▪ In the month of July/August, inspite of having hot weather in Rome, the St. Peter Square was filled with pilgrims from all over the world. From July 28 to August 04, Coetus Internationalis Ministrantium (C.I.M.) organized 12th International Pilgrimage of altar boys and girls in Rome. It was a joyful event of about 60,000 youth from 18 countries of age between 13-23. Pope Francis welcomed them and said “I am a pilgrim with you. You have come from many countries throughout the world, yet all of us are united by our faith in Jesus Christ. We are journeying together with him who is our peace”.
▪ One of the most outstanding events was the Pope’s visit to Ireland from August 25 – 26, 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. The World Meeting of Families is "a celebration of the beauty of God's plan for the family" and "an opportunity for families from all over the world to meet and support each other in living their special vocation," he said. May we remember the essential place of the family in the life of society and in building a better future for young people". The international event was concluded with Popes participation on the Family Festival on 25th evening and closing Mass at Phoenix Park Dublin on August 26.
▪ Sr. Mary McNulty, the General Mission Procurator attended the Workshop on Mission Project Management from July 2 to 6. Subsequently Sr. Liberata Niyongira, Sr. Nancy Logue, Sr. Catherine Nikuze and Sr. Beata Witerska participated in the work shop on Family Apostolate from July 19 – 22. Both workshops were organized by the Pallottine Fathers for the members of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate at Formation Center, Giuseppe Ferrari, Rome.
▪ On July 22nd, with immense joy the Sisters of the Generalate and Procura community celebrated the 50th birthday of Sr. Josephina D'Souza and Feast day of Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska.
▪ On July 5th, we welcomed Sr. Annemarie Nießen, Provincial Superior from South Africa, at Kloster Marienborn in Limburg. She came for a home family visit and pent some days with the Sisters.
▪ From July 7 – 13, 2018, the girls’ choir of Limburg Cathedral went on a concert tour to the partner diocese of Limburg, Sarajewo, and to Split in Croatia. Provincial Vicar Sr. Astrid Meinert, the spiritual director of the girls, accompanied the choir.
▪ From July 9-13, 2018, Fr. Otmar Steinebach SAC gave a retreat at Kloster Marienborn. 19 Sisters from the local community of the Provincial House and from House Felizitas took part in it.
▪ During these months, construction works for the extension of House Felizitas advance speedily. Four coniferous trees were cut down in the garden; the warehouse and the greenhouse were pulled down.
▪ On August 7, as each year, the children starting school at nearby Leo-Sternberg-School came along with their relatives for a prayer service in our Chapel of the Provincial House. Among 60 students there were only 16 Catholic and 2 Protestant; all the others were non-Christians.
▪ On August 10th, two Roman Pallottine Sisters (CSAC) from the Indian Province came to us. They will study at the University of the Pallottine Fathers in Vallendar. Since they can move into their rooms only on August 26, they spend these days in our local community at Limburg.
▪ From August 12 to 16, 2018, Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad and General Councilor Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska were welcomed by the Limburg community. They participated in the Jubilee celebration of the following Sisters: 75 years of vows of Sr. Eva Hunold, and Jubilee of 60 years of consecration of Sr. Theresa Merkel and Sr. Georgis Lachnit. This celebration brought together all the Sisters of German Province, and gave possibility to meet with our guest from Rome.
▪ In Maryland our sisters at Pallotti Convent have participated in many parish activities during the summer months, one very important event with the installation of their new Pastor, Fr. Anthony Lichteitg, with a special Mass celebrated by the Bishop of the Washington Archdiocese. On August 16, Sr. Bernadita Peterson celebrated her 65th Jubilee of Profession. The convent Chapel was beautifully decorated by the sisters for the event, and a Jubilee Mass was celebrated by their former pastor, Fr. Mike Mallonee. Following the liturgy, a festive meal, prepared by Josephine Saunders, close friend of the sisters, was enjoyed by the sisters and guests.
▪ On August 15th, our date of Religious Profession, all Sisters in Queen of Apostles Province celebrated their day of consecrated and renewed their vows. In Huntington our chaplain, Fr. Gideon celebrated the Feast Day Mass for the sisters’ intentions. A simple but lovely luncheon was prepared for the sisters of the community. ▪ On August 25th, the members of the St. Mary’s Convent community joined the sisters in the Infirmary at St. Mary's Hospital for a lunch as they were celebrating the 60th Jubilee of Sr. Mary Edward Mack, and the 94th Birthday of our oldest sister, Sr. Annette Crnkovich, both are residents there. It was an enjoyable event, celebrating milestones in our two sisters’ lives.
▪ This summer St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV has participated for the first time in the West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy. The focus of this project is to show middle school students the exciting opportunities and rewards that nursing has to offer and to help establish an educational path that will lead to a professional career in nursing. At the end of their program the students had their graduation during which Sr. Francesca Lowis performed a Missioning for them.
▪ In honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, many Italians joined the members of the Italian Pallottine Church in Clerkenwell, London for their annual procession on the streets. Sr. Mary McNulty took part in the joyous celebration. ▪ At the beginning of August we celebrated two special birthdays: in Macclesfield 96 years of Sr. Stella Barelli and in London community 90 years of Sr. Hedwig Kaiser.
▪ In July the International Novitiate community in Poli Singisi was glad to welcome Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General and Sr. Honorata Lyimo SAC, the General Councilor. Sr. Izabela made the General Visitation of the Novitiate. The theme of the visitation was “New wine in new wine skins”. Among many meetings, personal and community, she also witness the different activities of the novices of their daily life. Sister Izabela dedicated time to give classes on the History of the Congregation. The visitation concluded with much joy and gratitude to God for guiding this new project with abundant blessings. Sr. Honorata superivised the last stage of the construction and renovation work, including the playground for the Novices. She also had her annual retreat and holiday.
▪ In August the Novitiate community also welcomed Sr. Maria Landsberger, representative of the Provincial Superior of German Province for Brazil community. The two Brazilian Novices were delighted to speak to her in Portughese, their mother tongue. Sr. Maria was happy to witness the growth of the novices and simple life style of the novitiate.
▪ On the feast day of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th, Sr. Katharine Müller celebrated her 65 years of Profession and Sr. Ester Paau pronounced her final vows. The great event was held in the Novitiate Chapel at Nazareth, Punta Gorda. The Solemn Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Nicasio together with three priests from Toledo. Sr. Katharina Müller came to Belize in 1953 and she is the only one left from the German missionaries in Belize. Her courage and perseverance is much admired as she serve the church and the congregation faithfully. Many lay people, relatives and friends joined the sisters in the celebration. We are very grateful to God for the gift of these Sisters to our Province.
▪ St. Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands, Cape Town, which earlier belonged to the Pallottine Sisters, celebrated its 80 years of existence. Sr. Annemarie Niehsen, the Provincial Superior who is engaged in the Pastoral ministries in the hospital, was a honored guest for the celebration.
▪ In these two months we were happy to celebrate two high birthdays of our Sisters. On July 4th Sr. Othmara turned to be 101 years old and on August 25th Sr. Mary Virginia turned 90 years. Holy Eucharist and prayers were offered for their intentions. Pallottine Fathers, chaplain of the convent and friends joined the Sisters for the festival meal. We thank the Sisters for their sacrifices and strong faith in developing the South African Province.
▪ The parish of St. Mathew in Bonteheuwel invited the sisters to give talk to the youth who were preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Srs. Adolphina, Elizabeth, Margaret, Prescilla and Promila spoke about the vocation to the religious life and the legacy of the Pallottine Sisters in South Africa.
▪ On August 4th, St. Joseph’s School for Disabled had a concert. Parents, guests and Sisters were invited to see the talents of the children and encourage them in their growth. Subsequently home also opened a new Occupation Therapy room and new restrooms. Sr. Annemarie, Sr. Margaret and Sr. Prescilla participated in the blessing and Sr. Annemarie thanked the Management Board for carrying on the work which was initiated and run for many years by our Sisters.
▪ On August 9th was the Women’s Day and it was marked by the celebration organized by the Archdiocese of Cape town. Holy Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin with eight concelebrants. Bishop honoured the religious women of the diocese and appreciated their collaboration in making the Church alive in this diocese. Thereafter all enjoyed the games and traditional South African ‘Braai’.
▪ Two Sisters in the Swiss Delegature celebrated the 65 years Jubilee of their vows: Sr. Hermenegild Dörig and Sr. Adelhilde Rumpf. Both Sisters were given a celebration that was compatible with their health. Sr. Hermenegild renewed her vows with her 91 years of life in a clear firm voice, expressing that most importnat is to rely entirely on God. Sr. Adelhilde once again emphasized the importance of being at peace with God and with herself. We give thanks to our two sisters for their lives in following Jesus Christ in our Pallottine Congregation in the service to the people.
▪ On June 29th, on the Solemnity of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, in the chapel of the Novitiate House in Gniezno, Sr. Monika Graw made her first profession. Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś. All gathered in the chapel witnessed the Fiat of Sr. Monika as she pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the presence of Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Provincial Superior. During the homily Bishop reminded three biblical pictures illustrating the consecrated life as a well, fire and maternal womb. At the end all joined in the refectory for the festival meal.
▪ Bishop Wojtus also celebrated Holy Mass on July 14, at the end of the retreat in the novitiate house in Gniezno in the intention of Silver Jubilarians: , Sr. M. Beata Matuszewska, Sr. M. Ewa Kobylińska and Sr. M. Krystyna Wasąg. Subsequently on July 15th Sr. Joanna Jażdżewska made her final profession. Bishop Krzysztof Wętkowski of Archdiocese of Gniezno was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist. Both celebrations ended joyfully with the presence of Sisters, parents, relatives and friends.
▪ From July 1- 5 all the junior sisters together with Pallottine Seminarians attended a Seminar on the Mission of Pallottines in the world and in the Region of Great Lakes – today. It was held in Keshero- D.R Congo. They were accompanied by Fr. Desiré Bakangana, SAC.
▪ During the month of July, the Local Church of Rwanda was blessed to welcome the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus which made a pilgrimage in all the Dioceses of Rwanda; some of our sisters had opportunity to attend the celebration with other Christians.
▪ From July 22 to August 04, all the sisters from the Region attended the Annual Pallottine Retreat together with Pallottine Fathers. This was held in two groups respectively in Kibeho and Kesheo. It was preached by Fr. Ambroise Bayiha from Cameroon.
▪ Many sisters from the Region attended the Pilgrimage at the Shrine Our Lady of Kibeho for the feast of Assumption where many pilgrims from different countries gather to celebrate this event. Some sisters went on foot from Kigali together with other members of the UAC who took this initiative of making the pilgrimage in terms of the life and works of the Union to the Virgin Mary our Patroness.
▪ On July 15th, as part of the UAC program the members along with their animator Sr. Alda Paes, SAC had decided to visit few parishes in Goa. They visited Our lady of Miracles Church in Badem and took part in adoration. Fr. Caitano Crasta, SAC the parish priest gave a talk on Pallotti and Charism.
▪ The UAC National Congress, organized by the National Coordination Council of India (NCCIn) was held at the Pallottine Animation Centre, Nagpur from 10-12 August 2018. 150 members including Priests, Sisters, lay members and associates from different entities took part in it. From our Province Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram, Sr. Tarcila Kerketta and Sr. Sinha Pereira participated in it. The theme of the Congress was Communion and Co- responsibility with the additional theme of family apostolate. All were happy to welcome special guests from Rome: Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General and Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC, Supeior General.
▪ On August 26th we celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the profession of Sr. Arul Dhanasamy and Sr. Anthony Mary. Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist was offered by very Fr. Pedro Camilo Simoes, SAC the Provincial Superior of Assumption Province along with many concelebrants. Sr. Arul’s brother Fr. Brito, SAC preached a homily on how to express our love to Jesus daily through our integrated life, values and actions. Many Sisters, guests, family members and friends were present for this occasion. The celebration culminated with festival meal. We thank the Lord for the gift of our two sisters and their service to the Congregation.
▪ On the feastday of Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Provincial Superior, we welcomed Sr. Ivet Garlet, CSAC, Superior General of the Roman Pallottine Sister who was visiting their Sisters in India.