▪ In spite of the sunny days, the Pentecost celebration gathered a large group of faithful at St. Peter’s square for the Holy Mass presided by His Holiness Pope Francis. In his homily he underlined the attributes of the Holy Spirit urging all the believers to open up their hearts to the Holy Spirit who brings harmony, peace and unity. Further he said if we adopt the Spirit’s way of seeing things, then everything changes in our life so that we become people of joy and hope.
▪ The two Pallottine Sister Congregations celebrated the Feast of our Patroness Mary Queen of the Apostles and the day of our Foundation. This event took place at Grottaferrata, the Casa del Cenacolo, a home for elderly sanctified by the presence, prayer and service of the Roman Pallottine Sisters (CSAC). The Solemn Mass was presided by Fr. James Edassery, the local parish priest and the homily was delivered by Fr. Denilson Geraldo SAC, General Councilor. The atmosphere of Penetecoste filled the hearts of the partcipants and united all in one spirit. This day brought a wonderful experience of intercultural, international and communal living. (more on our website.)
▪ On the Solemnity of the Pentecost, the Eucharistic Sisters of St. Vincent Pallotti celebrated the Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry - first stage in view of the Beatification of the Servant of God Mother Anna Sardiello (1894-1982), their foundress. The solemn celebration took place during the Holy Mass, in the Parish Church of Santa Croce e San Prisco, in San Prisco, Italy and was presided by Archbishop of Capua, Salvatore Visco. The two Pallottine Superior Generals, Sr. Ivete Garlet CSAC and Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC, together with Sr. Josephine D' Souza SAC, Vicar General, Sr. Lilly Nanat CSAC, General Councilor and Sr. Daniela Siniscalchi CSAC, Provincial Superior of the Italian Province attended this historical event.
▪ The two General Council of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters (SAC) and the Pallottine Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate (CSAC) had their last meeting before the General Chapter of Pallottine Sisters, which will be held from 15th July to10th August 2019. We wish our Sisters God’s blessing.
▪ During this month the General Government was on the move, as the members travelled to different parts od the world: Switzerland, USA, Belize, Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda for different reasons: the general visitations, visits, meetings and holidays.
▪ On the occasion of handing-over of the office to the newly elected Provincial Government almost all the Sisters of the German Province gathered on 8th of June in Limburg. Following the vespers, the new Provincial Superior Sr. Astrid Meinert addressed the community with heartening words for the journey to future: with God, with one another and with Vincent Pallotti.
▪ On June 17, the local community of Limburg invited the Pallottine Brothers and Fathers for a get-together at Marienborn. 15 Pallottines met with the Sisters for prayers and for coffee and cake.
▪ In union with all our communities in Tanzania, we joyfully celebrated the golden Jubilee of Religious profession of Sr. Mary McNulty our former Provincial Superior but above all the Mission Pioneer of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Tanzania. Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at Christ the King Parish, Siuyu, Singida and was presided over by Bishop Mapunda, Bishop of Singida Diocese together with 18 priests, the majority of them Pallottines and many lay people who have been touched by the life of Sr. Mary. In his homily the Bishop warmly congratulated Sr. Mary for her apostolate in Singida. After the Holy Mass all enjoyed traditional meal.
▪ Sr. Redempta Mallya joined 73 Religious Superiors for the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Tanzanian Association of Sisters (TCAS) in Dar es Salaam. ▪ Sr. Adela Mnyambii participated in the golden Jubilee of the Lay Apostolate in Tanzania. This celebration was attended by many Bishops, priests and lay people. Fr. Desderius Rwoma, the Chairperson of the Lay Apostolate, spoke on the theme“you are the salt of the earth” (Mt. 5:13) and urged all the lay faithful to be in the frontline in supporting the local Church.
▪ Sisters Karen Lester, Danuta Przybylek, Sahaya Ambrose, and Amutha Mary attended the ceremonies for the graduation of 122 Pallotti High School students at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
▪ The assistant pastor of St. Mary of the Mills Parish in Laurel, Maryland is being transferred, and our new assistant will be one of the newly-ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Washington.
▪ The Sisters of the Laurel community participated in the parish block party, which raised funds to help their “twin parish” in Haiti to re-build their Church.
▪ In preparation for the General Visitation, which will take place during the month of July, Sr. Francesca Lowis, prepared a special prayer for the members of the USA Province to pray daily.
▪ The month of June is the month of Graduations in Belize. From Pallotti High School 83 students graduated and to grace this event several sisters were present.
▪ Sr. Benedict Habet and Sr. Rosalyn Novelo celebrated 65 years of their religious profession. Solemn Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Parish followed by a grand festival agape in the Pallotti Auditorium. It was a memorable day reminiscing the 65 years of service the Sisters so generously gave to the people of Belize.
▪ A group of 23 St. John Newman missionaries from Taxes stayed for a week with us at our Retreat Center, Novitiate Nazareth. They reach out to support H.O.P.E. organization whereby they repaired houses for our elderly citizens. They also delivered hot meals on Tuesday and Thursday. They spent time getting to know the elderly with their culture and join with them to dance with cultural music and games. ▪ Siobhan Ryan a volunteer from Ireland accompanied by Sr. Catarina Tush held a one - day retreat for the youth of our parish on June 15th at Novitiate Nazareth with the Theme “The Spirit”. The Youth were animated to recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives and how they could use them in a more practical way. The day concluded with Mass celebrated by pastor Fr. Matthew SJ.
▪ On the Feast of Mary, Queen of Apostles, Sr. Adolphina Kilu and Sr. Elizabeth Hartnick were privileged to attend the 90 years of the existence celebration of Mary, Queen of Apostles Church in George where Pallottine Fathers and Sisters worked for many years. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by six priests. During the Mass 90 candles were lit in commemoration of those who have been called to eternity during these years. It was indeed an uplifting experience. After the Mass all shared the agape.
▪ It was a joy to welcome Mrs. Olga Lottering and her husband, the close family members of Sr. Mary Virginia on her 90th birthday. She was overwhelmed with joy for such a surprise. ▪ We congratulate Sr. Promila Kiro on her successful driving test.
▪ On the 5th, in the community of Kibeho, Fr. Francois Harelimana SAC, gave a talk to 35 lay people about the life and the mission of St. Vincent Pallotti. From this group, a few people made their request for formation to become members of the UAC. ▪ On the 8th, in the spirit of unity the UAC members, gathered at the Shrine of our Lady of Kibeho to celebrate the feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Eugene Niyonzima, the Moderator of the RCC. The celebration was concluded by a fraternal meal.
▪ On the16th the Ruhango community joined almost 250 children for the celebration of the Feast of Saint Kizito, the patron of their choir. The feast started with the Eucharistic celebration in the Parish Church, presided by Fr. Janvier Gasore SAC, the Parish Priest. After Mass all the children and their parents were invited for a party in our community prepared by our sisters and the postulants.
▪ On the 22nd our Postulants joined the Formees of other Congregations for a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho in the celebration of the 100th Jubilee of the Consecrate Life in Rwanda.