Our Family

Mirella Scalia on the Apostolic Oblates and the Pro Sanctity Movement

The Family of Apostolic Maximalism includes the various groups founded by Bishop Guglielmo Giaquinta. As a young priest in Rome, Giaquinta encountered many people desiring to respond to the aspirations of their heart—aspirations for holiness and brotherhood. He was convinced that holiness was the only possible response to the infinite love of the Father and the only solution to the problems of the world. Many were inspired by his dream for a “utopia of saints” and desired to cooperate with his work for holiness. Thus, the Pro Sanctity Movement became a force promoting the universal call to holiness—first in Rome and then all around the world.

Amidst the first participants in the Pro Sanctity Movement were a number of young women who desired to commit their lives to the apostolate of the Pro Sanctity Movement, the ideal of holiness, and the consecration to redemptive love which served as the heart of the spirituality of Giaquinta’s ideal. Three years after the foundation of the Pro Sanctity Movement, the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates was founded in 1950. The Apostolic Oblates dedicate their lives to Christ in the mission of holiness, taking vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and a promise of apostolate in order to be more conformed to Christ’s thirst for souls and totally available to their brothers and sisters and their thirst for Christ. The Cooperatives are members of the Institute of the Apostolic Oblates called to marriage and are entrusted with the particular mission of bringing the call to holiness to family life.

In 1962, Guglielmo Giaquinta founds a Secular Institute for diocesan priests, the Apostolic Sodales. They, too, commit themselves through vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience while remaining diocesan priests available to the needs of their bishop and diocese. The Apostolic Sodales are called to foster holiness in their parish and priestly ministry and promote deep communion and brotherhood among their brother priests, gathered around their bishop.

The Social Animators are founded in 1972 for men (married and single) called to infuse the structures of society with holiness and authentic justice and brotherhood. They are dedicated to bringing the universal call to holiness to the various aspects of the social sphere.