▪ The post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus vivit (Christ is alive), by Pope Francis, was signed on Monday 25 March in the Holy House of Loreto. The document is addressed to young people, and to the entire People of God. The document is based on the rich reflections and conversations of the Synod on Young People, celebrated in the Vatican in October 2018. ▪ Pope Francis also made several changes to ecclesial canons concerning the dismissal of consecrated persons from the religious institutes to which they belong. The new regulations were promulgated and will go into effect on 10 April 2019.
▪ During the Penitential Liturgy on the last Friday of this month, Pope Francis reflected upon two words mercy and misery from the Gospel (John 8:1-11). He called upon thousands of people who gathered in St. Peters Basilica saying; evil is strong it has a seductive power, it attracts and fascinates. Our own efforts are not enough to detach ourselves from it, we need a greater love. If we want to be free from evil, we have to make room for the Lord who forgives and heals. He accomplishes this above all through the sacrament of Confession. By asking for mercy, He will raise us up and make us new creatures. Let us start over, from Confession, let us restore to this sacrament to the place it deserves in life. Let us enter into this encounter, asking for the grace to rediscover its saving power.
▪ Bishop Edward Mapunda of Singida Diocese,Tanzania, accompanied by Fr. Paterini Mangi, visited our community. He expressed his sincere gratitude to the Pallottine Sisters for their service to the diocese through education, health and pastoral ministries.
▪ We attended the Conference organized by Pallotti Institute in SS. Salvatore in Onda Church, with the theme; “Pallotti Educator of the Young Artisans” presented by Fr. Antonio Lotti SAC, Provincial Superior of Italian Province. Fr. Lotti highlighted the great commitment and concern Pallotti had for the youth which is expressed specially by opening of Pia Casa di Carità a house for orphan girls.
▪ On 27 March the Council of the Society of the Polish members of the General Administrations in Rome met in our Generalate with Fr. Piotr Burek, CSMA, a new employee of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
▪ On the 3rd, Sisters celebrated carnival Sunday in Limburg. Together with four Pallottine Brothers, Fathers and their sacristan they had coffee in the afternoon and presented a variety program with joyful songs. The sisters at Refrath met in the evening and presented some sketches. There was singing and swaying to the music.
▪ From 15th to 17th the young volunteer missionaries who will be sent out in autumn, met in the Pallottine mission house at Limburg, together with Sr. Simone Hachen. They came to Marienborn for the Sunday Eucharist. During lunch they were able to meet the sisters and got to know each other.
▪ During the time of Lent, the Pallottine Fathers give a series of sermons in St. Mary's Parish and in Marienborn in order to introduce the life of Fr. Richard Henkes, SAC, who died in 1945 in Dachau concentration camp and will be beatified in September 15, 2019 in Germany.
▪ On 8th, Sr. Marie Claire, the Novice Mistress set out to visit the Novices in their respective communities in Tanzania and Rwanda, where they are having their community experience. She was grateful to the sisters who were accompanying the novices in their engagement in the apostolates.
▪ On 22nd, Archbishop Isaac Amani and Vicar General Fr. Simon Tengesi of Arusha diocese visited our Formation community for the first time since he was installed. Bishop Isaac had a meeting with our Provincial Superior, Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Sr. Adela Mnyambii, the Provincial Counsellor and Fr. Francis Mumburi OFM, the Parish Priest of Polisingisi on parish issues.
▪ On the 2nd, Sr. Ester, Sr. Benedict, Candelaria and Yanira participated in a candlelight prayer walk which was organized by some concerned citizens to protect Punta Gorda Town from crime and violence which has been escalating these days. The procession passed in front of the homes of two recent victims and prayers were offered for them ▪ Sr. Catarina and Sr. Benedict also participated in an ecumenical prayer service which ended at midnight. They were asked to lead the chaplet of Divine Mercy. ▪ In Belize City, on the feast of St. Joseph, there was a solemn blessing of the site where our new convent building is coming up. It was a family celebration and at the same time a plea for funds to finish the project successfully.
▪ On every Friday of Lent, the community of St Joseph organized the Stations of the Cross, whereby they invited all the children in the Home to participate. The theme of these reflections was: St Joseph place of suffering and hope. With these meditations the sisters tried to help the children to understand the sufferings of Jesus which brings hope of the resurrection. This prayer helps them to believe that their sufferings also, are not in vain, Jesus will give them the crown for bearing their pains silently with trust in God.
▪ Fr. Camilo Simoes the Provincial Superior of Bangalore Province – India, visited us together with Fr. Tommy Lukos who works in Zambia. They shared with us about the mission in Zambia and how they are collaborating well with the Sisters from Queen of Peace Province - Tanzania.
▪ St Joseph’s Home celebrated the Feast of their Patron on 19th. Fr. Nkululeko Qokolo, the chaplain, presided during the Holy Eucharist that ended with the traditional blessing of each child of the Home.
▪ On 26th, Sr. Monika Cecot SAC together with Fr. Krzysztof Wernicki SAC led a three-day formation seminar for 1st and 2nd year Pallottine seminarians in Ołtarzew. The seminar was on Union and desires of the twenty-one-year-old cleric Vincent Pallotti, contained in the General Statement. After this formation program, the seminarians paid a visit to the Sisters in the Provincial house in Warsaw where they met Sr. Magdalena Szymczak, vice provincial, and Sr. Monika Jagiełło, the vice-president of National Council of Union of Catholic Apostolate. They expressed their joy and enthusiasm of being members of the Union reflecting on the richness of our Pallottine Charism and identity.
▪ On 2nd our Region sent two Missionaries; Sr. Catherine Nikuze and Sr. Perpétue Nyiramahoro to France to open a New mission in the Diocese of Vannes. They will be engaged with catechesis in the school and pastoral work in the parishes. We pray for them in their new mission.
▪ From the 18th our Regional Superior, Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro started the official visitation of all the communities in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
▪ Eight candidates who are aspiring to join our Congregation, gathered in Ruhango for the Seminar on vocation, led by Sr. Angélique Nyirakanyana, the vocation promotor.
▪ On 19th St. Joseph Niwas community at Saddu, Raipur celebrated ten years of its existence. Fr. Shanti Prakash Panna SAC, joined with other eight Pallottines from our neighboring community presided over the solemn Holy Eucharist. About 15 UAC members of Raipur region joined us for the celebration. The presence of our Provincial Superior Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, and Sr. Vanitha Mary, the Provincial treasurer was very much appreciated.
▪ Our two second year novices participated in a walking pilgrimage on the first Sunday of Lent organized by the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. Over 23,000 people participated from all the parishes of 19 different zones.