▪ Here in Rome we have had many celebrations - the solemnity of Pentecost on the 4th of June brought us a unique meaning as we commemorated the foundation day of the 2 Sister Congregations of Pallottine families. The celebration began with a procession from the Church of Saints Quirico and Giulitta to Pia Casa where everyone participated in the Holy Mass. As an Introduction, the letter of our 2 Superior Generals, Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC and Sr. Izabela Swierad, SAC was signed and read in the presence of priests, sisters and laity. History will remember this event as a testimony of God’s power. It is He who invites us to community and unity.
▪ The Solethemnity of Corpus Christi attracted crowds of the faithful. At the Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is “the viaticum that allows us to go forward and to move along”. Later the Eucharistic procession moved towards the Basilica of St. Mary Major and concluded with the Benediction.
▪ The Sisters participated in the farewell Mass at San Salvatore in Onda in the honor of Fr. Wolfgang Weiss and Fr. Jan Korycki, who served in the Generalate of the Pallottine Fathers for nearly 3 decades, and now they will be returning to their respective Provinces. We Pallottine Missionary Sisters are grateful for their witness and full collaboration, and we wished them good health and blessing of the Lord.
▪ On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, 36 new Metropolitan Archbishops concelebrated the Mass with the Pope at St. Peter's Square and at the end, from the hands of the Holy Father they received the Pallium, which only will be placed on the Metropolitan Archbishops in their own diocese by Holy Father's representative, the Apostolic Nuncio. Among these 36 were 2 Pallottine Archbishops: Mons. Julio Endi Akamine, SAC and Mons. Tadeusz Wojda, SAC. The Pope in his homily focused his attention on 3 words - confession, persecution, and prayer, which are essential for the life of every apostle.
▪ Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Councillor was missioned to Tanzania for 3 months to supervise the renovation work of the Novitiate House in Poli Singisi, which will soon become an International Novitiate House. Sister is a bridge between the General and Provincial Council in this project.
▪ On the 5th Srs. Izabela Świerad, Josephina D’ Souza, and Marta Litawa travelled to the Philippines from Rome, and from India, Srs. Helen Lourdsamy, Provincial Superior and Sharmila Pinto, Vice Provincial joined them in the Philippines. There they met with the Bishop, Pallottine Fathers, and various religious communities, to discern the future of our mission.
▪ In the spirit of collaboration and unity, the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, known as Roman Pallottine Sisters, were taking part in the ongoing formation program of their Congregation in Rome visited our Generalate. There were 23 Sisters from Italy, Brazil, USA and India. We interacted with each other in joy and shared our fellowship over a coffee and cake.
▪ From the 18th to the 21st of June 2017, Provincial Superior Sr. Helga Weidemann took part in the General Assembly of the German Higher Superiors’ Conference (DOK) at Vallendar, together with 240 Major Superiors, the Apostolic Nuncio, Nicola Eterović, Auxiliary Bishop, Dr. Dominikus Meier, OSB, and others were present. The topic was Being Church Together. What does it mean to be Church Together in regard to the life of religious communities in the Church and society? Further in this workshop they discussed what it means for local people when convents are closed and religious leave or remain individually. Where do religious take courageous steps within the local Church to safe guard their identity as religious, and how the individual religious when they are no longer unanimously understood by their Congregation.
▪ In the London Community there was much coming and going this month. Sr. Teresa Kinnoch, SAC visited the community for some days and shared with us about her work in Newcastle. Sr. Hedwig Kaiser, SAC left for her annual holiday. Sr. Liberata Nyiongira, SAC and Sr. Anna Maldrzykowska, SAC, the General Councilors have made London their home until August in order to improve their English language. Maria Bohr, the young widow of Sr. Christine Bohr’s nephew, once again spent some days with us to replenish her strength and faith. Marie Caecilia Kutsch-Moser and Anne Kutsch, the 2 youngest Sisters of Sr. Jucunda Kutsch, SAC, spent a few days with us and arranged the celebration of Sr. Jucunda’s 85th Birthday Party.
▪ June 8th was a joyful day for the Sisters as Srs. Emmanuel Ahut, Ernestina Lasway, and Maria Massawe pronounced their final vows. Rev. Edward Mapunda, Bishop of Singida, was the main celebrant and many priests concelebrated the Holy Mass. Families, friends and religious Sisters participited in it.
▪ The Junior Sisters had their annual meeting on 10th June led by Sr. Adela Mnyambii. This was followed by a 4-day Seminar on the theme Psycho-spiritual and Psychosexual Integration directed by Sr. Agnes Ganus and Sr. Ernestina Lasway. It concluded with a day of picnic at the Lake in Singida.
▪ Sr. Redempta Mallya, Vice-provincial participated in the 54th meeting of the Tanzanian Catholic Association of Sisters (TCAS) in Dar es Salaam. The Bishop of Bunda Diocese, Renatus Mkwande, encouraged the Sisters to uphold the unity of the Church.
▪ Sr. Rosemary Ombay and Sr. Florentina Dabalu accompanied Fr. Allan Bukenya to Masaka in Uganda for the official Opening of the Rehabilitation Center, which will be run by a community of Sisters and members of the Union. Our Sisters were very pleased to stay with our Rwandan Pallottine Sisters at their convent.
▪ One of our Sisters from Zambia, Sr. Sesilia Kimario was invited for several meetings in Mwembeshi Health Center. One was about H.I.V and T.B., and another one was about “Quality Improvement (Q.I). Village leaders, head teachers from various schools, policemen and those who are working in prisons, leaders from other Christian denominations and non-Government Organizations (NGOs) “Child Fund” were invited. The discussion was, on how to improve the health and moral life of people in general.
▪ Fr. Ignatius, SAC from Rwanda and Br. Bert Meyer, SAC from Germany who are missionaries in Malawi visited the Pallottine parish and Pallottine Fathers’ community in Lusaka. Our Sisters who are collaborating there with the Pallottine Fathers joined to greet them and shared the fellowship meal. It was a great experience of sharing the spirit of Union with each other.
▪ The Council for consecrated persons of the Archdiocese of Cape Town gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. They started with a meditative and contemplative rosary, followed by Mass and a shared lunch. ▪ On the 25th of June the 200th anniversary of the Church’s presence in South Africa was celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt, Cape Town. Several Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful gathered for the occasion. Two of our Sisters took part in the solemn Eucharistic Celebration and the procession representing our Congregation with our motto. During the procession all the religious where acknowledged and thanked for their tremendous work done in Cape Town and in South Africa.
▪ On the feast of the Queen of Apostles, our Sisters from the Pallotti Convent community in Laurel, were invited to the Pallottine seminary in Hyattsville, Maryland, for a con-celebrated Mass, a festive dinner, and a tour of the grounds. ▪ St. Mary’s Community in Huntington had a meaningful Pentecost celebration in the hospital chapel. During the time of intercessions, we shared prayer in 6 languages: German, English, Spanish, Latin, Polish and Nigerian.
▪ Sr. Ester Pau and Mrs. Cali travelled to Valley of Pace for vocation promotion. The young men and women were receptive to the Word of God on Vocation. It was a great joy being with the young people sharing our personal vocation. ▪ The Pentecost vigil was organized by Sr. Inacinha, Sr. Ester and Mrs. Concepcion Jacobs at Nazareth Chapel, which was attended by many people.
▪ In Orange Walk Sr. Adalberta and Sr. Margaret helped in preparation for the Confirmation of the young and adults. They organized meetings, practices and recollections for the different groups, parents and God parents. ▪ Sr. Alicia and her team held a youth rally in which some of the youth presented talks. Fr. Celesio, a very dynamic priest was the guest speaker. He also celebrated the Holy Mass for the Sisters at Pallotti Convent.
▪ On June 23, Sr. Maternis Schuler celebrated her 85th birthday. It was a great joy for her to celebrate the occasion with her Sisters, family and relatives. We thank the Lord for the gift of her life who served diligently many years as a pediatric nurse with the new-born babies in the Marienfried Clinic. She received visits of the mothers who remembered her fruitful service. ▪ Bishop Markus Büchel from St. Gallen entrusted the pastoral administration of our Parish and pastoral unit of Uzwil to Fr. Yustin Mat. He is a Divine Word Missionary from Indonesia, who studied in Switzerland, and is familiar with the language, customs and pastoral service. We are very grateful and are looking forward to welcome Fr. Yustin among us in December 2017.
▪ On 18th May, in Wyszków a bazaar was held organized by sisters of the Mission Centre in Warsaw along with local authorities and St. Adalbert’s Parish. During the bazar sisters spoke about ordinary people’s life in Cameroon and their missionary work there, four music groups played and sang, there were many competitions and games for children as well as Afro hairdressing and face painting salon. Sisters had a stand with small statues, pendants, pictures and dresses from Africa which was very popular. The bazaar was a time of playing and praying in common. Money collected during the bazar will help our missionaries to supply students in Cameroon with solar flashlights.
▪ Sr. Justyna Radulska took her first vows in the house chapel in Gniezno, on the feast of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul. Joyful celebration of the First Profession was preceded by a weekly retreat conducted by Fr. Krzysztof Gajos SAC, by the renewal of baptismal promises and a blessing of religious outfit. The Holy Mass was presided by H. E. Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś who also gave a homily. There were many guests including Sr. Justyna’s family, local priests who serve our community and numerous sisters of our province. After the Mass, congratulations and good wishes, all went to the refectory to prolong the joyous celebration at the dinner table.
▪ On 23rd June a school year ended in Poland. It means that for 33 sisters, who teach religion at schools, summer holidays started. The sisters work in nursery, primary and secondary schools. In the passing school year, they taught religion to 6434 children and youth.
▪ In the bishop’s residence in Doumé, several extra workers from the surrounding villages have been employed lately to build a new fence. Sr. Rafała Raś, on seeing their religious ignorance, offered to give them daily religious classes, which was readily accepted. They start every day at 7.30 and end at 8.15. Then the young men start working. Sr. Rafała concentrates on the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to free young shepherds. The group numbers 20 people.
▪ Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Provincial Superior inaugurated St.Vincent Pallotti English Medium School on June22nd in the existing building adjacent to the St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, Gurundia. Fr. Sarat Nayak, SAC was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist along with other Pallottine Fathers. Among the guests of honor were Mr. Mridha Toppo, Project Administrator of Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Bonaigarh, as well as other dignitaries. The presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery and Handmaids of Mary added color to the celebration. The youth of Gurundia presented an enjoyable cultural program. Our neighbors were real guardian angels, who gave themselves in all our needs so that we could let this function take place smoothly, although there was a problem with electricity and water. Indeed it was a blessed day experiencing the real UAC spirit.