The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Family under the theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world took place in Rome from 4-25 October. We were privileged to host Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa, a member of the Synod and daily guest during the entire Synod meetings.
▪ The 2015/16 Annual Course on Pallottine Spirituality was opened on 3rd October at the Center Cenacolo in Rome. Among the 12 participants are three of our Sisters from Belize, Brazil and India.
▪ Pallottine Mission Sunday in October was dedicated to the new Pallottine Mission in Peru.We remembered our late Sr. Liesel Caspar, Pallottine pioneer to this mission. ▪ In the context of the conferences by the Pallotti Institute in Rome, Sr. Stella Holisz gave a highly respected talk on: Following Christ, essential element of Consecrated Life.
▪ The Pallottines in India experienced a premiere of two Pallottine retreats "The joy of being Pallottine" animated together by the three Superior Generals of the Founding Communities: Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC, and Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC. The sub-themes were: Consecrated Life, Evangelical Counsels, the UAC, Community life and Mission. Over 200 members from the Pallottine Family participated.
▪ On October 31st, many Union members gathered at SS. Salvatore in Onda for Eucharistic Adoration and for a vibrant Eucharistic celebration on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Erection of the Union. Fr. Norbert Sequeira, the General Bursar of the UAC was main celebrant. Fr. Wolfgang Weiss, Vice Rector of the Generalate delivered the homily. After an inspiring introduction by Ms. Donatella Acerbi, President of the Union, all members renewed their Act of Apostolic Commitment.
▪ We welcomed 20 German Sisters from General Administrations living in Rome, for their meeting in our Generalate. ▪ The Association of the General Curia of Charismatic Families (AMCG) organized their first meeting at Christian Brothers Generalate. Many congregations have lay associates, who also represented their charism. Pallottine Fathers, Sisters and Lay people took an active part in the 2-day meeting. From our congregation Srs. Stella Holisz, Maria Landsberger and Sr. Bożena Olszewska were present. The UAC President Donatella Acerbi was one of the main speakers. Sr. Bożena had been a member of the preparative committee of the Association.
▪ In early November, Sr. Izabela Świerad visited the Polish Province where she took part in the 25th Anniversary of Prayerful Vigils for the Pallottine Collaborators, organized by Sr. Consolata Majewska at the Shrine of Jasna Góra, Częstochowa. She also participated in the annual meeting for all Superiors of the Province in Gdańsk. Sister also had an opportunity to be in Kraków, Łagiewniki at the Divine Mercy Sanctuary where she entrusted the entire Congregation to Merciful Jesus.
▪ On November 14th Sr. Maria Landsberger participated in a Seminar on "The Pact of the Catacombs" at Urbaniana University, which took place 50 years ago at the closing of Vatican Council II, when a commitment of 40 Council Fathers was signed, to live a simple life style and give priority to the poor.
▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad attended the 2-day meeting of the Executive Council of the UISG (International Union of Superiors General for women). On the 20th this Council, together with the Superiors General of USG (The Union of Superiors General for men) had a joint meeting with the Vatican Secretariat of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL).
▪ On the 21st Sr. Stella Holisz, member of the Pallottine Institute took part in a study meeting on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican Decree “Apostolicam Actuositatem” on the mission of the laity.
▪ November 21st was a blessed and joyful day for our Congregation celebrating 50th anniversary of Procura Generale. The festive assembly gathered close to 100 guests. Among them were Provincial Superiors: Srs. Helga Weidemann-Germany, Mirosława Włodarczyk-Poland and Sisters who had worked in the Procura in earlier times. Also the Pallottine Fathers and the Roman Pallottine Sisters, Priest friends, collaborators and many other guests, neighbors and friends. Fr. Tadeusz Wojda, SAC, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for the Evangelization of Peoples presided over the thanksgiving Eucharist in our Parish Church St. Maria delle Grazie. With a festive banquet in the Procura's Sala di Pranzo and a Power Point presentation on the history we continued to celebrate the joyful event.
▪ Sr. Simone Hachen whose apostolate is Social work with socially disadvantaged youth, now also helps half-time as a volunteer in a camp for refugees close to Limburg. ▪ On October 2nd Sr. Maria Landsberger while in Limburg, gave a live Radio Interview on missionary life for Radio Maria of Switzerland.
▪ Eight of our Sisters participated in the 50th anniversary of the Association GDM -Justice for People- on 15th November, in the “Underchurch” of the Pallottines in Limburg. Fr. H. W. Barthenheier, who has been connected with our Sisters since his childhood, was one of the three then 15-year old founders of this association. Sr. Ingrid Salzer SAC has been a member since 40 years. The Pallottine Fathers/Brothers and Sisters and their mission projects have always been their main partners. Mission Procurator Sr. Ingrid enumerated the countries which the GDM had supported with financial means.
▪ In Brazil, on the Feast of Little Therese of Lisieux, the pallottine family from Codo and Timbiras celebrated with Josinalda Oliveira her entrance as a Postulant. ▪ Sr. M. Avaní Souza da Silva participated as representative of the Northeast Mission Local Coordination Council in the meeting of the National Coordination Council in Curitiba/State Paraná, who, together with all four pallottine Provincials of Brazil and their representatives evaluated the General Congress in São Paulo, in July and planned together for the coming year.
▪ In Buckhannon, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters sold St. Joseph’s Hospital to the West Virginia University health system. Their healing mission in St. Joseph’s Hospital began in 1921 in a small, rural town in the Appalachian Mountains and succeeded on the prophecy of Sr. Alacoque Raedeker: “If we have one paying customer, we shall make it!” - We give thanks to the Lord for the service of 94 years of professional healthcare in the Spirit of our Founder in St. Joseph’s Hospital and are grateful to all, especially to our Sisters, who have given themselves fully in this ministry.
▪ On October 22, a new seed was planted with the first meeting of the Board of Trustees for Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, Inc. which will provide funding for services that are in keeping with our pallottine mission and values.
▪ The First Saturday prayers for Vocations were led this month by Sr. Elizabeth Monsanto, who used the theme I have chosen you in Huntington, WV.
▪ Six of our Sisters attended the Knights of Columbus a Rosary Rally at St. Peter Claver's Church in Huntington. ▪ Srs. Diane Bushee and Mary Grace Barile joined 180 other women for the 10th annual Ladies in Pink Luncheon. An excellent talk was given on the progress of treatment for breast cancer. This and other events during the last two months gained $60,000 to provide breast health services to under insured women through St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Fund. Many groups throughout the city have participated in this worthy cause. ▪ At St. Mary’s hospital on every Wednesday a chaplain will be in the Hospital Chapel available twenty-hours a day to listen and offer prayer for anyone who would like to stop by.
▪ From 26-29th Sisters in Poli Singisi welcomed two Pallottine Deacons, Allan and Simon from Uganda, and two Pallottine Fraters, Cyril and Declan from Kenya, to the Noviciate House for a Retreat in preparation for their Ordination to the Priesthood and the Diaconate.
▪ CED “Christlicher Entwicklungsdienst”, a German organisation based in Munich has been supporting needy students at Pallotti Secondary School since 1999. CED celebrated their annual fundraising event on October 10th and 11th in St. Joseph’s Parish in Munich. Sr. Mary Mc Nulty presented her mission project and CED is again supporting 100 needy students at Pallotti! Sr. Mary enjoyed her short visit with our Sisters in Munich and at our Motherhouse in Limburg.
▪ Sr. Clara Teul was one of the main organizers for a Catholic youth convention at Muffles High School in Belize City. More than 400 young people attended from all the eight Catholic High Schools. The two dynamic guest speakers Ms. Sandra McKay and Harin Ozueta aimed to empower young people to be humble and servant leaders. There were many fun activities and a ball. ▪ Sr. Alicia Buddan and team held their annual Rosary Rally at Battlefield Park. Weeks ahead, they went praying the rosary in various neighborhoods. ▪ In October, a tropical wave passed through Belize and brought a lot of rain. Belize City was flooded and a few families had to be evacuated. Pallotti High School was waist deep in water and pots and pans were found floating in the school home economic room. Headmaster Sr. Clara asked for assistance from the government to pump out the water from classrooms and school grounds. ▪ Some of the sisters participated in the annual Catholic Charismatic Convention from November 6-8.Theme was Holy Spirit Give Me Abundant Life. Bishop Christopher Glancy welcomed the guest speakers Fr. Reynaldo Taylor, from Cincinnati, Ohio and Fr. James Blount, SOLT, from Florida. He presided over the liturgy on Saturday evening. Fr. Ray Taylor held inspiring talks, Fr. James Blounts conducted the holy hour of adoration and healing services. On Sunday the convention ended with a “March for Jesus” through the streets of Belize City and with a Healing service. ▪ On November 21st and 22nd Nazareth Community had a live-in for 20 young ladies with the theme Awakened heart changed not chained. They were accompanied by Dr. Joan Cárdenas. Sr. Catarina Tush gave a talk on Vocation and Sr. Josefina Alamilla spoke on Living the consecrated life. The young ladies had many questions for the sisters. All the young ladies agreed that they need a follow up monthly.
▪ On October 5th, the Pallottine Family met at Friedberg in Gossau, where Mrs. Dr. Brigitte M. Proschk, theologian from Vienna and member of the Union spoke on Charism and Spirituality of St. Vincent Pallotti. ▪ The Sisters of the Swiss Delegature thank the General Government for the gift of the inspirations for the spiritual preparation for the General Chapter 2016 which unites us Sisters of the whole Congregation.
▪ The Community of the Sisters in Capetown, together with their collaborators had accompanied and with love taken care of Sr. Urbana Peretzki during her many years of sickness. She was laid to rest on the feast of the Guardian Angels. Fr. Regards Sat presided the funeral Mass, assisted by Pallottine, diocesan, a MSFS priest and a Salesian priest.
▪ On the 1st of October, in Ruhango/Rwanda, Regional Superior Sr. Liberata Niyongira received during the vespers three postulants to the Noviciate. ▪ On 7th of October, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho, the Church of Rwanda celebrated the opening Eucharist of the grand jubilee of the priesthood with all Priests and their Bishops. Our Sisters were engaged in the preparations. ▪ From 21-24 of October, the second group of Sisters attended the seminar on the Charismatic identity in Keshero/ D. R Congo. It was animated by Fr. Georges Kozuch, SAC. The 25th of October was dedicated to the meeting of all local superiors. ▪ Sr. Liberata Niyongira, Regional Superior and her Vicar Sr. Marta Litawa visited Uganda from 2nd to 5th November, to identify a Catholic Parish in Masaka Diocese with the aim to establish a community of Pallottine Sisters for a new mission in that Country. ▪ In November, two of our junior sisters, Sr. Clémentine Murekatete and Sr. Triphonie Musabyemariya, together with 60 colleagues from different congregations, attended a seminar in Kabgayi Diocese/Rwanda by the Association of Major Superiors. Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, SAC spoke on: The joy of being consecrated. ▪ A second group of 12 sisters attended the annual retreat in Kibeho, on the theme: You persuaded me, LORD, and I was persuaded (Jr 20,7), preached by Fr. Georges Kozuch, SAC. ▪ On 21th of November Sr. Marta Litawa, in absence of Sr. Liberata, received six candidates to the Postulancy.
▪ Twenty-four of our Indian Sisters participated in the UAC Retreat preached by the three General Superiors. They share that it was a blessed opportunity to experience the spiritual bond reflecting on the charism of our Founder and to renew deeply the Pallottine Consecration in this Year of Consecrated Life. At the end of the retreat Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, Provincial Superior, thanked Sr. Izabela Świerad with a bouquet of flowers. ▪ In a Leadership Seminar for youth at Campion School, Bhopal, from October 15-18, Sr. Matilda Horo was the group animator of the youth of her parish. ▪ On October 26th the Province had a celebration for the Silver Jubilee of General Councilor Sr. Josephina D’Souza at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore. Fr. Benedict Montero, SAC expressed his joy to celebrate the Eucharist on this great day, as he was instrumental with Sr. Josephina’s choice for our Congregation. Sister Josephine shared about how the good Lord had accompanied her in 25 years of consecrated life. ▪ Four Nigerian youth along with two UAC cooperators joined the Sisters at the grotto near the convent to pray the Rosary and were enthusiastic about continuing it on every Sunday. ▪ On October 28th, the feast of the erection of the UAC as a Pontifical Lay Association of the faithful, Fr. Benedict Montero celebrated the Holy Eucharist in the St. Vincent Krupa Convent giving an inspiring homily.
▪ Around 125 children from two mission schools participated in the celebration of the Children’s Day on November 14th, at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, Gurundia. It started with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Sarat Nayak, SAC. There were cultural program and games all day through. Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, Provincial Superior who was on Canonical Visitation, presented prizes to the winners. ▪ St. Joseph Nivas community in Raipur was helped by Pallottine Fathers, Brothers and Parishioners in the harvest of paddy from the field adjacent to the convent property. The Pallottine Fathers now sponsored the seeds for the wheat plantation. This was a pleasant experience of living UAC.
We remember our deceased Sisters
Sr. Gerarda Kitlas *17.02.1946 † 05.10.2015 Poland