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April 2018

Rome

▪ On April 9th, Pope Francis´ new Apostolic Exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” – On the Call to holiness in today´s world - was presented at the Vatican News conference by Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, the Papal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome.

▪ The first Meeting of the General Coordination Council of the UAC after the UAC General Assembly in January 2018 took place at the end of April in the Generalate of the Christian Brothers. Ms Donatella Acerbi is re-elected as the President of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate and Fr. Gilberto Orsolin, SAC from Brazil as the Vice-President. Sr. Liberata Niyongira, General Councilor represented the Superior General  and Sr. Bozena Olszewska, member of the GCC participated.

▪ On April 24th we hosted a big group from Germany in our Generalate. They were Protestant Christians, members of three communities: the evangelical Sisters´ order “Fraternity of Christ” from Selbitz, their Tertiary lay community and seven couples of pastors of the “Fraternity Liemehna”, a Saxon community of Evangelical Pastors. The common song “Laudate Omnes Gentes” in the chapel, the warm words of welcome of Superior General, Sr. Izabela Swierad and a mutual sharing in fraternal atmosphere, were for all an incentive to pray with renewed fervor for the unity of  Christians “… that we all may be one” cf. Jn 17: 21.

▪ Among our guests for several days was Auxiliary Bishop em. Dr. Klaus Dick from Cologne, who was accompanied by a young man, Cornelius. Msgr. Dick had just celebrated his 65th Jubilee of priestly ordination and his 90th birthday when he came to Rome, following the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI.  It was a beautiful meeting and sharing with Archbishop and we thank him for bringing greetings and blessings from Pope Benedict for all the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.

▪ On April 27th we received the shocking news of the death of the 44-year old General Consultor and General Secretary for the Missions of the Society of the Pallottine Fathers, Fr. Jean Bertrand Etoundi, from the Region of Cameroon. RIP.

▪ In the spirit of the Union, the two General Councils of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (CSAC) and the Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (SAC) met on April 27th in our Generalate to discuss the further process of re-unification, elaborating a program for common meetings and also preparing for the celebration of Pentecost, date of our foundation. 

Germany

▪ On the 11th we celebrated the birthday of the oldest Pallottine Sister of the German Province,

Sr. Bonifatia Gies, 97. Guests from Refrath and Bensberg came in the afternoon for coffee and cake. Together with the local community at Limburg, the Sisters from Refrath continued the celebration with the Eucharist at 5 p.m., followed by supper.

▪ On the 17th Sr. Gerhardis Tenberge was buried, who had lived through a special passion. After a stroke, she had been without language for 16 years. However, she remained present in the community: with her laughter, nonverbal communication but fidelity in prayer, of which she spent privately many hours in the chapel each day.

Tanzania/Zambia

▪ The International Novitiate Community was glad to have Sr. Josephine D’Souza, Vicar General, among them, especially during the Easter festivities. We thank God for her presence and all she has been to the Novitiate Community and to all the other communities she visited.

▪ Our Junior Sisters had their seminar concerning the Evangelical Counsels which was directed by Rev. Fr. Franscis Lymu, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Singida.

▪ On the 7th we received our second-year Novices who had gone for their community experience in Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania. This was the first time that the Novices went for the community experience outside their country. They came back full of enthusiasm about the rich experiences of apostolic work and community life. 

▪ On the 21st, Sr. Angeline Kambugu, SAC from Rwanda, psychologist, went to Tanzania to give a seminar on Human Sexuality to the Novices of the International Novitiate.

▪ On April 23, the Provincial Council participated in a leadership seminar programmed by the Faith and Praxis Organization. Its aim was to energize leaders and teams and equip them with skills, to develop their capacity to lead, guide, enhance and sustain the lives of the people entrusted to them.

▪ Sr. Sesilia Kimario from Zambia got her Nurses´ Professional Practicing License which allows her to work in Zambia under the supervision of a qualified nurse in charge. 

USA

▪ On April 2nd, the three members of our Provincial Council living in West Virginia, Sr. Mary Grace Barile, Provincial, Sr. Mary Terence Wall, Vice Provincial and Sr. Francesca Lowis, Councilor, drove to Laurel, joining Sr. Stella Holisz, Councilor, for their first council meeting. Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General also took part of this important meeting, which covered many topics and several decisions were made.

▪ On April 21st, Birthday of our Founder, St. Vincent Pallotti High School hosted a Gala with the proceeds raised for the needs of Pallotti High School. The Sisters from the Laurel community, as well as Sr. Mary Grace, Sr. Diane Bushee and Ms. Janell Ray, who are members of the High School Board of Trustees attended the event which was held at the school.

▪ On April 22nd, Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Mass in the parish church, commemorating 175 years of the parish and 125 years of the parish school, where a number of Pallottines had taught. We received a special recognition for our years of service to the parish. A number of former pastors of the parish concelebrated.

▪ With the traditional Missioning Service in St. Joseph Hospital's Chapel, Sr. Francesca Lowis sent off the "Hands and Hearts for Christ" medical mission team for a week's work in Guatemala. The team consisted of 39 members including a surgery, general clinic and dental group. About six members of the group were from Huntington, WV.  After their return they reported that they were able to perform over 100 surgeries and saw even more patients in the clinics. You may remember that for the past twenty years the group went to Belize.

Belize

▪ The presence of our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad brought blessings and fruits to our Province and was very much appreciated and uplifting. She was a support and encouragement to every Sister in the community.

▪ The Cultural Extravaganza was a memorable night in the Culture Center called, Jungle Pavilion of Old Belize. Seven cultures were highlighted in the midst of a hall full of friends and benefactors, together with our Sisters. Each cultural group had a booth in which they depicted their culture through a display of clothing, tools, and food. The invited guests, sponsors and close collaborators  of our mission in Belize, were entertained by dance and music of each culture. It was a beautiful evening, one of enjoyment, relaxation and excitement mingled with Chinese auction, and there was a high level of interaction.

▪ The Formation team organized a Pallotti Day for all Pallottine Sisters at Trinidad Farm with the participation of  Sr. Izabela Świerad. She addressed words of encouragement to the Sisters and shared about mission spirit and mission involvements of the Congregation. Fr. Amelio Chee celebrated the Mass and joined us for Agape. Each Sister shared the life story of her favorite saint.  

South Africa

▪ On the 13th, Sr. Promila Kiro had a graduation celebration after the successful completion of a 4-month’s Child Care Course. She received a Certificate and 3 special rewards for her effort. Sr. Annemarie Niehsen, Provincial Superior, participated in the ceremony which was a joyful event for all the Sisters in the Province.

Switzerland

▪ The Swizz Assembly of the UAC took place on April 11, 2018, at the provincialate of the Pallottine Fathers in Gossau. Among the participants were two Pallottine Missionary Sisters: Sr. Raphaela Fuchs and Sr. Daniela Schumacher, the treasurer of the UAC of East Switzerland. This UAC group meets monthly in Gossau for a short conference, sharing, adoration and the Eucharistic celebration with Fr. Erich Schädler SAC; thereafter follows an agape with their community. The members also do appreciate the annual recollection day with always brings great enrichment. Most of the UAC members are doing volunteer work in their parishes.

As an expression of their sharing each one of the Pallottine core-communities and the community “Apis“ give a short report on their life and activities.

Poland

▪ From the 10th to 16th three Sisters from the General Council were present in Poland and the Polish Province: Sr. Honorata Lyimo, Sr. Liberata Niyongira and Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska. The main purpose of their visit in Poland was a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Kraków Łagiewniki and participation in the prayer vigil on April 14, organized by Sr. Consolata Majewska with the theme: “Mercy - a ray of love and joy”. Lay people from all over Poland participated in this night prayer; among them were also Sr. Iwona Nadziejko the Provincial Superior with her Council and many other Sisters.

▪ On the occasion of the bicentenary of the ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti, the XIX Symposium was held on April 7 and 8 in Konstancin-Jeziorna,  with the theme: "Sacerdos – man of God". It was  organized by the Pallotti Institute.

▪ In March and April, Sister Kinga Skórska SAC, psychologist and therapist, at the request of the Metropolitan Curia, led a methodical workshops for leaders, brides, couples as well as for catechists who work with maladjusted students.  

India

▪ On the 13th the Archbishop of Goa, Most Rev. Philip Neri Ferrao arranged a session on “Challenges for the Apostolic Mission of religious in a changing Society".  Invited were all the religious working in the Archdiocese of Goa, at Cruz Dos Milagres in Old Goa. The resource person was Fr. Denzil Fernandes, SJ.  Sr. J.X. Clara, SAC took part in it, together with an assembly of a hundred sisters.

▪ On the 13th  the UAC Formation Commission held a two-day seminar for the UAC coordinators at the Pallottine Fathers` Provincialate. Fr. Anthony Roswane, SAC, President of the UAC Formation Commission and treasurer Mrs. Saldana were present, along with members of other entities. Sr. Amutha Motcha Mary, SAC, Sr. Sinha Pereira, SAC and two of our lay trainees took part in it. Fr. Vijay Thomas, SAC accompanied us during these days.  The seminar was concluded by a thanksgiving Mass.

Rwanda

▪ In preparation for the celebration of the bicentenary of the ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti, many of our Sisters attended a Seminar in Kibeho, from the 12th to the 15th, with the theme “St. Vincent Pallotti, a Roman Priest” by Fr. Honoré Bahire, SAC.

▪ From the 19th  to 25th we received 10 candidates who attended the Seminar and who are ready to join our Congregation. On the 22nd, the Good Shepherd Sunday, many young people gathered from all the Dioceses for a vocation animation day whereby many congregations had the opportunity to speak about their history and charism. Our Sisters also participated presenting our Congregation.

Let us remember our Deceased Sisters

Sr. Gerhardis Tenberge SAC  * 16.06.1925  † 11.04.2018  Germany

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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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