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VENERABLE JAMES ALBERIONE
FOUNDER OF THE PAULINE FAMILY
"All must consider St. Paul the Apostle as the Father,
Master, Example and Founder. In actual fact he is. Through
him theCongregation was born, by him it was nourished and
raised, from him it received its spirit."
Venerable James Alberione
James Alberione was born in a small northern Italian town
on Friday, April 4, 1884. His family was poor but managed
with some outside assistance to pay for his studies. He was
ordained on June 29, 1907 for the Diocese of Alba - the
name was to play an important part in his future
career - and he seemed destined for an ecclesiastical
career which would run on predictable lines.
But Father James had been carrying a great secret in his
heart since the night of December 31, 1900. On that night,
praying with other seminarians before Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament (in answer to the appeal of Pope Leo XIII for
worldwide prayer for God's blessing on the new century),
he had felt an invitation of such power from the Host that
it had totally changed his life, leaving him with a burning
desire to do something "for God and for his contemporaries
in the new century." Thus he accepted the work that the
Diocese initially gave into his charge but continued to
pray that God would enlighten him better about his real
role in life.
On August 20, 1914, he finally discerned God's will clearly,
and quietly began by putting two teenagers, whom he had
attracted by his holy life and remarkable predictions about
the future, to work in a small pressroom under the guidance
of a printer friend of his. Thus began the religious
congregation known today as The Society of St. Paul whose
purpose is to communicate the Gospel message through Press,
Cinema, Radio and other modern media.
The Society proved to be merely the first in an impressive
series of religious Foundations. As soon as he started his
first pressroom (in the little town named "Alba" like his
Diocese) a number of local young women were stirred by his
ideals and came together under his direction. These were in
due course to become what we know today as The Daughters of
St. Paul, a feminine counterpart of the Society.
In 1920 he gave life to a second congregation for women: The
Sister Disciples of the Divine Master whose members would
be especially dedicated to Eucharistic adoration. Sixteen
years later he was to found a third group: The Pastoral
Sisters, to work for the spiritually needy in parishes by
providing religious instruction, preparing the sick for
the sacraments, seeking out lax Catholics, helping the poor
and occasionally running kindergarten schools.]
Finally, in the period from the mid-nineteen-fifties onward,
he founded the Queen of the Apostles Sisters to work for
vocations to the religious state and to the priesthood. He
also initiated four "Religious Institutes" or groups of
people with religious vows but continuing to live and work
in their usual occupations. Our Holy Family Institute is
one of these Institutes.
When he died in 1971, his spiritual sons and daughters
numbered almost 7,000 and were working in some 30 countries
and the principal world languages.
In the intervening years the Institutes or
Associations Fr. Alberione founded have added almost 2,000
to the total membership figure.
What were Father Alberione's ideals? First of all, he
dedicated his work to Paul, the great Saint who labored
with Peter to found Christianity. Paul, writer and preacher
to the non-Jewish world is the ideal patron of what Father
James called "The Pauline Family" or group of congregations.
Second, he drew his total inspiration and strength from
The Eucharist. He prayed for as many as seven hours per day
and taught all his followers to make a daily Holy Hour. But
he was also a man of incessant activity - beginning
regularly at 3:30 a.m.- and he turned his entire priestly
life to the task of preaching the Word both in the
traditional way and through the media.
On June 25, 1996, His Holiness Pope John Paul II signed
the Decree by which the heroic virtues of our Founder,
Fr. James Alberione, were recognized and so the title
of "Venerable" may be applied to him. This step
immediately precedes the Beatification.
Do you read Italian? If you do, we have a comprehensive
history of the Founder's life and work for you. It compares
Fr. Alberione's on-going life and activity with parallel
events in world history.
The following video clips are na by Rolland Smith. You
will need a RealAudio G2 Player to view them. We will have Microsoft Player
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James Alberione and the
Founding of the Society of St. Paul 28k baud connection: 1 min. 35
James Alberione and
the Founding of the Society of St. Paul 56k baud connection: 1 min. 35
The Four Vows of
the Priests and Brothers and Their Media Ministry 28k baud connection:
The Four Vows of the Priests
and Brothers and Their Media Ministry 56k baud connection: 51
Family and the New Millennium 28k baud connection: 48 secs.
The Pauline Family and the New
Millennium 56k baud connection: 48 secs
John Paul II and the
Beatification of Blessed Timothy 28k baud connection: 1 min. 30 secs.
John Paul II and the
Beatification of Blessed Timothy 56k baud connection: 1 min. 30
The following video clip is Rev. Jeffrey Mickler SSP speaking
at St. Paul's Outside the Walls of Rome.
From St. Paul's Outside the
Walls 28k baud connection: 35 secs.
From St. Paul's Outside the
Walls 56k baud connection: 35 secs.
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