▪ Rome was extraordinarily hot and dry in July and August, and as an alert for the scarcity of water, Pope Francis ordered to deactivate the fountains of St. Peter´s Square. However, the pilgrims continued visiting Rome in great number and our Holy Father did not stop sharing “living water” during the Angelus Prayer, and in General Audiences, even during the holiday month of August, with words as for example: “The Missionary does not bring himself but Jesus…The more Jesus is at the center of the heart and of the life of a disciple, the more this disciple is ´transparent´ to His presence”. (Pope Francis, Angelus, July 2nd)
▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Josephina D’Souza had the opportunity to take part in the beautiful and very traditional festivities dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The origins of the festival date back to 1535. In the evening of 30th July a procession took place on the Tiber River: The Madonna of Mount Carmel, accompanied by Church and Government dignitaries embarked at Sant'Angelo and arrived on a boat at Ponte Garibaldi. It continued in a street procession to the Church of Sant'Agata. This Marian feast has become an enjoyable time not only for Romans, but also for visitors who being in Rome at that time have the opportunity to see Roman traditions outside the tourist mainstream.
▪ We were happy to welcome Sr. Liberata Niyongira and Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska who returned to Rome after two months of English course in London. They stayed with our Sisters at Wilmington Square who offered them a pleasant time in the community and warm hospitality.
▪ On 19th August, the General Council of the Pallottine Sisters and Pallottine Missionary Sisters met in our Generalate to continue the dialogue on the process of Reunification of both Congregations and to plan the next steps for further collaboration.
▪ In the last week of August, Sr. Izabela, Sr. Josephina and Sr. Liberata travelled to Tanzania to organize the Meeting with the Provincial Superiors of Africa, India and representative of Brazil, and also to witness the opening of the International Novitiate which will be on 08th September 2017. Later Sr. Izabela and Sr. Liberata will start with the canonical visitation in Tanzania
▪ As a sign of greater collaboration for the future, Sr. Ivete Garlet, Superior General of the Pallottine Roman Sisters and her Councilor Sr. Stella Marotta, on their way to Mozambique, visited from 31st August to 3rd September 2017 our Sisters in Tanzania and participated partly in the Continental Meeting with our Major Superiors.
▪ The German National Coordination Council of the UAC (DKR) met at the Pallottine University at Vallendar. Provincial Superior Sr. Helga Weidemann and Sr. Gertrud Meiser, member of the presidency of the DKR, took part in it, together with Sr. Simone Hachen who was invited as a guest.
▪ On July 12, Fr. Matthias Rummel SAC celebrated in Marienborn his golden Jubilee of ordination and his 80th birthday. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was followed by a festive supper. Fr. Rummel had been invited by Sr. Helga Weidemann in gratitude for his many years of serving as hospital chaplain in Bensberg. Sisters from Refrath joined in the celebration. ▪ On July 28, there was a thanksgiving service in our Chapel in Marienborn on the occasion of a diamond jubilee of marriage of a businessman from Limburg, living in House Felizitas since December 2016.
▪ On July 30, Sr. Simone Hachen - on behalf of the Provincial Superior sent out the new temporary missionaries (MaZ) on their mission. The celebration took place at the Provincial house of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers in Friedberg.
▪ On August 2, 2017 we celebrated Sr. Magdalene Klein’s feastday and birthday. In this context, Sr. Helga Weidemann thanked her for the many years of collaboration, in which Sr. Magdalene had worked as Vice Provincial and as a member of the Provincial Council. Five Sisters from Refrath took part in the celebration.
▪ During the week from August 3-10, Sr. Astrid Meinert accompanied members of the girls’ choir at the Cathedral of Limburg to the North Sea, for a holiday.
▪ On August 19, the two Brazilian Postulants Josinalda and Joliane left for Arusha/Tanzania, where they will join the group of the International Novitiate. They were accompanied by the mission superior in Brazil, Sr. Avani Sousa da Silva, who also will participate in the Meeting of the Higher Superiors in Tanzania. The Postulants had before the opportunity to stay for 5 months with our Sisters in Belize, in Nazareth, and received from them much help to learn the English language. A great thank you to the Belizean Sisters!
▪ Sr. Mary Terence Wall is preparing students at Sacred Heart and St. Peter Claver parishes for Confirmation in October, this fall.
▪ In Huntington, WV the Jubilee Celebration began on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Sr. Phyllis Carpenter celebrated 60 years and Sr. Stella Holisz and Sr. Mary Grace Barile observed their 50th Anniversary of Religious Profession. Sisters had arrived already the day before from Laurel, MD, Kingwood, WV, Buckhannon, WV and Florissant, MO. It was a happy reunion among us, as we had not seen some of the Sisters for years, such as Sr. Stella and Sr. Patrice. On August 12, Sisters, families and friends gathered for the solemn Mass. Rev. Gideon Olugbami was the main Celebrant and five priests concelebrated in the beautifully ornamented chapel of St. Mary's Medical Center. St. Stephen's Catholic Parish Choir provided the music. Former Pastor Fr. Jeeson V. Stephan, M.C.B.S. delivered the homily. After the Prayer of the Faithful Sisters Phyllis, Stella and Mary Grace renewed their Vows.
▪ Sunday, August 13th turned out to be a huge surprise for Sr. Mary Grace. Her brothers had secretly invited the Sisters and some friends to attend Sunday Mass at St. Stephan's Catholic Church. Sr. Mary Grace was surprised and speechless when her family, some friends and the sisters arrived at the church at various intervals. The church was filled with parishioners. After Mass, everyone was invited for Brunch. It was fellowship at its best. ▪ In Laurel our sisters also celebrated Sr. Stella's jubilee with a Mass in our convent with a Polish priest, followed by a festive dinner.
▪ In July Sr. Catarina Tush and Fr. Amelio Chi represented our Diocese of Belize in a dynamic conference in Trinidad where all the Caribbean participated. It was an ACE (Antilles Episcopal Conference) Vocation Week with the theme: “BUILDING A CULTURE OF VOCATION”.
▪ On August 15th our chapel in Nazareth was beautifully decorated for the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady and also to celebrate the 25th anniversary of consecrated life of Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, from India. The entrance procession started with the processional cross, flower girls, the Sisters and was followed by the celebrants. The main celebrant was Fr. Samuel, Fr. Joe and Fr. Callistus Cayatano concelebrated with him. A solemn liturgical dance was performed by the four flower girls. At the end Sr. Inacinha gave the vote of thanks and all guests were invited to the Retreat Center to enjoy a delicious meal.
▪ A warm retirement farewell was given to our two Sisters, Sr. Sylvia Olifant and Sr. Margaret Macfarlane by St. Joseph’s Home management and staff. The Director of St. Joseph’s Home for the chronically ill children, Mrs. T. Patterson, thanked the two Sisters for their love, support, hard work and specially for their presence in the Home, which brought many people and the children the sense of belonging to one another. As a token of love the management donated to them a Screen TV for the Sisters` community. ▪ Subsequently their 70th birthday was celebrated in the community. The Sisters from Pinelands, a few priests and lay people joined us for the celebration.
Poland/ White Russia/Cameroon
▪ In Woronowo/White Russia, on the 16th July Sr. Natalia Dremo took her final vows during the Mass at 10.30 in the Church of St. Jude and Thaddeus. As it was her parish church, her family and friends could all participate in her joy of dedicating her life to God forever. The Mass was presided by Fr. Włodzimierz Buklarewicz SAC, the parish priest of Bereza, and the homily gave Fr. Stanisław Waszkiewicz, the parish priest of Mińsk and delegate of the Pallottine Fathers in White Russia. Provincial superior Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk received the vows. After the Mass everybody was invited for dinner. Sr. Natalia and her guests could enjoy a short program with serious and funny songs and a presentation of Sr. Natalia’s photos, prepared by the parish youth. The ceremony was an occasion for great thanksgiving and prayer for new vocations.
▪ In Cameroon, on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, novice Marceline Ngwesse made her first vows in St. Albert’s Church in Bafoussam. She is the fourth Cameroonian who decided to follow Jesus the Apostle, living St. Vincent Pallotti’s charism and devoting her life to the work of evangelization. Her family and other participants were deeply moved by the act of consecration and expressed their joy in singing and with traditional dances interlaced with tears and clapping. All of us sang a hymn of praise to God who is infinite Love and unceasingly shows us his goodness.
▪ In 2017 we celebrate 125 years since the Pallottine Sisters started their mission in Cameroon and in this JUBILEE YEAR God showed us His special grace by Sr. Marceline’s first consecration. God gives us also new vocations, as we have three candidates who are ready to start their postulancy this autumn.
▪ On July 2017, a meeting was held in Masaka for all the Sisters engaged in the service of the Program Adoption of Heart within the movement of Maitri. Several Pallottine Sisters took part as well as those from other Congregations. The meeting was led by the Representative of Maitri from Poland.
▪ In the beginning of July, we were very happy to welcome 9 candidates who came to start the pre-postulancy. They will be staying in the Keshero Postulancy House for 3 months, learning the English language as they are getting ready to go later to Tanzania for their further formation.
▪ In Kabgayi the celebration of the Jubilee of 100 years of priesthood in Rwanda took place. On that occasion 73 deacons were ordained.
▪ On the 5th of August 2017, the two Sisters Alice Habanabakize and Léoncie Nyiraneza celebrated their first profession at Ruhango Parish after spending two months in Cameroon, where they were accompanied by Sr Anna Kot. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Kabgayi Diocese, H.E Smaragde Mbonyintege.
▪ On the 14th of August 2017, ten postulants from the Region "Our Lady of Kibeho", departed for Arusha/Tanzania where they will attend the International Novitiate. They were accompanied by Sr. Perpetue Nyiramahoro, their postulant mistress. Sr. Marie Claire Mukeshimana, who will be the Novice Mistress in the international novitiate travelled to Arusha on 20th of August 2017. Before her trip, a missioning ceremony was held in the Regional House in Masaka. Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro who led the celebration recalled the words of the Lord who calls us to missionary life and promises to be with us always to the very end of the time (Mt 28:20). We accompany them with our prayers.
▪ August 22, 2017 - the Feast of the Queenship of Mary - was a special and memorable day for the members of Mary, Mother of Divine Love Province Bangalore, as our two sisters Sr. Helen Lourdusamy (Provincial Superior) and Sr. Magdalena Pinto, Superior in the Procura Generale community, Rome, celebrated their Silver Jubilee of religious profession, and three young Sisters, Sr. Sinha Pereira, Sr. Jyotsna Kerketta and Sr. Ranjolitha Kujur pronounced their final vows. Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa and Daman was the main celebrant along with 13 concelebrants in the Eucharistic celebration. His homily has imprinted in the hearts of all present how to dispell darkness from one's own and others` life and to become light and life. The presence of Rev. Fr. Camino Simoes, SAC Provincial of the Assumption Province, Rev. Fr. Y. Michael, parish priest of Christ the King Church, Byrathi, Pallottine Sisters from all the communities, Mother Chandrica, the Co-foundress of the Cenacle Sisters of Sacred Heart, Bilaspur, family members and friends of the Sisters made the celebration meaningful and colorful. Indeed our God was gracious as the theme of the Day said. May His Name be Praised forever.