▪ The solemn Celebrations of the Christmas reassured us of God’s infinite love which, we are called to share with each other. In his Ubi et Orbi, message, Pope Francis exclaimed: Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, is born for us, born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. He invoked the “Prince of Peace” to lead people to give up their arms and “undertake the path of dialogue”. We thank our Sisters for their Christmas and New Year wishes, which gave us joy.
▪ Before Christmas we hosted over 30 people from the Polish General Councils of the Institutes of Consecrated Life. Among the invited guests was Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, who was the main speaker at the conference. Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad, warmly greeted the guests and introduced the international community of Sisters. At the second part of the pre-Christmas meeting we moved to the community of the Sisters in the Procura, where we celebrated in the Polish tradition. ▪The Sisters from the Generalate Community and Procura participated in the Symposium The joy of the Gospel in Consecrated Life offered by Claretianum University. The Venue was at the Auditorium of Urbaniana University.
▪ On 25th, on Christmas Day three communities of the Pallottine Sisters in Rome were invited by the Sisters of the Procura to celebrate this beautiful day together. After festive dinner we sang Christmas carols and enjoyed the richness of our community.
▪ The annual Mission Bazaar organized by the Pallottine Sisters at St. Boniface Parish in Munich was again this year, not only an enjoyable experiene, but a great success as usual. Thanks to their intense commitment, the funds obtained are destined to the Pallottine mission in Brazil. ▪ The Sisters in Brazil were involved in the missionary Christmas Novena with the families and neighbors in the area of each Sister’s responsibility. This year was focused on the Family. In touching dynamics, parents prayed over and blessed their children, and then the sons and daughters blessed their parents. At each of the nine nights, a CD was played with a beautiful sermon of Pope Francis on the figures of the Holy Family and scenes of the Nativity. The People loved hearing the voice and messages of the Pope. ▪ Sr. Helga Mateina, who had served in the Procura apostolate in Rome, is now in Munich, Germany. Sr. Vianne Kim travelled for her deserved home holidays to South Korea.
▪ Sr. Marta, a student resident at the Laurel convent, finished her 3-year program and returned home to Slovakia. Before she left, she took Sr. Bernadita Peterson and Providence Sister Marilyn Baker, to Washington, D.C. to see the annual "Festival of Lights" outside of the Mormon Temple. There was also a display of exquisite Christmas cribs from many countries, as well as a tree with dolls and one with flags from hundreds of countries. The Sisters also enjoyed a wonderful Christmas concert by the students at Pallotti High School. ▪ Sr. Francesca prepared a Blessing Prayer Service in the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel, which was conducted by Father Ron Nikodem, S.M. and attended by the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Board of Trustees, and the Foundation Board members. The engineering staff of the Hospital did all of the work. During the renovation, from October to December, Sr. Francesca drove the car to the Parish Church for daily Mass. The renovated chapel is the best Christmas present, as a generous donor had given most of the money for the project.
▪ December in Tanzania is holiday time for schools, so several of the Pallottine Sisters and Sisters and Novices from other congregations made their annual retreat hosted by the Poli Singisi community. In preparation for their Renewal of Vows on January 1st, 12 Junior Sisters made a retreat. A group of final professed Sisters attended several seminars in Siuyu on the theme Community Life and Prayer - How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live in unity. Guided by Fr. Chrisogoni, a Precious Blood priest . ▪ The London community was delighted to have Sr. Basilisa Jacob with them for a 10-week English course. ▪ After a 3-month apostolic experience at the Sanctuary of Our Lady in Kibeho, Sr. Redempta Mallya returned to her community. She helped in Rwanda with the English and Swahili speaking pilgrims. ▪ Srs. Juliana Pius and Dorothea Lyimu were in Morogoro for a 3-day Workshop on Project Writing and Reporting. ▪ As usual at Pallotti Secondary School the students had a short retreat before the end of the school year. Also in Siuyu ten young girls who had finished their studies at Pallotti Secondary School came for a 3-day Retreat to discern their vocation. ▪ In England, all the Sisters including Sr. Basilisa Jacob and Sr. Rosemarie Steinbach from Tanzania and Sr. Mary Mc Nulty, the Provincial Superior, gathered in Macclesfield to celebrate the 30th Jubilee of Park Mount Care Home for the Elderly. The joyful event began with a Thanksgiving Mass. Fr. John Martin, one of the Trustees, was the Chief Celebrant. A tent was erected to accommodate the large number. The chef prepared a banquet for all the guests. In spite of the inclement weather a large group of friends and the family members of the residents participated as well as the residents and staff of the Home. The Home was beautifully decorated and a commemorative booklet on the History of the Home was prepared.
▪ In November, the Catholic Charismatic Convention held under the leadership of Sr. Alicia with two Dynamic speakers from the Caribbean as Guest Speakers impacted the participants with the theme Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Fresh Anointing of the Holy Ghost Fall Afresh on Me. ▪ The Sisters at Pallotti Convent have been engaged in a prayer campaign for vocations. They adore in two’s in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday in anticipation of vocations. ▪ Nazareth was in high gear preparing, executing and finally putting to rest the Annual Bazaar. It was a great success and provided the community with the needy cash to keep the wheels turning. The Sisters are grateful to all who prayed or actively worked on that day. ▪ Sr. Ester Paau spent an enriching weekend with the villagers of Mid-Way Village in prayer, discussion and planning theie prayer life with the Catechists and their people.
▪ In the Home for Women of Special Care in Gdańsk-Sobieszewo, the charges welcomed St. Nicolas on 6 December. They were surprised that “he” knew them so well, but luckily did not recognize that it was their Director Sr. Renata Boczar in disguise. They performed a Nativity play for many guests, including present and former employees, a GP lady and friends of the Home. They all shared “opłatek”, wished one another Merry Christmas and sang carols. The Sisters used the Christmas cards and tree decorations prepared by the women for wishes and visits to benefactors. ▪ Sr. Consolata Majewska conducted a retreat in Ludwigsburg and in a town near Stuttgart in Germany for the Poles, who gather in the local parishes to pray with their Polish Chaplain. She preached sermons during five Masses, had two meetings with the parish groups and met with several families, who shared their experiences and problems with her. ▪ Sr. Grażyna Powierża, who had been inviting young people for an encounter and prayerful vigil once a month at her convent in Pisz, now has created a Cenacle Community for youth. They meet once a week and push on to the new year of the Cenacle program. During Advent they made and sold Christmas decorations for funding a journey to Prague in Czech Republic. There they went to give witness to Jesus in one of the parishes in laicized surroundings and invited the people to trust God’s infinite love. ▪ On Christmas Eve, the senior Priests from the parish in Rudnik came to the Sisters and children of the orphanage for breakfast. They are Frs. Edward Franuszkiewicz, Jan Mierzwa and Czesław Wala, who had invited our Congregation to Rudnik. They were happy to be with the Sisters and children and also wished Happy Feastday to Sr. Ewa Brandt. As in the last years, paper hearts with the names and age of the children were drawn by families from the Pallottine parish in Sandomierz. Every family prepared a nice box of presents for the children.