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October 2014

Rome

Thousands of people gathered at the Peter’s square on the  October 4th for a prayer vigil in preparation for the Synod on the Family, in a simple and concrete manner, Pope Francis evoked the centrality of the experience of family in all lives. Sr. Josephine D’Souza is engaged with the 5th group of the annual Pallottine Spirituality Course that began with a 3-day Integration program.The members of Preparatory Committee for the 2016 General Chapter have begun their meetings with the General Administration. The members of the UISG coordination team for the German speaking Sisters in Rome guided a program for a group of 15 Sisters in our Generalate. Srs. Izabela, Stella and Josephina traveled to South Africa for an international assembly for the African and Indian major superiors, together with the International Formation team and financial commission members. Thereafter they participated in the Provincial Chapter of the South African Province.

USA

▪ Pallotti High School has 496 students enrolled this year, among whom are students from China. The school also opens its doors to a number of outreach programs:  a 1-day Dental free Clinic for the public, a week of hospitality in the winter for the homeless, and a weekly meeting of about 200 women of the Catholic spiritual program known as T.A.S.T.E. (taste and see, taste and eat). After raising over $35,000 for the “Youth Versus Hunger Program,” the student body, together with Sr. Karen and 250 volunteers, spent three hours on a Saturday in the school gymnasium packing over 40,000 food packages for poor countries. This service was done on the last day of Pope Francis’  “Week of Action to end world hunger”. ▪ Sr. Bernadita and Sr. Karen continue to have enriching international experiences in their convent. In addition to guests from Germany and Slovakia earlier in the year, the Providence Sisters recently had four visitors from their university in Taiwan. ▪ One of the popular fundraisers of St. Mary's Medical Center was held for the purpose of aiding women who need financial help to obtain a much-needed mammogram. The event drew over 175 women at which Sr. Mary Grace Barile gave the Invocation; Sr. Josefina Alamilla was a guest, and Infirmary nurse, Cheryl Collier, a cancer survivor, was the guest speaker at the event. The main speaker was a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who explained the latest technology, and encouraged the women to pursue early detection.

Belize

▪ Sr. Alicia and her team held a Rosary Rally at Battlefield Park followed by a procession to St. Ignatius Parish for the closure of event which was highlighted by Holy Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop, Christopher Glancy. ▪ At Nazareth, the faith community prayed the rosary in the Rosary Garden on October 13. It was followed by a variety of snacks like banana cake, beehive cake, and juice. During the month of October, some Sisters and parishioners went to various homes to pray the rosary with the family. ▪ Sr. Ester Paau held a workshop on self-esteem for the Youth Group at Jalacte. She also accompanied Paradise Pre-School to the city to participate in the National Story Telling Competition.  Sr. Ester is a volunteer at the preschool. ▪ Sr. Margaret Gongora and Sr. Adalberta Chuc chaired the Committee that planned the Silver Jubilee Celebrations for Fr. Larry Nicasio, who was once their pastor.  The committee went all out, and nothing was too much for them to share with a Pastor who had served them well. Everyone enjoyed the celebrations.

Poland

▪ Sr. Monika Cecot from the community of the provincial house began a course on Pallottine Spirituality in the Pallottine Spirituality Center “Cenacolo” in Rome. Other participants are: Sr. Catarina Tush from Belize, Roman Pallottine Sisters from Brazil and India and Pallottine Fathers from Bolivia, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Slovakia and Ukraine. The course is divided into two parts: the first includes classes on the Pallottine spirituality, and the second a course for formators in the Carmelite Institute “Teresianum”, situated in Janiculum. As Italian is the language of the lectures, Sr. Monika came to Rome at the end of July to study Italian, and has made good progress.

▪ Sr. Małgorzata Lech started her preparation for working in the missions. She joined a group of sisters and priests from various congregations and dioceses, who study for a year at the Mission Formation Centre in Warsaw to get a comprehensive preparation that includes a language course. There are also four lay women in the group, who desire to go to the missions as volunteers. ▪ Sr. Małgorzata Wyrodek was asked by the Franciscan Sisters of Penance and Christian Charity to help as an interpreter during their General Chapter, which was held in Rome from 4 - 27 October. The Franciscans are an international Congregation so Sr. Małgorzata had an opportunity to profit from their experience as well. ▪ Sisters of the community in Rome organized in their parish a Mission Sunday. They invited the Association Scienza e lode (Science and Praise) from Tor Vergata University to present a program “The Miraculous World of Water.” It was held in the theatre hall of the Guardian Angels Parish and included demonstrations of the properties of water, experiments and quizzes to which children and young people were invited. The Association prepared the program and posters advertising it as free in solidarity with the needy in Africa. The Sisters, their friends and UAC lay members prepared cakes, marmelades, homemade cakes and various handicrafts to be sold after the program in order to support our missions in Africa.

India

▪ Sr. Antonieta Rodrigues attended a meeting of the Conference of Religious in India, Zonal Leaders along with the leaders of other denominations, at the Pastoral Center, Bangalore, to plan for a Peace Rally as a protest to the atrocities done to our Christian brethren in Iraq. She also attended a meeting at the Bishop’s House for the Conference of Religious in India Zonal Leaders with the Bangalore Archbishop and Vice General to discuss the role of Religious in the parishes. ▪ Sr. Angela Swamy, as one of the six members of the Commission for Prison Ministry in the Archdiocese of Raipur, participated in the National Conference of Prison Ministry in India in New Delhi. ▪ Srs. Inacinha Fernandes, Eugine Nirmala Francis and Angela Devi Reddy participated a meeting in South Africa from October 22-29, arranged by the General Government, in view of bringing unity and collaboration between communities of Africa and India. ▪ Fr. Benedict Montero, SAC celebrated the Eucharist in the chapel of the Provincialate on the anniversary of the recognition of the UAC, October 28th. In his homily, he encouraged the Sisters to live their 'Call to be Apostles' in our way and to be living witnesses in the world today. In the introduction of the Mass, Sr. Prabha Varghese shared our Founder's Ideals and his Vision in founding the Union of Catholic Apostolate. It was a joy to have Ms. Julie, a lay collaborator, for the celebration.

Rwanda/DR Congo

▪ The Sisters of the Region were full of joy as they celebrated the joyful event of the entrance of  5 Postulants to the Novitiate on the 1st of October . The ceremony was held in Ruhango during the Holy Mass, presided by the parish priest, who encouraged them to follow Jesus Christ with joy. The novices were received by Sr. Liberata Niyongira, the Regional Superior. ▪ Ten Sisters joined with Pallottine Priests, Brothers and Lay members of the Union to take part in the annual retreat preached by Fr. Andrzej Jakascki, SAC and organized by the National Coordination Council. The retreat took place in Keshero, DR Congo and used the theme: “The Tears of the Virgin Mary - The Spiritual Message of the Apparitions of Kibeho.”

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