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Generalate Express - May 2014

May 2014

Rome

▪ During the beautiful month of Mother Mary, we hosted twice our Parish community. In our garden we prayed together the Rosary and participated in the Holy Mass at the grotto of Our Lady of the peoples. Parish priest Fr. Mario Castiglione accompanied by Bishop Mgr. Paulo em. were the celebrants.

▪ Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Josephine D’Souza enjoyed their visit with our Sisters in Switzerland from 10th -17th; they had also a meeting with the members of their Pallottine Association.

▪ Sr. Izabela, Superior General participated in the annual meeting of the UAC General Coordination Council in the Pallottine International Formation Center “Cenacolo” in Rome. Main themes were based on the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis - its appeal to us as Pallottine family and the priority of the UAC apostolate along with families. ▪ In the last week of May, the Annual Pallottine Spirituality Course was concluded with the Wednesday UAC Mass in San Salvatore in Onda. Sr. Josephine, General Council is our representative in the team of Formation Secretariat and  spiritually accompanied students of this course.

▪ Joyfully we welcomed Sr. Catharina Tush from Belize who will participate in the coming annual course and is preparing for it by learning Italian. We wish her many blessings from this experience!

▪ Among our guests this month we welcomed Bishop Jan Ozga and Sr. Fabiana Leitgeber SAC, both working in the mission in Cameroon. ▪ Some of our Sisters participated in the concluding celebration of the Month of May in the Vatican gardens, with procession and the prayer of the Rosary.

Germany

▪ Following the example of Jesus who sent Mary of Magdalene to the disciples, to announce to them the message of his resurrection, three Sisters were sent by the Provincial Superior Sr. Helga Weidemann to the community in Munich. Sr. Gertrud Meiser and Sr. Vianne Kim from the community in Limburg as well as Sr. Ingrid Schuler from the community in Bensberg received the mission to revive the community in Munich as an apostolic community. With the supporting prayer of the sisters that they are able to be open for changes and to take the risk of new things, the sisters travelled to Munich, where they were awaited excitedly and with joy by Srs. Pallotta Biermann, Bernita Rothenberger and Maria Schwind. We wish all our fellow sisters in Munich blessings for the new challenge.

▪ „Monastery movies in the monastery“ is the name of a series arranged by the Limburg organization of Catholic Adult Education in cooperation with the Pallottine Sisters in Kloster Marienborn. On the first evening the life of Hildegard of Bingen was presented, the mystic born around the year 1100 who was the founder of a monastery, medic and artist and already venerated as a saint during her life time. On the second evening the participants had the opportunity to reflect on the well-known feature film “Dead man walking”, in which a woman religious accompanies a man sentenced to death until his execution. It was brought to consciousness what mental and spiritual a need of help there is for the culprit as well as for the victims. After the presentations the participants could exchange on the movies and reflect on diverse facets of religious life. Continuation of the series is planned after the summer pause.

Brazil

▪ Since January this year Sr. Christine Schubert from Refrath, Germany supported the sisters in Brazil.  Sr. Christine is one of the pioneers of our sisters in Brazil. The people were very happy to meet her  again. At the end of April she had to leave due to the limit of the visa.

▪ The month of May was celebrated in each of the three parishes. In Santa Terezinha, Codó on May 1st, pictures of the Virgin Mary were blessed after the evening Mass and the faithful went in procession with “Mother Mary” to their sectors. There the pictures went from home to home, where people daily met for prayer. On 31 May a solemn concluding Mass was celebrated in the Church.   ▪ With a novena and the big feast celebration St. Rita was honoured in one of the quartiers of the city of Codó. After prayer and the Holy Mass people could enjoy many delicacies at the diverse stands. The small income, also from a tombola, is destined to contribute to the construction of the chapel for this community. Up to now the Holy Masses are taking place in a school.

USA

▪ The highpoint of this May was the visitation of our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC, and her Vicar, Sr. Maria Landsberger. Each local community had special events, which gave the Sisters a good glance at their respective lives and ministries. Their trip to Richwood, WV, Sisters’ first mission in the USA in 1912, was accompanied by Sr. Gail and Sr. Phyllis Carpenter, and was a powerful experience for our visitors, as they came to realize the real meaning of “Country Roads” as they plowed through the rain up and down the West Virginia hills! They were amazed at the great distances traveled and the winding roads leading to Richwood. One Sister commented, “Imagine how the first Sisters felt coming here from New York City by train!” (more information on the website: pallottine-miiosnaries.-rome.com) Next they had a welcomed 3-day visit to Sr. Karen Lester and Sr. Bernadita Peterson and to Sr. Susanna Brabaender in Laurel, Maryland, where they were given a tour of St. Vincent Pallotti High School.

▪ St. Mary’s Medical Center celebrated its 90th Anniversary of service to the people of the Tri-State area. The funds generated by this formal GALA will support programs for those suffering from childhood obesity in the area.  ▪ This year 119 Pallotti High Students celebrated their graduation with a Holy Mass in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

In support of their very active parish, the Laurel Sisters participated in their Elementary School fundraiser GALA, and they provided baked goods for the “Belize Night,” a fundraiser that helps the parish in its ongoing commitment to our Sisters’ missions in Belize.

Poland

▪ A prayer vigil in Łagiewniki, soon after the canonization of Pope John Paul II, gathered many collaborators of the Pallottine Sisters and over 20 sisters. It was organized by Sr. Consolata Majewska. Songs about John Paul II, the witness of a foot pilgrim to the Marian Shrine in Kibeho/Rwanda, a conference on the Divine Mercy and the learning of liturgical dance were parts of the program which culminated in Holy Mass at midnight and an individual Eucharistic blessing. The Provincial Council was represented by Sr. Monika Szupryt.

▪ On the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Poland, 3 May, the students of a High School in Pisz organized a „Cenacle Picnic”. After the Mass at midday, they walked in procession to the main Market singing Marian hymns and carrying large banners with illustrations to the Loreto Litany, painted by them. Then they could visit “tents of encounter”: Nazareth, Cana of Galilee, Fatima, Jasna Góra and Kibeho, where they could learn about the life of Our Lady and her apparitions. The Picnic was enriched by the Contest of Marian and Patriotic Hymns as well as by a concert of the group Sylaba. The event was organized by Sr. Grażyna Powierża with the aim to invite and encourage young people to join the Cenacle Community.

▪ The 20th Anniversary of  the Kindergarden in Warsaw was celebrated by personnel, sisters, parents and children. The oldest group of children under the guidance of Sr. Renata Gogola, gave a performance on St. Vincent Pallotti. The young actors were very much engaged in their roles and met warm applause. Headmistress Sr. Agnieszka Partacz, welcomed the city authorities, the provincial council, sisters, teachers and other personnel who were or are involved in one or another way with this institution. The difficulties of the beginnings were remembered and the courage of Sr. Dolores Deko was praised who accepted the task of the construction and who shared about her memories. The children offered to everyone a portrait of St. Vincent Pallotti painted by children and books on him. The celebration ended with a meal served nicely by a friendly catering company. Thanks be to God and to all those who created this work and serve it now.

▪ The Center of the Theology of Apostolate „Pallottianum” and the Pallottine Major Seminary in Ołtarzew organized a Symposium “Poverty and apostolate”. The talks were about the evangelical counsel of poverty, St. Francis’ poverty, poverty in the life and preaching of Pope Francis. Among the speakers was Sr. Lucyna Trzonkowska from Ołtarzew who presented a paper on “St. Vincent Pallotti and poverty”.

England/Tanzania

▪ Three Aspirants graduated from Itigi Catechetical Centre, Singida, after a three months Course.

▪ On Vocation Sunday all communities prayed for an increase of vocations and Sr. Ernestina Lasway spoke to the youth in Nganza Parish near Mwanza about vocations and in a special way about the Pallottine Sisters. ▪ The Sisters thank God for the new Administration Team of the Pallottine Fathers in East AfricaThey warmly congratulated Fr. Reginald Temu as the new Delegature Superior.

▪ Sr. Johnerika Siliro participated in a meeting of Sisters in the Archdiocese of Tabora. She was one of two representatives from the Union of Sisters of the Singida Diocese.

South Africa

▪ The sixth Archdiocesan Vocations Festival was held at Holy Trinity, Matroosfontein. Over 250 young people attended the festival, including religious Sisters and Priests. Srs. Margaret Macfarlane, Elizabeth Hartnick and Theresia Gurti represented the Pallottine Sisters.

▪ St. Joseph’s Home celebrated the Nurses’ Day; Fr. Ralph De Hahn conducted the service and blessed the hands of the nurses, carers and other health workers.

Rwanda/Congo

• The Postulants together with the Postulants from the Pallottine Fathers were attending a seminar with the theme: «Identity and cultural integration». This is a program during the first year of Postulancy, as the candidates are coming from different cultures in Rwanda and Congo. It will help them to integrate their own culture and that from their fellows. The Seminar was given by Fr. Roger Mpango, a Priest from the Diocese of Bukavu in Congo.

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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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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)