme:
The Mercy and Compassion of God Toward the Poor.
This annual event served to highlight both the Year of the Poor launched by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the Centenary of foundation of the Daughters of St. Paul. More than 500 Pauline collaborators and benefactors attended the recollection, participating in it with great joy and fraternity.