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Pauline Family Centenary Celebration Staten Island June 2014

The war to end all wars had erupted on July 28 and the guns of August were tearing apart the bodies of Europe’s young. The soul of a civilization was being tested and a world was caught up in the obscenity of total war. Against this background, on August 20, 1914, Fr. James Alberione, a priest of Alba, Italy founded a religious congregation of priests and brothers to use the media to proclaim the truth of the Gospel and the values of a Kingdom that transcended this world. It was the first in a series of foundations known as “The Pauline Family.”

On June 29, 2014, members of the Pauline Family gathered at Our Lady of Pity Church on Staten Island to celebrate the 100th anniversary of founding of the Society of St. Paul. Fr. Matthew Roehrig was the main presider at the Mass which included many concelebrating priests, members of the Pauline Family Institutes and over 250 friends.

Father Matthew Rooehrig, SSP celebrating the Holy Mass

Father Matthew Roehrig, SSP celebrating the Holy Mass

 

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In his homily, Fr. Roehrig emphasized the need for the Pauline Family to unite together to share the Gospel message. He challenged the Society of St Paul, Daughters of St Paul and Sister Disciples of the Divine Master to come to know the members of the Pauline Institutes. In turn those in the Pauline Institutes are to make themselves known to the rest of the Pauline Family.

 

Religious Brothers of the Society of St. Paul

Brothers of the Society of St. Paul

 

He also reflected on the Centenary Prayer to the Trinity for Our Hundred-Year Service to the Church. This included remembering the Pauline Saints and those who help found the congregations here in the United States. He concluded with praying for a new Pentecost and new graces to guide us for the next 100 years.

The mass included Prayers of the Faithful read in various languages, representing the multi-culture mix of the Society of St. Paul in the United States. There was also a commissioning ceremony for the two members who will be sent forth to the new community in Chicago.

Fr. Archangel and Brother Peter being commissioned to open a Pauline foundation in Chicago.

Fr. Archangel and Brother Peter being commissioned to open a Pauline foundation in Chicago.

 

After the mass there was a time for fellowship for all those who gathered for this celebration.

 

Mrs. Gillis, mother of Sr. Margaret Michael, FSP together here with novices of the Daughters of St. Paul and a friend

Mrs. Gillis, mother of Sr. Margaret Michael, FSP together here with novices of the Daughters of St. Paul and a friend

 

Brother Al of the Society of St. Paul with Sr. Sophie, Sr. Patricia and Sr. Christine of the Daughters of St. Paul

Brother Al of the Society of St. Paul with Sr. Sophie, Sr. Patricia and Sr. Christine of the Daughters of St. Paul

 

Sr. Carmen Christi of the Daughters of St. Paul with Marlene Rancourt, an Anunciationist.

Sr. Carmen Christi of the Daughters of St. Paul with Marlene Rancourt, an Anunciationist.

 

Sr. Carly and Sr. Cheryl, novices with the Daughters of St. Paul

Sr. Carly and Sr. Cheryl, novices with the Daughters of St. Paul

 

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