Beauty of South Africa:
September 22 was a day of joy and thanksgiving for the Sisters and the whole St. Joseph’s Home Community in Cape Town, South Africa, where they celebrated 80 years of dedicated service to chronically ill children. Sr. Maria Landsberger, vicar general and Sr. Clementia Burkhard, former pallottine missionary to South Africa represented the General and German Provincial Administration and are sharing their experience:
“After the breakfast in the community in Pinelands, we Sisters drove with three cars to the St. Joseph’s Home at Montana. We were welcomed by community superior Sr. Priscilla Rego and other sisters who were not on duty. Then, director Thea Patterson guided us, together with a group of about 30 other guests, through the renewed and extended buildings of the facility. We were impressed by the beautiful, bright rooms for the children and staff. Everything is very practically arranged with much space. The children can move around on a beautiful playground outside, provided with play equipment. It was heart-warming to play a bit and hug some of these vulnerable children.
On 22-29 October 2014, Major Superiors, Formators, and Treasurers of African countries: Tanzania, Rwanda / Congo, Cameroon, South Africa; and India, met for an Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, convened by Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, and General Councilors Srs. Josephina D'Souza and Stella Holisz.
We gathered together to discern our direction in the present realities of our Congregation, where communities in Europe are decreasing, and in African and Asian countries are growing. How to pass on the burning torch of Divine Love of St. Vincent Pallotti?
On August 15, 2014 was a blissful day for the Sisters in South Africa. On the Feast day of Our Lady of Assumption, Sr. Prescilla Rego celebrated silver Jubillee of profession. Sr. Prescilla, belongs to the Mother of Divine Love Province, India. Since three years she works as a missionary in the South African Province. Professionally Sr. Prescilla is a Nurse and at present after obtaining the registration license from the South African Nursing Council, she is employed at St. Joseph’s Home as a registrated Nurse.
"When we believe in Jesus Christ and strive...to imitate him...He grants to us the grace of being destroyed of every deformity...then Jesus enters into us and continues his life within us." St. Vincent Pallotti [OOCC,III,P.37]
God's call for each of us is very special. If we think how wonderfully God works it is marvellous. Reflecting on these 6 words – ‘let me go where God calls’ – I realise that this is exactly what happened to me. Having been here, in South Africa, for 14 months I want to share my growth – in joy, hope, courage and self-confidence.
Coming from another country one wonders how it will be ? New culture... tradition... people? Also mixed feelings...anxiety...new challenges? I recalled: "Be not be afraid, I go before you always".
It wasn’t so difficult to get to know the sisters in my community, to cultivate a healthy atmosphere, and to surrender myself totally in the service of others. They accepted me as their own, an international community that was happy to have me. Their support filled me with confidence – confidence to stand up on my own, not to give up but to let go.