▪ Pope Francis announced that the year 2015 will be dedicated to Consecrated Life. Sisters from our communities in Rome participated in the Prayer Vigil at the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Eucharistic Celebration at the Basilica of St. Peter. Holy Mass was offered by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation CICLSAL. Pope Francis sent a message and expressed his expectations for the yearlong observance: that consecrated men and women would be witnesses of communion, joy and the Gospel, and would go evermore to the peripheries to proclaim the Good News. I am counting on you to wake up the world.
▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General and Sr. Josephina DʹSouza, Counselor travelled to India for the canonical visitation.
▪ The monthly Recollection Day was led by the respected missionary, Fr. Sylwester Pająk, SVD.
▪ Sr. Patrice recieved a big surprise from the Generalate Sisters when at the main meal a roasted turkey was solemly brought to the dining table in recogniton of the USA grand holiday of Thanksgiving. The turkey bird is native to the country and is a tradition dating back to its foundation. ▪ The Evangelistic Polish group with Fr. S. Pawłowski, SAC visited the Generalate, where they spent some time in common prayer, shared a meal, and exchanged experiences of evangelization.
▪ With thanks and great joy, the Sisters in Brazil, in union across the ocean with the Sisters of the German Province, welcomed Postulant Mairla to the Noviciate and Samara to the Postulancy. Sr. Silvia de Almeida, Representative of the German Provincial Superior, Sr. Helga Weidemann, received both of them into their next step in their formation. The celebration took place in Codó, SantaTerezinha during a Holy Mass in the presence of the Pallottine Sisters and Fathers.
▪ In Buckhannon, the renovation of St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel is completed, and it is a most beautiful space for Mass, private prayer, reflection and religious functions of the Hospital. During the renovation Sr. Francesca Lowis kept a photo history of each stage of progress. Everyone is very happy over the return of their Hospital Chaplain, who retired last April; he will now work three days a week. A grand Day of Appreciation for all employees and physicians was held, and the annual Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service was held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. It brings clergy and members of various local denominations together for worship and fellowship. ▪ On a beautiful autumn day, Secretary General Sr. Beata Matuszewska, had the opportunity to visit St. Joseph’s Convent and Hospital. While there she had a tour of the facility and was impressed by the cleanliness of the facility and the friendliness of the people. The drive with the Huntington Sisters to and from Buckhannon also allowed her to see the beautiful pastoral areas of West Virginia. ▪ St. Mary’s Medical Center opened a new facility for the families of patients living beyond a 30 mile radius of Huntington. They will now have a nice place of respite and food when visiting their loved ones, who are staying St. Mary’s and other local area Hospitals. Chaplain, Fr. Godwin, held a Blessing Service for the new house and staff, and Sr. Mary Grace Barile recited the Invocation. This is a much needed service, and St. Mary’s is proud to sponsor it for the people. ▪ The Auxiliary members of St. Mary’s and the local Sisters have collected non-perishable foods and household items for the residents of a local High Rise home for those with low earnings. They provided a Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents, and along with several employees they served and brought friendship to the group.
▪ The Sisters felt privileged to host the African/Indian collaboration meeting at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent from October 21st – 29th. Members of the General Government, Provincials, Formators and Treasures were the participants in this very fruitful meeting. The Sisters in South Africa are glad that the guest Sisters were with them and have seen their situation and are willing to stretch out a helping hand to revive the Province. ▪Archbishop Stephen Brisline gave a interesting picture of the South African Church in the past, present and future. All enjoyed a day of site seeing around Cape Town.
▪ The local Sisters also had their Provincial Chapter on 3rd - 4th of November. The new administration has taken charge on the 21st of November. ▪ The community along with two Holy Cross Sisters had their annual retreat from the 16th-21st of the month. Fr. Hermes Pao, SAC, Regional Superior of South Africa, was the Director, who took them into the reality of what is happening in the present world and what their responsibility is towards it. He connected the present situation with the Old and the New Testament, and inspired them to venture into reality by “moving the stone away.” ▪ The new Administrative team met the Archbishop, and he was delighted to see the hope that the Sisters have, and the courage to go wide by accepting the candidates from Malawi. He gave them his blessing and good wishes for the future.
▪ The Polish National Coordination Council has elected its new leaders: President is Sr. Anna Ozon, from Warsaw and Fr. Stanislaw Stawicki was elected Vice-President. The moderators of UAC communities, NCC members and the community moderators represented our Sisters. The participants evaluated their initiatives and planned for the New Year. A workshop was dedicated to the role of the community leader. ▪ The autumn meeting of the Local Superiors, including those from Belarus, Ukraine, France and Italy, took place in Gdańsk. The main theme was the Year of Consecrated Life. Fr. Robert Bujak, SAC and Fr. Jacek Nawrot, celebrated Holy Mass with homilies. Sr. Bernadetta Turecka and the Councilors also gave their input in helping the Superiors to get ready for this special year. On Sunday the Superiors participated in the Mass in Christ the King Parish with Bishop W. Szlachetka of Gdańsk. He also paid a short visit to the convent on Malczewskiego Street, where he prayed with the Sisters in the chapel and gave them his pastoral blessing. ▪ Over thousand collaborators of the Sisters gathered at Jasna Góra for the prayer vigil, which is yearly organized by Sr. Consolata Majewska. The theme this time was: Mary, Example of how to Live and Preach Truth. As every year, gifts were collected for the children of the Orphanage in Rudnik, and in addition clothes and towels for the Ukraine. The pilgrims listened to a witness of a family with five children and to Fr. Jan Oleszko’s conference, A Christian as a Person of Truth. ▪They also congratulated Frs. Czesław Wala and Jan Antoł on their Golden and Silver Jubilees of the priesthood. A prayer group gave a presentation with a dance. The Vigil began with a Marian prayer, and at midnight Holy Mass was celebrated, presided by Fr. Oleszko SAC. A group of the Internet-apostolate “Holy Mary Team” entrusted themselves to Our Lady. Its founder is the young man who made a foot pilgrimage from the Marian Shrine in Gietrzwałd to Kibeho in Rwanda. About a dozen Sisters participated in the vigil.
▪ In Konstancin, the XIV Symposium of the Pallotti Institute was dedicated to the family and titled United in Love. Sr. Monika Cecot, who participates in the annual Course of Pallottine Spirituality in Rome, gave a conference on Pallotti – from the Family to the Union. She had visited San Giorgio in Italy to meet and talk with St. Vincent Pallotti’s relatives. In her interesting presentation she showed how his family formed the future Saint to create such work as the UAC, which is a spiritual family as well. Other subthemes of speakers were - Family in the Bible and in the Teaching of the Church by Fr. S. Radulski, SAC, Pallotti Read in a Family by Marek Kalka, and Challenges and Perspectives of a Contemporary Family by Iza Owczaruk. The majority of the assembly was made of young lay people, who were joined by a group of Pallottine Sisters and Fathers.
▪ All Local Superiors met in Rutshuru, Congo for a 2-day seminar, followed by a meeting with the Regional Administration. The theme of the Seminar was Community ~ Place of Ongoing Formation and was directed by Sr. Stella Busimba of the Institute of Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. ▪ On the 12th of the month three candidates took their first step into the Postulancy during evening prayer in Keshero, Congo. Sr. Liberata Niyongira, Regional Superior, was there to welcome them.
▪ The grand feast of Our Lady of Kibeho, patron of the Rwandan/Congolese Region, was celebrated in the local parish church on the 28th of the month. The heart of the festival was the Holy Mass presided by Bishop Philip Rukamba, who was surrounded by 5 Bishops and more than 100 Priests from different Countries and Dioceses. More than 50,000 Christians attended the Holy Mass. The Bishop took this opportunity to present the new Bishop, Celestin Hakizimana of the Gikongoro Diocese, who will be ordained on 24th of January 2015. ▪ In union with the universal Church, Sisters from all congregations joined together for the prayer vigil for the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life.
▪ There was an exposition of the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier in Old Goa. All the Sisters and novices partcipated in this event, which takes place every ten years. In collaboration with the Pallottine Fathers and the Kristsevikas a booth with information about the Pallottine charism was set up at the Faith Exhibition. All the Sisters and Novices enjoyed taking turns to be at the stall.
▪ On the fifth day of the novena in honour of St. Francis Xavier all the Pallottines in Goa joined for the Eucharistic celebration at Old Goa along with UAC lay members and associates. Fr. Camilo Simoes was the main celebrant along with many Pallottines concelebrating the Eucharist. Fr. Frank Pinto, SAC gave a homily stressing the connection between St. Vincent Pallotti and St. Francis Xavier, and Sr. Sinha gave the thanksgiving prayer after Holy Communion.
▪ Provincial Superior Sr. Inacinha, together with many religious of the diocese, participated in the Eucharistic celebration at the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hennur Cross, marking the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life. All communities of the Indian Province at the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life had a Holy Hour, praying gratefully for the gift of Vocation and for continuous guidance to be faithful always. She also gave a talk on Orientation to the new UAC trainees at Banaswady, Bangalore and Sr. Sinha gave a presentation on a recent study tour to all the parents, students and faculty of the College of the Social Work Department. ▪ Sr. Prabha Varghese and Sr. Prisila Tigga, along with the postulants, took part in the World Differently Abled Day, which was celebrated at Guanella Preethi Nivas, Geddalahalli, Bangalore.