THE PAULINE FAMILY: 10 ways to proclaim Christ!
Fr. Alberione speaks of the bond which links the various institutions in this way: “You are all bonded by close ties since all of you are born from the Tabernacle”, that is, from the Eucharist experience of the Founder whilst in prayer. During this prayer of adoration Fr. Alberione felt deeply committed to make St. Paul come alive in the era which he lived. He was fascinated by Paul’s love for Christ and by his missionary activity. and communicated this to his spiritual children in the charismatic legacy which he left them. The Pauline Family’s mission is to spread the knowledge of the Gospel and the love of Jesus using all the means of modern media technology, and more generally to address the spiritual hunger of the modern world in a modern way. Our spirit is one: to live Jesus Christ, the Divine Master, Way, Truth and Life.
- Disciples of the Divine MasterIn a sense, the Disciples were the fulfilment of Fr. Alberione's dream.He was convinced that the mission of the Pauline Family would not be fruitful unless it was sustained by fervent prayer, especially Eucharistic Adoration. The Sister Disciples place Eucharistic Adoration, for the Pauline apostolate, at the centre of their lives. Through their focus on the Eucharist, ministry in many aspects of priesthood and their liturgical service, they remind the people of God of what is truly valuable. In their contemplation, they become still points in the midst of a swirling world focusing their attention on the Divine Master, the Way, Truth, and Life.
- Society of St PaulLike Paul, the priests and brothers, known as Paulines, are called to preach using the media of social communication. So that the love of God may reach the heart of every person, they transform the Word of God, living and active, into television and radio programmes, books and magazines, internet sites and podcasts, with generous dedication encouraged by Fr. Alberione’s words: “Your parish is the world!”
- Daughters of St PaulThey have the same mission as the Pauline priests and brothers. Although their works are numerous and include all of the means of social communication ,the Daughters are probably best known for their St. Paul Book and Media Centres. by the use of every available means of communication to spread the Gospel and promote the dignity of all peoples.
- Sisters of Jesus the Good ShepherdFr. Alberione founded the Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd to be "mothers and sisters, everyone's friends, rays of sunshine and joy in the parish." He wanted them to model their efforts on the early Church's model where women excelled in their service to the community. The sisters live in small communities and dedicate themselves to parish pastoral work, to the growth of the life and growth of the Christian community through evangelisation, catechesis and liturgical animation.
- Sisters of Mary, Queen of ApostlesThe Sisters of Mary Queen of Apostles mission is to aid people in discerning what God expects of them. They promote vocations to all the religious congregations, orders and societies in the Church. Their mission to arouse in the heart of people the desire to serve God and hear his calling voice which often can only be heard in a tiny whisper.
- Institute of Our Lady of the AnnunciationLay women in the Church who profess vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, announcing Jesus in the spirit of St. Paul. They remain within the sphere of their homes and workplaces. Their life is modeled on Mary of Nazareth, Virgin of the Annunciation. She shows that within the events of ordinary daily life she heeded the call of the Holy Spirit to be the Mother of God. The ways and means of the mission are varied and diverse as the environment in which they live and work, the needs of the people and the circumstances of each person.
- Institute of the St Gabriel the ArchangelFr. Alberione invited men and women while continuing to live in a secular word to follow the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. Their lifestyle is that of consecrated persons who, however, retain their lay status. They bring their intensity and deep love of God into the workplace, profession, or way of life chosen, becoming in effect, “salt and leaven” in society. The Institute takes its name from St. Gabriel, the Archangel of the Annunciation, and the patron of the instruments of social communication.
- Institute of Jesus the PriestThe Institute of Jesus Priest is a secular institute for Catholic Diocesan Priests and Bishops. This secular institute is a work of The Society of St. Paul and is associated to it. It aims at combining personal perfection and ministerial activity, and contributes in giving a genuine spirituality to the diocesan priest.The institute offers its members the profession of the Evangelical Counsels: the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience to assist them in their own personal sanctification, and also to assist the priest in pastoral ministry by the help of making effective the use of the media of social communications for various apostolic endeavors.Members of the institute are called to 'develop all their Christian and evangelical abilities, so that the divine message of salvation may become known and accepted by all mankind.' The institute has as its 'patrons:' Jesus The Divine Master, Mary Queen of Apostles and St. Paul the Apostle.
Institute of the Holy Family
The charism specific to Holy Family Institute members is lifelong spiritual growth through living the example of the "Holy Family of Nazareth: Model, Light, and Source of Grace".
The Holy Family Institute makes families aware of the media and encourages them to take some practical steps to put their awareness to good use:
- encouraging them to moderate their use of media
- inviting them to point out to their children that there are problems
- reminding them that their thoughts, words, actions, prayers and sufferings are linked, by their membership, to the work of the Pauline Family.
- Association of Pauline CooperatorsAware of their Christian vocation the Co-operators are men and women of all ages who have received from God their specific lay identity: "the world as the place for their vocation in the Church". Because of their presence, the mission of the Pauline Family reaches many different places and environments. They are called to carry out the Pauline mission in all its expressions. Some of these include: editing, distribution of books, promoting Gospel study days and weeks for the study of the bible; involvement in parish and diocesan pastoral initiatives, particularly catechesis as well as helping sustain Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and involvement in liturgical animation.