St. Vincent Pallotti, a Roman Catholic Priest, founded the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in 1835. The members of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate are known worldwide as Pallottines (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). In 1951, Pallottine Fathers and Brothers from the Sacred Heart Province, Germany, came to India and started the Indian Mission in Raipur of Chatisgarh State. The Raipur mission of the Pallottines gradually grew and the first Pallottine Province “Prabhu Prakash Province” was erected. The Pallottine mission also gave birth to the Diocese of Raipur in Chattisgarh with a Pallottine Priest as its first Bishop.
After 50 years of Pallottine Presence in India, the Prabhu Prakash Province was divided into three entities, viz., Prabhu Prakash Province, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province and Khristu Jyothi Province. Prabhu Prakash Province has its headquarters in Nagpur while ABVM Province and Khristu Jyothi Province have their headquarters in Bangalore and Raipur respectively. With 175 Pallottine Priests, ABVM Province is placed first in human resources among Pallottines in the World.
Presently, the administration of ABVM Province is entrusted to Fr. Pedro Camilo Simoes, the Provincial Rector and Fr. James Joseph, Fr. Patrick Furtado, Fr. Kishore Babu Yadala and Fr. Valerian Charles Fernandes, the Councillors.
Today, ABVM Province covers six states in India and attends to the suffering of the poor and gives them the tools to transform their own lives. The Union of the Catholic Apostolate, the spiritual principles of the Founder St. Vincent Pallotti guides the Pallottines in their works among the disadvantaged people in different States of India.