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2016-06-22

Events Gallery (General Chapter 2016 Day1)

The 2016 General Chapter of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters officially convened during the Jubilee: Year of Mercy on Wednesday, June 22 with 23 Sisters representing 12 countries joining the Superior General and her Councilors in Rome.

General Superior:               Sr. Izabela Świerad

Vice General:                    Sr. Maria Landsberger

Councilors:                       Sr. Stella Holisz

                                      Sr. Anna Josephina D’Souza

                                      Sr. Bożena Olszewska

General Secretary:             Sr. Beata Matuszewska

Germany:                         Sr. Helga Weidemann

                                      Sr. Gertrud Meiser

                                      Sr. Adelheid Scheloske

England – Tanzania:          Sr. Mary McNulty

                                      Sr. Basilisa Jacob

                                      Sr. Nancy Logue

United States:                  Sr. Gail Marie Borgmeyer

                                      Sr. Mary Grace Barile

Belize:                             Sr. Consuelo Burgos

                                      Sr. Clara Teul

South Africa:                    Sr. Annemarie Niehsen

                                      Sr. Boscona Schämann

Poland:                            Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk

                                      Sr. Iwona Nadziejko

                                      Sr. Blanka Sławińska

                                      Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska

Cameroon:                       Sr. Anna Kot

India:                              Sr. Inacinha Fernandes

                                      Sr. Eugine N. Francis

                                      Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram

Rwanda—Congo:               Sr. Liberata Niyongira

                                      Sr. Marta Litawa

Switzerland:                     Sr. Maria Dörig

Chapter Secretary:            Sr. Angeline Kambugu

Facilitator:                       Frau Maria Boxberg

Translators:                     Sr. Antje Eichhorn, OSB

                                      Frau Aleksandra Czyzewska-Felczak

 

The initial rite of the Jubilee is the opening of the Holy Door. This door is only opened during the Holy Year and remains closed during all other years. Each of the four major basilicas of Rome has a Holy Door: Saint Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major.  Fifteen years ago was the last time the door had been unsealed.  This rite of the opening of the Holy Door illustrates symbolically the idea that, during the Jubilee, the faithful are offered an 'extraordinary pathway' towards salvation.

This afternoon at 3:00 p.m. the General Chapter delegates made a pilgrimage to St. Peter’s and walked through the Holy Door.  In an earlier letter from Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General (28 Jan. 2016):  “We must realize that our General Chapter will take place in the middle of the Year of Mercy.  God wants to speak to us at this Chapter through the mystery of divine mercy, by His forgiveness and love.  In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us allow God to surprise us.  He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that He loves us and wants to share His love with us.” (cf. Misercordiae Vultus, 25).

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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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