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The Pauline Family

“Pauline Family” refers to the ten institutes developed by Blessed James Alberione, a priest from the Diocese of Alba in Italy, as a response to various callings by God. Evidently, the name Pauline references the Apostle Paul. The term Family, recognizes St. Paul as its father, its inspiration and furthermore, “it strives to bring the very person of the Apostle of the gentiles to life.  The Pauline Family is also composed of five Religious Congregations, four Institutes of Secular Consecrated Life and a lay Cooperators Association.

The spirituality of the Pauline Family  is centered on a life in Christ the Master and in the Church. As described by the 1980 SSP Capitular Assembly, “the Pauline is a person called by God and consecrated to Him, so that in communion with many confreres he may be ‘St. Paul living today’; with the goal of living and giving Christ Way, Truth and Life to humanity through an evangelization availing of the means of social communication.”

The explicit  pursuit of holiness, the profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and the practice of common life are the five essential elements  that defines a “religious” Congregation or Institute. The five Religious Congregations founded by Father Alberione are the following:

Society of St. Paul (SSP)

Daughters of St. Paul (FSP)

Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM)

Sisters of Jesus, The Good Shepherd (SGBP)

Queen of Apostles Institute for Vocations or Apostoline Sisters (AP)

The Institutes of Secular Consecrated Life refers to societies created or approved by ecclesial authority such as the Holy Father or Bishops, whose members consecrate themselves to God through a public profession of the evangelical counsels (vows of poverty, obedience and chastity); however, members of these institutes do not live in community. In addition to the five Religious Congregations, Father Alberione was moved by the Holy Spirit to add the following four institutes:

Institute of Jesus Priest

Institute of St. Gabriel the Archangel (Gabrielites)

Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation (Annunciationists)

Institute of the Holy Family

In 1917, Father Alberione also gave life to an ecclesial Association of Lay People, The Pauline Cooperators, who were meant to exercise the Pauline apostolate through various communication channels such as: catechesis, editorial, radio and television, centers of distribution for books, magazines, auto-visuals, etc. Living in communion with the Pauline Family, the Cooperators share the same spiritual and missionary goals through prayer, works, and when need, through fund raising.

As apostles, every member of the Pauline Family is driven by a single ideal: to make Jesus known, to make Him known to all. That is the mission of the Pauline Family, to live and give the world Jesus Christ, Way, Truth and Life.

  • "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20