▪ In the month of September Peter’s Square is remarkably full of pilgrims. Especially throngs of pilgrims flooded the Vatican to celebrate the highly anticipated canonization of Mother Teresa, an event that Catholics and non-Catholics alike have looked forward to since her death in 1997. Her canonization is significant because it took place during the Jubilee of Mercy and also because it fell during a special Jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of Mercy. At the beginning of the celebration our Pope declared saying, “We enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church”.
▪ We had the honor of welcoming in the Procura and the Generalate a special guest in the person of Archbishop Abraham Varghese from Nagpur, India. He shared his experience of being in Rome for the beatification and canonization of Mother Teresa, and his association with her when she was a great missionary on the street of Calcutta.
▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, participated in meetings organized by the Rector General of the Pallottine Fathers connected with the Beatification of Venerable Elisabetta Sanna. She was also invited by the Superior General, Sr. Ivete Garlet, for a two-day formation meeting organised for the General Council and all Provincials of the Pallottine Sisters (CSAC) in their Generalate in Rome. ▪ Sr. Josephina D’ Souza was invited by the Ambassador of India for a reception on the occasion of the visit of Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of India, Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Delhi who were in Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
▪ It was a great joy and privilege for the Sisters of the previous General Administration to personally participate in the historical event and the celebration of the beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Elizabetta Sanna, which took place in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia, Sardinia. The Mass was presided by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The large number of Pallottine priests, sisters and lay members from different countries were present to witness this joyful event of the Pallottine family. The month of September was also a month of goodbyes in the Generalate community: Sr. Maria Landsbeger, Sr. Stella Holisz, Sr. Bozena Olszewska and Sr. Beata Matuszewska, after serving in the General Administration for six and more years, returned to their respective Provinces. Whole heartedly we thank them for their generous service and wish God’s blessing for their future ministry.
▪ Our Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad visited the German Province, met with the Sisters and participated in an important meeting regarding the Vinzenz-Pallotti-Stiftung (VP-Foundation) and its future. ▪ Two weeks after the Episcopal ordination, the new Bishop of Limburg, Msgr. Georg Bätzing, phoned to Kloster Marienborn and announced his visit to the Sisters and had coffee with them. After meeting the Sisters, Sr. Helga Weidemann accompanied him to visit some residents in the “Haus Felizitas”. Then he took time for a conversation with the Provincial Superior, who showed him the Provincial house, the vacant retreat house, and the Pallotti house in the Westerwaldstraße. It was a joyful first encounter with the Pallottine Sisters in Limburg.
▪ In the beginning of the month, the General Administration appointed new members to the Provincial Council team of Queen of Apostles Province: Sr. Gail Marie Borgmeyer, (Provincial Superior), Sr. Mary Grace Barile, (Councilor) and Sr. Mary Terence Wall, Councilor). They are eager to serve the Province differently than in former times by sharing the responsibilities of the Province. ▪ In Florissant, Pallottine Renewal Center had their first board retreat led by board President, Kristin Koppen and Board member, Tom Cummins. They are taking a close look at the facility and retreat programming. Marillyn Webb and her staff are doing their best in keeping the house full and doing much community outreach.
▪ Through the Novena prayer, the Laurel community joined the entire Pallottine family throughout the world to prepare for the beatification of Elisabetta Sanna in Sardenia, Italy. They also participated in the parish picnic on the grounds of Pallotti High School by assisting in various capacities. Pallotti High School has been very generous in welcoming many good causes to use their facility. The T.A.S.T.E. program began its 10th year and several new students registered to it. Srs. Patrice and Bernadita took part in this program. The school also has a number of Chinese exchange students and is now offering a language class in Chinese. ▪ In Huntington St. Mary's Breast Center has offered special 3D Mammograms, on two different days. This is covered 100% by St. Mary's Health Plan. Free Flu Vaccinations were given to all connected to the Medical Center. Also a free drive-thru Flu "vaccine clinic" was available to the public, until all doses were gone. The Sisters are included in this program. The new Volunteer Director initiated a contest to name St. Mary's Gift Shop. The new name, a combination of three submissions, and updated decor was unveiled to great delight! The Gift Shop was renamed in honor of our Sr. Madeleine Lopez (1910-2011). A special bookmark - "Blessed are you who do for others" was given to all attending the "Open House." ▪ St. Joseph’s Hospital and WVU Medical Center has improved much more communication in order to integrate the entire system. After five months without a Chaplain, they were finally able to hire two part-time local clergy, Rev. Gary Rapking and Pastor Julie Sterling. They will be at St. Joseph’s on a part-time basis helping Sr. Francesca. The City of Buckhannon observed its Bicentennial. There was a parade, fireworks, entertainment in Jawbone Park, talent contests and a show highlighting the winners.
▪ The Provincial Chapter of Guadalupe Province was held on the 10th and 11th of this month. The names of the new Council Team members are: Sr. Consuelo Burgos, Provincial Superior, Sr. Josefina Alamilla, Vice – Provincial, Sr. Margaret Gongora, Councilor, Sr. Clara Teul (Councilor). ▪ In Belize City a day before the 35th Independence Day, three of the Sisters witnessed a special night of fireworks and the raising of the Belizean flag. The following day was the official Uniform Parade in which Pallotti High School took part and was outstanding in their presentation. ▪ It was also a month of heart aches to experience the Hurricane Earl, which lashed the shores and left devastation on its path. There was much more distraction and Pallotti convent was inundated for about four days as they were entirely surrounded by water.
▪ Mary, Mother of Divine Province rejoices to get a new Provincial Council Team; Sr. Helen Lourdsamy, Provincial Superior, Sr. Sharmila Juli Pinto, Vice-Provincial, Sr. Lowrencia Kurusantony, Councior, Sr. Angela Devi Reddy, Councilor, and Sr. Bimbla Barla, Councilor. Many blessings and wishes to the leadership team. ▪ Five Sisters took part in the second UAC Assembly in Prabhodhana, Mysore with the theme “Chosen to Dear Fruits that Endure” In 15:16). Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, SAC presented a paper for the same, with the topic: Bearing Fruits in the Union implies members (clergy, sisters and laity) sharing a genuine and deep friendship in Christ. It was an enriching experience for all the participants to increase the knowledge and passion for the UAC. ▪Twenty-Six Final Professed Sisters took part in an ongoing Formation program. The seminar theme was: “Reconciliation with Self, Others and God”, given by Fr. Peter, a Redemptorist priest. After the program, the Sisters enjoyed a day of an outing with much relaxation and togetherness. ▪In spirit and prayer, all the Sisters united with the entire Pallottine family during the Beatification of Venerable Elisabeth Sanna in Sardinia. Sr. Bimla Barla was happy to be part of this celebration from our Province.
PHILIPPINES (New Mission of Indian Province)
▪ Our Sisters, Mary Alangaram and Japamala Francis are gradually getting oriented to the new mission in Bacolod City, Philippines. They, in collaboration with the parish priest, are involved in teaching catechism and giving Christian formation for the children in Mandalagan public School in Eroreco. In weekends they gather neighbouring children and teach them English, Christian formation, singing and praying. They take part in all the parish activities such as Bible sharing, catechism, prison ministry, visiting the hospitals and families. They also accompany the parish priest and Pallottine Fathers for the Holy Mass in the substations.
▪ The third Congress of Africa and Madagascar on Divine Mercy was held in Kigali. His Eminence Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, 22 bishops and over 120 priests were present. The Congress program was composed of Conferences, the Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession and Pilgrimage to Kibeho. Many Pallottine Sisters were committed in different services. ▪ On the Nativity day of Blessed Mother, four of our novices and three Pallottine seminarians, made their first profession in Keshero/ DR Congo. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Louis Nzabamwita, General Vicar of the Diocese of Goma in the Chapel of Pallottine Fathers, followed by a fraternal banquet. ▪ Our Sisters were in communion with the whole Pallottine Family to celebrate the Beatification of our Venerable Elisabetta Sanna. In Gikondo, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated and many lay members of UAC, Priests and Sisters took part in it.
▪ St. Josephs Home joyfully celebrated 81 years of their service to the chronically ill and vulnerable children. A thanksgiving Holy Eucharist was celebrated, presided by His Grace Archbishop Stephen Brisilin. Many Priests, Religious Sisters and our Sisters, benefactors, friends, staff members and the children participated in it. ▪ Sr. Theresa Gurti from Tanzania, who worked in St. Joseph’s Home returned to her homeland due her health. ▪ New missionary, Sr. Promila Kiro from India, young and lovely sister arrived to the Province. Immense thanks to the Indian Province for sending another sister for the Province in South Africa.
In Poli Singisi 10 Sisters had their Annual retreat directed by Fr. Carongo Buberwa SJ, who works in Kenya. The two new MAZ Volunteers, Antonia and Carla arrived from Germany. They will work in Siuyu mainly at the Rehabilitation Center.
▪ The Form Four students at Pallotti Girls had a religious Graduation celebration. It began with the Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Allan Bukenya SAC, Fr. Tom Ryan SAC and Fr. Silvery Nkuu SAC. ▪ In two groups, the final professed Sisters gathered in Siuyu and Poli Singisi, for a four-day Seminar on Divine Mercy to boost their spiritual growth in the Year of Mercy. The Seminar was guided by Fr. Innocent Bahati, a Capuchin Friar. Later the meeting was organized for the Sisters by Sr. Adela Mnyambii, who is responsible for ongoing formation. ▪ The Grade Seven graduation was held at St Leo’s Primary School in Igunga. The Holy Mass was presided by Rev Paul Ruzoka, the Archbishop of Tabora Diocese. Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Sr. Gernoveva Salanga and Mr. Kieran McNulty attended the program.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. M. Irene Weber, SAC * 04.05.1960 † 08.09.2016 Germany