▪ The Marian month of May brought many events and celebrations. Immediately after the Central Assembly, Sr. Izabela Świerad attended two important meetings: the UISG XXI Plenary Assembly which counted approximately 850 Superiors General of Congregations of Women Religious from 80 countries and was held in Rome under the theme: “Sowers of Prophetic Hope for the Planet – The responsibility of Religious Life. A Biblical Perspective”. Later she also participated in the annual meeting of the UAC General Coordination Council at the Pallottine International Formation Center “Cenacolo” in Rome. Among the many topics, one of special importance was the Protection of Minors, facilitated by Dr. Katharina Fuchs, a lecturer at the Gregoriana University.
▪ The UAC General Secretariat members gathered in our Generalate for a workshop. Miss Cheryl Sylvan, a member of the General Coordination Council from Australia animated them to review the role of the UAC General Secretariat and to reorganize its future functioning.
▪ On the 18th, we took part in the conclusion of the Bicentenary celebration of the Ordination of our holy Founder St. Vincent Pallotti. The Solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Rector General, in the church of SS. Salvatore in Onda. During his homily, he encouraged all the members of the Pallottine family to strive towards holiness through a humble and simple way of life. The celebration ended with an agape shared by all the members of the Union in Rome.
▪ Some of our Sisters together with other Pallottines joined for the annual pilgrimage to San Giorgio, which is the ancestral village of the Pallotti family, where all celebrated the Pallotti Feast.
▪ During the Holy Mass on May 15, celebrated by Fr. Rory Hanly SAC, Sr. Binita Soreng of the Procura community renewed her vows. She belongs to the Province Mother of Divine Love – India.
▪ We attended a Conference organized by the Pallotti Institute, in SS. Salvatore in Onda Church, with the theme “Youth and the following of Jesus”, presented by Monsigr. Antonio Mennini, the Official Secretary of State of the Holy See. He shared his experiences of the present challenges and the real situation faced by youth today in the church and in the society.
▪ Among our guests this month we welcomed Archbishop Stephen Brislin, accompanied with his Secretary Fr. Clement Michael SAC from Cape Town, South Africa, and later the newly appointed Archbishop Antoine Kambanda of Kigali, Rwanda.
▪ At the end of the Easter Octave, Sisters had a specially prepared evening prayer at Kloster Marienborn, remembering the 56 sisters who died during the 12 years of the term of office of Sr. Helga Weidemann as Provincial Superior. With respect and gratitude Sr. Helga recalled each individual Sister by name for their companionship, benevolence, encouragement and support.
▪ On May 4th, we welcomed Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro and Sr. Marta Litawa from Rwanda who stayed with us overnight and proceeded for further visits in Germany and other places. Sr. Annemarie Niehsen from South Africa spent few more days with us, together with Sr. Elizabeth Hartnick. Sr. Consuelo Burgos from Belize visited with mission procurator Sr. Ingrid Schuler possible sponsors to finance the construction of the new convent in Belize City.
▪ On the 14th, there was a courtyard flea market in Schwabing district, Munich, where in 400 courtyards residents offered goods for sale. Our sisters also took part and made a profit of more than 400 Euro for the missions. On the 18th, after the celebration of the Holy Mass, Caritas Limburg organized a “fair of senses” gathering with various programmes to participate and meet one another. Sr. Simone Hachen was involved in the preparation and organisation of the day.
▪ From the 19th to 22nd, Sr. Helga Weidemann took part in the General Assembly of the German Major Superiors' Conference (DOK) in Vallendar under the topic “The truth sets us free, detecting - coming to terms with - guarding against abuse”. They deliberated on different kinds of abuse and its challenges.
▪ On the 25th and 28th, the members of the Provincial Chapter elected a new leadership team: Sr. Astrid Meinert (Provincial Superior), Sr. Maria Landsberger (Vice Provincial), Sr. Simone Hachen, Sr. Ursula Schmitz and Sr. Adelheid Scheloske (Councilors).
▪ On the 5th, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Rector General, together with Fr. Denilson Geraldo SAC, General Consultor visited our International novitiate in Arusha and the community in Singida. It was a joyful moment of sharing with animated entertainments performed by our Formees. We are grateful for their visit.
▪ On the 12th, our new community in Zambia had the joyful experience of the General Visitation of Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad which was also enriched by the presence of Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary McNulty. It was an auspicious moment to have them and share the experiences. They also had the opportunity to meet Archbishop Alick Banda of the Archdiocese of Lusaka who appreciated the presence of the Pallottine Sisters in his diocese. Together with the Pallottine Fathers, they had ample time to discuss about our new mission and its future plans.
▪ On the 18th, some of our Sisters in Siuyu Community, with 83 other religious men and women had a one-day seminar concerning “Stress Management”, conducted by Dr. Fr. Peter Siamoo from the Diocese of Moshi. The religious were invited to reflect upon their call and the value of their lives. The seminar was concluded with the Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Steven Muli SAC, the newly elected Chair Person of the Association of the Religious in the Diocese of Singida.
▪The local TV station in Buckhannon, WV filmed a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel at the request of our pastor, Fr. Joseph McLaughlin, SM. The purpose is to produce a program which will be broadcast to explain the celebration of Holy Mass to not only Catholics but especially to the vast majority of other denominations. ▪ During Hospital and Nurses’ Week, Sr. Francesca Lowis led a Service of Recommitment in the Hospital Chapel. It gave employees an opportunity to recommit themselves to the Mission of St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide our community with quality health care with respect, dignity and the sacredness of human life.
▪ St. Mary’s Medical Center hosted its 2019 Employee Recognition Dinner. Sr. Mary Grace Barile and Sr. Mary Terence Wall attended the Dinner, where Sr. Mary Grace, as Provincial and Director of Mission Integration at the Medical Center, was asked to address the employees during the yearly event. Her talk offered words of gratitude to those dedicated employees being recognized for their many years of service.
▪ Sr. Joanne Obrochta and Sr. Mary Terence attended the American Cancer Society Dinner, held at St. Mary’s Center for Education. During the dinner each of the attendees were given two bags which were used as Luminaries at the Relay for Life. Both sisters decorated their bags in Memory of all our Pallottine Missionary Sisters and family members of the sisters who died due to Cancer.
▪ A Youth gathering was organized in Orange Walk, where various religious orders displayed a Vocational booth on their respective Congregation. Sr. Catarina Tush represented our congregation, accompanied by Sr. Josefina Alamilla, Sr. Brigida Tush and Sr. Margaret Gongora.
▪ Sr. Alicia Buddan and the team organized a Life In The Spirit seminar for three prayer groups in Belmopan City from March 26th to May 7th 2019. Subsequently on the 18th, the same team organized a Charismatic Youth Rally which was held at Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City. Monsignor William John Lewis from the Island of Dominica, West Indies was the resource person. The youths were inspired by his prayers, teaching and sharing. He also visited St. Peter Claver Church and Nazareth Chapel in Punta Gorda Town.
▪ On the 12th, Sr. Prescilla Rego together with 65 nurses at St. Joseph’s Home, celebrated the International Nurses´ Day. All the nurses were awarded with T- Shirts with the LOGO of the Institute to show appreciation for their passion and service to the Home.
▪ St. Vincent Pallotti convent welcomed Fr. Pierre Goldie, who was the chaplain of St Joseph’s home for many years, grateful for his recuperation after he was discharged from the hospital.
▪ Sr. Promila Kiro joined the Nazareth Sisters for a Juniorate program to reflect on the theme: “The Journey of a chosen heart for religious life, living the vows, life of prayer, community life and mission”. She also took part in a prayer day for youth at Christ the King parish in Pinelands. The idea was to bring the youth to a quiet place to search for the face of God finding some distance from the busy and noisy world they are living in.
▪ Later, on the 16th, Sr. Promila Kiro renewed her vows for one year. It gave us a great pleasure to share with her the joy of the celebration.
▪ During the month of May, in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sr. Ursula Kłusek organized retreats and prayer programs for different groups of lay people at Gdansk and Warsaw. Together they prayed the Rosary, meditating the mysteries through the Word of God. They also had an occasion to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and participate in the Holy Mass by offering all their intentions for the remission of the sins committed against Mary, Mother of God. The participants took this time as an opportunity to receive graces and an abundance of blessings.
▪ At the beginning of this month, we were glad to receive ten candidates to begin their Pre-Postulancy and among them is the first candidate from Uganda where we have begun our mission two years ago.
▪ On the Good Shepherd Sunday, our sisters joined the other Congregations to promote the Vocations at the Parish of Muganza- Gikongoro Diocese. Many young people attended the gathering and after the presentation of each Congregation, they were given the opportunity to ask questions.
▪ On the 12th was the official opening of our new community in the Parish of Quistinic, Diocese of Vannes, France. The ceremony was led by Mgr. Raymond Centène, the Bishop of the Diocese of Vannes who with joy welcomed our three sisters: Sr. Catherine Nikuze, Sr. Perpétue Nyiramahoro and Sr. Josephine Magnifique Nyirandaboneye. After the Mass, the Bishop blessed the community and the Chapel.
▪ Our Sisters in Congo participated in the installation of Mgr. Willy Ngumbi, the new bishop to the Diocese of Goma. The ceremony was presided over by Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, the Apostolic Nuncio of D.R Congo, together with many bishops, priests and hundreds of laity.
▪ The Province organized a Juniorate program for 14 young Sisters at the Queen of Apostles convent in Rajambadi, Madurai. Sr. Lowrencia Krusanthony the junior Sisters´ directress together with other resource persons gave classes on Consecrated life, Mysticism, Health and First Aid. They also took part in a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine and visited historical temples in the city. On the 15th, after 8 days of retreat they renewed their vows.
▪ On May 16th, Sr. Monalisa Minz and Sr. Rochell De Souza pronounced their first vows. The main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist was Fr. Patrick Furtado SAC, the Rector of Casa Pallotti. His homily was based on the theme "Jesus, Prince of Peace, let your life be my life". Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, the Provincial Superior, in the presence of the Sisters, the parents, relatives and UAC members received their vows.