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Society of St. Paul

 

The Priests and Brothers of the Society of St. Paul use the modern means of communication technology to proclaim the Kingdom of God to the people of today. This includes print publishing, Internet, digital communications, TV, radio, video and audio. We live a life in community and prayer, professing the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and fidelity to the Pope. Born of the Eucharist, we begin each day with prayer and the Eucharist (Mass) to ensure that what we are is what we preach. Our day concludes with an hour of adoration and meditation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

What Does the Media Apostolate Entail?
The priests and brothers of the Society of St. Paul utilize the modern means of the media to tell the story of Jesus to the world. The press, radio, television, internet, audio-visual productions etc. reach out to people in the market place and invite them to deepen their love for Christ and to learn about the truths of his Church. While combating error and defending truth, Pauline brothers and priests carry out the apostolate with a spirit of love and implement the highest professional standards in all they do. Following the lead of the Pope, they carry on their work within the context of a Church concerned with holiness, justice and a respect for the other religions of the world as outlined in Vatican II.

What Is the Role of the Pauline Priest?
The priest in the Society of St. Paul serves the congregation by being steeped in God’s word and preaching it tirelessly. He is to be immersed in the Eucharist himself and to nourish the congregation, the entire Pauline Family and the Church as a whole in his willingness to proclaim God’s truth while living a vowed life of poverty, chastity, obedience and fidelity to the Holy Father. The priest lives and works within the community and generously makes himself available to the local Church for sacramental ministry where needed. The main focus of his apostolic life, however, always remains within the field of mass media and social communications, which extends his preaching into the world. Pauline priests incorporate into their spiritual lives the Way, Truth and Life approach of Blessed James Alberione. This distinctive spirituality is Christ-centered and focused on the Word of God and the Eucharist. It is enhanced by devotion to Mary, under the title of Queen of Apostles, and to St. Paul the patron of the congregation. As a member of an international congregation the Pauline priest must be willing to serve anywhere in the world. This is in keeping with the spirit of St. Paul. Through his media work, however, the Pauline priest is able to touch the whole world while remaining in one place. For the Pauline priest, “the whole world is his parish.”
What is the Role of the Pauline Brother?
The Pauline Brother participates in every aspect of the Society’s spiritual and apostolic life. He consecrates himself to God by taking the vows of poverty chastity, obedience and fidelity to the Pope. He gives his time, his talent, his life to spreading the Gospel through the media apostolate while sustaining and being sustained by his fellow religious in a vibrant community life. His work takes the priests’ preaching of the Gospel and multiplies it thousands of times over. The brothers of the congregation participate in every aspect of media ministry. As bookstore directors, editors, artists, writers, TV directors and technicians, etc., the brothers spread the Gospel of Christ by making it attractive and intelligible to a world that needs the Good News today as ever before. The spiritual life of the Brother is nourished by the Way, Truth and Life methodology of Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Society of St. Paul. The Brother nurtures his soul with the Eucharist and the scriptures in order to lead a Christ centered life. This Christ centered life was exemplified by Mary, whom the Society honor with the title of Queen of the Apostles, and by St. Joseph the special patron of the Brothers in the congregation. The Brothers make Christ relevant to the diverse cultures of the world in the twenty-first century just as St. Paul did in the first century. They especially try to master an understanding of the universal “culture of communications” as they strive to be “St. Paul alive today.”

For more information about or to contact the Society of Saint Paul visit: www.VocationOffice.org

  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20