Pro Sanctity is a worldwide movement rooted in Catholic traditions and dedicated to the universal call to holiness in everyday life. Within a society that demands much and moves fast, Pro Sanctity strives to provide a practical means for all people to respond to the infinite love of God as we journey together toward heaven.
Our message is simple: feed the mind with the knowledge of God, warm the heart with His Spirit of Love, and use the hands in service to His people.
The Apostolic Oblation is a secular institute of pontifical right within the Pro Sanctity Movement. The Apostolic Oblates are laywomen who consecrate themselves to Christ, in differing capacities. All oblates make a promise of availability to the Institute; additionally, the oblates who live the vocation of consecrated life take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They are consecrated to the redemptive love of Christ. Oblates live the three theological virtues in service of Christ in the Institute: Faith is lived in the spirit of contemplation, Hope is lived in apostolic action, and Charity is lived in availability of service. There are three kinds of Apostolic Oblates, two live the Vocation of consecrated life and one the Sacrament of Marriage. The different kinds of oblates reflect different levels of availability to Christ in the Pro Sanctity Movement.
A Brief History
The Pro Sanctity movement was founded in 1947. Out of the rubble of war Bishop Giaquinta began building a culture of brother and sisterhood. The Institute of the Apostolic Oblates was founded as a part of Pro Sanctity in 1950. The Apostolic Oblates are laywomen who consecrate themselves to Christ through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; they also take a promise of service to the institution. They are of the Pro Sanctity Movement. The first community of oblates was in Italy. As the communities of oblates in Italy grew, Bishop Giaquinta was called to bring the Pro Sanctity to the United States. In 1962 Bishop Giaquinta and four oblates made the trek to America, planting themselves in California as schoolteachers. Now there are Bethanies in New York, California, and Nebraska. The Oblates have also established Bethanies in Belgium, India, and Latvia.