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March 2018

 ROME

▪ On March 1st Sr. Anna Maldrzykowska, General Councilor and member of the committee of St. Vincent Pallotti Institute, delivered a Conference on “Pallotti as Spiritual Director for the Sisters”.  It was well presented and highly appreciated by the participants. The discussion on the topic captured the hearts and minds of the participants and filled everybody with passion and eagerness to know more about our Founder’s spirituality.

▪ On International Women’s Day we had an informal celebration along with our Women staff in the Procura. We picked up a quality of Mother Mary as a Woman to be followed in our lives. The women appreciated this small gesture of our love and appreciation towards them. The Generalate Community also attended the Women’s Day program organized by USIG depicting the empowerment of women in a village in Andhra Pradesh in India through a film, MAHILA.

▪ On 10 March, we were privileged to host the Meeting of the English Speaking Major Superiors (UISG) in Rome at our Generalate Community.

▪ Sr. Anna Maldrzykowska and Sr. Inacinha Fernandes attended the defense of the Doctoral Thesis of Fr. Tomy Phillip, SAC (India) entitled “St. Vincent Pallotti’s model of spiritual direction for the integral priestly formation of today”. It was indeed a true gift for the Jubilee Year of the Bicentenary of the Priestly Ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti.

ENGLAND/TANZANIA

▪ Tanzanian Sisters were happy with the visit of Sr. Josephina D’Souza, our Vicar General who is responsible for formation in our Congregation. The main aim of her visit is to spend time with the Novices of the International Novitiate and to visit our communities. In her meetings with the Sisters she encouraged them to take seriously the Renewing Life Program presented by our Superior General through her Lenten Letter.

▪ In Siuyu, we had twin celebrations on 17 March, St. Patrick’s Day and 70th Birthday of Sr. Mary Mc Nulty, who was presently in Tanzania. The tone of the joyful celebration began with the Inspiring Holy Eucharist con- celebrated by three Pallottine Priests and one diocesan. Through this Holy Mass, Agape and the entertainment, our Sisters from different communities, novices, teachers from Pallotti Secondary School, workers and contractor joined with Sr. Mary Mc Nulty to extend gratitude to God for the graces and blessings of her beautiful Seventy years of life. We are grateful for Sister’s love, missionary zeal and sacrifices.

▪ In our parish on March 17th Sr. Philipina Awe led a Day of Prayer for the seventy-four members of the Legion of Mary.

▪ For the last three months six young women have been living in Siuyu following our “Come and See” program. On the 26th they returned home for a month’s holiday and to discern if they will join our Congregation. Please join us in praying earnestly for good vocations.

USA

▪ In Laurel, Maryland the early registration for St. Vincent Pallotti High School shows we will have another large freshman class.  Our high school has had special Masses and opportunities for confession during Lent for students and faculty.  Pallotti High School continues to provide space for the women of the spiritual program called T.A.S.T.E. program, that both Sr. Bernadita Peterson and Sr. Stella Holisz attend, as well as other group meetings. 

▪ For some years, our former day care, known as Pallotti Early Learning Center, has been operated by the parish.  It is now going to be named “St. Mary of the Mills.”  The parish has been having several activities to celebrate 175 years of its existence.  All of us recently participated in a great parish mission on “The Three Great Loves – Love of God, Neighbor, and Self.”

▪ In Huntington, WV, St. Joseph's Parish and the Catholic Community were pleased that Fr. Dean G. Borgmeyer V. F., Pastor at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and brother of our Sr. Gail Marie Borgmeyer, S.A.C. was named Monsignor by Pope Francis.  Papal Honors were conferred on Msgr. Borgmeyer at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston, WV on Saturday the 10th of March.  The main celebrant at the Mass was Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, with eight priests concelebrating.  Sr. Gail Marie with her Mother, Mrs. G. Borgmeyer, and Sr. Mary Grace Barile attended the liturgy, as well as the reception following the Mass.  A lovely reception was held on Sunday at St. Joseph’s school cafeteria, and seven sisters from the St. Mary’s Community attended the same to greet the newly honored Msgr. Borgmeyer.

Belize

▪ Sr. Adalberta and Sr. Margaret held a Day of Recollection on March 17 when thirteen members of Santa Ana Sodality met. The Theme for the day was the "Seven Words of Jesus." and "Psalm 22" The women said it was a good preparation for Holy Week. They also commented on the use of the Bible during the course of the day. 

▪ At Pallotti High School we had a tragic experience as a 16-year-old Third Former drowned in a swimming pool while attending a classmate’s birthday party.

▪ The school had a beautiful candlelight vigil which was well attended by students and parents. The young lady was laid to rest on March 15 amidst deep sorrow on losing such a talented young person.

▪ On March 24 the Friends of Pallotti, mostly the graduates of Pallotti High School organized in Belize City, at the Old Belize Culture Center, a special evening titled The Pallottine Cultural Extravaganza.  The aim of Cultural Extravaganza was twofold. It was one of the many projects to raise funds for the rebuilding of the new Convent in Belize City for Pallottine Missionary Sisters, and also highlighting the various indigenous cultures (of the Maya, Mestizo, Creole, and Garifuna) that have found Belize to be a haven of peace and tolerance for all cultures.  In the midst of a big hall full of friends and people of good will, our Sisters along with our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Swierad were present, the evening was one of relaxation, enjoyment and excitement. While enjoying different food, they were entertained by dance and music of each culture. It was a great evening of enjoyment, exhilaration and satisfaction. The night ended with a roll call of Thanks first to God and to the many patrons who graced the evening with their presence. 

SOUTH AFRICA

▪ Sr. Simone Gorgen, after a long illness and was hospitalized and in rehab that lasted from December 2017 until now, is back with the community. Requesting your prayer for her as she is fully dependent on others.

▪ Consecrated persons in the Archdiocese of Cape Town had a day of prayer during Lent which took place in our Chapel of St Joseph’s Home, both our communities and the mobile Sisters were able to take part. A good number of Religious from different Congregations participated. The talk was given by a lay person Yolanda a convert from the Anglican church, and now a strong Catholic embracing the faith.

▪ St Joseph’s Home bid a farewell to Jonathan and Patricia the couple who worked for many years. Jonathan worked for 25 years while his wife worked for 29 years. They spoke well of our Sisters who introduced them to the work at St. Joseph’s Home and gave good example to them.

▪ Feast of St. Joseph was joyfully celebrated by the staff and children in honour of the Patron of the Home. The Holy Eucharist celebration was con - celebrated by eight priests. Both communities of Pinelands and Montana joined in this great day.

▪ South African’s Western Cape, which includes Cape Town, is still in water crisis. The City of Cape Town has implemented level 6B water restrictions. All residents are strongly encouraged to install water with efficient parts, fittings and technologies to minimize water use at all taps, showerheads and other plumbing mechanisms.

POLAND

▪ On 3-5 March, the second series of retreat "Rachela Vineyard" took place in Koszalin-Kołobrzeg diocese. It is a retreat for people who have participated directly or indirectly in abortion and therefore they suffer from emotional and spiritual consequences.  Sister Beata Witerska SAC (nurse) is the initiator of this type of help in the diocese. S. Kinga Skórska SAC, a psychologist, is also in the group conducting this retreat. This is a new form of apostolate led by our sisters.

▪ In March, some of our Sisters lead the Lenten retreats: Sr. Consolata Majewska SAC for secondary school students in Słupsk and in the parish of Our Lady of  Rosary in Słupsk; Sr. Monika Jagiełło SAC and Sr. Paulina Szałek SAC in the primary school in Warsaw and in the parish of Saint Michael Archangel in Gniezno; Sr. Małgorzata Wyrodek SAC and Sr. Justyna Radulska SAC in the Integration Primary School in Warka; Sr. Jolanta Groszczyk SAC with postulants in the Primary School and Junior High School in Wilczyn; Sr. Monika Cecot in our home in Gdansk for the members and supporters of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

India

▪ A Faith Formation seminar was held in the Archdiocese of Raipur at Pastoral Centre, Byran Bazar, Raipur. Sr. Anupama Toppo, SAC from St. Joseph Nivas community attended the seminar.  Also Sr. Jyostna Kerketta, SAC took part in the seminar held on Family counseling. Around one hundred religious participated in this program. As the religious are involved with the families they gave suggestions on how to help the families who are experiencing difficulties, like starting family counseling center at the archdiocese level, or by regular visits to the families.

▪ 0n 23rd March Sr. Alda Paes organised a trip to St. Joseph Vaz Renewal Centre in Old Goa for the UAC members and our parishioners to participate in a retreat which is held on the 23rd of every month. Thirty members took part in it. About 400 members from all over Goa participated in this retreat and were very much enriched by it.

▪ Youth program was organized by the Sisters at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, in Gurundia with the intention of helping the young people to get more understanding of their rights against the tribal communities exploitation. Mr. Mirdha Toppo, project administrator (ITDA) of Bonai was the resource person. Around one hundred youth participated in this program.

▪ Sr. Antonieta Rodrigues, with about sixty-four parishioners of Bonaigard and Kantapali went on a pilgrimage to the Pallottine Parish at Dongargarh. They participated in the Way of the Cross, walking up to the mountain with profound meditation on each station.    

Rwanda/Congo

▪ From the 9 - 10 March, the Sisters of various Commissions gathered as a team in Ruhango for a short Seminar on the theme “The main challenge of the Religious Formation in our time”. Fr. Georges Kozuch shared with them from his experience how to face these challenges and meet the young generation in their struggles.

▪ On the 11 March, our Local Church in Rwanda was filled with sorrow as we lost the Bishop of Gikongoro Diocese, Mgr. Jean Damascene Bimenyimana who battled cancer. The burial ceremonies took place on the 16th in the Cathedral of Cyangugu. Many people participated and gave testimonies of patience and piety which were His virtues.

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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)

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