▪ With immense joy we participated in the celebrations of the Pasqual Triduum at St. Peter’s with the Holy Father! The attraction of the service was the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum where thousands of people gathered from all over the world. In his message Pope Francis invited everyone to pray for peace in Syria, the Middle East, Sudan, the Republic of Congo and for all who endure continuing hostilities, aggravated by the great famine affecting certain parts of Africa.
▪ Our communities of the Generalate and Procura welcomed the new members of Finance and Mission Commissions. The meeting was held simultaneously in the Generalate. Among the financial commission members, we were happy to have two lay people respectively from England and Germany. Sr. Izabela Świerad invited the members to study the present situation of our Congregation and initiate some new ways for the development of the entire Congregation. At the conclusion of the meeting all participated in the Palm Sunday Liturgy at St. Peter’s Square.
▪ Accompanied with grateful hearts to God, joyfully we joined in the thanksgiving Mass at Procura Chapel in honor of newly appointed Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda, SAC, as Metropolitan Archbishop of Białystok, Poland. Before his appointment he was the Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples in Rome.
▪ On the 29th April 27 Polish Members of the General Councils in Rome from different Congregations met in our Generalate. These gatherings have a 32 year tradition, of which Fr. Jan Korycki, Pallottine, was one of the first initiators. After common Vespers in the Chapel and a conference given by Fr. Piotr Chyłę CSsR, Director of the Spiritual Center of Redemptorists in Rome, titled: Mary's way, is a way of Jesus' disciple in today's world- all enjoyed an Agape prepared by the Sisters in the Procura.
▪ This years, Lenten season was especially marked by the long stay of Sr. Magdalene Klein in in the hospital. Due to the unexpected aggravation of her health situation, she handed in her resignation as Provincial Councillor and Vicar. Thus, the Province Conference will gather within the next few weeks for a by-election.
▪ Invited by Sr. Helga Weidemann, Provincial,Sr. Johanna Domek OSB from Cologne-Raderberg came on 5th of April for a conference to Kloster Marienborn on the topic: Aging alertly. For this and the Eucharistic celebration, Sr. Helga had also invited all religious from the Diocese of Limburg. This was readily accepted by many. Also from our community at Refrath ten Sisters joined us, and stayed for supper as well.
▪ The liturgy of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter vigil was animated appealingly by Sr. Astrid and Sr. Simone. Besides the Sisters and the residents of House Felizitas, many friends and neighbours also took part in it.
▪ April has ushered in a lovely Spring to accompany the beautiful and meaningful Easter liturgies. The St. Mary’s Community, in Huntington, chose to spend Easter Sunday without visitors, this year; it is so seldom that they can enjoy just their little community, in this day and time. The month has been full of activity to support Cancer and Heart Service needs.
▪ On the 6th Sr. Christine Bohr and Sr. Nancy Logue travelled to Macclesfield to visit Sr. Stella Barelli and Sr. Lidwina Dietz at Park Mount Care Home.
▪ During Holy Week the Sisters and Novices joined a pilgrimage with the Archbishop of Arusha Diocese, Josaphat Louis Lebulu and his Auxiliary Bishop Prosper Lyimo and other Christians. They visited the orphanage center and later on prayed the Stations of the Cross heading to the top hill where they concluded with the Eucharistic celebration at the cemetery of the diocesan priests.
▪ The Sisters at Dakawa Parish-Morogoro region, were a great help to one of the school girls thirteen (13) years old from the Maasai community, as the Moran boys tried to force her into marriage. Many young girls in the Maasai society have suffered unwanted marriages. This is a serious problem and a great challenge to our Sisters who are now doing their apostolate in this society. There is a need for evangelization and education.
▪ Along with the Easter festivity the Sisters, together with the priest from the diocese, participated in the Easter conferences for the Catholic Students. About 202 students from 20 Schools from the Singida Diocese were hosted at Pallotti Secondary School, and 300 at Igunga Parish, in the Archdiocese of Tabora.
▪ Our Sisters in collaboration with the Carmelite Sisters went to a neighboring parish to evangelize. Mainly, promoting vocations and preparing the Christians for the celebrations of the Centenary Jubilee of ordination of indigenous priesthood in Tanzania (1917-2017)
▪ Pallottine Sisters were invited to the community of the Pallottine confreres, to celebrate with them Holy Mass on the occasion of the reappointment of their Provincial Fr. Adrian Willi SAC and his Assistants. Afterwards, there was fraternal Agape. At the same time we had the great joy to be present at the temporary profession of a young Indian confrere.
▪ On April 11th, we were privileged to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Sr. Hieronyma Wrobel. She was happy to receive wishes from her homeland, Silesia and could celebrate this special day with her friends.
▪ Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC held visitation in the Swiss Province of Pallottine Fathers. He also met with the Union members, with our Sisters and laity, with whom he shared about the worldwide development of the UAC and invited an exchange of experiences and ideas. It was very interesting to listen to his report on new missionary ventures around the world. He underlined that the apostolic activity in the long run only can bear fruit, if it grows out of a deep relationship with God.
Rwanda/ Dr Congo
▪ Sr. Goretti Nyirabahutu attended a Seminar about Pastoral care of Victims Suffering from Sexual Abuse in Conflict Areas. This seminar was intended for religious women and men working specifically in the Eastern Congo. It was organized by the Association of Major Superiors of DRC and has been facilitated by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission of the USG and UISG from Roma. It was held in Goma/ DRC at the Spirituality Center of the Pallottine Fathers.
▪ Two of our novices; Alice and Léoncie accompanied by Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro, Regional Superior, went to Cameroon for a three month formation program together with the novices from Cameroon. This was organized in terms of preliminary process to open the International Novitiate in Tanzania.
▪ Our Sisters in Kyabakuza/ Uganda enjoyed the first experience of the Easter celebration in local. On Good Friday, an Ecumenical Way of the Cross was organized by the Parish. Along the way a very big cross was carried by the Catholics and the Protestants.
▪ The new Regional Council team together with the local superiors had a seminar on the Service of authority facilitated by Fr. George Kozuch, SAC in Masaka/ Rwanda.
▪ Conference of Religious of India (CRI) had arranged an inter Novitiate program for all the novices in Goa. Sixty novices from eleven congregations participated in it along with their novice masters and novice mistresses. Our five novices were accompanied by Sister Clara Joseph Xavier. They were very much enriched by the input given by Fr. Amirtha Rai, Dominican priest, on Human Sexuality. Later on all the Novices were given an opportunity to share about their founder/foundresses and their congregations.
▪ With gratitude to God, Vidya Deepti Study House celebrated their annual day with the presence of many religious and collaborators. Fr. P.G. Jose Kutty CMI was the Chief Guest and Sr. Helen Lourdsamy, Provincial Superior, was Guest of Honor. They addressed the gathering with their inspiring thoughts. Sr. Sharmila Pinto, hostel warden read the Annual Report followed by a fabulous cultural evening prepared by the students.
▪ Sr. Urszula Kłusek gave religious instruction in the Church of the Cistercian Fathers in Oliwa, Gdańsk to about 100 people speaking to them of the mystery of suffering. Sr. Urszula began teaching in this parish in 2016.
▪ Sr. Natallia Dremo participated in the National meeting of the young Religious which took place at the parish Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Baranowice, Belarus. About 36 young people attended this meeting. The theme of the meeting was: "3764 mega volt of consecrated love" derived form a Polish Priest now Bishop Andrzej Jeż: "... the energy to illuminate towns and villages: Monasteries and religious communities generate spiritual light for the world." The young consecrated persons of our country have assembled to "recharge their batteries", and then bring this Divine energy to the world in their daily ministry.
▪ The Sisters from our Ekaterinburg community in Russia shared their Easter joy. During the Easter Vigil, nine adults received their First Holy Communion whereas three of them received the Sacrament of Baptism. The Sisters are happy to give their service to all the people, who are thirsting for God and seek Him in their lives.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Laurenta Gross, SAC * 24.07.1931 † 18.04.2017 Germany