We the community of Generalate, were pleased to welcome ten guests who were participants of the Workshop on Family Pastoral Ministry from 19-22 July, organized by the Pallottine Fathers at Via Giuseppe Ferrari. There were seven members from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate coming from Brazil, USA, India, Italy and one couple, members of the Union, from the region of Sicily. After a short introduction and refreshment, all of us moved to the Chapel where Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General gave a warm welcome and short explanation on the unique design of the Tabernacle and the chapel as well as on the Cross which contains a relic of our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti.
At the beginning of July in our Generalate another meeting of the General Governments of our two sister Congregations took place. The meeting focused on topics related to the upcoming activities of the Unification Commission and the preparation of a plan for the visit of the two General Superiors in India. The visit is planned for August 24-September 4, 2018. The General Superiors will meet the Provincial Councils, local superiors, formation teams and members of the closest communities.
On July 21st, at the church Queen of the Apostles at Via Ferrari in Rome, Fr. Nicola Gallucci SAC, the parish priest and former Provincial Superior during the morning Mass solemnly blessed a new painting of the Queen of the Apostles. The place that Sr. Izabela Świerad, the Superior General, has chosen for this occasion is not without significance. In the prayer and in the act of the blessing, the Sisters from the General Administration participated together with parishioners who - with Italian expression - greeted Blessed Mother Mary with prayers and kisses.
Cordial greetings from the Holy Land!
I am very happy that I can make pilgrimages to the places where our Savior walked. Our group consists of 49 participants, including two priests and three sisters. We began our pilgrimage from Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus and prayers in the Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary and the church of St. Joseph. Next, the road led us to Cana of Galilee, where the marriage couples of our pilgrimage community renewed their marriage vows. Later Mount Tabor with beautiful views! You cannot explain all, you just need to experience!
Every five years each sister of Polish province takes part in a so-called „directorium”. It is a 10-day meeting dedicated to on-going formation and to regenerate the spiritual and physical strength. This year the directorium took place in Zakopane, at the foot of Tatra Mountains and in the neighborhood of the National Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
▪ According to the long Church tradition during the Consistory on 28 of June, on Vigil of the Solemnity St. Peter and Paul, in Rome, Pope Francis created 14 new cardinals from 11 countries and inducted them as members of the body of cardinals known as the College of Cardinals. With joy we participated in this unique event, and later we all had the opportunity to meet and greet the new Cardinals personally. The next day, on Friday evening, there was another great celebration in the Vatican when about 280 poor people were invited to a dinner by a newly inducted Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (from Poland), the official almsgiver of the Pope. The dinner was prepared by Vatican cooks. To the surprise of all, the Holy Father came unexpectedly, dined with the poor and spent about two hours chatting with them as if in a family, listening to their stories that often told of suffering but also of hope. Among the many volonteers and close collaborators of Card. Krajewski, who were serving the poor was our own Sr. Hanna Kiedrowska, SAC, a cook from the Procura General, who since the Holy Year of Mercy is involed in the service to the poor/apostolate.
On May 17 this year In Yekaterinburg, in our Ural parish, an important event took place for us, which gathered many parishioners. We hosted Gerhard Cardinal Ludwig Müller from the Vatican, who on his way to Tobolsk came for a stay in Yekaterinburg. On this day, as every Thursday, after Mass and vespers we had Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This time, however, a bit longer, because the plane on which the Cardinal was to arrive, was delayed. However, it did not affect the joyful atmosphere of waiting for such an extraordinary guest. The most important thing for us was that the Cardinal finally reached our church. He was accompanied by his personal secretary, Fr. Sławomir Śledziewski and priest D. Stańczyk – the parish priest from Tobolsk.
From May 23 to June 10, 2018, Sr. Maria Landsberger (delegate of the Provincial Superior Sr. Helga Weidemann SAC) and Sr. Ingrid Schuler (mission procurator of the German Province) visited the two communities of our Sisters in the North East of Brazil, in Codó and Timbiras. They are a small group of 6 native Sisters. Two novices are actually in the international Novitiate in Tanzania. The Sisters stayed for several days in each of the two communities, visiting their places of apostolate and having meetings with the Sisters, with the Pallottine Fathers and with the Bishop Dom Sebastião Bandeira Coelho.
In the first week of June, the Sisters of our Switzerland Delegature, as part of our General Visitation, hosted Sr. Izabela Swierad SAC, Superior General and Sr. Anna Maldrzykowska SAC, Councilor and General Treasure. A cordial, sisterly atmosphere, cheerfulness and good humor followed a midst the beautiful Swiss landscape. The sisters have once again, strengthened us with their testimony of faith and trust in the Lord, living everyday life in peace, mutual love and joyful gratitude.