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▪ In Woronowo during the school year the Sisters conduct formation classes for children and youth in such apostolic groups as schola, altar boys, little and young apostles and cenacle communities. The crowning of the yearly formation was the Cenacle Retreat and Vacation with God. In July and August Srs. Olga, Magdalena and Snieżana organized vacation retreats for 200 children and 100 young boys and girls. Vacation with God had as its theme the life and work of Bl. John Paul II, a person who is very close to the White Russian young people. Through presentations, films and witnesses, the sisters tried to show the participants their way to sainthood. Cenacle Communities, depending on the level of formation, had their own retreat program.  It is very heartening that those young people who had participated in formation for many years, and who now study in higher schools or work, still look for a possibility to take part in retreat or at least in recollection days.

Belarus is a small country in Eastern Europe. The Belarusian territory covers 207,600 km2 and has 10 million inhabitants. During the centuries stronger neighboring countries often divided the country, and every new government established their own form of government. The Belarusian nation was counted always as a “secondary entity”. During the last century, the oppressive government of the Czar and Soviet Union created a lot of devastation and left great distruction in the minds of the people.

Belarus of today

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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