▪ The Sisters participated in the solemn Eucharistic Celebration with the Holy Father on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, a day dedicated to Consecrated life. On this grace-filled day, the Holy Father mentioned that in the East this feast is called the “Feast of Encounter”. In the temple, he said, the encounter took place between two couples: young Mary and Joseph, and the elderly Simeon and Anna. He invited the Consecrated Brothers and Sisters to look at their journey of consecration as born of an encounter and a call. In that encounter we were not alone with Jesus but also with the People of God, the Church. He concluded by asking us to renew our encounter with Jesus daily so that we can walk together towards Him and this will give light to our eyes and strengthens our steps.
▪ Sr. Josephina D’Souza, the Vice General and Sr. Liberata Niyrongira, General Councilor, traveled to Rwanda/Congo/Uganda for a time of canonical visitation with the sisters of Our Lady of Kibeho Region. Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Councilor, traveled to Tanzania for a mission project of the Congregation.
▪ On the Feast of the Chair of Peter, the Generalate community participated in the Solemn Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, presided by Card. Angelo Comastri.
▪ February 23rd, both communities of Generalate and Procura joined the entire Church to observe a day of prayer and fasting. During the entire day, perpetual adoration was held in the Generalate Chapel to pray for our brethren in South Sudan, D.R. Congo and Syria.
▪ The religious in the town of Limburg celebrated the World Day for Consecrated Life on January 31, 2018. Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, Nazareth Sisters and members of the spiritual family 'The Work' came together at our Convent Marienborn. All enjoyed the time together during coffee and cake for amicable meeting and sharing. Afterwards we celebrated the Eucharist, animated by members from the various communities.
▪ On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Mrs. Hannelore Meicher UAC, a former employee of the Limburgean cathedral boys’ choir college, now living in House Felizitas, the Eucharist was celebrated in our Chapel at Marienborn. Gratefully, the community, residents of House Felizitas and guests from the neighborhood took part in it and allowed themselves to be inspired by the liturgical chants.
▪ On February 1st the solemn Eucharist for Religious in Westminster Cathedral was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, which was followed by a sumptuous meal with him which was well attended in spite of the bitter cold.
▪ In Zambia on February 5th, a Health Post (a small medical clinic) was officially opened at the Convent of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters with the title “Marian Health Post.” The facility was blessed by Fr. Tomy Luckose SAC, the Director of Pallotti Green House, Westwood, and Mission Secretary for Zambia, it was officially inaugurated by the Chilanga District Director of Health Dr. Leah Namonje. The Marian Health Post will work in collaboration with the nearest Government Rural Health Center which is 15 kilometers away from the Pallottine Center. Sr. Sesilia P. Kimario, SAC is the Person-in-charge of the Health Post which will cater to the health needs of the people in and around the Westwood area, and especially for St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic Primary School. The Center will offer the following services: Out-Patient-Department, Under-fives Clinic, Antenatal Clinic, Postnatal Clinic and later testing and treatment of people living with HIV. The Pallottines in Zambia wish to thank the many people who contributed to the establishment of Marian Health Post and ask for prayers that it may be a fruitful apostolate in the spirit of St. Vincent Pallotti.
▪ In the beginning of this month our Province, Mary, Queen of Apostles was blessed to have a new Provincial Council named. The following are members of the Council: Sr. Mary Grace Barile, Provincial Superior, Sr. Mary Terence Wall, Provincial Vicar, Sr. Francesca Lowis and Sr. Stella Holisz, are Councilors. May God’s blessings be upon them as they shoulder the responsibilities of the Province.
▪ St. Mary’s Hospital began the month with the annual Go Red for Women celebration, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Sr. Mary Grace Barile and Sr. Mary Terence Wall supported this cause by attending the talks, along with 280 women in the Huntington area. This event is a great opportunity to reach out to women in the community and bring education to them. It enables the hospital to raise awareness about heart disease and help lead women to prevention.
▪ At St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon, and the Pastoral Care Department held a special Prayer Service with distribution of ashes in the hospital chapel on Ash Wednesday. Employees filled the chapel to overflowing.
▪ At Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon, Sr. Francesca and parishioners, are given ample opportunities for Lenten spiritual exercises pertaining to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, including viewing and discussion on Lenten videos. All are invited to offer a gift for the residents in the local Nursing Home or the Crisis Shelter for Women and Children.
▪ Sr. Danuta Przbylek is taking language classes two days a week and works in the High School three days. Sr. Stella Holisz has taken on two projects: She is now an official Eucharistic minister in the parish and is joining a parish group for pro-life prayer vigils at the clinic in College Park. The sisters also take part in many of the Parish Lenten activities each week.
▪ On February 2, Juan Viveros from Cross International came to Nazareth Retreat Centre with a group of fourteen people from Our Lady Star of the Sea in Solomons, Maryland. We were privileged to have daily Eucharist in our chapel celebrated by Monsignor Mike Wilson, Pastor of our Lady Star Parish. This group rendered their service to the needy in Punta Gorda and also to St. Peter Claver Parish. They cherished the scenic beauty surrounding our Retreat center and the convent.
▪ Monsignor Mike also held a healing service for the senior citizens at Hope Center and extended his blessing individually on the people, followed was entertainment provided by Mr. Jose Chen and group. This group captured the admiration of the people for the self-taught music and also for the artistic nature of the musical instruments made out of local wood and fishing lines. The guests were also privileged to avail themselves of the History of our Province and they were wonder struck to see our daring beginnings of the mission in Belize by our four German Sisters. They were happy to know that they missed the chance to travel on famous Titanic through Divine Providence.
▪ We were blessed with special guests, Fr. Ian Taylor and Mrs. Maria Zabaneh at Pallotti convent. Fr. Ian Taylor blessed our Pallotti High School. The annual bazaar had to be postponed due to the torrential rains nevertheless we had the food sale as planned and it was successful.
Congratulations to the newly elected Provincial Council of Mary the Queen Province. The following are the members of the Provincial Council: Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Provincial Superior, Sr. Magdalena Szymczak, Provincial Vicar, Sr. Ewa Brandt, Sr.M. Blanka Sławinska, and Sr. Jolanta Groszczyk, Provincial Councilors. God’s blessings be with them.
▪ On the 3rd, all the Consecrated people from Rwanda participated in a pilgrimage to Kibeho to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord organized by ASUMA. The day was marked by intense prayer for religious vocations, and witness of the elder brothers and sisters. The solemn Holy Eucharist was presided by Mgr. Celectin Hakizimana, Bishop of Gikongoro.
▪ From 3 February to 6 March the Region of Our Lady of Kibeho was blessed with a special moment of grace of our General Visitation and time of renewal. Sr. Josephine D’Souza, Vicar General and Sr. Liberata Niyongira, General Councilor, delegates of the Superior General visited our communities in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
▪ On February 11th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Day of the Sick, children from St. Vincent Pallotti School went to visit the sick people in the neighboring hospital of Masaka and performed one act-play showing Pallotti taking care of sick people. In our Health Center of Masaka, a Holy Mass was celebrated on the 21st for this intention. Many sick people attended the Holy Mass together with 80 differently abled children, who were especially invited and given material benefits at the end of the Holy Mass.
▪ On February 23rd, united with Catholics and non-Catholics all over the world we prayed for peace in South Sudan and D.R. Congo. We are grateful to our Pope Francis, for his fatherly love and concern for our country where people are still suffering and to all of you who prayed for us.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Speransa Joniec, SAC * 11.03.1931 † 11.02.2018 Poland