The Paulists seek to meet the contemporary culture on its own terms, to present the Gospel message in ways that are compelling but not diluted, so that the fullness of the Catholic faith may lead others to find Christ's deep peace and "unreachable quietness." Paulists do not condemn culture, nor do they try to conform the Gospel to it. Rather, we preach the Gospel in new ways and in new forms, so that the deep spiritual longings of the culture might find fulfillment in Jesus Christ. To this end, Paulists use printing presses, movie cameras, and the Internet to give voice to the words of Christ - the Word Himself - to a new generation of Americans.
The Vision of the Paulist Founder
The founder of the Paulists, Isaac Hecker, was a spiritual seeker, a wandering soul. He lived for a time in Transcendentalist utopian communities where he consulted the leading thinkers of his day. Though a seeker, he became a man of conviction: once he found the truth in the Catholic Church, he gave his whole life to it. His only desire was to proclaim the truth to others so that they too could find their true selves as North American Catholics.
The Spirit at Work
Today our Paulist family grows, joined by Associates and lay collaborators in foundations throughout North America. The vision of Hecker – through our hearts and voices – is at work in the Spirit to:
- Seek out those who desire healing and reconciliation,
- work toward Christian unity and dialogue with faiths outside our tradition
- in parishes, on the campus, through video and publishing
We Give the Word A Voice!