▪ On the 1st of January, Pope Francis greeted the multitude of people who gathered at St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus and Papal blessing for the New Year 2017. He said, “In the New Year it is beautiful to exchange good wishes. In this way we renew for one another the hope that the Year which awaits us may be somewhat better. It is fundamentally a sign of the hope that enlivens us and invites us to believe in life. We know, however, that with the New Year, everything will not change, and that many of yesterday’s problems will still be here today. Thus I would like to express to you a wish supported by real hope, drawn from the Liturgy of the day (ref: Num 6:25-26) I too wish you this: that the Lord lay his gaze upon you and that you may rejoice, knowing that each day, his merciful face, more radiant than the sun, shines upon you and never sets! Discovering the face of God makes life new”.
▪ In the 1st day of the New Year, the communmity from via Moncenisio invited the Sisters of Generalate and Procura for a family reunion and dinner.
▪ The two Sisterly Communities ended the Christmas season on the feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus with the blessing of the houses and Christmas carol evening. Together with our Sisters, Pallottine and Salvatorian Fathers we gathered in the Procura for vespers guided by Fr. Jarosław Rochowiak SDB, and later all sang Christmas carols in different languages. This special evening was spent in an atmosphere of a joy-filled home and was concluded with an agape.
▪ We attended the Epiphany Octave in Via Ferrari in the parish of Santa Maria Regina Apostolorum from 6th to 13th. This week began a week of prayer for the Christian Unity, we benefited from the very rich experience following the different Liturgical Rites that were celebrated each day.
▪ Sr. Izabela Swierad, our Superior General attended a two-day International Meeting for the General Superiors (UISG) of the Roman Constallation with the theme: Collaboration for the Common Good: Moving to the Margin. The conference on this theme was presented by Sr. Laura M. Leming FMI from the United States.
▪ On 25 January we said farewell to Sr. Stella Holisz, who after many years in Rome and faitthful service in the General Admninistration soon will leave for her new mission in USA. Sister will belong to our community in Laurel, MD.
▪ The three Pallottine Major Superiors, Sr. Izabela Swierad, Fr.Jacob Nampudakam SAC and Sr. Ivete Garlet CSAC met together at SS. Salvatore In Onda to discuss various matters for the good of the Union and our Congregations, aiming at strengthening our collaboration, communication and the Union.
Following that meeting, the 3 General Superiors had an another meeting with the President of the UAC Ms Donatella Acerbi at the Generalate of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.
▪ United together with the Pallottine Family, we joyfully celebrated the Triduum of our Founder of St. Vincent Pallotti in SS. Salvatore In Onda. Every day the Eucharist with its rich liturgy, was preceded by the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Vespers. The 1st day Liturgy was presided by Fr. Geraldo Denilson, the General Councillor of the Pallottine Fathers with the theme; “Vincent Light: Illuminating and inspirational in the Church”. On the 2nd day of the Triduum the members of the UAC and the students of the Pontifical Urbanian College "de Propaganda Fide" animated the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Vincenzo Viva, Rector of the College. During his homily Fr. Viva reminded us that St Vincent Pallotti was a tireless apostle, who had centred his life on Jesus through prayer and the Word of God. As tradition, at the end of Mass, one student from Birmanie read a letter addressed to their Spiritual Director, St Vincent Pallotti. The last day the Eucharist was presided by Fr. Zdzislaw Kijas OFM Conv, Consultor of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and the liturgy was led by the choir of the Ukraine Pontifical College of St. Josephat Seminarians. Fr Kijas underlined that the life of St. Vincent was distinguished by the spirit of struggle against every sin and by the desire to meet God and humankind. He entered into the company of saints thanks to his encounter with Jesus and his opposition to evil. We ask through the intercession of the Saints of the Pallottine family, so that all the sons and daughters of St Vincent Pallotti receive the grace of a life of holiness.
▪ The eve of the Solemnity of St.Vincent Pallotti two Sisterly Communities of Generalate and Procura celebrated together with our benefactors, collaborator and our workers. The Eucharistic was lead by Rector General, Fr. Jacob Napumdakam SAC together with Fr. Giovanni Martire Savina, O.SS.T., our Parish priest, Fr. Peter Paul, Fr. Jarek Rochowiak SDB and Fr. Artur Garbowy SAC. The Mass intention was for our collaborators, who too, in their daily activities are apostles. The midday meal was a joyful occasion to share joy, love and gratitude.
▪ The Solemnity of our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti: the Rector General Fr. Jacob Napumdakam clothed in the special vestemnet with the image of the Founder, presided at the Holy Mass. The representatives of the Pallottine Family from Rome as well as numerous people participated in the Eucharistic celebration and joyfully praised God for the life and the example of St Vincent. Fr. Jacob, in his reflection, put at the center, the mystical aspect of St Vincent Pallotti as a necessary condition to know deeply the Infinite Love of God and His Infinite Mercy. Moreover, he recorded the words of Pope Francis, that are of vital importance for the UAC: “Without new life and an authentic evangelical spirit, without faithfulness of the Church to one’s true vocation, such a new structure decays in a short time”. Before the final blessing, together with the President of the UAC we recited a prayer to our Holy Founder. A large family dinner took place in the Hotel Ponte Sisto.
▪ Sr. Christine Bohr left for Germany to visit her very sick sister.
Our Sr. Teresa Kinnoch came to visit us at the beginning of January for a few days. Sr. Teresa is Hospital chaplain of 5 hospitals in Newcastle and mainly responsible for the mentally sick patients at the hospitals. She works with a team of 5 chaplains of various denominations as well as in close cooperation with the Parish Priest there. The Sisters enjoyed the time being with her, exchanging experiences and listening to her descriptions of her valuable ministry.
▪ At the beginning of the New Year, seventeen Junior Sisters renewed their vows and three Postulants were accepted into the Novitiate. On the Feast of the Epiphany, five Novices made their First Profession. Sixteen priests concelebrated the Holy Mass in the parish Church of St Noe, among them were eight of our Pallottine Fathers, the other priests belonged to five religious congregations who live and work around Arusha. Members from the women’s religious congregations nearby also joined with us and shared in our joy and thanksgiving. Afterwards all the guests enjoyed a tasty meal and entertainment. We are grateful to God for blessing our Congregation with new vocations.
▪ On the 19th January, 2017 there was another fire incident at the school in Siuyu which burned another dormitory. Lucky nobody was injured. Sadly in recent years there have been a number of fires in schools in Kenya and Tanzania.
▪ On the 21st during Vespers for the Vigil of St Vincent Pallotti, the new Provincial Team was installed in Siuyu. The Sisters immediately assumed their respective offices. We wish them every blessing in their new apostolate.
The feast of St. Vincent Pallotti was celebrated with great joy in Christ the King Parish Siuyu. Fr. Tom Ryan, SAC had Mass while the homily was given by Sr. Philipina Awe, SAC with a reflection on the life of St. Vincent Pallotti and the legacy that he has left us, ’That we should all be apostles’’. Pallotti School Choir sang with enthusiasm which enriched the Liturgy. Afterwards there was a reception at the Rehabilitation Centre where the Union Members joined together with the handicapped children for a meal and entertainments.
▪ Recently a group of contestants for Miss Tanzania visited the Rehabilitation Centre and had a meal there. In imitation of them a number of the children dressed up as Miss Tanzania and Mr. Tanzania contestants and with humour and confidence entertained us with their songs and dances
▪ Eleven students and two adults from Pallotti High School just returned from their mission trip to Belize. They went to a poor area in Belize to spend some time in service to the elderly there. In anticipation of the Feast of our Founder the sisters at Pallotti Convent, Maryland had a triduum of special prayers. On the 22nd. Jo Saunders, a dear friend of the sisters cooked a special dinner, and the sisters were joined by several guests.
▪ The Community of the Provincial House at Limburg had a Triduum in preparation for the feast of St. Vincent Pallotti. The festive Sunday’s Eucharist, was animated by the presence of the neighbours, residents of Felizitas House and their relatives, together with many Sisters.
▪ The Sisters in Munich prepared a Novena for the Pallotti feast. On the feast day they were invited by the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers in Freising for vespers followed by supper.
▪ In Refrath, after the Holy Mass, during at the reception, the “enlarged” community of Refrath and former Bensberg Sisters were welcomed by the administrator of St. Joseph’s House and the employees.
▪ Invited by a Pallottine Father, Sr. Helga Weidemann gave an address to the assembly of the Herz-Jesu-Church in Wiesbaden during the Sunday holy Mass on the feast day of St. Vincent Pallotti. After the Holy Mass, all the parishioners were very grateful to her for the testimony that she gave, which helped them to understand more deeply the life of St. Vincent Pallotti.
▪ January highlighted the Novena of St. Vincent Pallotti our Founder. Both Communities Belize City and Orange Walk, had a steady set of people who came for nine nights and for the feast we had a beautiful Mass followed by sharing of snacks.
▪ At Pallotti, Mr. Dion Couple who always supports our ministry by coming yearly to make some repairs where necessary came to visit us. At the same time a young couple from Ireland also came and went to Nazareth to do some ministry in the villages.
▪ On the Epiphany, we had a beautiful Mass celebrated by a Priest who worked here previously. He was very happy to be a part of our celebration and gave us a true picture of Epiphany with touching experiences. After the mass we shared the meal together joyfully.
▪ For several months Sr. Raphaela Fuchs and Sr. Hermenegild Dörig have participated in a pastoral project of the community of Uzwil, called “warmth on the flight” .
They are knitting caps, shawls, gloves, socks etc. which beginning in January 2017 are transported to Greece or to Como in Italy, accordingly to who has the greater needs.
▪ A refugee family, helped by the Sisters, had their first child. Together with the overjoyed parents the Sisters too are happy and grateful. Some of them supported the couple during the time of pregnancy with their professional knowledge. The father, overwhelmed with joy, came to Pallotti convent, to pick up the crib donated by the Sisters. They feel enriched by the deep faith of this young family, who after most difficult experiences, now is allowed to live in Switzerland. The parents invited each of the Sisters to bless little Brython.
▪ On January 31, Pallottine Sisters and Priests, together with many other consecrated women and men followed the invitation of Bishop Markus Büchel of St. Gallen to celebrate the Feast of the Consecrated Life. The Benedictine Prioress of Fahr in Zurich, Sr. Irene, who had participated last year in a 1000 km foot pilgrimage from St. Gallen to Rome spoke on the topic: “Women with the Church”. Sr. Maria Dörig, during our last General Chapter in Rome, participated on July 2nd at the conclusion of that foot walk in the Basilica of St. Peter. She shared how much she was impressed by the serene concentration and the dignified celebration of the Eucharist, presided over by the Bishop of St. Gallen together with many concelebrants. She needed to give a witness of that experienced “power of a living Church of Jesus Christ” and shared that the Bishop on that occasion had said, this initiative (pilgrimage) “is a fresh, gentle pointer on a sore spot in the Church”. After the talk of Prioress Sr. Irene, she invited all to reflect on the challenge for consecrated life today“, based on the experiences of this pilgrimage.
▪ On the 8th all Pallottine Communities, celebrated the feast of Epiphany. At Gikondo Parish, supported by a volunteer from Poland from The adoption of Heart, played a drummer on the three Kings of which many Parishioners attended. In Ruhango the Pallottine communities from the South Zone as well as the Noviciate of Pallottine Fathers, had a joyful Eucharistic celebration followed by dances and sketches from our Postulants and novices as well as those of the Pallottine Fathers. The day was concluded by a fraternal banquet.
▪ On the 22th together with the members of the Union and the parishioners, we gathered at the Parish of St. Vincent Pallotti, Gikondo, for the Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of St. Vincent Pallotti, Patron of the parish.
▪ In Kyabakuza/ Uganda, our Sisters celebrated the feast together with the members of the Union in the convent of Good Samaritan Sisters at Kalisizo. Before the Holy Mass, Sr. Rose Nyirahabimana gave an introduction on the life and the Mission of Saint Vincent Pallotti. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Eugen Kalyango, the pioneer of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate in Uganda.
▪ On the 24th Fr. Eugen Kalyango and Fr. John Baptist Kintu, Parish Priest of Kyabakuza Parish from Uganda visited our Sisters in Rwanda. They went around to our communities and finally made a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine in Kibeho. They were amazed by the Pallottine mission in Rwanda and wished for Uganda to develop in the same way.
▪ On 6th January we celebrated Epiphany with an important event, where by Sr. Monica Graw the first year Novice received her first religious habit after a couple of days of recollection. Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk, the Provincial Superior, joyfully welcomed her with words of encouragement and assurance of prayer and support in her religious formation.
▪ In Ząbkowice Śląskie prior to the Solemnity of our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti, Sr. Monika Cecot, SAC led the Triduum attended by the parishioners, Pallottine Fathers’ Novices and the members of UAC. On the 22nd Fr. Marek Chmielniak, SAC, rector of the community celebrated the Holy Eucharist of which Sister gave a homily comprising the life of St. Vincent Pallotti.
▪ From 19-25 January Srs. Mirosława Włodarczyk, Provincial and Lucyna Wójtowicz, Treasurer had their visitation in the community of Via Moncenisio in Rome. The Sisters participated in the Triduum before the Solemnity of St. Vincent Pallotti in SS. Salvatore in Onda; they also celebrated the Feastday of 22 January with the Pallottine Family of Italy.
▪ On 28th the installation of the new Bishop of Krakow took place in the Wawel Catheral. Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski from Łódź will succeede Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former secretary of John Paul II. Attending this special event were the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister, Beata Szydło as well as many representatives and dignateries of the Church and Country. Among them was the Apostolic Nuncio and delegate of the Holy Father, Eminence Salvatore Pennacchio, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski and Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko.
▪ Fr. Emmanuel Siljeur who served at St. Joseph’s Convent and children’s home, as Chaplain for six years, has left for UK for a sabbatical and studies. Pallottine Sisters are grateful to him for being a spiritual instrument for them and for the children. We welcome Father Thaddeus as our new Chaplain.
▪ The feast of St. Vincent Pallotti was celebrated on the 23rd. Fr. Manuel Fernandes SAC, was the main celebrant of the Eucharist and the Homily was given by Fr. Christu Amal SAC, emphasizing our motto “The Love of Christ urges us on.” Few diocesan and religious priests joined for the con-celebration together with other religious Sisters from other congregations and few lay people joined in the celebration which was concluded with an “Agape”
▪ Sr. Adolphina who is working as a receptionist at St. Joseph’s, has officially become now an employee of St. Joseph’s Home.