▪ Highlight of September was two weeks of the Renewal program for our young Sisters from different countries in the Generalate House. Inspired by the theme “Be a watchman of the dawn, Be not afraid to be guided by the Holy Spirit (GE 34)”,twenty Sisters from Poland, Belarus, Russia, Tanzania, Rwanda, India and South Africa shared with each other about their faith, and their experiences of religious life. The talks were based on Faith, Vocation, Community Life, Discernment, History of the two Sister Congregations, New Technology, a desire for Holiness, writings of St. Vincent Pallottti and testimony on the life of the Saints. This topic was inspired by the Bishop's Synod on Youth. Among guest speakers were Archbishop Piero Marini, Sr. Ivete Garlet CSAC, Fr. Jan Kupka, SAC, Sr. Conoslata Majewska, and Professor Fr. Jarosław Merecki, SDS, Ms. Patrizia Morgante (UISG).
The program was initiated by two day’s workshop on Evangelization guided by Fr. Christopher, Kralka, SAC, Fr. Piotr Spyra, and Ms. Marta Mendrek from Poland. The Sisters also were enriched by the celebrations at the tomb of St. Vincent Pallotti in San Salvatore in Onda, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Papal Audience. Pilgrimages made in the footsteps of Pallotti in Rome, Cassia and San Georgio helped the sisters to feel Pallotti’s spirit and desires. During the program, on 15th September in the church San Salvatore in Onda, we also witness the final vows of Sr. Marie Louise Uwitonze from Rwanda. The cultural evening gave impetus to the beauty of Interculturality in the Congregation. The closing Mass celebrated by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, the Rector General of the Pallottine Fathers. In his homily, he reminded the sisters to always remain faithful to the missionary dimension of the charism of our Congregation. After the mass the Sisters, received a special blessings from the relics of our Founder, and a cross from Sr. Izabela Świerad, our Superior General
▪ The Commission for the re-unification had their first meeting together with the General Councils of the Roman Pallottine Sisters and the Pallottine Missionary Sisters. It was held at Porta Maggiore, Provincial House of CSAC Sisters from 27 – 29, September. Sr. Pat Murray, Executive Secretary to the UISG was a resource person. She shared with the members about her experience of working for the process of re-union with different religious institutes, and gave some practical guidelines which need to be considered in the discernment process.
▪ The General Councilors were delegated to make Visitation of Polish Province from 30th September to 31st October. The theme; “God did not give us the spirit of timidity but the spirit of power, love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1: 7), facilitated the Sisters to begin grace filled days in interaction and sharing. During the last days Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General joined the General Councilors to conclude the visitation.
▪ October 4th, St. Vincent Pallotti Institute in Rome, organised in the Church of San Salvatore in Onda, the conference: “The priesthood of Pallotti at the service of the Church”. This reminded the audience the essence of the bicentenary of the priestly Ordination of our Founder highlighted by Mons Krzysztof Józef Nykiel, the Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, who spoke about the Priestly ministry lived in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
▪ October 27th, the Union members gathered at the Church of Spirito Santo dei Napolitano via Giulia, for Eucharist and Adoration on the occasion of the Catholic Apostolate celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Erection of the Union. Monsignor Miguel Delgado Galindo, the delegate of the Dicastery for Laity was the main celebrant.
▪ On 28th October, after 25 days of ardent work, the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people came to an end. These three weeks were a time of comfort, of hope and of listening to all the participants. The Synod Fathers touched the manifold reality of the new generations from all aspects, from every continent and from the many diverse human and social situations. As a closing message Pope Francis encouraged everyone, saying that more than writing a document it is important to promote a way of being and working together, young and old, in listening and in discernment, in order to arrive at pastoral choices that respond to the reality.
▪ On 28th October, after 25 days of ardent work, the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicted to young people came to an end. These three weeks were a time of comfort, of hope and of listening to all the participants. The Synod Fathers touched the manifold reality of the new generations from all aspects, from every continent and from the many diverse human and social situations. As a closing message Pope Frances encouraged everyone saying more than writing a document it is important to promote a way of being and working together, young and old, in listening and in discernment, in order to arrive at pastoral choices that respond to reality.
▪ On 9th September, Sisters welcomed for the fourth time Bishop Sebastião Bandeira Coêlho of Coroatà, Brazil, at Marienborn. He celebrated the Holy Mass and encouraged everyone to have trust and not to be afraid. After the Holy Mass he joined the community for the lunch.
▪ On 15th September, group of former nursing students from Erlenbach met in Limburg with Sr. Editha Franz, who was in Erlenbach for a long time. They had taken their exams 40 years ago. In addition, other teachers and those in charge of the former students came from Refrath, namely: Sr. Dominica Rose, Sr. Hiltrud Steiner and Sr. Gertrud Czinczoll.
▪ On 7th October, Sr. Simone Hachen the Provincial Councilor took part in the celebration of profession jubilees of the Pallottine Hildegard’s Sisters at Pirmasens.
▪ Among those who were canonized in Rome on October 14, was Katharina Kasper, the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, known as Dernbacher Sisters. A week later, a thanksgiving Holy Mass was celebrated in her home parish Wirges, five of our Sisters from Limburg took part in the celebration. ▪ On the same day at the parish of St. Bonifaz in Munich, the churchgoers were invited on the occasion of Mission Sunday, for a morning get-together. On two viewing panels were depicted the worldwide development of our congregation. For a donation people could have drinks, soup and sausage, herb bread or cake. Since there were several other events in Munich, this year the number of visitors was less. The net amount of fund raising was €640 which will be used to buy a freezer for the international novitiate in Tanzania.
▪ On 2nd September Sr. Basilisa Jacob SAC, the Provincial Superior, made visitation in our communities in England. It was a joy to meet all the Sisters especially our Pioneer Sisters who opened the Mission in Tanzania and became the reason for our existence. Subsequently, she, together with Sr. Fabiola Gurtu, the provincial treasurer, travelled to Zambia to visit the Sisters.
▪ On 8th September, Sr. Honorata Lyimo SAC, our General Councilor, returned to Rome after her holiday which included a lot of visits to evaluate the unfinished work of the renovation in the Novitiate House. All are grateful to her and the General administration for this project.
▪ On 12th September, Archbishop Isaac Amani, Auxiliary Bp. Prosper Lyimo and Vicar Fr. Simon Tengesi, of Arusha Diocese, together with five Priests paid a visit to our community at Leadership. They prayed together and the Archbishop gave a special blessing to the Sisters.
▪ During the month of October, we were blessed by important events in our Province; the reception of 12 Postulants for the International Novitiate, and 5 Candidates to Postulancy.
▪ At the end of October, Sr. Rosemarie Steinbach, who after 20 years of faithful service in Tanzania, now returns to England. Our Sisters in Tanzania and students of Pallotti Secondary School, where she spent most of her life, are grateful for her love and dedication. Her simplicity and faithfulness to the community was a role model which can never be forgotten. ▪ SAC Sisters who were working in the Health Center of the Holy Ghost Fathers at Usa River-Arusha completed their contract and moved to Makiungu Hospital which is under the Medical Missionaries of Mary, in the Diocese of Singida.
▪ Sr. Agnes Ganus, SAC, along with the parishioners have been evangelizing throughout the Month of the Rosary. They were connected with the air waves of Radio Maria –Tanzania to pray the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy Rosary for the whole month. The aim was to make our Lady known better. We thank Radio Maria organizers for this great opportunity which enabled us to revive faith among the people.
▪ On 13 October, the Pallottine Fathers and Sisters together with Parishioners of eight substations in Zambia had a joint Holy Mass. Thereafter, they took part in different kinds of sports like swimming, racing, netball and football.
▪ Our Laurel parish, St. Mary of the Mills, is celebrating its 175th anniversary. One project was painting the Church, and the daily Mass was celebrated in our St. Vincent Pallotti High School chapel during that time. The high school has over 150 students this year.
▪ We are participating in a number of parish events for healing in the Church during this time of crisis. The parish was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and each of us was invited to make this act of consecration. Sr. Stella Holisz has joined a parish group that holds prayer vigils against abortion. Three of the sisters, Sr. Karen Lester, Sr. Stella Holisz, and Sr. Danuta Przybylek, joined in a right-to-life march in Washington, DC.
▪ On 1st October was the third anniversary of St. Joseph Hospital of Buckhannon’s joining the West Virginia University Health System. At a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, we took some time to reflect on the changes that have taken place during those three years.
▪ Sr. Mary Terence Wall reported that, a retired physician brought a Boy Scout troop to Spring Hill Cemetery to work on the gravestones of our sisters. They trimmed grass and cleaned 110 gravestones of our sisters buried there.
▪ St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, WV exchanged its usual blue highlights on our main hospital building for pink to honor National Breast Cancer awareness Month. Sisters Diane Bushee, Mary Grace Barile and Ms. Janelle Ray joined more than 200 women, who attended the thirteenth annual "Ladies in Pink" luncheon, a fundraiser to provide diagnostic services to uninsured/ underinsured patients through St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Fund. ▪ St. Mary’s Medical Center has also taken an active role in establishing PROACT (acronym for Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment), a joint effort with Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health, in a partnership with Valley Health and Thomas Health System. It is a center for referral and treatment, which will assist in addressing medical, social and behavioral issues in an outpatient setting. PROACT will assist those patients with or without insurance coverage.
▪ For three consecutive Saturdays our sisters and students at Nazareth Novitiate joined a group known as 'Women of Strength and Couples for Christ', in a prayer walk. We walked and prayed around the school compounds.▪ In the City, Guadalupe Television Centre from Divine Mercy Parish has begun a Television Series known as 'Answering God's Call" in which they invite priests and religious sisters working in Belize to share their call to Religious Life with their views and experiences. Sr. Josefina Alamilla was invited to be on the show for an interview in our Chapel. She explained her journey that began from her family, education, until religious life and her intimacy with the Lord.▪ The Right Hon. Ambassador of Twain to Belize visited our School. He gave a laptop to the school and to the convent. The students performed a short program but very interesting. The Ambassador was deeply touched and promised to come again.
▪ In the month of September, we had high and interesting birthdays, where our four Sisters celebrated 50, 70, 80 and 90 years of life. We are grateful to God for the gift of life of each of them. ▪ On 20th October, we had a thanksgiving Mass for 83 years of the existence of St Joseph’s Home for the Chronically ill children presided by Stephen Brislin Archbishop of Cape Town. In his homily he expressed his gratitude to the Pallottine Sisters who started this Home to help many children and encouraged the Board, the Management and all the staff to continue loving and caring for these children. Mrs Thea Patterson, Director of the Home, thanked the entire staff, the donors and friends of St Joseph’s. After the Holy Mass some children showed their talents of singing and thereafter all were invited for some refreshments.
▪ After the closing of the Sarah Fox Hospital in Cape Town, the number of sick children at St. Joseph’s Home has increased. Therefore the Management was obliged to open new Ward for babies which they named Lily Ward. This was done solemnly with a blessing conducted by Fr. Nkululeko, the Chaplain. Sr. Annemarie, Provincial Superior, Sr. Elizabeth Hartnick Provincial Councilor, Sr. Promila Kiro and Sisters of St. Joseph’s convent were present at this event.
▪ Pallottine Fathers organized the Congress of their Major Superiors in Saint Vincent Pallotti Centre in Gikondo/Kigali-Rwanda. Our Sisters were happy to welcome Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC Rector General, Fr. Joseph Lasak,Vice General, Fr. Denilson Geraldo and Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, General Councilors, Fr. Rory Hanly, General Secretary of UAC, Fr. José Lino Reinaldo, Provincial Superior of Brazil, to our Regional House. They also took time to visit our St. Vincent Pallotti Primary School and enjoyed the performance of the students. Later they joined the sisters for lunch. The short Pallottine Family gathering brought joy in everyone’s heart and left us wonderful memories.
▪ On 3rd September, eight lay people made their commitment to UAC at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pedro Camilo Simeos, SAC, Provincial Superior of Assumption Province along with Fr. Ashoka Mascarenhas, SAC.
▪ On 14th September Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, SAC took part in the panel discussion on middle age organized by the Conference of Religious in India. There were 50 participants from different Congregations. ▪ Subsequently Sr. Vidya Toppo and novice Celese D’Souza took part in the gathering organized by Bangalore CRI with the theme, “Master’s call to break silence”.
▪ On 15th September St. Joseph Niwas community, Raipur celebrated a thanksgiving Holy Eucharist for the needs and intentions of Sr. Arul Dhanasamy SAC in honour of her Silver jubilee. Pallottine Fathers from Khrist Jyoti Province, Raipur and the Jesuits priests from neighboring communities joined us for the celebration.
▪ On 22nd September, Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram, SAC guided a UAC formation program for the laity at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, Gurudia, whereas Sr. Alda Paes, SAC gave classes on the UAC to the novices of the Pallottine Fathers in Goa.
▪ Sr. Emelda Soreng together with her community members from St. Vincent Krupa Convent participated in Mission Sunday event which was held in Christ the King Parish, Byrathi, Bangalore. Each Religious Congregation in the parish set up a stall with different items to fund raise for the missions.
▪ Diocese of Chhttisgarh, in north India, this year is dedicated as a Year of Family. Sr. Mahija Brigit Neduman and Sr. Tarsila Kerketta from St. Joseph Nivas, Raipur, attended three days convention on family at Ambikapur Cathedral. About 1700 people including 4 bishops, priests, brothers and lay people from the five dioceses of Chhattisgarh attended the convention. It was wonderfully organized and a time of spiritual renewal.