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October 2017

Rome

▪ On 1st October in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda, we celebrated the Pallottine Mission Sunday, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of October. It is organized by the Mission Secretariat of the three core communities. Main theme for this year was: The Pallottine mission on the periphery”. A presentation is done to shed light on the missionary involvement of members of the Pallottine Family in the various parts of the world that often remain unknown.

▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General travelled to the USA, where she stayed for one month. The main goal of this journey was a visit of her family and all the communities of the Queen of the Apostles Province.    

▪ Surrounded by multitudes of faithful we participated in a chain Rosary prayer for Peace in different places of Rome. Everyone renewed the act of consecration and entrusted the whole World to Blessed Mother. ▪ The Canonization of thirty five new Saints from different continents on October 15 also animated Christians of all backgrounds to strive to be witnesses of faith and holiness in their own culture.

▪ On 21st October, a group of thirty Indian priests and religious Sisters who are working in General Curia's in Rome gathered in our Generalate for a short training session on Working with Catholic and Secular Donor Agencies.

▪ Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, as a delegate of the Superior General, participated in the XXIII Provincial Chapter of the Polish Province. ▪ On October 29th we welcomed Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Council, who since May supervised and coordinated work in Poli Singisi, to prepare House for the International Novitiate in Tanzania.  ▪ Sr. Adelheid Scheloske, General Archivist spent three weeks in the Generalat working in the Archives.

▪ On October 28th, many Union members gathered at SS. Salvatore in Onda for Eucharist and Adoration on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Erection of the Union. Fr. Roque Gonsalves, SAC was main celebrant and Fr. Stanisław Stawicki SAC gave a homily.

Germany

▪ On Mission Sunday, the parish of St. Boniface in Munich, in collaboration with our sisters, organised to a morning get-together and flea market. The collection of cash 1,500 Euro will be sent to our sisters in Belize for the new building of their convent in Belize City.

▪ On the 28th, the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers celebrated 125 years of their ministry in Germany. Rt. Rev. Georg Bätzing, the Bishop of Limburg celebrated the thanksgiving Eucharist, together with four auxiliary bishops and many priests. In his homily he highlighted the gift of the Pallottine Charism and the beneficent work of the Pallottine Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in the diocese. The Fathers highly appreciated the presence of Sr. Helga Weidemann, Provincial Superior and other Sisters of our Congregation for this historical event. 

▪ On the 29th, the Auxiliary Bishop emeritus, Gerhard Pieschl, celebrated the jubilee of 40 years of his episcopal consecration. Provincial Superior Sr. Helga Weidemann took part in the concelebrated Eucharist in the Cathedral of Limburg and congratulated the Bishop during the following reception on behalf of the Sisters.

▪ During the last week of October, finally, the public authorities of the city of Limburg granted the building permission for an extension of House Felizitas. Since another Catholic old-age home in the town has closed, the request for the admission in House Felizitas has increased. However, after the completion of the building there will be more than 80 places to accommodate the seniors.

USA

▪ On the 1st, Bishop Michael Bransfield came to Sacred Heart and St. Peter Claver parishes for the Confirmation of children and adults. Sr. Mary Terence Wall and a Lay Catechist from St. Peter Claver have been working many months in preparing those who would be confirmed this year.​  Two all day sessions concluded their teaching with activities involving each person making and decorating a stole to be worn during the conferring of the Sacrament.  On the same day, Srs. Angela Madera, Diane Bushee and Joanne Obrochta attended the Rosary Rally, at Our Lady of Fatima parish. 

▪ On the 10th, Srs. Diane Bushee and Mary Grace Barile attended the 12th annual Ladies in Pink luncheon to benefit testing/treatment for breast cancer. A record 185 persons were present; two husbands spoke giving insight into the family's experience of individual struggles.

▪ St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel had "Grand Parents Day. They came for breakfast and a tour of our High School. A picture was taken with each child and grandparent to be sent as a Christmas surprise to the grandparent. 

Belize

▪ On the 14th, the international Rosary Day was held at the Battlefield Park. Many parish groups said the rosary at different times during the day. In the evening all the faithful proceeded in procession to different parishes and concluded the pilgrimage at St. Martin De Pores Parish hall with Holy Mass.  All the prayers were offered for the protection of Belize from earthquakes and hurricanes.

▪ Sr. Benedict Habet and Sr. Inacinha Fernandes participated in the program for the children in Punta Gorda town with the theme, Evening with Our Lady of Fatima. Both the Sisters gave a session separately on the topics; History of Our Lady of Fatima and Attributes of Mother Mary.

▪ On the 14th, the Nazareth Community was honored to host a pilgrimage in our Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. About three hundred faithful comprising of children, young and old walked in procession. At the end of the procession, our Pastor, Fr. Derek Vho, SJ led the faithful in the consecration prayer and celebrated Holy Eucharist. The faithful raised their hearts and minds in gratitude while young girls performed a liturgical dance.  At the end refreshments were served. 

▪ The process of demolition of the Pallotti Convent in Belize continues. All three stories are emptied of all partitions and boards of any kind.  In a few days the walls will begin to go down.  The people of Belize are very good to us and extremely supportive. 

England / Tanzania

▪ Sr. Ruth, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Congregation, who is taking an English Language course, will be staying in our community in London until the completion of her studies.  

▪ On the 2nd, Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary McNulty, General Mission Procurator, travelled to Zambia to assess the situation of our new Mission. Being there with the Sisters and Pallottine Fathers, they appreciated and valued the collaboration among the Pallottine Family.

▪ Srs. Redempta Paul Mallya and Rosemary Francis Ombay voyaged to Germany for a partnership conference concerning the MAZ volunteers. It is coordinated by the different organizations that send volunteers to different countries mainly Africa and Asia. At the same time Srs. Rosemarie Steinbach and Sr. Mary McNulty travelled to Germany to take part in the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of an Organization known as CED. Mainly this Organization is sponsoring students at Pallotti Secondary School in Siuyu by paying the school fees of girls from deprived families.

▪ On the 28th, after the completion of renovation of the Novitiate house at Poli Singisi, Arusha, Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Councilor returned to Rome to assume her responsibilities. Sister was sent to Tanzania already in May.  We are grateful for her dedication and appreciate the generosity of the General Administration for allowing her to shoulder this task. On the same day with much joy, in Siyu community, during the evening prayer five Candidates were admitted to postulancy. Sisters welcomed them with a short reception. 

▪ The Postulants at the International Novitiate completed their two months intensive English language course and will be beginning their process of preparation to enter the Novitiate on December 8th.  At this juncture we would like to thank  all  the provinces, region and delegatures who have financially and materially supported us to realize the vision of our Congregation.  All are embraced in our daily prayers.

Poland                                           

▪ On the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary many sisters joined a vast rosary prayer event called Rosary on the Borders which gathered over a million people. They prayed for the conversion of Poles, for the unity in Poland and for peace all over the world. Some sisters travelled to one of our borders to pray the rosary with those who came there, some prayed in their parish churches and the others in our chapels. 

▪ From 7 to 15 October, XXIII Provincial Chapter was held in the Charity and Educational Carias Centre in Warsaw. Twenty one sisters participated in it. It was officially opened by Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk, Provincial Superior. Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, General Councilor and the delegate of the Superior General also participated in it. The main theme of the chapter was chosen from St. Mark’s Gospel: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mk 16: 15). Pallottine Sister – Missionary of the Gospel.

Rwanda/Congo

▪ On the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary, the whole Church in Rwanda celebrated the closing of the 100 years of jubilee of native Priesthood. The celebration was held in Kabgayi in the presence of many  bishops, priests, faithful and local authorities. Special thanks were expressed to the Fathers of the Missionaries of Africa who were the first missionaries of Rwanda in 1900.  On the same day in our community of Murambi/ Rutshuru we organized a special prayer meeting for the peace in Congo.  Many Christians gathered in our Chapel to recite the Rosary for this intention.

▪ In Ruhango, on the 13th, during the evening prayer, with joy and gratitude to God, eight candidates were admitted to the Postulancy. Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro, Regional Superior welcomed and encouraged them to be thankful for the gift of  vocation.

▪ On  the 20th and 21st,  all the Local Superiors and Local Bursars gathered in Keshero- D.R Congo for  the annual seminar. Fr. Protais Karangwa from the Diocese of Goma gave a talk on the Management Strategies of Community Goods.

▪ From the 26th to 28th of October 2017,  the IV Assembly of the NCC of UAC Rwanda/Congo was held in Gikondo. Nine Pallottine sisters, eleven priests and eight lay members of the Union participated in it. A new committee was established and among them are: Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro as an ex-officio member, Sr. Berthilde Uwamariya as Vice President and Sr. Cecile Bimenyimana as a member. At the last day, solemn Mass was celebrated at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish of Gikondo by Fr. Eugene Niyonzima, Provincial of the Pallottine Fathers who has been elected as President of the NCC. During the Holy Mass, seven lay members from the LCC of Gikondo made their apostolic commitment.

India

▪ The sixteen final professed Sisters made their annual retreat at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore from October 14 - 21, preached by a Dominican priest Rev. Fr. Biju Joseph. All the sisters have been enriched spiritually to continue to respond faithfully to the vocation. 

▪ The  UAC Leadership Training Program was organized at Maria Rani Canter, Trivandrum, Kerala from September 29 – October 1. Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram and Sr. Sahaya Ambrose participated in it.

▪ St. Vincent Pallotti Convent Gurundia celebrated the UAC day on 28th. Rev. Fr. Sarat Kumar Nayak, SAC parish piest celebrated the Holy Eucharist in our Chapel. The community was blessed with the presence of Sr. Lowrecia Krusantony, Junior Directress and Sr. Anupamma Toppo temporary professed Sister.

▪ Sr. Anotnieta Rodrigues organized different programs for the Mandelia  and Tumbai villagers in Gurundia district, Odissa. Ms. Josephine Ekka, the resource person oriented the group on Income generating activities, formation of self-help, formation of farmers’ club and how to save the tribal land from the land Mafia.

▪ Provincial Superior and the Sisters were  happy to welcome Sr. Ivet Garlet, Superior General and Sr. Lilly Nanat, General Councilor of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate to our community in Bangalore. Their presences was a sign to enhance the bond and collaboration between the two foundation communities of the Pallottine Sisters in India.

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)