from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The office, duties, or mission of an apostle.
- n. An association of individuals for the dissemination of a religion or doctrine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The office, or responsibilities of an apostle.
- n. A group of people that exists for the spreading of religious doctrine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The dignity, office, or mission, of an apostle; apostleship.
- n. The dignity or office of the pope, as the holder of the apostolic see.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The dignity or office of an apostle.
- n. Specifically
- n. The dignity or office of the pope; the holder of the apostolic see: used as a title in the early middle ages, as the title Holiness is employed at the present time.
Fr. Pacwa has been a HUGE influence in my life and my apostolate is a result of his inspiration (and the work of the Holy Spirit, of course!)
Because the word 'apostolate' is rather uncommon in America-at-large, explanations of it are often in order.
Since I've become a Catholic I've discovered that in Catholicism, the word 'apostolate' is used much the way Protestants and Evangelicals use the word 'ministry'.
This annual apostolate is followed by home visits.
William Danker declares that ‘without training … the vast Antarctica of the lay apostolate is not going to be thawed out.’ (
The 1920s and 1930s were good times to be alive for Catholics interested in the social apostolate, that is, in the role of the Faith in reshaping not only individual lives but societies, cultures, political systems, the whole of our common life, after the pattern of Jesus Christ.
The memorials of the saint's activity in Paris have thus survived, but even the date of his apostolate is a matter of controversy.
 The apostolate is the highest rank (1 Cor.xii. 28); it follows that the main thing even about the twelve is the fact of their being apostles.
This event was auspicious of the future of the entire community, since his apostolate was the means of propagating the order among the northern nations, and giving to it some of its present dominant characteristics of Teutonic discipline; whereas in the land of its origin it has never fully recovered from the disasters which befell it during the lifetime of its founder.
“In a region plagued by veritable orgies of violence, this kind of apostolate can truly save human lives,” Miss du Coudray insisted.