The 2nd of February was a special day when all our communities joined other religious men and women to celebrate the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple as well as the 21st annual commemoration of the World Day of Consecrated life. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided by Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica. In his homily, he called on consecrated women and men to accompany Jesus as He goes forth to meet his people and to be in the midst of them. He said, “All of us are aware of the multicultural transformation we are experiencing. Putting Jesus in the midst of his people means that by taking up and carrying the crosses of our brothers and sisters. It means wanting to touch the wounds of Jesus in the wounds of a world in pain, which longs and cries out for healing to put ourselves with Jesus in the midst of his people!”
▪ The General Councils of the 3 core communities of the UAC - Society of the Catholic Apostolate, Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate and we the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate held a meeting on the 4th in the General House of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate. It was a time of coming together to share and reflect on the specific responsibility of the Foundation Communities of the UAC.
▪ The Indian Religious living in Rome had a felicitation program for their new Nuncio to India and Nepal, His Excellence Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro. Sr. Josephina D’Souza, Vicar General together with Sr. Magdalena Pinto, Superior of the Procura Community and Sr. Christina Chirote participated in this special event that took place at the Chiesa Santa Brigida in Piazza Farnese.
▪ On the 17th we celebrated for the first time the feast of Blessed Elisabetta Sanna in the Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda where her relics are kept. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided by Fr. Salvatore Saba, who for many years was the parish priest of Codrongianos, the native parish of Elisabetta Sanna. The Sardinian choir of Codrongianos "On Concordu" animated the liturgy. Fr. Salvatore recalled how Blessed Elisabetta, despite being a simple, illiterate person, followed the will of God in the various moments of her life: as a young woman, as a house wife, a mother and a widow. She was not a foundress of any community, nor did she author a great theological treatise. Yet, it is exactly the saintly lived ordinariness of her life that makes her so extraordinary. Bl. Elisabetta’s life is so important because it demonstrates that God calls each one of us in whatever place and whichever situation to be an apostle.
▪ The religious from Limburg and its environs met for the day of consecrated life already on January 31st, at the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers. Since evening Mass is celebrated there every Tuesday, many people from the city took part. Sr. Astrid Meinert and Sr. Gertrud Meiser co-animated the Eucharistic celebration. Afterwards all the religious met for a family supper.
▪ On the 2nd February, all the Pallottine Sisters in Germany gathered in Limburg to celebrate the Jubilees of all of the Jubilations of this year, though varying in their years of their Profession. Sr. Beatrix, Sr. Gerhardis and Sr. Pallotta made their profession 65 years ago. Sr. Anaclet will look back on her 60 years of profession on August15th and on December 8th Sr. Bonifatia, the eldest Sister of the German Province, will celebrate her 70 years of profession.
On the 14th of February, St. Valentine’s Day, Provincial Superior, Sr. Gail Borgmeyer and Sr. Mary Grace Barile joined the Sisters in Laurel, Maryland to welcome Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Danuta Przybyłek. The community gathered for a missioning ceremony and presented the emblem of the Queen of Apostles Province to their new members. Both will be working in the convent and high school, as well as improving their English. We thank the Polish province for their generosity in sharing these Sisters with us
▪ St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrated the World Day of the Sick on the 9th with a prayer service and the “Blessing of Hands” in the hospital library. Since 1992, the Catholic Church has celebrated this day which coincides with the commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The service was led by Sr. Francesca Lowis, Vice President of Mission Integration, who also performed the Blessing of Hand
▪ Sr. Karen Lester met with the other UAC members in Baltimore. She also accompanied students from St. Vincent Pallotti High School to participate in the "Right-to-Life March" in Washington DC. Other students and teachers went to Belize to help some of the poor people there.
▪ Srs. Diane Bushee, Mary Grace Barile and Mary Terence Wall attended the annual St. Mary’s Medical Center Go Red for women luncheon, a fundraiser calling attention to women's heart health issues. ▪ After a long illness, we sadly lost our Sr. Susanne Keszler. Sr. Susanne loved the Church and was known to be a very kind and prayerful person. When she was still able to write, she would gently bring up some good she noticed in the other. She will be sorely missed by us and by her brother, Paul.
▪ We were glad to welcome two Brazilian Postulants to our Province who came specially to learn English before joining the International Novitiate in Tanzania. They are now at Nazareth and quite feeling at home in the ministry and struggling with the English.
▪ We received sad news of the death of Rt. Bishop O. P. Martin who passed away at 86. He was the first Belizean Bishop of our Diocese so a great sendoff is being planned. The Government has asked to plan a state funeral which has been accepted by the Church graciously. He will be buried in the Co-Cathedral yard in Belmopan on Monday, February 27th.
▪ The Papal Nuncio announced that Fr. Larry Nicasio has been chosen to succeed Bishop Dorick Wright who is also ailing. His inauguration will take place on May 13th 2017.
▪ Pallotti High School had their annual fair to raise funds for the school. The money be used to work on the drainage of our school yard as it floods with every little rain and at times we had to cancel classes.
▪ On the 2nd because of the severe cold and a chest infection, only 1 of our London Community was able to join the crowd which packed Westminster Cathedral for the Holy Mass for Religious, said by our Cardinal Vincent Nichols and afterwards enjoyed the meal and socializing with him.
▪ As a result of the investigations following the fire at Pallotti Secondary School on January 19, 2017, several students were dismissed for various disciplinary reasons. We prayed earnestly for God’s protection and asked assistance from the local Education Authorities and the Police.
▪ On the 11th the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sr. Mary McNulty, on behalf of the Provincial Superior, accepted four Candidates to Postulancy and six Candidates were welcomed. Sr. Mary encouraged them to follow the example of Our Lady on their spiritual journey through prayer and Scripture reading. All were invited to support our new members with their prayers and good example.
▪ On the 13th Sr. Theresia Gurti, Sr. Veronica M. Ghuliku and Sr. Adiliana Anthony were missioned to begin the new apostolate (community), mainly with the Maasai, in Dakawa Parish in Morogoro Diocese. On the 15th accompanied by Sr. Rosemarie Steinbach and Sr. Mary Mc Nulty travelled to Morogoro. On the following Sunday, they were welcomed to the parish and introduced to the Maasai community by the Parish Priest, Fr. Drazan Klapez, who is from Croatia. The assembled community of more than six hundred Maasai as well as other tribes were very happy to meet the Sisters. The Sisters are now teaching in Magogo Primary School about eight kilometres away in the bush. Let us unite our prayers that the mission will grow and spread the Good News of God’s Merciful love.
▪ On February 2017, the Pallottine Sisters in Switzerland celebrated the 90th birthday of Sr. Hermenegild Dörig, the second-oldest Sister of the Delegature. With much thought and gratitude we began the celebration even some weeks before. Every week, and also on the birthday itself, the morning prayers had special moments. There were local meditative music and songs. The highlight of the day itself was the celebration with her relatives. With pleasure we fulfill the wish, expressed by our fellow-Sister, to accept her, as she is, also in her process of aging and together we direct her wish towards God, to call her one day with his merciful love.
▪ On the 8th, we were very happy to welcome our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Anna Maldrzykowska the General Councillor who came to join us in our 3rd Regional Chapter held at Kibeho with the theme : "Remain in my love" (Jn 15,9b). Their presence enriched us as well as their experiences.
▪ On 17 February the Chapter Members elected Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro, the Regional Superior, Sr. Angéline Kambugu, Vice-Regional and other three Regional Councilors are: Sr. Berthilda Uwamariya, Sr. Cécile Bimenyimana and Sr. Marta Litawa..
▪ On the 21th - 24th Sr. Izabela and Sr. Anna aaccompanied by Sr. Martha Litawa visited our new mission in Kyabakuza in Uganda. The Sisters met with the Bishop of Masaka Diocese Rt. Rev. John Baptist Kaggwa and members of the Curia, as well as taking part in the welcoming ceremony at St. Vincent Pallotti Center of the disabled children. Among was the Vicar General, the Mayer of the city, Religious from different Congregations and the group of the Union Members.
▪ Our communities and institutions celebrated the 68th Republic Day of our country India with respect and honor. In Nishkalanka Seva Home, senior citizens joined the Sisters and the Staff to hoist the flag and took part in the cultural program which was organized by the cultural committee of the Institute.
▪ Our childrens home in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, had the joy of celebrating the feast of Blessed Elizabetta Sanna as the patron Saint of their home. A novena was prayed for this special occasion, to encourage the children to deepen their faith and love for God. On this day, in the Provincial house, the lay members of the UAC and our collaborators joined together for the Holy Eucharist.
▪ Our mission community in Gurundia, Orissa, had the privilege of sharing God’s Mercy and Compassion in action. Sr. Antonieta Rodrigues, the Superior of the community, who is also a nurse organized a one-day health camp and awareness program for the post-natal and antenatal mothers of 3 interior villages. 35 to 40 expecting mothers as well as mothers along with children took part in this program and obtained the benefits. She provided homemade horlicks for the malnourished children and supplements for the mothers with low hemoglobin level.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Susanne Keszler SAC * 20.03.1928 † 06.02.2017 USA