On Sunday, June 24, 2007, the Pauline Family consisting of the Society of St Paul, the Daughters of St. Paul, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, the Institute of Jesus the Priest, Cooperators and Friends, gathered at St. Peter’s Church on Staten Island, New York to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Pauline presence in the United States of America. The Celebrant and Homilist of the Mass was Msgr. James Dorney, Vicar of Staten Island. Celebrating also were the Daughters of St. Paul who arrived in New York in 1932. The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master prepared the altar for the Eucharistic Celebration and among the concelebrants were priests of the Archdiocese, priest members of the Society of St. Paul and a novice of the Institute of Jesus, the Priest. There was a large attendance of the Brothers as well as cooperators and friends. Reception followed in the Church hall of St. Peter's.
BRIEF STORY OF THE SSP IN USA
The foundation of the Society of St. Paul in the United States had its very humble beginnings in the Archdiocese of New York. The founder was Fr. Francis Xavier Borrano, who arrived in New York from Italy on October 1931. He had no fixed destination in the city of New York, had no money, and could not speak English. Consequently, as the immigration law required, he was quarantined at Ellis Island.
Released from Ellis Island, Fr. Borrano was received by the Jesuits at Nativity Church on Second Ave. in Manhattan. During this time he petitioned the establishment of the Pauline Community in New York. After several months temporary permission was granted and Fr. Borrano moved in March of 1932 to an apartment in Brooklyn, New York.
With the arrival of the members, Bro. Raphael, Fr. Stanislaus and Sub-Deacon Mario Gandolfi, the community began to expand and it was necessary to find larger quarters in the Bronx - first in Zerega Avenue, then in Tremont Avenue and then another move to Research Avenue. In 1937 the community made its final move to a six acre plot of land in Staten Island, New York which today is the present residence of the Society of St. Paul. This is the main publishing house for ST PAULS/Alba House books.
On May 9, 1944 the Paulines took possession of property in Canfield, Ohio where the Novitiate was begun. Two new printing presses were bought and the publication of "The Catholic Home Messenger" began. Today, it is the home of Audio Visual tape and CD productions.
In 1954 another foundation was made in the Archdiocese of Detroit. At first the community lived in a small private house and then moved to a larger building in Dearborn, Michigan, where it published a weekly newspaper, distributed films and operated a media center. Currently, the community has a bookstore and visits parishes on weekends for book displays in order to bring the Word of God directly to the people.
The future of our communications apostolate in America lies on the ingenuity and creativeness of the members perpetually assisted by the powerful aid of the Holy Spirit, and under the protection of the Queen of Apostles and of St. Paul.
Seated from left: Francesco Saverio Borrano, Giovanni Costa, don Giacomo Alberione, don Timoteo Giaccardo, don Giuseppe Trosso
COMMUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES (from SAN PAOLO Bulletin 13-22 January 2012) :
Staten Island(New York, 1932). Provincial house and editorial, administrative and commercial center of the apostolate. The community is made up of 21 confreres (6 priests and 15 disciples, with median age of 69,43), committed in redaction (2) and above all in diffusion and marketing (11). For some years the digital activity has started, with a catalog and newsletters; worthy of note is the sale online through the ebay societies of Amazon Kindle and Apple Store, with encouraging prospects. Being carried out with almost weekly cadence are book exhibits in English, Spanish and even Korean. A locale of our residence is used for continuous adoration, managed by a group of laypersons. Notable religious appeal is constituted by the presence of a Way Side Shrine, open day and night for the devotion of the faithful. The vocation activity is conducted almost exclusively by means of the internet. A bookstore, at ground level of the apostolic building, faces the street in quite a visible way and is discreetly frequented.
Canfield(Ohio, 1944). The community is composed of 6 priests and 5 disciples, with median age of 70,58. The most significant apostolic activity is carried out in audiovisuals: in cds and dvds are proposed numerous themes of human-spiritual formation, carried out by authors made known and contacted thanks to the presence of the diocesan television in our premises. With the diocese we collaborate for the transmission of the Sunday mass done in our spacious chapel open to the public. A bookstore and the promotion of exhibits complete the community’s apostolic activity.
Aggregated Institutes. There are 6 Annunciationists scattered in the territory of the United States, 1 priest of the Institute Jesus Priest and about 300 persons connected with the Institute of the Holy Family.
STATI UNITI - Society of St. Paul COUNTRY CODE 1
STATEN ISLAND, New York 10314-6603
St Pauls Bookstore Tel: (718) 761.0085 Fax: (718) 698.8390
St Pauls Publishers Marketing Department Tel: (718) 698.2759 - 698.2903 Fax: (718) 698.8390 Website: www.stpauls.us
St Pauls Publishers Spanish Distribution Tel: (718) 698.2759 - 698.2903 Fax: (718) 698.8390 Website: www.stpauls.us
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90063 Comunidad 112 S. Herbert Ave. Tel: (323) 269.9814 Fax: (323) 269.0242
Together for Worship - Asamblea Eucarística Tel: (323) 266.3771 Fax: (323) 268.4583
Librería San Pablo - Huntington Park 7027 Pacific Blvd. Huntington Park, CA. 90255 Tel: (323) 215.1541 Fax: (323) 215.1584
LOS ANGELES, CA. 90022 SOBICAIN y St. Paul Distribution Center 5003 E. Whittier Blvd. Tel: (323) 262.7861 - 262.1748 (800) 569.0929 Fax: (323) 262.1578