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April 2015

Rome

The celebrations of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord marked the beginning of this month, and the Light of the Morning of the Resurrection has been our joy and strength during these last few weeks. Sisters from the Roman communities participated in the First Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday with Pope Francis, who formally delivered the Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indication of the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

▪ Among the Year of the Consecrated Life activities, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life organized an International Congress of Formators from 7-11 April 2015 in Rome, which was attended by our Sisters from Belize, Rwanda and Poland. Srs. Izabela and Josephina attended the Women’s Leadership in conflict Resolution: Faith Perspectives conference organized by the USA Embassy to the Holy See.

▪ Srs. Izabela Świerad, Stella Holisz and Patrice Wales travelled to Marienborn, Limburg in Germany to mark the 120th anniversary of our first Sisters, who left Rome to go to the Cameroun mission. They also enjoyed the celebration of 50th, 60th and 65th Anniversaries of our Sisters in Marienborn.

▪ In the name of the Superior General, Sr. Bożena Olszewska, SAC made the canonical visitation of our Sisters in the Osny community in France.  A special visitor to the Generalate community was Archbishop Stephen Brislin of the Cape Town Archdiocese, South Africa. ▪ Sr. Adelheid Scheloske, SAC from Limburg spent three weeks with us working on the General Archives. She is an active member of the History Commission and the author of two booklets on our history.

Germany/ Brasil

Jubilees of religious profession in the German Province and 120 Years of Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Limburg.

On April 25th in Limburg, Kloster Marienborn, eight  Sisters celebrated with joy and gratitude their jubilee of religious profession and 120 years of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Limburg.  65 years ago, Srs. Johanna Oberreuter, Agnes Leinweber, Amanda Jobst, Aquilina Aumann and Maria Kämpfer took their first vows, 60 years ago Srs. Vincenta Kopowski and Jucunda Kutsch, who came from Tansania, and Sr. Elisabeth Lenhof celebrated 50 years of vows. The date was exactly the day when 120 years ago, on 25 April 1895, the first Pallottine Sisters came from Rome to Germany. This very special memory was integrated in the celebration. To the joy of the jubilarians, Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad, General Councillor Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Patrice Wales came from the Generalate in Rome. Many relatives, friends and fellow Sisters participated in the solemn Mass presided by Fr. Alexander Holzbach, SAC with 7 concelebrants. At the begin of holy Mass, Provincial Sr. Helga Weidemann presented each jubilarian, highlighting some characteristics of each, and closing with a personal Word of the Scripture or citation, which accompanied the individual Sister during her life. The thanksgiving of the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Pallottines in Limburg was especially celebrated by the community in the Evening Prayer. During the day Sisters and guests could watch an historical slide show with music. It showed the development and history of Kloster Marienborn and of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters. Sr. Dominica Rose and her helpers had prepared it for this celebrative day. During Vespers the Sisters thanked especially for the 120 years of history and thanked God for his faithful accompaniment and protection. After the reading, Sr. Astrid Meinert directed a short homily to the festive assembly. Based on the Word of the Scripture on the house, built on the rock, she gave her witness from the sight of a junior Sister, who is actually preparing for her final vows.

▪  Srs. Avani Souza da Silva and Maria Landsberger together with postulant Joliane and candidate Josimar, participated in an intercongregational mission day, which was initiated by the Diocesan Religious. The event concluded with presenting the different charisms and Holy Mass presided by Fr. Diogo Junior, SAC. ▪ With great joy, the parish in Timbiras inaugurated a new Chapel of St. Clara in the substation, the construction of which was supervised by Sr. Avani and Sr. Maria. All contributions came from the efforts of the local people in that poor area. ▪ In Teresina, the capital of Piaui, Sr. Avani was honored by the Mayor and a team of Social Service workers for the establishment of a Center for Social Attendance in the northern periphery of the City.

USA

▪ In Laurel, a major renovation is in progress at Pallotti High School in the area that was the Convent. From this work an Arts Academywill be created. The project was made possible by an inheritance from a local deceased doner. ▪ Again this year the Medical Surgical team “Hands and Hearts for Christ” from Buckhannon St. Josephs Hospital spent one week at the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk, Belize, doing nearly 80 surgeries and seeing many more patients. Sr. Francesca Lowis conducted the Missioning Celebration for this mission of mercy to the sick and poor. ▪ At St. Mary’s in Huntington, Holy Week and Easter services were beautiful with Chaplain, Fr. Godwin from Nigeria, and the music by Sr. Blanka Slawinska’s guitar playing and singing in three languages ▪ Employees of St. Mary’s netted $800.000 to donate to the American Cancer Association. Srs. Diane, Mary Grace, Mary Terence, Blanka joined the Medical Center employees in a fundraiser "Heart Walk" to benefit the American Heart Association. Several Sisters attended the Annual Employee Recognition Dinner, which honors employees who have celebrated 10, 15, 20 or 25+ years of service at the Medical Center.

▪ April began with continued rain, causing rock and landslides.  One of the worst was at Yeager Airport where the end of an extended hilltop runway collapsed, taking out power lines, trees, a church and homes below it.

Belize

▪ Sr. Clara Teul attended a conference for Catholic Education in Orlando, Florida, USA. Sr. Alicia Buddan and her charismatic team had a revival at the Battlefield park in Belize City.  Fr. Trevor Natasing was the guest speaker for the occasion. ▪ The Divine Mercy Sunday was celebrated in the diocese of Belize and some of our Sisters took an active part in it.

▪ The HOPE (Helping Older People Equally) building was inaugurated on April 23rd.  The provincial of Belize province, Sr. Consuelo Burgos, SAC was the guest speaker. Sisters take this opportunity to thank all the donors who helped to realize the dream of this building. The blessing  was done by Fr. Dereck Vo and vote of thanks by Sr. Stephen Franco. HOPE Chairperson gave the history of  the organization.

England/Tanzania

▪ During Easter week, 358 young Catholic students from six neighbouring parishes of Tanzania, came to Pallotti Secondary School for the Easter Conference. They enjoyed being together and shared with great enthusiasm. Several of our Sisters were involved in the organization. There were also the conferences on religious vocation.  ▪ With joy and gratitude the Easter Liturgy and the feast of Divine Mercy was celebrated in the parishes and the communities.

▪ With much pride two of our Sisters were graduated from Form Six at Pallotti Secondary School.

▪ Fr. Edward Mapunda, a priest from Singida has been appointed as a new Bishop of Singida Diocese.

The good news was well accepted by all the faithful of the diocese.  ▪ Our Novices participated in the annual Inter-Congregational Novices day, which was held in Arusha at the Convent of the Sisters of Charles Borromeo. About 200 Novices and Postulants reflected on the theme: Consecrated People are Instruments of Peace and Justice.

Rwanda/Dr Congo

▪ The time of  Holy Week and Easter was celebrated together in the parishes and with fraternal meals with the  Pallottine Fathers in different communities to enhance the Pallottine bond in the Region. ▪ Seven Sisters together with Pallottine Fathers attended a one-day seminar at Saint Vincent Pallotti Formation Center in Gikondo  and reflected on the theme : Apostolate according to Saint Vincent Pallotti, which was presented by Fr. Martin Manus SAC, General Consultor and Fr. Gonsalves Roque, SAC, Secretary to the General Superior in Rome. ▪ The Divine Mercy Congress was celebrated in Ruhango and Kabuga sanctuaries. The Holy Masses were celebrated respectively by His Excellence Smaragde Mbonyintege, the Bishop of Kabgayi and President of the Conference of Bishops, in Ruhango and Archbishop Thaddée Ntihinyurwa  of Kigali, in Kabuga. An enormous crowd of people participated in long pilgrimages, witnessed the celebrations and took part in the night vigils. The presence of the religious men and women was remarkable.

We remember our Deceased Sisters

Sr. Mary Michael Ronan (Rita), SAC * 14.06.1928 † 29.04.2015   USA

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* Our Way of Life *

 

"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)