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The Triduum 2018 of the Holy Family Institute was held at the Shrine of our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson OH from 21st to 23rd September 2018, and it was a real time of grace. About 60 members of the Institute were present, coming from all the United States, Fr. Matthew Roehrig (HFI Delegate(, Fr. Tony Bautista (Delegate of the Superior General for the United States) and several members of the Staten Island and Canfield communities.

The retreat was preached by the Italian Pauline Fr. Angelo Colacrai, an expert on St. Paul and on the Bible. The speaker touched on several Pauline topics, such as John 14:6 (Jesus Way Truth and Life), the family of Paul (according to Paul) and the Pauline Family. Then he presented an entire vocabulary (i.e. over 30 Greek words, with phonetics, occurrences in the 13 letters, a selected verse as an example for each word, with cross references). He dealt, specifically with: The house - household, how to build and rebuild a house, home; The couple, man and woman, one for the other (togetherness); Parents and Children; Father(s) and Mother(s); Brothers and Sisters (people belonging to the same domestic Church); The women of Paul, one by one, as, Prisca (with Aquila), Apphia, Julia, Claudia… Phoebe, Damaris; Kinsman; Separation and Divorce. He ended the Triduum by suggesting some Pauline Perspectives, starting with quotations from Amoris Laetitia (by Francis), on “fulfilment”, “completeness”, “dialogue”, the “media education”, “virginity”. Another (secondary) topic was the Lectio divina in 10 steps (lectio, meditatio, oratio, contemplatio, contritio, consolatio, discretio, deliberatio, actio apostolica, oblatio). The end was about a Pauline Pyramid – hierarchy according to Paul, exploring the relationship (sometimes tense) between Paul and Peter (Cephas) and Apollos in the church of Corinth and in Galatians. Fr. Colacrai ended the meeting brandishing his mobile phone and suggesting: “Being like Paul or like Peter or Apollos? What really matters to the Pauline Family is to unify a nowadays divided Church, due to the differences in doctrines, languages, politics, costumes, religions (so many claiming to be true) by using the most modern media of communication, by co-working with others, by creating new communities in the net and in this today so global wired world we live in, and belong to”.

During the Triduum, we joyfully witnessed several renewals and perpetual professions as well as the entry into the novitiate of the Annunciationist Tahlia Fernandez.

Books and objects exhibits, were held by Br. Peter Lyne SSP, Sr. Mary Peter Martin DSP, Dee Primavera and Jacquie De Alvarez HFI.

Saturday, December 9th, the first day of the first snow on New York, crowns the first recollection with the collaborators and employees of the community of Staten Island. A morning dedicated to reflection and prayer, organized by the current Delegate Superior, Fr. Tony Bautista and Fr. Jeffrey Mickler as the recollection director.  Fr. Jeffrey in his talk, lead everyone to a fruitful meditation focusing on the charism of our congregation and the role of our collaborators and employees in our ministry and apostolate. The recollection concluded with an hour of adoration and Mass after which everyone partakes with a fraternal lunch in the community with the priests and brothers.
 
 

 

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Most Rev. John O'Hara, Auxiliary Bishop of New York, blessed the ST PAULS BOOK and GIFT Center of the Society of St. Paul in Staten Island New York.

The newly remodeled Book Center will focus on the promotion and diffusion of the Holy Bible and Biblical commentaries. It will feature Bibles and Books in English, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Korean. In addition to books published by the Society of St Paul, there will be also books and articles from meaning other leading USA Catholic publishers.

In the early 1950's a very modest Book Center was opened just yards away from the present location.It was, like many Pauline endeavors, a very humble beginning. Time passed and the Book Center was moved to a small room in the Priests and Brothers Residence Building. This Book Center remained there for a few years and once the new Publishing Building was constructed, a small portion was allotted for the re-establishment for a new Book Center.

The amount of Priests, Sister, Brothers and Lay people quickly proved to be too small so another addition was added on — yet again, proving it small, more space was provided.

Through the 50 years of effort of the late Brother Benedict Santoro, Brother Augustine Condon and Brother Emmanuel Cana, the present Book Center has become "A Crowning Jewel" for the Catholic population of Staten Island and even to the Metropolitan area of Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey.

Much time, and with a true labor of love, our own Pauline brothers, Fr. Tony Bautista, Brother Zbigniew Gawron, Father Juan Huerta, and Brother Joshua Siedl contributed artistically and physically to the renovation and remodeling of the Book Center.

Now through the power of the Holy Spirit, Father Juan Huerta, SSP, the new Book Center manager will carry on with an entirely new light.

Father Valdir José De Castro, Superior General, accompanied by Father Jose Pottayil visited the Province of the United Stateswhich began on May 14, through May 22nd. During this visit Father De Castro and Father Jose Pottayil met with the members of the communities of Staten Island, N.Y., Chicago, Illinois and Canfield, Ohio.
The meetings consisted in a fraternal manner and provided eachmember the opportunity of speaking individually with Father Valdir and Father Jose in order to share their feelings and concerns.
On May 18, the U.S., Province held its second ProvincialAssembly of all the members at the community of Staten Island,New York. During his visit to the United States, Father Valdir José De Castro concelebrated the Funeral Mass of Father Thomas Fogarty, SSP, which was held at the Canfield, Ohio community on Saturday,
May 20.
The following day, May 21, Father Valdir met with the membersof the Holy Family Institute who were in attendance for the Funeral Mass of Father Fogarty. In the United States the Holy Family Institute members number over 400, the second place in the world after Italy.

Members of the Holy Family Institute of the United States Province, came together on September 16, 17 and 18, for their Annual Triduum Retreat which was held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio.  Approximately 100 Holy Family Institute members were in attendance. Fr. Dominador Guzman, SSP, was the Director for this Retreat.  Fr. Guzman focused on “The Pauline Family in the Year of Mercy.”

For the first time in its history, the Holy Family Institute had the presence and the participation of the Priests and Brothers of the Society of St. Paul, the Daughters of St. Paul, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, the Institute of Jesus Priest and the Annunciationists.

The Triduum concluded with a joyful Mass and celebration of the Perpetual Vows of James and Louise Hunt, the parents of Sister Mary James Hunt of the Daughters of St. Paul. Also professing Vows were, Leandro and Lueda Ruperto and Barbara Serko.

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