"My God and My All"
The ultimate goal of the Vocationist Fathers is to bring all its members, and, through them, the whole world to perfect divine union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Vocationist Fathers believe in universal sanctification and promote it in all walks of life.
Fr. Justin sees religion as relationship. He teaches that the very reason of our creation is the fact that God wants us to be a personal, living relationship of love with the three divine persons.
This relationship is progressive, ascensional and must be constant. Imitating the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph we are called and guided to live the relationship of soul daughter of God in imitation of Jesus Christ; the relationship of soul mother of God, imitating the Virgin Mary, and the relationship of soul spouse of the Trinity, imitating St. Joseph.
The uniqueness of the Vocationist spirituality consists in the fact that Fr. Justin teaches that all men are called to live this relationship of love with the Blessed Trinity; it is not an extraordinary privilege granted to a few saints, but it is a general calling extended to every soul.
This espousal relationship is seen in the very word of creation: "Let us make man in our own image and likeness. The love of one divine person for the other is a love that is total, exclusive and permanent, i.e. a marital love. The same freedom that God as given to us, is necessitated by the espousal love, that must be totally free.
Our most common form of prayer: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit" is an indication that we want and must constantly relate to the divine persons, since a relationship is possible only between two persons, and so we address the divine persons and establish this ever growing relationship of love with them.
Our favorite forms of prayer "Offertories and Consecrations are also meant to nurture our espousal relationship of love with the Blessed Trinity.
All our prayers end with the refrain: "O my God and my All! Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may your will be done, your love reign, your glory shine always more in me and in everyone, as in yourself, O My God and my All."
Blessed Father Justin M. Russolillo, S.D.V.
Father Justin Russolillo was born on January 18, 1891 and baptized in Pianura(Naples) on the next day, . After completing Grammar School in his home town, he entered the Seminary of Pozzuoli, where he distinguished himself for intelligence, humility and piety. Bishop Zezza and Marquis Zampaglione were glad to pay the Seminary tuition for such a brilliant and pious seminarian.
On September 20, 1913, Justin was ordained a Priest. While kneeling before the Bishop for the ordination, he vowed to the Lord to found a religious Congregation to cultivate vocations to faith, priesthood and holiness.
As a priest, he intensified the work that he had already begun as a Seminary student. When he was appointed Pastor of Pianura on September 20, 1920, he soon started working for the realization of his mission.
On October 18 of the same year, the first community of Vocationist Fathers came into being at the Rectory of St. George's Parish. One year later the Vocationist Sisters Community was formed with the same aims and goals of the Fathers.
The Vocationist Fathers and Sisters rapidly spread throughout Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina and U.S.A. and lately, they reached Nigeria, India, Philippines, Madagascar, Columbia and Ecuador.
Wherever they went, their main goal was the search and cultivation of vocations, especially among the poor and the underprivileged. The Blessed Trinity, the Holy Family and the Mother Church were the source and center of his spirituality and of his multiple ministries.
The two religious congregations of the Vocationist Fathers and Sisters became congregation of Pontifical Right respectively on January 3, 1948 and on May 24, 1947. Fr. Justin completed his earthly mission on August 2, 1955, comforted by the Sacraments of the Church. Said petition was readily granted on April 3, 1978, and on December 18, 1997 Pope John Paul the Second officially declared that Fr. Justin had practiced the Christian Virtues in a heroic manner and therefore he was being raised to the dignity of VENERABLE, and now on May 7th, 2011 Fr. Justin was raised again to the honor of BLESSED by His Holiness Benedict XVI.