The Marian month of May brought many events and celebrations. On 9th we participated in a conference on Women in the Bible in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda by Bruna Costa Curta, a professor at the Gregorian University.
▪ From May 16 - 23, the Major Superiors of our Congregation met with the Sisters of the General Administration for the Central Assembly under the theme May my life speak the joy and beauty of the Gospel. In the atmosphere of the Cenacle during the days before Pentecost, the Sisters shared the joys and challenges in their Provinces and Region. All realized that there is a call for deeper unity and mutual support as a sign of the times for us. In her report Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad informed the Sisters about the actual situation of our Congregation and the preparative work for the General Chapter in 2016. She stressed the need to focus more deeply on the Word of God and to live out our missionary call. Fr. Geno Sylva from the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization and Miss Donatella Acerbi, the new President of the UAC, were our guest speakers. All participants enjoyed the Papal Audience followed by a cordial dinner in the Procura with the group of the Pallottine Missionary training course. In the concluding missioning celebration all were “sent” by Sr. Izabela Świerad, receiving a book of Holy Scripture and a symbol of the Holy Spirit. We are immensely grateful to Sr. Magdalena Pinto and the whole community of the Procura, who did their utmost in the house and kitchen to prepare such a friendly ambience for the Central Assembly.
▪ All participants of the Central Assembly still were in Rome for the celebrations of the Feast of Mary Queen of the Apostles, the Pentecost Vigil Prayer with the Roman Pallottine family in Via Giuseppe Ferrari Church, and the Feast of the Holy Spirit in San Salvatore in Onda. With the Rector Fr. Gilberto Orsolin, SAC as the main celebrant, and with a great Pallottine assembly, both Congregations of Sisters together thanked God for their common foundation date on Pentecost. A team from both Congregations prepared the beautiful decorations and liturgy. The day ended with a familial agape in the refectory of the Generalate at San Salvatore in Onda.
▪ From 12th to 21st May 2015 at the Spiritual Center St. Vincent Pallotti in Grottaferrata (Rome) a Pallottine missionary training course was held. Our Srs. Japamala Francis (India), Edyta Budynek (Cameroon), Małgorzata Lech (Poland) participated in this event. ▪ Every year the Pallottines organize a pilgrimage to San Giorgio, the ancestral village of the Pallotti family. This year Sr. Josephine D’Souza and Sr. Hanna Kiedrowska together with our annual course students represented our community at this annual event. ▪ On 28th of May the students of the annual course on Pallottine Spirituality celebrated the closing of the academic year at Queen of Apostles Church, Via Giuseppe Ferrari, Rome. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Fr. François Harelimana, SAC. At the conclusion Sr. Ivete Garlet, the Mother General of the CSAC, thanked the teachers and encouraged the students to share the treasures accumulated during this year’s training as they go back to their own entities. Certificates of completion of the course were awarded by Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC, and Ms. Donatella Acerbi, President of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.
Germany ▪ Since about ten years the Pallottine Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, residing in Limbug, gather twice a year for a familial afternoon meeting. On May 22, 22 Pallottines came from their Mission House to Kloster Marienborn, Provincial House of our Sisters. After words of welcome by Sr. Magdalene Klein, who spoke in the name of the Provincial and Community Director, the meeting started with a Marian service in the Chapel. Then all – many of them with their wheelchairs and walking aids gathered in the refectory for a festive afternoon with coffee and cakes. Memories and experiences were shared around all the tables. The Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, who had returned from diverse mission regions, such as South Africa, were happy to see Sisters from “their Mission”. Words of gratitude were expressed again as the guests said said their good bye’s. The next meeting in the second semester is planned to take place in the Mission House of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers.
▪ May 19, St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland sent forth 116 graduates at their Comensment Mass, held at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
▪ At the beginning of May, St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia observed National Hospital Week. The highlight was the Employee Service Awards Dinner. Sr. Francesca Lowis, SAC was one of the honorees with her 20 years of service. Also, St. Joseph's Hospital has received the Women's Choice Award as America's Best Hospital for Emergency Care. The coveted credential puts St. Joseph's Hospital in the top 8% for Emergency Care that reports data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. ▪ In Huntington, nearly all the Sisters attended the recognition and celebration of the long years of service to St. Mary's of employees from 10 years to over 45 years. Forty-one employees of 25 years were especially honored. Sr. Blanka Sławińska was recognized as having come the "farthest" of the large crowd! ▪ At the end of April the Sisters were saddened by the death of Sr. Mary Michael. Chaplain, Fr. Godwin led them in a sung Vespers wake service along with three priests and family members to celebrate her Funeral Mass andBurial. ▪ The St. Mary's Foundation held its annual fundraising Gala on the16th. Event tickets were sold out at 552 seats! The ticket sales will benefit Kids in Motion, a program with the YMCA (Young Men Christians´ Association) to support healthy exercise in children and, also, the St. Mary's Hospitality House to assist family members, who come from far away homes to visit their sick family members.
Thirty-two Novices from different congregations in Arusha met at the Novitiate House for an Evaluation of the Union Day of Novices. The Novices with the Candidates from Malawi participated in an Inter-congregational Seminar on the Resurrection of the Lord, led by Fr. Dave, a Missionary of Africa. ▪ The Sisters took part in a Jubilee Retreat in Poli Singisi, preached by Fr. Innocent B. Mushi, a Capuchin Friar. ▪ Eighteen Pallottine students had a Get-together with our Novices in Poli Singisi. The theme was: Cenacle event as a living source of communion and mission among young people. They also had a little celebration to congratulate five of them, who had just graduated with Diplomas in Philosophy. ▪ On Pentecost Sunday seven students from Pallotti School were among the 121 young people, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Siuyu Parish. Also, five children from the Rehabilitation Center made their First Communion. They were prepared by our Novice Edinesta Charles. The Candidates decorated the Church beautifully. The school term ended with a Retreat led by Fr. Michael Mlundi.
▪ As Belize is approaching the Hurricane Season, the Diocese organizes an annual procession to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose ever faithful protection from hurricanes and natural disasters of the Belizean population. The procession begins at the Cathedral and winds itself through the streets to one of the Parish Churches. All Sisters, who could attend were present and sang out the Litany of Mary with the accompaniment of marching bands. Every town plans its own procession and all are carried out simultaneously. ▪ In tribute to Sr. Elsa Oliva, the Belize Council of the Visually Impaired, of which Sr. Elsa was President for 20 years preceding her death, held their Annual General Meeting in tribute to the work done by Sr. Elsa through this organization. There was a display of Sr. Elsa’s life andof the many activities she had planned and led.
▪ Sr. Annemarie Niehsen, Provincial Superior, went to Rome to attend the Central Assembly and then continued to travel to Germany to visit the Sisters, especially those, who had been Missionaries in South Africa, and she was also able to see her family. ▪ Sr. Sharmila Pinto spent her home holidays in India. ▪ Renovations are going on in St. Joseph's Home for chronically ill children. The chapel has been painted and is getting ready for the Jubilee celebrations of their 80th anniversary. ▪ The Feast of Mary Queen of the Apostles was celebrated with great joy. Friends and a few Religious Sisters of other congregations joined the Sisters in the celebration. ▪ At a vocation camp at the Diocesan level, several of the Pallottine Sisters represented our Congregation.
▪ From 15th to 16th May a meeting of all local treasurers of the different communities was held in Masaka, led by Sr. Marta Litawa, Regional Treasurer. Her main point was a reflection on the spiritual aspects of the responsibility of a local treasurer. ▪ On Saturday 23rd the whole Pallottine Family celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, Queen of Apostles in union with many members of the Union, Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Students and lay people gathered in Kibeho, coming in pilgrimage to honor Mother Mary. Some of them arrived on the previous day on foot, after walking more than 36 km. Fr. Edouard Sinayobye, of the Butare Diocese, who recently presented his thesis on the apparitions of Kibeho shared with the audience the fruits of his rich research on the charism of Kibeho. The theme was In the Cenacle with Mary, Mother of the Word. After that, the solemn Holy Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of the apparitions, presided by Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, SAC. From Congo, some UAC members joined the assembly in Kibeho and others celebrated the feast in Keshero with a Holy Mass and a fraternal banquet.
▪ Eighteen Junior Sisters took part in a 2-week program, which included their retreat. They renewed their vows on May 15th at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore, during the Holy Eucharist, which was celebrated by Fr. Stanley D’Souza, S.J. On the same day, two postulants, Josmita Longa and Sharmila Minz entered the novitiate after three retreat days by Fr. Benis Gomes, SAC at Deva Matha Convent, Assagao. ▪ On the date of our founder’s ordination, Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Vice-Provincial, received the vows of nine novices - Sr. Josephine Clara, Jyotsna Kerketta, Metilda Horo, Nirosha Tallury, Promila Kiro, Ranjita Ekka, Rashmi Augustine, Shrada Tallury and Vilma Norohna. The celebration took place at St. Cajetan Church, Assagao in the presence of the Deva Matha community, parents of the Sisters, parishioners and well wishers. ▪ The Final Commitment was pronounced by Srs. Manjulatha Kerketta, Tarcila Kerketta, Veronica Benedicta Crata and Sangeetha Christina Chirote during the Holy Eucharist Solemnity of Pentecost. Fr. James Joseph, SAC, Vice Provincial of Assumption Province, Bangalore, was the main celebrant along with four more Pallottine Priests. Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Vice-Provincial, received their Vows. The presence of our Sisters, Religious belonging to different congregations, family members of the Sisters, parishioners, friends and well-wishers graced the occasion. ▪ Sr. Premila Almeida, a St. Charles Sister, gave a half-day session on Formation on May 25th, enlightening and encouraging Consecrated Life joyfully, as Pope Francis calls all consecrated persons today. Fifteen final professed Sisters participated in it. In the afternoon the formation team met together and discussed the present formation program. ▪ Six newly ordained Pallottine Priests of the Assumption Province, Bangalore, paid a visit to St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore and joined the Sisters for tea.