▪ As the Extraordinary Year of Grace is going on, special events are taking place in Rome. In April we had international celebrations of the Jubilee with adherents to the Spirituality of Mercy and the Jubilee for Adolescents, which filled Rome with young life!
▪ On April 23, Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Vice Provincial of the Polish Province, on the invitation of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Holy See, participated in a Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter, in honor of the 1060th birthday of St. Adalbert, Missionary and Martyr and early precursor of the unity of Europe. The Holy Mass was celebrated by senior Cardinal Miroslaw Vlk from Prague at the tomb of St. John Paul II with participation of the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and many faithful. A brilliant choir from Czech Republic made this historical celebration very solemn, which was a uniting event for these countries. ▪ Sr. Maria Landsberger participated in a conference Freedom and Justice – Rerum Novarum and the novelties of our time, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the first modern social Encyclical Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII. ▪ The students of the Annual Pallottine Spirituality course came to our Generalate house for classes on the history of our Congregation, given by Sr. Izabela Świerad, Sr. Bożena Olszewska and Sr. Maria Landsberger.
▪ The General Council members made a 2 days pilgrimage to Assisi, where they had time to pray in that unique peaceful atmosphere. ▪ Sr. Adelheid Scheloske and Sr. Iwona Nadziejko supported the General Administration in the preparative works for the General Chapter. ▪ As guests we welcomed Bishop Mons. Jan Ozga and Sr. Fabiana Leitgeber from Cameroon, and Sr. Leonie Rowan and her friend Mrs. Bridie McCabe with Mrs Jennifer Trotter from England.
▪ At Pallotti Secondary School the Entrance Examination for the new Form V intake was held with 49 young ladies. - The Graduation of the Form Six students was an enjoyable day for the large group of 46 students and their families. Congrats to students and teachers.
▪ Sisters had visits from donors: Mrs. Petra Wiedemann came from CED – Christian Development Service in Munich/Germany, which supports 100 students from deprived families of the center of Tanzania at Pallotti Secondary School. Mrs. Petra took many photos and the girls wrote Thank You letters. In Igunga representatives from the Bollebolle organisation in Belgium had a meeting with the Sisters. They plan to extend the building of St. Leo’s English Medium Primary School where our Sisters are working.
▪ The five Tanzanian Second Year Novices began their three months’ Apostolic Experience in the Siuyu and in the Leadership community.
▪ Sr. Mary McNulty’s brother Kieran arrived mid-April and will stay in Tanzania for one month. He has generously supported our mission in Tanzania by means of fundraising in Ireland.
▪ On April 16th, the sisters in Laurel participated in a Pallotti High School "Madrigal Dinner: a Celebration of the Arts". It was an opportunity for the students to show the talents that are being fostered in the school's new Academy of the Arts. In the gym, decorated as a medieval mead hall, the students in costume entertained the 100+ guests. Programs by the visual art, music and drama departments, as well as juggling, magic acts, and tumbling feats made the evening a success
▪ On Apr. 21 Srs. Karen Lester and Bernadita Peterson helped the students prepare hundreds of food packages for the poor in foreign missions. The money for it was collected by the students.
▪ With the traditional Missioning Service in St. Joseph Hospital's Chapel, Sr. Francesca Lowis sent off the "Hands and Hearts for Christ" medical mission team to a week's work in Belize. The team consisted of 36 members including surgery, general clinic and dental group. This initiative began 17 years ago, on the initiative of Sr. Francesca and Sr. Josefina Alamilla in Belize.
▪ The latest Infant Memorial Service for small/under term babies was held by the Pastoral Care Department of St. Mary’s Medical Center. Sr. Diane Bushee, Sr. Angela Madera and Sr. Joanne Obrochta also attended.
▪ Sr. Diane Bushee and Jenna Reed, a 2 year old child who has already had two heart surgeries were in a TV commercial promoting the Heart Walk 2016 sponsored by St. Mary's. The revenues provide funds to help with heart and stroke issues.
▪ On 9th and 10th April, the XVII. Symposium by the Pallotti Institute took place in Kostancin-Jeziorna. Over 220 members of the Pallottine family participated in it, including groups from Ukraine, Slovakia and individual persons from Denmark and Great Britain. It was the second part of a diptych titled: Pallotti’s Mystical Journey. Topics were: Pallotti in the School of Mystics, given by the Pallotti Institute; Sr. Danuta Przybyłek spoke about the influence of Jesuit spirituality on Pallotti’s charism. Sr. Iwona Meger had an intervention on The Greatest of Mysteries. The Eucharist in Pallotti’s Mystical Experience. Other themes were Prayer in Pallotti’s Mystical Experience by Fr. Artur Stępień, SAC and Mysticism of Daily Life – a Path of Happy Relationships by Mrs. Małgorzata Słowik, UAC. - During a Holy Hour on Saturday evening Sr. Joanna Jażdżewska read St. Vincent Pallotti’s words about the Eucharist. The musical animation was conducted by a choir of Pallottine sisters, seminarians and laity under the baton of Sr. Paulina Szałek.
▪ On the night from 9th to 10th April, the 11th annual prayer vigil, organized by Sr. Consolata Majewska, was held in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy (Cracow-Łagiewniki) for collaborators of our Sisters. Leading theme was The Divine Mercy, on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. About 1000 people participated in the vigil. Act of Entrustment to Divine Mercy, passage through the Door of Mercy, spiritual conferences, devotion to the Divine Mercy and Mercy Road were parts of the program, as well as a concert of religious and patriotic songs. High point of the vigil was the Holy Mass, concluding with an individual blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.
▪ On Good Shepherd Sunday excursions from many parishes came to Divine Mercy Church in Belize City where the faithful gathered under a huge tent to honor The Divine Mercy. Sr. Margaret Gongora and Sr. Adalberta Chuc coordinated the pilgrimage from Orange Walk and the faithful participated in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist and in the grand procession. On their return to Orange Walk they sang songs of praises and danced in the aisle of the bus. The sisters at Pallotti – Provincial House - also joined this great activity of prayer and praise.
▪ The Parish of La Immaculada in Orange Walk enthroned their Queen in the new Grotto built to replace the damaged one. They sang and serenaded their Queen and Mother with candle light.
▪ In Nazareth, Punta Gorda, as the Stewardship Program is quickly spreading, new life among the parishioners is coming forth. A few parishioners join the Sisters for Adoration and Evening Prayers twice a week. ▪ Eight young girls participated in a Live-In led by Sr. Catarina Tush and the young girls who live at Nazareth. They were grateful for the experience and Sisters continue to pray for new vocations to our community.
▪ At Pallotti Convent in Belize City an exhibition of the Past History and the Present activities of the Pallottine Sisters throughout Belize attracted a number of adults and children who had interested and questions to the Sisters.
▪ In April the sisters from the Region attended in two groups at different dates a Seminar in Kibeho with the theme: "Creative Fidelity to the Pallottine Charism", given by Fr. Eugene Niyonzima, SAC.
▪ From 7th to 11th of April, Regional Superior Sr. Liberata Niyongira and her councilor Sr. Cecile Bimenyimana made a short visit in Uganda in perspective of the new mission.
▪ Sisters were very happy to welcome in their Region Mr. Tadeusz Makulski from Poland, person responsible of the MAITRI Movement and Mr. Josef Kuchyna from Czech Republic, pioneer of the Adoption from the Heart in Rwanda/ DRC, from 20th to 29th of April. They came on the occasion of 20 years of supporting adoption of orphans and poor children in Rwanda and DRC and visited all of our Sisters’ Communities, appreciating the fruit of their labour.
▪ On Good Shepherd Sunday, Sisters from all communities of the Region joined other Consecrated persons and groups of young people to pray together for vocations within the Church. In DRC, the postulants joined students from another Congregation and attended the prayer for vocations organized by the Parish of Buhimba, with presentations of different Religious families and their charisms.
We remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. M. Hildegard Wurm *08.12.1937 † 17.04. 2016 Germany