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Catholic Apostolate Center to Receive Gaudium et Spes Award

The National Association for Lay Ministry will bestow its highest honor on the Catholic Apostolate Center and Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., the Center's Director.

WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 24, 2018 - The Catholic Apostolate Center and its Director, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., will be honored with the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) on June 1, 2018 at an awards luncheon jointly hosted by NALM and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). The awards luncheon takes place during the upcoming 2018 conference hosted by NALM, NCCL, and the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.

The Gaudium et Spes Award recognizes an outstanding individual or organization for promoting understanding of the Church in the world according to the vision of Vatican II. It is the highest honor that the association can bestow. Although the award has been given eighteen times since its inception in 1989, NALM has only recognized an individual and an organization together once before.

Mark Erdosy, Board Chairman for NALM, discussed the decision behind the award, “Fr. Frank and the Catholic Apostolate Center are leaders who live this vision every day. Whether it is through his priestly ministry, as the leader of the Catholic Apostolate Center, his teaching, or work with the USCCB, dioceses, or other Catholic organizations, Fr. Frank contributes to and promotes collaboration within the Church, and assisting pastoral ministers in deepening their collaboration with one another. The Center has done all of this and more because they continue to provide individuals with the tools and resources to live the Christian life and charity to the fullest.”

The Catholic Apostolate Center, a ministry of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) - Immaculate Conception Province, was founded in 2011 to respond to the needs of the Church through:

Developing, in collaboration with dioceses and other institutions and organizations, formation programs for the New Evangelization.
Assisting pastoral ministers in deepening collaboration with one another.
Providing formation and apostolic opportunities for members and collaborators of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

The Center takes its inspiration from the spirituality of St. Vincent Pallotti and achieves its goals through hosting conferences, seminars, webinars, and presentations; providing online and print resources and consulting services.

In response to the award announcement, Fr. Frank said, “This honor from NALM recognizes the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti as expressed in the mission of the Catholic Apostolate Center and the ongoing commitment of the Immaculate Conception Province of Pallottines to collaboration among laity, religious, and clergy. It also honors the excellent work of a team of mostly young adults in service to the Church and the world. We are grateful to NALM for this important recognition.”

The Catholic Apostolate Center has been a sponsor of the USCCB’s 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders, the 2016 NALM Pre-Conference: “The Way of the Apostle: Human Formation Through Collaboration,” and the 2015 USCCB Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit in Saint Louis, MO.

Past recipients of the award include Dr. Zeni Fox, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Seton Hall University; Br. Loughlan Sofield, S.T., Director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collabortive Ministry; Fr. Mario Vizcaino, Sh.P., and the Southeast Pastoral Institute; the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); Most Rev. David Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; and His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, former Archbishop of Chicago.

About the Catholic Apostolate Center

The Catholic Apostolate Center is a ministry of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) - Immaculate Conception Province. It was founded in 2011 to respond to the needs of the Church through developing - in collaboration with dioceses and other institutions and organizations - formation programs for the New Evangelization; assisting pastoral leaders in deepening collaboration with one another; and providing formation opportunities for members and collaborators of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

The Center takes its inspiration from the spirituality of St. Vincent Pallotti and achieves its goals through hosting conferences, seminars, webinars, presentations, online and print resources, and consulting services.

www.CatholicApostolateCenter.org

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With profound sorrow I wish to inform you of the unexpected death of Fr. Jean Bertrand Etoundi, General Consultor and General Secretary for the Missions of the Society on 27th April 2018. Fr. Jean Bertrand did not appear for the General Council meeting this morning at 9.00 am and when I opened his room, he was found lifeless in his room. ​He was 44 years old, 20 years a Pallottine and 15 years a priest. We are in the process of completing the legal formalities.
Only after that we can fix the date of his funeral, certainly, in Cameroun. Before that there will be a Holy Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul of our dear confrere in our Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda and the date and time of this celebration will be informed as early as possible. Losing a young and dynamic member, a General Consultor with a deep love for the missions, is something that breaks our hearts. My condolences to the members of his family as well as the Regional Rector, Fr. Joseph Jules Nkodo and all the members of the Most Holy Trinity Region.
May the merciful Lord grant him eternal peace! Fr. Jean Bertrand is gone to heaven to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his priestly ordination along with our Founder! May he continue his mission in heaven praying for us.
Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC
Rector General
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The new General Coordinating Council of the Union held its first annual meeting at Casa La Salle, Fratelli Scuole Cristiane, Rome, from 21 to 25 April 2018.

On Monday, 23 April, the Council re-elected Ms. Donatella Acerbi as President of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate and elected Fr Gilberto Orsolin, SAC, as the Vice President. The re-election of Ms. Donatella was confirmed by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, as required by our General Statute (Art. 82 §2).

Through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, St. Vincent Pallotti, Blessed Elisabetta Sanna and the blessed Pallottine martyrs, we ask God’s blessing upon Ms. Donatella and Fr. Gilberto as they take up this mandate of service in the Union, so that they can be effective in building up the Kingdom of God in the Church and in the world.
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Our USNCC Meeting in Baltimore April 2018
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4/22/18
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Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this...SOOOO GLAD I TOOK THE TIME TO READ THIS!

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.
Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.
Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.
Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!
In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it..
The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.
But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,
because........... The folded napkin meant,
'I'm coming back!'
HE'S COMING BACK!!!!
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Below are Photos from our ground Breaking for Elkhorn Retreat House Remodeling:
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4/5/18
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Here are the Photos from Zambia - New Classrooms and Sisters Convent
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3/12/18
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