Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
As children we were told always to wash our hands before meals. Nowadays we’re much more conscious of the need for cleanliness to avoid spreading diseases. Cleanliness is a matter of practical common sense, simple hygiene. Removing the grime was even given a religious spin with the maxim, “cleanliness is next to godliness.”
Final Profession and 65 years of Profession Jubilee
August 15 was a day of great rejoicing for the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Belize. On the feast day of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, Sr. Katharine Müller celebrated her 65 years of Profession and Sr. Ester Paau pronounced her final vows. The great event was held in the Novitiate Chapel at Nazareth, Punta Gorda. The Solemn Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Nicasio together with three priests from Toledo.
Karibu (welcome in Swahiili) to our General Superior, who at the end of July surprised the members of the International Novitiate in Tanzania with a visit. What a joy to meet Mother again! The group of Sisters welcomed Sr. Izabela at Kilimanjaro Airport and the Novices, with songs and roses, dancing cheerfully came out to meet her at the gate of the Novitiate House. The Novice Mistress, Sr. Marie Claire Mukeshimana, lead all to the chapel and offered a prayer of praise to the Lord, for a good trip of Sister, thanking for her commitment to our Congregation, asking blessing for these days of our being together.
Our identity as Pallottines is Missionary. To train missionaries to find resources for their many development projects a Seminar on Mission Animation and Fundraising was organised by the General Secretariat for the Missions of the Society, in collaboration with the two Congregations of the Pallottine Sisters. It was held at the Pallottine Fathers’ House in Via Ferari, Rome, from July 2nd to 6th 2018.
In the context of Family Apostolate, the Pallottine Fathers organized a Workshop for the members of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate in Via Ferrari, Rome from 19 to 22 July 2018. There were about 36 members from different Continents: America, Asia, Europe and Africa. From our Congregation four Sisters participated, namely: Sr. Nancy Logue (England), Sr. Catherine Nikuze (France), Sr. Beata Witerska (Poland) and Sr. Liberata Niyongira (Generalate).
The Almighty God has done great things for us, Holy be His name.
The novitiate community at Deva Matha Convent, Assagao, Goa rejoices on this day as God has blessed the three novices Sr. Binita Tirkey, Sr.Sushmita Toppo and Sr. Vidya Toppo to make their First Profession.
Fr. Sahaya Anand, SAC was the main celebrant. The three concelebrants were the relatives of Sr. Binita and Sr. Sushmita who had come from London and Odisha. The Provincial Superior, Sr. Helen Lourdusamy received their vows. The melodious choir by our neighbours, sisters and novices enabled the participants to pray meaningfully.
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!