▪ On Christmas day Pope Francis, from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, gave His Papal Blessing “Urbi et Orbi”. Addressing the crowd of about 50,000 people at St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father expressed his Christmas wishes and delivered His message saying “My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity”, that means, Christmas must bring stronger bonds among people from different cultures, faith and nations, a difference to rising nationalism across the globe. He continued saying that “God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters” … “without that bond, even our best plans and projects risk being soulless and empty.” He emphasised fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture, fraternity among people with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to one another and fraternity among persons of different religions.
▪ At SS. Salvatore in Onda, Srs. Liberata Niyongira and Anna Małdrzykowska participated in the last conference for the year 2018, organized by the Vincent Pallotti Institute. This time, the speaker Fr. Norbert Hannappel, SAC, the Postulator of the Cause for the Beatification of Bishop Henry Vieter, spoke on “Mons. H. Vieter at the school of holiness in the priesthood of Pallotti“. He began with a brief presentation of the priesthood of both, Pallotti and Mons. Henry Vieter, saying that for both the call of God was to offer their life as a gift, it was the most precious gift for which they lived, worked and suffered. Mons. H.Vieter worked in Cameroon since 1880, was named the first bishop of Cameroon on 22 December 1904 and died in Yaoundé on 7 November 1914. The process for his beatification began on 15August 2017.
▪ Sr. Honorata Lyimo and Sr. Liberata Niyongira, General Councilors, made the General Visitation in the community of Via Moncenisio in Rome and in France. Both communities belong to the Polish Province.
▪ On 29 December Sr. Daniela Siniscalchi, CSAC, Provincial Superior of the Italian Province, invited Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC General Superior to take part in their Provincial Chapter, which was held in their Provincial House at Porta Maggiore. This was a great sign of close collaboration and good relationship among both Sisterly Congregations.
▪ Sr. Izabela paid a short visit to our Sisters in Germany, in Limburg and joined them for Christmas celebrations.
▪ On the last weekend in November, Mrs Anna Moser, (born Adams) and her daughter came to visit Sr. Alfonsis Höderath. Mrs Moser was a child in our children’s home in George, South Africa. Now she lives with her family close to Lake Starnberg in Germany. Sr. Alfonsis and the other Sisters formerly living and working in South Africa were happy to meet them and to share good memories.
▪ During the first Advent weekend the annual mission bazaar took place in the Benedictine parish of St. Bonifaz in Munich, hosted by our sisters, with a group of helpers. Self-made products – food items, woollens, floral Advent arrangements and cards were offered, besides a free market with Christmas articles and books. Euro 9,230 was intended for a therapeutic centre for drug addicts, run by our mission in Brazil, in which Sr. Avani collaborates as a social worker. ▪ On 6th, twenty sisters took part in the traditional advent meeting at the Pallottine Fathers. Like in former years, there was a beautiful program with singing, poems and stories and sharing a cup of coffee.
▪ Since the beginning of December, Mr Helmut Uerlings has been working with us in Limburg as administrator of House Felizitas. In the same time, also the construction work for a new sisters’ convent “Camaldoli” began in the garden of Kloster Marienborn. ▪ On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, the retired Fr. Herbert Leuninger celebrated with us the Solemn Mass on the occasion of his diamond jubilee of ordination. He was glad and grateful for the invitation to lunch with the Sisters.
▪ The community in Brazil thanks the formation team of the International Novitiate and the whole community in Arusha for their great contribution in the process of formation of our Novices.
▪ Sr. Ieda Maria Siqueira concluded a professional specialization as social health worker.
▪ In December the sisters were occupied with several programmes in our social projects with children and youth (Crianca Esperanca) and for youth the Pallottine Association (APEC), with their families invited, presenting the activities and achievements of the year. All Sisters were engaged in animating the Christmas Novena in family homes, each sister in different Chapel communities.
▪ On the 3rd, we were honored by the visit of Archbishop Marek Solczynski, the Apostolic Nuncio of Tanzania to our small community of Leadership. This is a place where more than 5 thousand Polish refugees made their settlement during the Second World War. Now this place belongs to the Archdiocese of Arusha, and is used for various spiritual programs of the laity under the guidance of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.
▪ December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception was for us and for the entire Congregation a great and blessed day, with two special events: 12 Novices from four countries began their first year in the International Novitiate. The second event was the first Profession of three novices who completed their novitiate formation. The Eucharistic Celebration took place at St. Noe Mawagali Parish in Polising’isi/Arusha. Provincial Superior Sr. Basilisa Jacob received the first vows of the three Tanzanian Sisters. The Mass was presided over by Fr. John Onna, the Delegature Superior of the Pallottine Fathers in East Africa, who concelebrated with 9 Pallottine Fathers, 2 Holy Ghost Fathers and a Conventual Friar. Among those who witnessed these joy-filled events were also: Sr. Belancilla Mukandahiro, the Regional Superior of Our Lady of Kibeho Rwanda, and many other Sisters from different communities in Tanzania. ▪ Presently, our International Novitiate has 24 Novices.
▪ For the past two years Fr. Tom Ryan, SAC and Sr. Rosemary Ombay, SAC have had the tradition of inviting blind individuals of diverse religions from all over Singida for a special Christmas meal at the Pallottine Rehabilitation Centre in Siuyu. This year about 20 people came to enjoy this charitable Christmas banquet, to share their not easy life experience, and listen to the story of the birth of Jesus given by Sr. Rosemary.
▪ The sisters in our Pallotti Convent in Laurel, Maryland on Thursday, the 6th of December celebrated the memory of St. Nicolaus with our traditional Santa cookies and stocking full of surprises. During Advent, besides prayer in the convent chapel, they all participated in parish events, such as the "giving tree" and solemn lighting of the Advent Candles.
▪ An inspiring Christmas concert in the parish church was performed by the modern liturgical band and by the 4 choirs: adult, children, youth, and Hispanic. This was the closing event of the parish 175th anniversary year. The Sisters also joined the High School's celebrations at a Christmas concert and at the solemn lighting and blessing of the Christmas trees.
▪ St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation Wall of Fame honored Sr. Diane Bushee, SAC, William J. Echols, MD and Elmer Teofilo Vega, MD, on the 14th, at the Guyan Golf and Country Club. After an especially wonderful dinner, each honoree was named and their extraordinary contribution to St. Mary's was presented followed by the unveiling of a large picture and explanation of the individuals’ service at St. Mary’s and the Huntington area. These pieces are now hanging in the main corridor at the Medical Center.
▪ On December 5th there was the annual thanksgiving Mass for all Religious in the Archdiocese of Cape Town which took place at St. Joseph’s Chapel and was presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin with a good number of priests co-celebrating . Many Sisters from different congregations were present. The Archbishop expressed his gratitude to all religious who are working in the Archdiocese. He encouraged them to keep witnessing Jesus to the people of God in the Archdiocese.
▪ St. Joseph’s Management and Staff had the end of the year celebration. Mrs. Thea Patterson, the Director of the Home thanked all the Staff for working so hard and making it possible to arrive to the end of the year. During the event the staff voted for the employee of the year - one who goes extra miles in service. This year they chose 3 Rehab Care workers who cared with great compassion for the children and really deserved the award to be the employees of 2018.
▪ On 12th, Fr. Nkululeko, the Chaplain of St. Joseph’s Home celebrated the 10th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination. The Eucharistic celebration took place in the Chapel of St. Joseph’s Montana. The Sisters from St. Vincent Pallotti from Pinelands and the community of St. Joseph’s Convent all joined in the celebration together with some other invited guests.
▪ On 21 December South African Province lost Sr. Simone Görgen, a German Pallottine, who for 48 years was a missionary in South Africa, working as a nurse in St. Joseph's Home for Chronically ill Children. Her heart was a home for the suffering and the needy changing their lives of misery to be more meaningful and loving. She had a deeply rooted prayer life and, and that supported her to live faithfully Pallottine spirituality, community and mission life.
On December 8th, in the St. Anna parish in Yekaterinburg, Russia, there was a solemn Mass during which Sr. Irina Cziczerowa, proclaimed her perpetual profession. Holy Mass was presided by Bishop Joseph Werth SJ from Novosibirsk, concelebrating with Fr. Anton Gsel, and Pallottine priests - Fr. Piotr Jankowski and Fr. Sergiej Bildzis. Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Provincial Superior and few sisters from Poland were also present for the Mass of final Profession. From Novosibirsk, the home town of Sr. Irina, her parents and several friends also attended the celebration. The joy of Sr. Irina was, that many parishioners participated in this special event, they prayed together and praised the Lord for this Pallottine vocation on Russian land.
▪ A re-unification meeting of both - Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (CSAC) and Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate was held on 10th -12th December 2018 at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore. This meeting was attended by both Superiors General, Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC and Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC and also by the Indian Provincial Councilors and those responsible for formation in both congregations. It was a joyful occasion for the sisters to come together, share the joy and concerns and make concrete planning for future collaboration. In all our discussions and sharing everyone felt that the Holy Spirit was moving among us.
▪ The 4th Provincial Chapter was held at St. Vincent Krupa Convent, Bangalore from December 14-16, with the theme “Encounter the Word to Live the Pallottine Mission”. We were also blessed with the presence of our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad, and her Vicar Sr. Anna Josephina D’Souza. There were 17 capitulars. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, OCD was invited as a resource person. He urged the members to be motivated by the love of Christ keeping our missionary dimension/call up to date - alive. The Provincial Superior, Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, extended her words of gratitude to the participants for their contribution towards the growth of the Province. Sr. Izabela Świerad, our Superior General delivered words of advice and encouraged the members to go forward with zeal and courage to make Christ known in our daily life, to respond to the world's needs and Church's call.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Simone Görgen SAC * 09.05.1941 †21.12.2018 South Africa