We are all called by Christ to be his Apostles - every one of us, without exception. Each in our own unique way, but all with equal dignity. That is the fundamental message that the Pallottine Family seeks to try to help people to experience and understand and live, not simply as isolated individuals, but through learning together to discover and develop and pool our gifts and talents and resources in the service of God's Kingdom.
The Union of Catholic Apostolate (the Pallottine Family) was founded by St. Vincent Pallotti in 1835, with the aim of promoting this call of all people to become Apostles by reviving faith and rekindling love in Catholics, spreading this faith and love to all people and working to unite the apostolic efforts of all in every possible spiritual and practical service.
Subsequently, he founded Communities of Pallottine Sisters (the Congregations of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate and of the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate respectively) and of Pallottine Priests and Brothers (the Society of the Catholic Apostolate) as integral parts of the Pallottine Family. These Communities were founded in and for the Union.
In 2003, the Pallottine Family was erected by the Holy See as an international public association of the faithful of pontifical right. The General Coordination Council, the coordinating body of the entire Family, meets once a year in Rome, where is also located the General Secretariat, entrusted with ensuring the ongoing day to day functioning of the Union. There are National Coordination Councils established in over 20 countries, and the Union is also present in every other country where members of the aforementioned Communities or other members of the Union are present.