Our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad desires to express her warm thanks for the many prayers, wishes, cards, gestures of friendship, letters, and phone calls, which she received this month for the occasion of her Feast Day. These many remembrances were very touching and supportive. Be assured of her sincere care for each one of you, as she offers her daily prayers for you.
▪ United in prayer and joy we participated in the celebration of our Superior General´s Feastday on September 3rd. The high point of the day was the Holy Mass presided by Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC with invited guest priests, sisters, and Pallottine communities.
▪ From 8-13 September the International OWL Commission gathered under the Chair of Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General. The members: Srs. Magdalena Klein (Germany), Diane Bushee (USA), Eugine Nirmala Francis (India), Iwona Nadziejko (Poland) participated together with the General Councilors: Srs. Stella Holisz, Josephina DʹSouza.
▪ From 14-18 September the team of the International Finance Commission: Srs. Magdalene Klein (Germany), Mary Grace Barile (USA), Eugine Nirmala Francis (India), and Marta Litawa (Rwanda/Congo) - gathered under the Chair of Sr. Stella Holisz, Treasurer General.
▪ From 15-19 September, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, more than 4,000 young consecrated people came to Rome and attended the First World Meeting of Consecrated Youth, which was held with the slogan "Wake up the World – Gospel, Prophecy, Hope". Our Congregation was represented by Srs. Santa (Brazil), Christine (India), Ester (Belize) and Paulina (Poland). In the Generalate we hosted a 40-person French language group for 4 days. ▪ Our three student Sisters: Christine (India), Santa (Brazil), Ester (Belize) who are living with us in the Generalate for the one-year Pallottine Spirituality Course, have successfully finished their 3-month Italian course and now are heading forward to start the annual Pallottine spirituality program.
▪ Good news from Marienborn/Limburg, still from July: the Sisters of the German Province, amidst experiences of “letting go”, and “becoming less” celebrated with great joy a sign of hope: the feast of the Final Vows of Sr. Astrid Meinert. We wish her the fulfilment of her vocation in our Pallottine community. ▪ Sr. Magdalene Klein travelled to Rome for commission work and was happy to meet there Sr. Santa from Brazil. ▪ After the missioning this summer of a new group of young volunteer MAZ (temporary missionaries) for their one-year experience, the “home comers” of this year had their meeting in Kloster Marienborn from September 17-20, where they shared vividly about their mission experiences among themselves and with the Sisters.
▪ In Brazil, the Sisters, Pallottine Fathers and parish community of Timbiras said good-bye to Sr. Maria Landsberger, who had spent again one year with them and who, after some holidays in Germany, will go back to Rome. ▪ Three of our Brazilian Sisters, together with a group of Religious of the Diocese of Coroata, the invitation of Bishop Sebastiao Bandeira Coelho to his home place ofRiachao, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated life.
▪ St. Mary's Parish in Laurel celebrated their parish feast and dedication of the new Parish Center. Cardinal Wuerle, Archbishop of Washington, DC celebrated the Mass and blessed the new Center which also houses the Pallotti Early Learning Center, the formerly owned and operated by our Sisters. Sr. Karen Lester gave the history of the Day Care and Sisters´ involvement in education in the parish. ▪ On September 9th Sr. Patrice Wales celebrated her 80th birthday with about 45 guests at a lovely evening dinner party in the St. Vincent Pallotti Secondary School Hall. Mrs. Josephine Saunders, a long-time friend of the Laurel, Maryland Sisters, organized the surprise event and also did all the cooking. Amongst the local Sisters, many of the guests were former students of Sr. Patrice, which added a special touch to the event. During the event music was played to the enjoyment to all.
▪ On Sept. 23, Pope Francis said Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He canonized Junipero Serra, the first canonization to take place in the US. All of the Sisters chose to watch this awesome event on TV, avoiding crushed in the crowds.
▪ In Huntington, W.V. Sr. Mary Terence and the membres of Sacred Heart Parish had a “large item” sidewalk sale. The beautiful Saturday added to the fundraiser success. ▪ St. Mary's “Standard of Behavior” during September was Hospitality: A warm, helpful and welcoming attitude toward all persons. Step out in empathy; perform a spontaneous act of kindness on "the road less travelled". ▪ A fundraising 5 km Walk/Run benefitting St. Mary's Health Center Pink Ribbon fund has been organized. It assists under-insured women needing e.g. mammogram. ▪ Srs. Diane Bushee and Mary Grace Barile returned home after two weeks of commission meetings in Rome.
▪ On 8th September Sr. Christine’s Birthday wanted a quiet homely celebration. She maintains, that the older you get , the less you want to celebrate. Sr. Christine says thank you to all, for your love and prayers, and flowers, gifts. ▪ Sr. Perpetua from Rwanda/Congo Region, continued to stay with us during the whole of the months. She attended Prince College of English and improved in leaps and bounds. We had some interesting conversations, and realised how different, even neighbouring communities of Pallottine Sisters in Africa can be.
▪ Sisters, candidates and students from Pallotti Secondary School took part in the annual Pilgrimage of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart at the Cathedral in Singida on the 14th.
▪ We congratulate Sr. Veronica Sulle who graduated on the 4th with a Nursing Diploma from Huruma Hospital, Kilimanjaro. ▪ From the 4th to the 6th six Sisters and teachers accompanied 87 students on an educational outing to Bagamoyo near Dar es Salaam. This is an historical site where the slaves used to embark from the mainland. Bagamoyo in Swahili means to ‘lay down your hearts’. It is also the site of the first Catholic missionaries in Tanzania. The Holy Ghost Fathers arrived there in 1867.
▪ Sr. Agripina and Sr. Sesilia have participated in their 2nd month’s Training Course in Finance and Administration, which was sponsored by SLDI – Sisters Leadership Development Initiative, an American group of Religious, who support education for Leadership in East Africa.
▪ Archbishop Leon Kalenga, Apostolic Nuncio and Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Glancy visited Pallotti High School and our Sisters. They shared about their ministries; the Nuncio was interested to learn about the Centennial celebrations and Provincial Sr. Consuelo Burgos gave him two of the Centennial books. ▪ Pallotti High School had its annual flag raising ceremony. Guest speaker, Miss Loretta Tillet spoke patriotism. saying that Belizeans, as their forefathers, need to strive together to build Belize their beautiful jewel. There was a judging of the decorations of the classrooms according to the theme of this year´s celebration. ▪ Some of the Sisters participated in the yearly Ecumenical Service at Holy Redeemer Cathedral, with many representatives from the various churches. Bishop Dorick Wright and Auxiliary Bishop Glancy were present. The Catholic choir did a great job for the Holy Mass. ▪ The Womens Church group from Nazareth encouraged the Sisters to decorate a Float for the Independence parade with the theme: Nazareth- Service to the community. Everyone got busy. All ministries were on display and all ethnic groups who assisted were on the float.
▪ In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life, at Nazareth Retreat Center, the Sisters of Charity, Jesuits and Pallottine Sisters working in Toledo met for some time of prayer, sharing and a meal. ▪ The Sisters were invited to attend a “Run for Jesus” from Punta Gorda Town to Cattle Landing, and a prayer service, which was attended by many young people.
▪ St. Joseph´s Home in Capetown celebrated it´s 80th Anniversary on September 22. For this, Sr. Maria Landsberger and Sr. Clementia Burkard, representatives of the Generalate and the German Province, travelled to South Africa. The festive Mass was presided by Archbishop Stephen Brislin and concelebrated by several priests. Many of the chronically ill children, our Sisters, board members, collaborators and friends were present. The Archbishop mentioned that St. Joseph´s is one of the places of light for suffering children. Before the delicious meal in a big tent, Provincial Sr. Annemarie Niehsen highlighted the initial efforts of Bishop Hennemann and of our pioneer Sisters. Director Mrs. Patterson underlined that from the beginning, St. Joseph´s Home was guided with innovation and openness. Sr. Maria read out the letter of thanksgiving from Superior General Sr. Izabela Swierad. The children of St. Josephs always have moved the hearts of many to collaborate in this good work. ▪ Srs. Maria and Clementia stayed for 10 days with the Sisters and had time for sharing, to see the Indian Pallottine Fathers and to have some outings in the marvellous nature of South Africa.
▪ The 15th of September, at Ruhango Parish, was the day of the joyful ceremony of the first profession of Sr. Clémentine Murekatete, the Final Profession of Sr. Cécile Uwibambe, Sr. Angélique Nyirakanyana and Sr. Marie Rose Nyirahabimana, and the 25th year Jubilee of Sr. Odette Musabyimana. The festive Holy Mass was celebrated by Mgr. Celestin Hakizimana, Bishop of Gikongoro, surrounded by a great number of priests. Many Religious, and Christianʹs, parents and friends attended the ceremony. After the Holy Mass, a banquet was shared in the community of the Pallottine Sisters. ▪ On 18th of September, the whole Church of Rwanda celebrated the introduction of the process of Beatification of the first Rwandan people: the couple, Cyprien Rugamba and Daphrose Mukansanga, founders of the Emmanuel Community in Rwanda, who died in April 1994 during the tragic war. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral St. Michel, presided by Mgr. Thaddé Ntihinyurwa, Archbishop of Kigali. Many people and some of our Sisters attended the ceremony.
▪ Srs. Arul Irudaya Mary, Bimla Barla and Nirosha Tellury, teachers at St. John’s School Gannavaram, on September 24 had a memorable time with Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, Most Rev. Govindu Joji, Apostolic Administrator of Vijayawada Diocese, Rev. Fr. Ferruccio Brambillasca, Superior General of PIME (Papal Institute for Exterior Missions) and Mr.Vamseekar, MLA of Gannavaram, at the residence of the Montfort Brothers. They were welcomed by the Principal with a bouquet and garland and by the students holding the National, School, and Papal Flags. St. Peter Claver Hostel girls sang in Italian, Telugu and Hindi (local and national language). The dignitaries had a short chat with the Sisters and staff. After a welcome breakfast the Sisters witnessed the Nuncio laying the foundation stone at the Infant Jesus Parish Church for a new Church on the same premises. ▪ On September 27 our Sisters in Assagao, Goa animated a program, coordinated by Sr. Alda Paes, for 105 the senior citizens of 7 Parishes of Deanery of Siolim, Goa, at St. Francis Xavier School hall. This event aimed towards faith building and to create a platform for the senior citizens. The gathering under the theme Let’s together joyfully celebrate an evening of life expressed the UAC spirit, with the involvement of the lay members, Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, Queen of Apostles Congregation, lay animators from all the 7 parishes and various artists. The program included prayer dance, a skit of acts of mercy, games. The seniors left the hall with a memento, while the Pallottine brothers sang joyfully ʺWake the Worldʺ. ▪ Sr. Helen Lourdusamy participated in the UAC Coordinators’ Meeting at Assumption House, Bangalore, from September 22-23, 2015.
We remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Ambrosa Neuheiser *15.09.1937 † 14.09.2015 Germany
Sr. Urbana Peretzki *01.03.1924 † 29.09.2015 South Africa