President's Welcome: Get to Know the Paulists

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Fr. Eric Andrews, CSP

A listening, open-hearted welcome. That’s what the Paulists extend to spiritual seekers, to the person exploring reconnection with the Catholic church and the cradle Catholic with a desire to go deeper into their faith.

We reach out because that’s what God did for us in Jesus Christ. That’s what the Holy Spirit calls us to do each day. As Pope Francis said in The Joy of the Gospel, “if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”

Who are the Paulists? Gathered together in prayerful discernment in General Assembly we defined ourselves as, “Led by the Holy Spirit, the Paulists are a missionary community that forms Catholics for mission, giving particular attention to those beyond the Catholic community.

· The qualities with which we embody this mission are freedom, joy, respect and understanding, and invitation and welcome, so we may display the love of Christ and his Church to the people we encounter.

· The vehicles in which we build these important relationships include expertise in media, skillful use of technology, excellence in preaching, and missionary parishes, campus ministries, and foundations.

· The avenues through which we actualize the mission are evangelization, reconciliation, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue.

As Paulists we are called to witness to life in Christ and to advocate for service, justice and peacemaking. In this way we share in God’s mission of love to the world. We are joy-filled because we are privileged as Church and a religious society to be a part of that mission.

You can connect to every Paulist ministry through this Web site. We hope you will check in often for updates, weekly stories and spiritual reflections. Get a daily Tweet with a saying from our founder, Servant of God, Isaac Hecker – check it out!

Sincerely yours in Christ,


V. Rev. Eric Andrews, CSP
President of the Paulist Fathers