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KOTA KINABALU – Members of the Pauline Family marked their Founder’s Day quietly with Mass and fellowship at the Daughters of St Paul Convent here on 27 Nov 2017.
Father Max Hontor celebrated the Mass for the occasion with members of the Daughters of St Paul, Association of the Pauline Cooperators, and Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation. A simple fellowship was held after the Mass.
Born on 4 April 1884 in Italy, Bl James Alberione was ordained a priest on 29 June 1907. Between 1914 and 1965, he founded five religious institutes, four secular institutes and one lay association – collectively known as the Pauline Family – who use the communications media for evangelisation.
Fr Alberione travelled around the world several times visiting his sons and daughters scattered on all the continents.
The secret of his vast apostolic activity lies in his interior life, which was directed to realising with always greater fullness the words of the Apostle Paul: “It is no longer I who live; it is Christ who lives in me.”
On 26 Nov 1971, at the age of 87, comforted by the visit and blessing of Pope Paul VI, Fr Alberione left this earth to return to the house of the Father.
He was beatified by Pope John Paul II, in Rome, on the 27 April 2003 and his feast day falls on Nov 26.