The dignity, office, or mission, of an apostle; apostleship.
The dignity or office of the pope, as the holder of the apostolic see.
Christian ministry. The word is derived from the apostles of Jesus Christ sent on mission in his name to preach, heal, and cast out evil spirits. Apostolate can be as varied as the needs of the Church: administration of the Sacraments, preaching, retreats, hospital, military, or prison chaplaincy, counseling, working with youth, married couples or the elderly, etc. Only some apostolates (i.e., administration of the Sacraments) need to be carried out by the clergy. Others can be carried out by any Catholic who desires to serve those in need. For these apostolates to be carried out officially, some form of Church approval or commissioning is necessary. Since Vatican II (1962-65) and its emphasis on the "Apostolate of the Laity," as well as the current shortage of clergy*, more and more Catholic laity* have been involved in some form of apostolate.
The labors, the â€œworkâ€ done for the mission of the Church by lay, religious and priests. This is often also referred to as the ministry of the person or religious congregation.
those places where the shared mission* is realized: schools, retreat centers, child welfare centers, and other places.
The ministry or work of an apostle. In Catholic usage, a term covering all kinds and areas of work and endeavor for the service of God and the Church and the good of people.
a mission endeavor or activity
An organized activity, lay or clerical, for promoting some aspect of the Catholic faith.