▪ The 8th of June will be an unforgettable day in Rome and in the whole world. It was the day when Pope Francis welcomed the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican for an unprecedented meeting of prayer, the “Invocation for Peace.”Joined by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the three leaders prayed for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East.
▪ Thousands of faithful gathered in the Vatican Basilica to celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Pope Francis presided the Liturgy, and also invested 21 Metropolitan Archbishops present with the pallium. During his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the readings, which recalled Peter’s release from prison by an angel, and said: “As Jesus asked Peter, today He also asks us: ‘Do you love me?’ “He does so because he knows our fears and our struggles. Peter shows us the way: we need to trust in the Lord who “knows everything” that is in us, counting not on our capacity to be faithful, but on his unshakable fidelity.” Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said: “Today the Lord repeats to me, to you, and to all pastors ‘Follow me!’ Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering; do not dwell on secondary things, but look to what is essential and follow me. Follow me without regard for the difficulties.”
▪ On Thursday June 12th, six newly ordained Polish Pallottines from Warsaw visited us and had breakfast in the Generalate. Later in the chapel of the Procura they laid their hands on each one of us and prayed for the gifts of the Holy Spirit while giving us their blessing.
▪ Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Bozena Olszewska left for their annual retreat.
▪ During the last week of June, Sr. Patrice Wales, Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Beata Matuszewska left for their holidays.
▪ On the 6th of June, in order to provide guidance in the event of an active shooting or threat to kill in the hospital or its campus, the St. Mary’s Medical Center Leadership Development Committee held an all-day workshop on procedures to be followed. Sr. Diane Bushee, Sr. Joanne Obrochta, and Sr. Mary Grace Barile, joined over 60 Medical Center Leadership members for the off-site meeting.
▪ The West Virginia Senior Citizens Games 3-day event in Huntington ran from June 18-20, sponsored by St. Mary's Medical Center. Sr. Mary Grace Barile delivered the opening prayer; Sr. Diane Bushee was asked to begin the run by carrying the Olympic-style torch and carry it to the next point, handing it over to one of the Senior Games participants. A retired Jesuit priest, veteran Air Force chaplain, published author, multi-linguist and Games runner stayed at our guest house in the interim.
▪ St. Mary's Medical Center's and St. Joseph’s Foundations held their annual Golf Tournament. Monies raised are for the Kids in Motion, a childhood obesity program sponsored by the YMCA and St. Mary's. There were 76 players making up the two teams. At St. Joseph's the money will be used to replace antiquated equipment with new equipment for the Cardiac Rehab Department.
▪ Sisters in Orange Walk united with several families in praying the Rosary. Sr. Margaret and Sr. Adalberta participated in Couple’s Day in which the “Courageous” movie was viewed and some questions were discussed. On June 18, Novena in honor of the Sacred Heart began and sisters led the prayers. The festive Mass was celebrated in Enos style, and at the end the bookmark was distributed.
▪ In Belize City, Sr. Benedict Habet celebrated her 60 year Jubilee of profession. Bishop Dorrick Wright was the main celebrant along with Fr. Lukasz SAC. All the Sisters were present for the occasion, along with her sister Gloria and friend Erica Morey. Sr. Consuelo and Sr. Gabrielle attended a Liturgy at Holy Redeemer Cathedral, celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, who was visiting Belize for a few days.
▪ The graduation of 65 students of Pallotti High School took place at Fordyce Chapel at Landivar. The class of 1969 held their 45th class reunion. Sr. Clara and Sr. Consuelo attended some of their activities. After the opening Mass followed a dinner at Bird’s Isle and the following day a banquet was held at the Biltmore Plaza. The Pallotti High School Board and staff met for a business breakfast in the school library. The following day a retirement dinner was organized for two teachers and Fr. Jordan Gongora.
▪ We welcomed Sr. Rosalyn Novelo after her few months’ stay at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington WV.
The 25th of June was a day of great joy and celebration in the community of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Siuyu, and for the families of Sr. Agnes Joseph Ganus and Sr. Dorothea Laurenti Lyimu, as they made their Final Profession. Solemn Eucharistic celebration began with a procession and the Chief Celebrant was Fr. Francis Lyimu, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Singida. Several priests and sisters were present for the occasion. Provincial Superior, Sr. Mary Mc Nulty accepted their vows. At the end of the Mass a beautiful ‘Thank You’ hymn was sung in the local language, Kinyaturu and a Jubilee Hymn which was composed by Sr. Juliana Quaresi, SAC. We were honoured to have Sr. Nancy Logue, Provincial Councillor from England, our senior member Sr. Jucunda Kutsch from Poli Singisi, Arusha, and Sr. Berthilde from Kibeho, Rwanda. All the guests and parishioners were invited for a meal and entertainment in the Dining Hall of Pallotti Secondary School.
▪ Next Year in June 2015 the Pallottine Missionary Sisters will celebrate 25 years of their existence in the Tanzanian Mission. Therefore, at the end of the Holy Mass, a Jubilee Year was officially opened by lighting the Jubilee Candle and reciting the Jubilee prayer.
▪ Sr. Prescilla Rego returned from her home holidays and resumed the work at St. Joseph’s Home. Sr. Sharmila Pinto attended a 2-day massage course for the older children. Sr. Charlotte left for Germany for her home holidays. Fr. Hermes, SAC, Regional Superior of South Africa, and Br. Alphonse visited and stayed for a few days.
▪ On 8 June the Cenacle Community from Warsaw-Ursus run by Sr. Monika Szupryt staged an adaptation of Karol Wojtyła’s play The Jeweler’s Shop in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. It was a combination of pictures, film and music with gestures and words of the young actors. Through the spectacle the youth expressed their gratitude for the canonization of Pope John Paul II – a great man and philosopher. It dealt with universal themes: a deep desire for a true love hidden in everyone’s heart as well as the truth that only other people can help us to attain. After weeks of rehearsals and hard work, the group of students produced a fantastic effect: large audience who came to watch the play, a long -standing ovation at the end and tears in the eyes of many viewers. Thanks be to God for the Cenacle youth whom God entrusted with very many talents so that they could bear His love and spread His glory.
▪ On 22 June in Gdańsk, Malczewskiego Str. a retreat began which is for Srs. Agata Hulak and Małgorzata Lech as an immediate preparation for their final profession. The retreat in the form of lectio divina is being conducted by Fr. Leszek Wororniecki SAC. The ceremony of the final profession will be held in Christ the King Church on Sunday, 29 June, during the Holy Mass at 11.00 o’clock. Let us remember Sr. Agata and Sr. Małgorzata in our prayers.
▪ In June it is summer holidays for the schools in White Russia but the sisters in Woronowo and Bereza began busy days organizing 2-week camps for the children in collaboration with the Pallottine Fathers. The sisters prepared an attractive program with moments of prayer and reflection on the beauty of the God who created the world. They also prepared food for the large group of participants. On June 2, the day before the camp, 30 children from Woronowo, with Sr. Magdalena Hermanowicz and Sr. Sniezna Wieryszko, took part in a meeting at Grodno organized on the occasion of Children’s Day by the Pińsk Diocese and financed by Polish Charity Organizations.In the evening the children returned, excited with the rich experience; the sisters were tired but satisfied with their ministry.
▪ In communion of the whole Union, we celebrated the feast of Mary Queen of Apostles on 7th of June 2014. On this occasion, the NCC in Rwanda organized a pilgrimage to the Shrine Our Lady of Kibeho. Some priests and sisters walked 36 km to reach Kibeho. Many members attended the conference given by Fr. Balthazar, a professor in the Main Diocesan Seminary with the theme: “The place of the Virgin Mary in the life of John Paul II,” followed by a festive Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, Regional Superior of Pallottine Fathers. We ended the day by a fraternal banquet in the garden of the Pallottine Fathers.
▪ In Congo, one group of pilgrims came to Kibeho, and another group went to Rugari parish dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary. All were enriched by the conferences given by the Pallottine fathers, and experienced the communion and fellowship during this pilgrimage.
▪ On June 13th, the closing ceremony of the academic Year of inter-postulancy was held in Goma/DR Congo. Our 10 Postulants together with their Mistress took part in the celebration and thank God for all that they learned from each other during the whole year.
▪ On June, 20th, we all gathered in Masaka to bid farewell to Sr. Adela Mnyambii from Tanzania who has been with us for a year and six months for the apostolic experience at the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho. It was an occasion to express our heartfelt gratitude for her dedicated service and good witness. We also expressed our sincere gratitude to the England-Tanzania Province for this sign of communion.
▪ Sr. Mahija Neduman participated, in the celebration of the Erection of the Indian Province of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (CSAC), at their Provincial House, Edacochi, Kerala.
▪ Sr. Angela Devi attended the Vocation Promoters’ Meeting conducted by the International Serra Group. It is a joint venture of the Bishops’ Conference of India and Lay People. Sr. Vanitha and two hostellers of Vidya Deepti Pallotti Study House, Bangalore participated in the two days’ Pallottine Youth Convention which was held at Casa Pallotti, Assagao. Both girls were enriched by their experience and received a better understanding of the Charism of Our Founder.
▪ In anticipation, Sr. Vanitha Mary and Sr. Priscilla Rego celebrated their Silver Jubilee at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore.
▪ The five temporary professed sisters began their Final Profession preparation on July 2014 at Pallotti Cottage, Rasayani.
▪ Rt. Rev. Kishore Kujur, the newly appointed Bishop of Rourkela, paid the maiden visit to our Sisters at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, Gurundia.