Saint Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850) a sage of his time, who walked before his time through the chaotic moments of history, was a humble priest of the Diocese of Rome and through his decisive interventions in history was able to leave behind in the memories of humanity the foot prints of his faith, action and commitment. His challenges were many, but faced them calmly and courageously; he was moved by the belief that all human beings irrespective of their cast, creed and gender are created in the image and likeness of God who is love incarnate.
Realization of this truth transformed Vincent Pallotti to an outstanding apostle and did everything within his potential to change the lives of his brothers and sisters. He started night schools for workers and farmers, started orphanage for the children who were orphaned by the deadly attack of cholera, while engaging himself in various other social and cultural and religious ministries. This multi faceted personality started 'Union of Catholic Apostolate' and then 'Society of Catholic Apostolate' to continue his mission here on earth.
Today members of this Society, who are commonly called 'Pallottines' works more than 47 countries around the world bearing the same mission and vision of Pallotti to create a world that is rooted in love for God and fellow human beings. Saint Vincent Pallotti died on January 22, 1850. He was beatified after a century in 1950, and was canonized a saint on January 20, 1963, by Pope John XXIII. According to Pope John, he was "a tireless apostle, director of souls, inspirer of holy enthusiasm and magnificent in his many undertakings." He is a saint, apostle, motivator and above all a patron for all people who are zealous in destroying ignorance and darkness and bringing life and light to this world.