▪ This month, the event of Bicentenary of the Ordination of our holy Founder St. Vincent Pallotti was marked as a significant moment for the entire Pallottine Family. Here in Rome, the solemn celebration began on 15th with the vigil Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran where he was ordained 200 years ago. The Holy Eucharist was presided by Mgr. Angelo De Donatis, the Vicar general of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome. In his homily he appreciated the person of St.Vincent Pallotti and invited his sons and daughters to follow his example. On the 16th, a thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General together with 14 newly ordained Pallottine priests who concelebrated in the Church of the SS, Salvatore in Onda at the altar of our Founder. As an introduction the president of the Union Ms. Donatella Acerbi, cited words of Pallotti´s letters and encouraged the Union members to live a holy life. Among the participants were the Superiors General of the three Core Communities, Father Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Sister Ivete Garlet CSAC, Sister Izabela Świerad, SAC and Sister Adalgisa Cammarata, the Superior General of the Eucharistic Sisters of St. Vincent Pallotti.
▪ The Solemnity of Pentecost began with a vigil prayer in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles, at via Ferrari. On the 20th, the actual day of the feast, with immense joy and gratitude, we Pallottine Sisters of the two Congregations, the “Roman Sisters” and the “Missionary Sisters”, celebrated together our 180th foundation day, at the Chapel of the Mother House of the Pallottine Sisters at Via Porta Maggiore. Fr. Antonio Lotti, SAC the Provincial Superior of the Italian Province, presided over the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General together with other Pallottines Fathers concelebrated. All Pallottine Sisters present at the Holy Mass, guided by Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC, Superior General of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, renewed their vows. Before the final blessing, two Superior Generals received burning candles from the eldest members of the Congregation, which were lighted from the Paschal candle as a symbol of the living flame which illumines the life of every Sister of the Congregation. Many Union members and guest were present to witness this historical day.
▪ From May 3 - 6, Sr. Josephina D’ Souza participated in the International Convention on ‘Consecration of Consecrated Life’ organized by the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. The 600 men and women religious from all over the world belonging to diverse experiences of consecrated life reflected together on the Theological and Charismatic dimension of consecrated life. During the private audience the Pope urged the religious to be authentic in discerning their vocation and he presented three pillars of consecrated life: prayer, poverty, and patience.
▪ On the feast of Pentecost our Holy Father announced the appointments of 11 Cardinals from different countries. Among them was Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner who has been working in the office of Papal Charities in the department of the Holy See. His simplicity is highly appreciated in his service for the poor and migrants in Rome. For the past few years Sr. Hanna Keidrowska SAC, from the Procura community has been collaborating with the Cardinal-elect in reaching out to the poor on the streets of Rome.
▪ On 31st the two General Councils of the Pallottine Sisters had their sixth meeting to reflect on the process of re-unification, and to discuss other practical plans for the future development. The meeting was held in the Generalate house of the Pallottine Roman Sisters.
▪ The recently renovated small Convent of the Sisters in Macclesfield was officially opened as a Respite Care Home on May 11th by Mr. David Rutley MP. The Honourable Mayor, dignitaries from the local Health Authorities, relatives of the Residents of Park Mount as well as our Sisters and friends participated in the historical occasion.
▪ During the month we welcomed several visitors to our Community in London. Among them were Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro, Regional Superior of Rwanda/ Congo came for a language course, the nephew of Sr. Christine Bohr from Germany and Sr. Rosemarie Steinbach, missionary from Tanzania.
▪ Sr. Mary McNulty visited Poland and was privileged to stay for few days in Sanatorium. She also made a pilgrimage to the Sanctuaries of Divine Mercy in Krakow and Our Lady in Czestochowa.
▪ On the 12th our Sisters together with other religious from different Congregations in Singida Diocese, attended the seminar concerning “Stress Management”. The seminar was facilitated by Fr. Dr. Peter Siamoo, a psychologist from Moshi Diocese.
▪ Our 4 Candidates completed their Catechetical Course at St. John Paul II College in Singida. The Bishop of Singida, Rev. Edward Mapunda congratulated and thanked the congregations who sent their Sisters and formees to participate in this course which is ‘fundamental’ for new evangelization. Our first call is to evangelize and to reach out the poor and the marginalized - he said.
▪ On April 30th, in Huntington, West Virginia, the final transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Medical Center from the Pallottine Missionary Sisters to Cabell Huntington Hospital was completed. Cabell Hospital has agreed to continue to follow the Catholic values, our charism, and the ethical and religious directives for Catholic Health Care Services as spelled out in a special Catholicity Agreement. We would like to thank each of you who have prayed during these past four years for the will of God to be done with this endeavor-expressed Sr. Mary Grace Barile, Provincial Superior. We would also like you to continue to pray for the employees of St. Mary’s Medical Center as they will faithfully continue to live and share the mission of the Sisters while witnessing the values of Jesus with all who come to St. Mary’s for healthcare.
▪ A private Foundation overseen by the Sisters for addressing unmet needs in our service area has been established; the name of this Foundation is Pallottine Foundation of Huntington.
▪ In order to remind the lay employees of their call to holiness and the apostolate, the main Conference Room of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV was renamed after St. Vincent’s close friend and coworker - Giacomo Salvati.
▪ With great joy and gratitude we celebrated 200 years of St. Vincent Pallotti's Priesthood in Pineland Provincial House. The 9 days Novena prayer preceded the celebration in honor of St. Vincent Pallotti. Fr. Michael Clement SAC together with other Pallottine Fathers working in the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the Holy Eucharist. The staff from St. Joseph’s Home and many other invited guests joined us in this happy event. The day was highly marked by the renewal of vows of our youngest Sister, Sr. Promila Kiro. After the Holy Mass we had a joyous Agape shared by all.
▪ The first Pallottine Symposium in Ukraine took place in Zaryczany near Zhytomyr with the theme “Beginnings of the Pallottine Charism in Ukraine”. Inauguration began with the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Artur Stępień SAC the director of Pallotti Institute in Poland; the symposium was officially opened by Sr. Jolanta Wagner SAC, the President of the NCC of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate in Ukraine. Participants studied and tried to trace the life of the pioneers: Fr. Wiktor Ożarowski, Fr. Alojzy Majewski, Fr. Stanisław Szulmiński and Brother Józef Lipkowski
▪ On May 19th on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Apostles, two Postulants were admitted to the Novitiate during the Holy Mass presided by Fr. Andrzej Kozakowski. Sr. Iwona Nadziejko the Provincial Superior with great joy received them and invited all the Sisters to support them with their prayers.
▪ From May 2 to 23, the Polish Province experienced the first part of the General Financial Visiation, which was carried out by S. Anna Małdrzykowska SAC, General Councilor and General Treasurer.
▪ The UAC members of Rwanda-DRC gathered on May 5th in Kibeho for a pilgrimage following the celebration of the solemnity of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles. Conferences were organized with the theme; “Our Father Saint Vincent Pallotti and the reconciliation”. The main Speakers were Fr. Francois Harelimana, SAC and Fr. Honoré Bahire, SAC. Fr. Eugen Niyonzima, SAC, the Provincial Superior of the Pallottine Fathers, and the President of the NCC presided over the Holy Eucharist. The celebration concluded with a fraternal banquet in the community of Pallottine Fathers in Kibeho.
▪ On the 10th we were saddened by the death of, Mr. Kavubi Prosper who served as an Executive member of NCC of UAC in Rwanda. Many priests, religious and lay members of the UAC attended his funeral Mass. He left a very profound testimony of piety and commitment as a father of a family and member of UAC. Let us pray that God may give his soul eternal joy in His Kingdom.
▪ The Bicentenary of the ordination of St. Vincent Pallotti as well as the Solemnity of the Feast of Our Lady of Kibeho was celebrated on May 19 at Kabuga. On this occasion three Pallottine Deacons were ordained Priests to mark Pallotti’s anniversary. The Holy Mass was presided by the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Andrzej Józwowicz who joyfully congratulated all the Pallottine Family for having such a great Saint as our founder..
▪ The celebrations of the Bicentenary of our Founder's ordination, was marked by opening of the new mission in the state of Tripura, Northeast of India. On May 8th Provincial Superior, Provincial treasurer along with the first missionaries, Sr. Sharmila Pinto, Sr. Poonam Tete and Sr. Ranjitha Kujur, participated in this historical event. Fr. K. J. Abraham, the Vicar General of the Holy Cross Fathers blessed the new house. The students and parents of Jubilee Memorial Holy Cross School, Tuichekma, welcomed the Sisters according to their tradition, and performed cultural dances.
▪ Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore and Rev. Robert Miranda, the Bishop of Gulbarga inaugurated the newly built Church, Our Lady of Mercy in Manjeshwar. Our Sisters in Pallotti Nivas Convent belong to this parish and render their pastoral service.
▪ The Indian Province thanked God for three novices, who made their First Profession on 16th May 2018. Fr. Sahaya Anand, SAC, the dean of Philosophy Institute presided over the Holy Eucharist and other priests con-celebrated. The Provincial Superior Sr. Helen Lourdusamy with joy and grateful heart received their vows. The neighbours, friends and benefactors joined us for this celebration.