▪ According to the long Church tradition during the Consistory on 28 of June, on Vigil of the Solemnity St. Peter and Paul, in Rome, Pope Francis created 14 new cardinals from 11 countries and inducted them as members of the body of cardinals known as the College of Cardinals. With joy we participated in this unique event, and later we all had the opportunity to meet and greet the new Cardinals personally. The next day, on Friday evening, there was another great celebration in the Vatican when about 280 poor people were invited to a dinner by a newly inducted Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (from Poland), the official almsgiver of the Pope. The dinner was prepared by Vatican cooks. To the surprise of all, the Holy Father came unexpectedly, dined with the poor and spent about two hours chatting with them as if in a family, listening to their stories that often told of suffering but also of hope. Among the many volonteers and close collaborators of Card. Krajewski, who were serving the poor was our own Sr. Hanna Kiedrowska, SAC, a cook from the Procura General, who since the Holy Year of Mercy is involed in the service to the poor/apostolate.
▪ Three General Superiors of the UAC Core communities, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC and Sr. Ivete CSAC and Sr. Izabela Swierad, SAC gathered at SS. Salvatore in Onda for their regular meeting.
▪ On 17th June, Sr. Josephina D Souza, Sr. Honorata Lyimo and Sr. Bozena Olszewska attended the Installation Ceremony at Porta Maggiore, Provincila House of the New Provincial Council of the Sisters of The Catholic Apostolate in Italy. Best wishes to Sr. Daniela Siniscalchi, CSAC, newly elected Provincial Superior and her team.
▪ A thanksgiving Mass and farewell party was offered for the intention of Sr. Christina Chirote as she completes her 3-year mission in the Procura and will return to her Province in India, where she will continue her further studies in nursing. The Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad, along with the Sisters from our Roman communities extended their gratitude to her for her service and implored God’s blessings. Sr. Binita Soreng SAC, a Junior Sister from India, who arrived in the beginning of June will take the place of Sr. Christine in ministry in the Procura.
▪ The Generalate hosted two of our Sisters: Sr. Consolata Majewska, SAC and Sr. Beata Matuszewska, SAC, who were on pilgrimage in Rome with two groups of lay faithful from Poland.
▪ Commissioned by the Provincial Administration of the German Province Sr. Ingrid Schuler, Mission Procurator, and Sr. Maria Landsberger, as representative of the Provincial Superior, visited the Sisters in Brazil from 23rd of May to 10th of June. The Sisters stayed for several days in each of the two communities, visiting their places of apostolate and having meetings and spoke with the Sisters about their situation and their different projects. They also met with the Pallottine Fathers and with the Bishop Dom Sebastião Bandeira Coelho. In general, life is hard for the people in the State of Maranhão, where we have our communities, it is considered one of the poorest in Brazil. Political corruption and violence (mostly caused by drug addiction) go hand-in-hand with the hospitable, open-hearted and simple culture of the joyful people.
▪ From 8th to 10th of June, Sr. Gertrud Meiser and Sr. Simone Hachen took part in the annual assembly of the German Coordination Council of the UAC. During the meeting a new president and team was elected for three years: after six years Sr. Gertrud retired from this service, Sr. Simone was elected as the new treasurer of the NCC.
▪ On 9th of June, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, heaven opened its gates for two of our long-term home residents: for Professor Dr. Ernst Leuninger, Canon of the Cathedral and benefactor of our Congregation, and for Frau Elfriede Dasbach, former Novice of our Congregation, later an employee at our Retreat House and finally resident of House Felizitas, where she daily took part in the Liturgy of the Hours and Holy Mass.
▪ From 10th to 13th of June, the Provincial Superior, Sr. Helga Weidemann took part in the General Assembly of the Germany Conference of Higher Superiors at Vallendar with the theme, "Vocation – God’s life project for us".
▪ On May 31st, the feast of the Visitation, our newly built Convent in Igunga, Tanzania was officially blessed and given the name Visitation Convent. The Holy Mass was presided over by Rev. Archbishop Paul Ruzoka, from the Tabora Diocese, together with twelve Priests who con-celebrated. Sisters from nearby congregations joined with us for the joyful celebration of thanksgiving to God. Pupils from our school, St. Leo’s English Medium Primary School, provided entertainment.
▪ Three of our Sisters, Sr. Justina Hilary, Sr. Veronica Shauri and Sister Lilian Moshi, made their Final Profession on 6th June. The Eucharistic Celebration was held in Christ the King Parish Church, presided over by Rev. Bishop Mapunda, of Singida Diocese together with 32 Priests of which nineteen were Pallottines. Fr. John Onna SAC, the Delegate Superior of the Pallottine Fathers, in his homily congratulated the Sisters for their final commitment and invited them to reflect seriously upon their call and to serve the Lord faithfully for the rest of their lives. A group of Maasai children from our new community in Magogo, Morogoro, performed their traditional dance which impressed and delighted many people. ▪ The Provincial Superior, Sr. Basilisa Jacob, participated in the annual Meeting of the Major Superiors of Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam, with the theme “Our Call to Holiness”. They also met with the Bishops and together they were evaluating the work of Evangelization of the Catholic faith during its 150 years in Tanzania.
▪ Sr. Basilisa accompanied by Sr. Philipina Awe was present at the ordination of three Pallottine Deacons in Nairobi on June 23rd. As part of their preparation, the Deacons had their Retreat in our International Noviciate in Arusha.
▪ In London Sr. Mary McNulty was invited by the Italian parish community of St. Peter’s in Clerkenwell to join with them on their annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Aylesford, Kent. The parish is served by the Italian Pallottine Fathers. In the Church there is a beautiful mosaic altar depicting St. Vincent Pallotti sending Fr. Raphael Melia and Fr. Faa di Bruno to build a Church in London for the poor Italian Immigrants.
▪ June 2, 2018 was a memorable and historic day for us: Sr. Margaret Gongóra, born in Orange Walk Town, celebrated her 60th anniversary as a religious Sister. The Thanksgiving Mass was presided over by Rev. Lawrence Nicasio, Bishop of Belize and Belmopan, assisted by two priests. The Church was full to capacity with our Pallottine Sisters, family members from the neighboring Mexican City, friends and parishioners. The choir led the congregation into melodious hymns of praise and thanksgiving during the Mass. Afterwards, all were invited for a traditional dinner at the “Riverside Family Center.” As a part of the week of celebration, Sr. Margaret shared her life of 60 years as a religious over the local television station. She was accompanied by Sr. Catarina Tush who spoke about vocations.
▪ Sr. Adalberta Chuc helped in the Liturgy preparation for Confirmation for the district. She also had a Day of Recollection for the four hundred young girls and boys who were confirmed during the first week of June.
▪ June 24th, on the Solemnity of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Catholic Church in South Africa celebrated the Bicentenary of its foundation in 1818. The celebration took place in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Eighteen Bishops together with the Cardinal and the Papal Nuncio were present as well as eighty Priests from different parts of the Region of Southern Africa. Nine Sisters from our two communities attended the celebration together with many religious from different Congregations and Orders and thousands of lay people as well as visitors from other denominations. Archbishop Stephen Brislin was the main Celebrant. There was a wonderful Choir and children danced which made the ceremony more beautiful. In his homily the Archbishop invited the congregation to thank God for the great love He has shown His Church over the years, to thank God for the present, to look to the past with gratitude, to the future with confidence and to embrace the challenges in our mission of evangelizing and being witnesses and a light to the world of today.
▪ At the beginning of June the Sisters of the Swiss Delegature received a visit from our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad and the General Treasurer Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, who came to participate in the Ordinary General Meeting of the "Association of the Pallottine Sisters of Switzerland". They also made their visitation in the two communities in Niederuzwil and Bernhardzel . ▪ Switzerland was also blessed by a short visit from Pope Francis on June 21 who came to participate in the World Council of Churches (WCC), based in Geneva, on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. The WCC represents 350 Churches from 110 countries but the Catholic Church is not a member. The interest of the population was enormous and at least Geneva was in an exceptional state! The huge halls were quickly filled with thousands of faithful whose average age was surprisingly low. Africans, Asians, Americans, Brazilians, French and Spanish people mingled with the Swiss-born. It was a joy to experience the colorful diversity of the Catholic Church in Switzerland and its common inhabitants. The Pope said literally: "I came to Switzerland as a pilgrim in search of unity and peace". He also met the Swiss people in a Eucharistic celebration which gathered about 40,000 of the faithful.
▪ This year on 10th June, the Social Welfare Home for Disabled in Bobolice celebrated its 60th anniversary. The celebration began with a meeting of the parents of the Residents. It was a special time of being together. Often said words were: We are grateful to God that our daughter is in the Sisters’ House”. The central day of the Jubilee celebration was June 14 when Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Edward Dajczak, Ordinary of the Koszalin-Kołobrzeg Diocese and attended by representatives of the local government, directors of the surrounding social welfare homes and representatives of the Bobolice institutions. Sisters from the Provincial Council: Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Sr. Magdalena Szymczak and Sr. Ewa Brandt were also present. On the occasion of the Jubilee, in recognition of merits, our House received a Silver Honorary Badge of the Westpomeranian Griffin.
▪ On June 4, several students of the High School in Pisz participated in the Family Festivities organized by the local Family Support Center. The students, under the direction of Sr. Joanna Jażdżewska, prepared a short article about the history of monks who decided to leave their monastery, who believed that in their chosen hermitage very far from people and everyday life - they will more easily reach the "mystic peaks”. This was a simple article with a meaningful title: ”This is not the way” which has a universal message.
▪ On 29 June Sr. Monika Graw made her First Profession. This joyful celebration took place in Gniezno, the Novitiate House. The main celebrant of the Eucharist was Bishop Bogdan Wojtus.
▪ June 4, sixty children with animators, under the care of Sr. Galina Szpilowa, went from Zhytomyr to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Dowbysz, Ukraine. This Shrine was established by the Pallottine Fathers. The young pilgrims took part in the solemn Holy Mass and the Rosary. Then, they had the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary and listen to an interesting story about the new altar, which was told by Fr. Waldemar Pawelec SAC. The children came back happy and full of good impressions.
▪ Seventy children of different denominations from around Zhytomyr took part in a ten-day "Bible Camp". Every day, the participants spent time in the chapel, the yard and in the forest. Sr. Galina Szpilowa prepared an interesting program concerning the development of a young Christian. The older colleagues from the group of "Young Apostles” were the animators.
▪ Sr. Angeline Kambugu, Regional Vicar together with the Major Superiors of other Congregations, attended the assembly organized by the Bishops Conference in Rwanda with the theme; “The Process of Renewal and Reconciliation in Religious Life”. The main speaker was Fr. Faustin Nyombayire, a Diocesan Priest, who developed the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops.
▪ The Sisters from Ruhango community took part in a pilgrimage made to the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Ruhango by all clergy and religious from the Diocese of Kabgayi to pray for Peace and Reconciliation in our countries.
▪ On the 20th, we were full of gratitude to God, who continues to send laborers into His vineyard, as we welcomed ten candidates into our community in Masaka where they will stay for a three-month pre-postulancy course.
▪ The students from our school, Saint Vincent Pallotti, Masaka, took part in two competitions of Spelling in the languages of English and Kinyarwanda; two of our students won first prize at the National Level and will move forward to the East African Level in Tanzania.
▪ On the 29th, in communion with the entire Church, we celebrated the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. On this occasion the Apostolic Nuncio in Rwanda organized a gathering to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Pontificate of Pope Francis, many Diplomats, Bishops, Priests and Religious attended. Sr. M. Louise Nyiransabimana and Sr. Angeline Kambugu represented our Congregation. The Holy Mass was celebrated in the evening at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Kigali with the intention of praying for the Holy Father.
▪ On 17th the new UAC members had their meeting at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore. The UAC Coordinator, Sr. Sinha Pereira, SAC had invited Mr. Joseph Bantleman, the President of UAC – LCC and Mr. Rajan the Secretary for UAC groups at St. Vincent Pallotti Church Banaswadi, Bangalore. Mr. Bantleman enlightened the trainees, by sharing his experience of working in the UAC group and how the Charism of St. Vincent Pallotti had motivated their group to work wonders for God. He urged the new members to pray earnestly and stressed that prayer is the source of all the activities which the UAC members undertake.
▪ On 18th of June Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, our Provincial, together with the community, Superior Sr. Emelda Soreng went to congratulate the newly appointed Archbishop of Bangalore, His Grace Dr. Peter Machado. The Archbishop was appointed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis on 19 March 2018 and canonically installed as Archbishop of Bangalore at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on 31 May 2018. Before being appointed as Archbishop of Bangalore, he served as the Archbishop of Belgaum and replaced Archbishop Bernard Blasius Moras, who stepped down upon reaching the retirement age of 75. Sr. Helen introduced our Congregation to him and our Apostolate in different parts of our country. He was happy to meet the Sisters and gave us His blessings.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Teresa Matula SAC * 08.07.1939 † 01.06.2018 Poland