St. Vincent Pallotti (1795-1850)
The founder of the Pallottine order was St. Vincent Pallotti. Vincent was born in Rome on April 21, 1795 and was the third of ten children. His family was very religious and Vincent grew up going daily Mass. Following his calling to serve God, he was ordained a priest on May 16, 1818.
Vincent believed that ALL -- (laity, clergy and religious) are called to be Apostles. His dream was to enable lay people to assume their proper role in the mission of the Church and establish a community to translate his vision into reality. His vision included men and women, young and old, the laity, priests, sisters, brothers and religious.
St. Vincent was a simple man but was very strong in his belief that ALL ARE CALLED to SERVE as APOSTLES of CHRIST. He often needed to defend his vision and for this reason he is often referred to as the DEFENDER of the LAY APOSTOLATE!