▪ Here in Rome October month was very significant. The Members of Our Lady’s army assembled in St. Peter’s Square, as a total of 90 delegations from 38 countries, representing 51 Marian shrines all over the world, gathered for a prayer vigil to mark the Marian Jubilee of the Year of Mercy. It was concluded with a meditation delivered by Pope Francis on Rosary. He said “The prayer of the Rosary is, in many ways, the synthesis of the history of God’s mercy.”
▪ On the occasion of General Assembly, Pallottine Fathers and Brothers had an opportunity to greet Holy Father in a private audience. Pope Francis spoke of the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti, saying he was “blessed to recognize that Jesus is the Apostle of the Father - rich in mercy and full of mercy. He urged the members to continue with joy and hope, by engaging oneself with full heart and strength, so the charism of Founder bears abundant fruit in our time.” Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC, Superior General of Roman Pallottine Sisters and Sr. Josephina D’ Souza, SAC, Vicar General, were present to witness this joyful event with the Pope.
▪ A powerful earthquake rocked central Italy on the last Sunday of October. The strongest tremor hit the country in more than three decades. It was strongly felt in the city of Rome. It struck a cluster of mountain towns, many of historic significance including the Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia. Let us pray for the affected people.
▪ We had the honor of welcoming Archbishop Stephen Brisilin, from Cape Town – South Africa, in our Generalate. After sharing news about our Sisters and St. Joseph’s Home, he joined us for the supper in Procura.
▪ We whole heartedly welcomed our new General Councilors to the Generalate community - Sr. Honorata Lyimo from Tanzania and Sr. Liberata Nyiongira from Rwanda.
▪ While in the USA, Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, visited the community in Laurel, MD. She also met with Sr. Gail Borgmeyer, Provincial Superior, to discuss important matters of the Province and further plans for the International community in the Province.
▪ In conjunction with United Hospital Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV held a presentation of the PBS documentary “Being Mortal” followed by a panel discussion. This documentary followed renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explored the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. The panel consisted of Physicians, Nurses and Social Workers from UHC and STJ. The event was open to the public and a very diverse representation of the area attended. Another event which took place at St. Joseph’s Hospital was when a motorcycle group of about 20 called “Honoring Heroes Forever” drove up to the Hospital one sunny Saturday afternoon to honor an eleven-year-old boy from Buckhannon who had died of cancer. He was on the list of the Make a Wish foundation, but died before he could fulfill his wish. His last wish was to have items brought to area hospitals to distribute to sick children. The men and women brought many toys; Sr. Francesca was impressed by the group and the great charity work they provide.
▪ Sr. Diane Bushee and Sr. Mary Grace Barile attended a luncheon, along with 180 women from the area, as St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV hosted its 11th Annual Ladies in Pink Luncheon. This event is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which helps raise money to pay for mammograms and ultrasounds for women in the area who are uninsured or underinsured. The messages shared with breast cancer survivors and those working to treat breast cancer were that of making it a priority to take care of yourself, and to remind everyone that there is an entire community of health care providers ready to help take care of them. Guest speaker, Dr. Amber Kuhl spoke of the importance of getting a breast exam at an early age, as she discussed “Feeling Young and Healthy at Any Age.”
▪ Mary's Spiritual Care Service sponsored a Clergy "Lunch-n-Learn" conference, "How Organ Donation turns Tragedy into Hope" St. Mary's was among a select group of hospitals, nationwide, recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospital was awarded the 2016 Platinum Recognition.
▪ Our Sister Rosella Sparks died, quietly, the evening of October 10th. Many persons were, favorably, affected by Sister's loving ministry. Sr. Angela Madera has spent many care-giving weeks, days and hours taking care of Sr. Rosella.
▪ Nazareth community organized praying the Holy Rosary in the homes of the surrounding villages. Catholics and non- Catholics welcomed the Sisters in their homes. The Jesuits volunteers Tiaga and Hanna along with Sister Ester are helping the village of Medina Bank in preparation for the sacrament of confirmation. These children are attending government schools.
▪ Sisters from Pallotti Convent, Belize participated in a successful International Public Square Rosary Rally at the Battlefield Park. The main goal of rally was to teach the people about the year of Mercy and about the indulgences they could receive. Many people had an opportunity for the confession before entering the Door of Mercy at the Holy Redeemer Cathedral. The procession of the Holy Rosary concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration. ▪ The joyful event took place in Pallotti Convent as the Provincial Council was officially inaugurated in a very meaningful and prayerful Prayer Service. We congratulated the Councilors and had a special meal of Thanksgiving. ▪ Some of our Sisters joined the other priests and sisters working in the diocese, for the business meeting with the Bishop. This gathering helped us to socialize and to know one another better for the service of the Church.
▪ Last week of October was filled by the joyful presence of Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, who visited the communities in Belize and met with new Provincial Council as well as all the Sisters. Accompanied by Srs. Consuelo Burgos, Provincial and Sr. Josephina Alamilla, Vicar Provincial, Sister Izabela made a historical journey to Benque Viejo, the first missionary station of Pallottine Missionaries in Belize established in March 1913 and visited the most important places marked by the pioneers.
▪ In Gniezno, in the presence of Sr. Mirosława Wlodarczyk, SAC, Provincial Superior, Agnieszka Pawlak and Katarzyna Gruca enter the Postulancy. At the same time in Nkol-Avolo, Cameroon Astride Marie AMIHE has begun her formation.
▪ On the 22nd of October the Holy Mass for the members and associates of the UAC was organized in the Pallottine Church, Warsaw. All the Superior of our communities took part in it since they were in Warsaw for the Superiors meeting. All participants thanked God for the work of St. Vincent Pallotti and his charism as well as for the beatification of Elizabeth Sanna. The solemn Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Joseph Lasak SAC - Vice General of the Pallottine Fathers. On behalf of the entire Union, Sr. Anna Ozon SAC, President of the UAC in Poland, thanked Fr. Joseph for his support and contribution in the development of UAC. Celebration ended with the presentation Beatification of Blessed Elizabeth Sanna by Fr. Stanislaw Stawicki SAC.
▪ Sr. Antonietta Rodrigues, the nurse working with the tribals of Odisha conducted one day program for youth of 10 villages having input sessions on soft skills. Students were given health education especially on personal hygiene and the sick were treated. Twenty children were examined for nutritional status and 11 of the severely malnourished children were given supplements in form of homemade Horlicks, pulses, ghee and multi vitamin syrup. ▪ The UAC day was celebrated meaningfully at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore with a Eucharistic celebration Fr. Manuel Raj, SAC. In his inspiring homily, he challenged all present to look into ourselves if we are motivated and directed towards the needy in our apostolate. The presence of UAC aspirants made the celebration colorful.
▪ All the sisters of the Region with final vows gathered in Kibeho for a meeting. Sr. Marta Litawa gave short reflection on the Divine Mercy and the Sisters who participated in the Divine Mercy Congress took opportunity to share with others their deep experiences. It was also a moment to express gratitude to Sr. Liberata Niyongira, former Regional Superior and to wish God’s blessing for her future ministry in the Generalate. At the end of the gathering, Sr. Odette Musabyimana, Sr. Consolée Mukayirabuka and Sr. M. Rose Nyirahabimana were missioned to begin a new community in Uganda in the Parish of Divine Mercy/ Kyabakuza, Diocese of Masaka. ▪ With full of joy we welcomed Sr. Perpetué Nyiamahoro, who arrived after completing her studies at Salesianum University in Rome in the field of Pedagogy of Formation.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Rosella Sparks, SAC *26.08.1923 † 10.10.2016 USA
Sr. M. Sophie Schuler, SAC *11.12.1929 † 18.10.2016 Germany