Detroit — An increased focus on living out the charism of their founder will be an important theme for local Irish Palloottines, says Fr. Noel O’Connor, SAC, the Pallottines’ new director of mission promotion in the U.S.A.
They are following a 2003 Vatican directive that they re-focus on the ideas of St. Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850) about collaboration with and encouragement of the laity in the work of the Church, explains Fr. O’Connor, 58, a native of County Tipperary, Ireland.
“St. Vincent Pallott, believed that every person is called to holiness, and to an interior life of holiness.”
To that end, a Union of Catholic Apostolate group of priests and lay people now meets once a month at the Pallottines’ center in Wyandotte.
The Irish Pallottines are best known for their missionary work in Tanzania and Kenya in East Africa,. Fr. O’Connor says he is hoping to raise money to help support the education of priests in Africa, where the Pallottines currently have 28 men in formation.
A dinner-dance planned for Friday, Nov. 4, will give people a chance to help.
Fr. O’Connor served in Tanzania from 1983-2000, and from 2000-10 in Kenya.