On the Feast of Epiphany we had the traditional blessing of our houses, Vespers with our priests and other guests followed by dinner and Christmas carolling. We participated in the Epiphany Octave celebrated in the colorful Eastern Rites in Queen of Apostles church. January saw a great number of our Sisters from many countries in our Generalate and Procura. Together we were busy with meetings of the Financial and History Commissions and of the Mission Procurators. It was a great joy that for the Triduum and Feast of our Founder we were about 30 Pallottine Missionary Sisters celebrating together at Pallotti’s Shrine with the entire Roman Pallottine Family. Afterwards we were invited for refreshments in the Hotel Ponte Sisto.
At the beginning of the New Year, five Postulants were accepted into the Noviciate, seven Junior Sisters renewed their vows, and five Novices were professed. Six Pallottine Fathers and five other priests concelebrated the Holy Mass. Sr. Honorata Lyimo set up tents in the convent backyard where everyone enjoyed a meal and entertainment after the liturgy. ▪ The Church celebrated the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first missionaries, the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers, who were welcomed to the island of Zanzibar by the Sultan Sayyeid Majid. In solidarity with Diocese of Zanzibar, Cardinal Pengo and 23 Bishops concelebrated Holy Mass.
▪ The feast of St. Vincent Pallotti was celebrated by all communities. Some Sisters joined with members of the Union for a celebration with Fr. Tom and the handicapped children at the Center in Siuyu. The students performed a play on St. Vincent Pallotti and Head Mistress Sr. Martha gave an inspiring talk. In Arusha the Sisters joined with Esso parish. Sr. Florida gave a lesson at the three Masses.
▪ This year the English Pallottine Fathers and Sisters met for the celebration of our Founder’s Feast at the Pallottine Church of the Visitation in Greenford. The Mass was presided by Fr. Jeskalina. Meanwhile, the students of the Hotel and Catering Department prepared a meal and served it in perfect style. Srs. Nancy Logue and Hedwig Kaiser represented the Sisters and experienced a homely atmosphere among their friends. Sr. Christine Bohr was in Rome at the Mission Procurators’ meeting and was fortunate to celebrate Pallotti’s Feast day in San Salvatore in Onda.
▪ This month, a dangerous chemical spill into the Elk River, caused more than 300,000 people to be without water for over a week. Bottled water was brought in from all over the USA. St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center were put on stand-by for residents from Nursing Homes or patients from affected hospitals had to be evacuated. Water supplies were diverted to other hospitals and to facilities in the impacted area. Many of the employees were affected by the spill and showers were opened for them in the hospital. By the 21st of January the all-clear sign was given. Provincial Superior, Sr. Gail Borgmeyer sent a donation to Catholic Charities to help those affected. ▪ On January 22nd, Sr. Karen Lester joined students from the High School and parishioners for the annul March for Life in Washington.
▪ With delight and gladness the Sisters welcomed the arrival of Sr. Theresia Gurti from Tanzania. They are grateful to the members of the English/ Tanzanian Province for their generosity and sacrifice. Sr. Theresia arrived on 22nd of December 2013 and is now busy discovering new avenues for her Pastoral Care apostolate at St. Joseph’s Home. Her duty begins on the 1st of February 2014. Srs. Prescilla Rego and Theresia moved into St. Joseph’s Convent on 30th of December 2013. ▪ After a long 2 ½ years of waiting, the Sisters received the good news of Sr. Prescilla’s registration at the South African Nursing Council, and as of the 1st of January 2014 she is employed by St. Joseph’s Home as a “Registered Nurse”. Sr. Sharmila Pinto arrived back from her home holidays in India on 21st of January. ▪ In preparation for the Founder´s feast the community prayed a novena. On the 22nd the Holy Eucharist was presided by Archbishop, em. Lawrence Henry and concelebrated by 4 Pallottine and 3 diocesan Priests and a Deacon. Well-wishers, friends, Holy Cross and Schönstatt Sisters, as well were invited. Fr. Michael Clement, SAC preached an inspiring sermon on the life of St. Vincent Pallotti. After dinner a short movie on St. Vincent Pallotti was shown.
▪ For the feast of Epiphany the Pallottine Fathers from Sandomierz invited their parishioners to offer gifts to the 30 children of the Sisters’orphanage in Rudnik. The children wrote down their dreams and on 6 January they were thrilled with joy and gratitude when they received their presents. ▪ On Epiphany, the Catholics in many towns organized parades of the “Three Kings”. Srs. Grażyna Powierża and Anna Małdrzykowska planned the event in Pisz. With their high school students they prepared robes and paper crowns that were distributed among those who wanted to join the retinue. The parade went to the town market, where spectators were invited to join them in singing Christmas carols at a live Nativity crib. “Exodus” which is directed by Sr. Grażyna and other music groups also sang carols. The town authorities offered a hot meal for the participants. Children, youth and whole families manifested their faith and celebrated the feast of the revelation of Jesus, which was so dear to St. Vincent Pallotti. ▪The Sisters of the Provincial house celebrated St. Vincent Pallotti’s solemnity with the UAC community Infinitam and with benefactors. The Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Stan Kicman. In his sermon he shared about his life. He had been a lay UAC member for many years and president of the Local Coordination Council in Warsaw-Wola. Being a permanent deacon, he continued to be an ardent advocate of Pallottine spirituality. After his wife’s death he asked for admission to the Seminary, and on 14 December 2013, at the age of 74, he was ordained priest of the Warsaw Diocese. Sr. Małgorzata Wyrodek, who guides the Infinitam community, thanked Fr. Kicman and wished him God’s grace for his priestly life.
▪ From 18 - 21 January, 18 teenage girls came to the convent in Gdańsk for a retreat titled “I must stay in your house today” (Lk 19,5). The days were conducted by Srs. Agata Hulak, Małgorzata Lech and Fr. W. Świderski, SAC. In one unit called “A hundred questions to …” Srs. Agata, Małgorzata, Justyna Ustarbowska and Fr. Wojciech shared with the girls about their vocations and answered many questions. ▪ A three-year preparation for World Youth Days 2016 in Cracow has begun in Poland. Srs. Monika Jagiełło and Agata Hulak, offered to organize monthly formation meetings of the diocesan youth in the convent in Gniezno. The first meeting in January gathered 74 young volunteers. The answer of so many young people to the invitation of the Sisters and the Diocesan Youth Pastoral shows their great desire to meet God.
▪ At the beginning of January the school year opened. The Sisters run an own a Nursery School and a Primary School in Masaka and a Nursery School in Gikondo. In Masaka, they are helped by two young ladies from Germany, who are well committed volunteer Missionaries. A group of Pallottine Sisters, Fathers and UAC members went to Burundi to bring the sacred relics of our Founder to a priest of the Schönstatt Movement, who had desired to have them during their jubilee year. They were welcomed with much love and veneration and the Fathers there were very happy for this sign of communion. The celebrations of the Feast Day of Pallotti were held in the LCCs and at the national level. The Pallottine family gathered in Gikondo where the Fathers inaugurated the new Saint Vincent Pallotti Center for Formation and Pilgrimage. The highlight was the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege, President of the Rwandan Bishops’ Conference, who expressed his appreciation for the apostolic work of the Pallottines and stressed that his charism is of great importance not only for the Society but especially for the local Church.
▪ The community in Raipur celebrated the feast of St.Vincent Pallotti together with poor parishioners and other poor around the convent. The Bangalore community had their celebration along with the senior citizens of the Home run by the Guanellian Fathers. The Assagao novitiate community celebrated with the sick and elderly who are alone. The community at Gannavaram had their celebration with the orphans, cared for by a Trust. ▪ The 65th Indian Republic Day at Nishkalanka Seva Home (NSH) was colorful and exciting. Sr. Stella Chinnappa, Superior of Pallotti Cottage and Spiritual Counselor at NSH unfurled the National flag and delivered a message. The evening was studded with dances, games and lots of fun.
We Remember Our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Amalberga Groth SAC *10.04. 1925 † 15.01.2014 Germany