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Generalate Express - September 2017

September 2017

Rome

▪ The start after the summer pause was marked by important events in the Congregation. Sr. Izabela Świerad, Sr. Josephina D’Souza, Sr. Honorata Lyimo and Sr. Liberata Niyongira participated in the celebration of the opening of the International Novitiate in Tanzania and Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska travelled to London to participate in the celebration of 75 years of Consecrated life and 97th birthday of Sr. Christine Bohr who was the pillar of the Tanzanian mission. All these celebrations, not only strengthened sisterly relationship, but conveyed much appreciation for each one who collaborated with God through their vocation.

▪ With grateful hearts our Sisters, together with Pallottine family and friends, coming also from Sardinia, gathered in San Salvatore in Onda in Rome on 16 September, to celebrate the first anniversary of the Beatification of Elisabetta Sanna. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General and the choir of Codrongianos from Sardinia accompanied the faithful throughout the Mass. At the conclusion Fr. Jacob thanked Fr. Jan Korycki, SAC for his faithful dedication as the postulator and introduced his successor Fr. Adam Golec, SAC. All were invited to continue to pray for the grace of the Canonization of Blessed Elisabetta Sanna.

▪ After all the historical celebrations, different meetings and fruitful Canonical Visitation in Tanzania, Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Liberata Niyongira joyfully returned to Rome. They were grateful to the Sisters for their warm welcome, hospitality and cooperation during their visit to the communities.

▪ With immense joy, the Sisters of  the Generalate and Procura community celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Sr. Magdalena Pinto. Many priests, religious and well-wishers participated in the thanksgiving Eucharist followed by dinner at the Procura. Sr. Izabela thanked Sr. Magdalena for her twenty-five years of faithful service to our Lord and the Congregation.

Germany

▪ On 9th, Sr. Simone Hachen took part in a charity run at Limburg, together with women of the Hospitallers’ Integration Aid to Refugees: Women Run for Women against Violence. The proceeds of 18.021,00 Euro accrue to the women’s shelter at Limburg.

▪ Each year, there is a special celebration of the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in the Diocese of Limburg. During one week different target groups are invited. On the 15th Friday, the religious met at Limburg under the heading: Together on the Way – Animated Ecumenism. Some of our Sisters took part in the Eucharistic celebration and the following talks.

▪ On Sunday 17th, the closing of the feast was celebrated at Eibingen along with the feast of St. Hildegard. After the Pontifical High Mass there were several information booths, among them was one of the Ecclesial Movements and Associations of the Faithful within the Diocese of Limburg. Sr. Clementia Burkard and Sr. Adelheid Scheloske were there together with a Pallottine brother to represent the UAC.

▪ From 18 to 22 Sr. Helga Weidemann, Provincial Superior was at Freiburg for a study week for those who soon will be ordained to the priesthood. For many years Sr. Helga has been organizing the study week on Communication in Social Welfare Work together with Prof. Dr Pompey in the major seminary of Freiburg.

Rwanda/Congo/Uganda

▪ The Junior Sisters attended an on-going formation seminar in our community of Rutshuru- DR Congo which was animated by Junior Mistress, Sr. Angeline Kambug. The main talk was focused on the vows in the Religious life today. The last day was dedicated for  prayer in the intention of Peace in Congo and to the renewal of their vows.

▪ St. Mother Teresa is the patroness of the Movement Maitri and on her feast our communities celebrated the Adoption Day together with the adoptive parents and children, which was initiated by the Movement Maitri. On the same day, it was also celebrated in Poland.

▪ On the 8th of September, we were very happy to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady together with the anniversary of 40 years since the arrival of our first Polish Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Rwanda. In each of our communities a Holy Mass was celebrated to thank God for the growth of the entire Region and to pray for our pioneer Sisters. We are very grateful to them, for all that they endured at the beginning, and fondly remember the Polish Mother Province.

England/Tanzania

▪ The month of September was an extraordinary month in Tanzania whereby the Province experienced a time of grace in the midst of various events. Different occasions were marked by the presence of Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General and her Councilors; Sr. Josephina D’ Souza, Sr. Honorata Lyimo, Sr. Liberata Niyongira. They were accompanied by Sr. Ivete Garlet, Superior General of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate together with Sr. Stella Marotta her Councilor. They visited Siuyu and Poli Singisi communities and witnessed the apostolate of our Sisters in this region.

▪ Sr. Rosemarie Steinbach, SAC who was a teacher at Pallotti Secondary School for 19 years, was transferred to Poli Singisi community to teach English to the postulants and novices of the International Novitiate. We are grateful to Sr. Rosemarie who obediently and willingly accepted this new mission. The students at Pallotti will always miss her.

▪  On the 3rd we were honored to celebrate the Feast day of our Superior General in Tanzania. The day began with the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Dariusz Szymborski a Conventual Friar. After Mass all went in procession to the newly constructed entrance where the new gate was blessed and the ribbon was cut by Sr. Izabela. The event was followed by a grand and joyful agape. In the evening of the same day, the Continental Meeting was officially opened, that included the Major Superiors of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The first session was to welcome Sr. Ivete Garlet CSAC and Sr. Stella Marotta CSAC. They thanked Sr. Izabela for inviting them to witness our mission which they considered a mile stone and historical moment for both Congregations as we are in the process of reunification. During this encounter, the participants had free dialogue with the guest Sisters.

▪ On  the 8th the International Novitiate was officially opened at Poli Singisi community in Arusha. The main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist was Rev. Fr. Philip Massawe, Provincial Superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers, who in his homily emphasized the importance of collaboration and missionary spirit among the novices who joined this International Novitiate. There are 16 Postulants who are preparing to enter the Novitiate: Rwanda/Congo 10, Tanzania 4, and Brazil 2. And first year Novices: Cameroun 1 and Tanzania 2. The formation team is consisting of Sr. Marie Claire- Novice Directress (Rwanda) Sr. Agripina Mmassy-Assistant (Tanzania) and Sr. Anna Kot- Assistant (Cameroun). Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad, read the Opening Decree of the International Novitiate, gave words of thanks to the Provincial Council and the Sisters for their hard work and openness, as well as encouraged the Postulants.

▪ The Canonical Visitation began on next day with the Juniorate program. Later Sr. Izabela and Sr. Liberata visited all the communities together with Mrs. Jennifer Trotter from England a member of Financial Commission.

South Africa

▪ On September 9th Sr. Annemarie Niehsen returned from Tanzania after participating in the Inter-Continental Major Superiors meeting and the opening of the International Novitiate. Next day Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Provincial Superior of the Indian Province travelled also to South Africa, Cape Town on the 10th. We all were happy that Sister accepted our invitation and enjoyed the time together immensely. ▪ A thanksgiving Mass was offered for the benefactors who generously are helping and supporting St. Joseph’s Home. The main celebrant was Fr. Job Thomas MSFS, while Fr. Christopher SAC concelebrated. Fr. Job stressed in his homily on the life of St. Mathew, who followed Jesus so closely and he connected this example to the Sisters who started and worked tirelessly in this Institution to take care of the needs of the children. The Sisters from Pinelands, Schӧnstatt Sisters, donors, children and staff attended this celebration.

USA

▪ In collaboration with Catholic Central Mission, the students and teachers of Pallotti High School, will spend an afternoon working at a “Pack-and-Pray Program” in the gym. They will pack bags of over 10,000 meals of dried food for poor.

▪ The Sisters in Laurel participated in the annual parish picnic and in the fundraiser crab feast for our high school together with Sisters who are on the High School Board, Sr. Diane Bushee and Sr. Mary Grace countries. The food was purchased from donations by the students’ families and other donors.

▪ After a rigorous funding application process, the Board of Trustees of the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, West Virginia, approved health-related grants to fifteen non-profit organizations in central West Virginia on September 15, 2017. The funded programs include Catholic Charities food pantries, Meals on Wheels for senior citizens, oral health care for senior citizens, mobile food pantries in rural communities, community health worker for high risk diabetes patients, aid for victims of domestic violence, and nutritional education in schools and community centers.

Poland / Russia/Belarus/Cameroun                                          

▪ In Doumè Cameroun, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, with joy and gratitude to God, our two candidates were admitted to the postulancy. This is a great joy for our Delegation, the Province, and the entire Congregation. The Holy Mass was presided by Fr.  Eloundou Liboire, SAC, novice master. For one year the postulants will deepen their faith and relationship with Jesus through prayer, lectures, work and community life. Great emphasis will be put on English learning, in preparation for the international novitiate that has been opened in Tanzania. We ask everybody to pray for them.

▪ In Gniezno on the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, a candidate was admitted to postulancy. The Holy Mass was celebrated by H. E. Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś. After the Mass, the community congratulated her and with many wishes all joined in the celebration with joy.

▪ A good number of Pallottine Sisters from various communities participated in the III National Congress of the UAC, which was held in the Pallottine Center for Mission Animation in Konstancin on 22-24 September. Theme of the Congress was: “United to serve”. Over 200 people from Poland, White Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Cuba participated. Honorary guests of the Congress were: Donatella Acerbi, President of the GCC and Fr. Rory Hanly, General Secretary of the UAC. The days were filled with moments of prayer and reflection on what it means to be united and how to serve. The participants shared about their experience of faith and apostolate, and had a good time dancing and singing together. During Sunday Mass Sr. Anna Ozon, President of the NCC in Poland, admitted 23 persons to the Union who had completed 3years of formation and made the Act of Apostolic Commitment.

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