▪ In his catechesis at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on Saint Stephen, who became the Church’s first martyr. He said, even today the Church is rich in martyrs than at the time of the beginning of the Church, and martyrs are everywhere; the Church is irrigated by their blood which is the seed of new Christians and ensures growth and fruitfulness to the People of God. The Pope pointed out that martyrs are not "holy men", but men and women in flesh and blood. He urged us to pray that the martyrs may inspire us to live a full life, welcoming the martyrdom of daily fidelity to the Gospel and of conforming ourselves to Christ.
▪ On 11th, an International Meeting of Pallottine Formators from all over the world was held at the house of the Christian Brothers in Rome. The meeting was organized by the General Council of the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers, together with the General Councils of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and Roman Pallottine Sisters. 58 participants of the Pallottine Family from 12 countries took part in this international event, among them were 7 Sisters from our Congregation. The main purpose of this meeting was the formation of the formators and deepening the topics of accompaniment in the process of formation in accordance with the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti. On 18th, the formators of two Pallottine Sister's Congregations also met together at Porta Maggiore, Provincial House of the CSAC Sisters to learn more about the history and reunification process of both Congregations. The next day the formators of our congregation had a meeting with our General Council to exchange experiences in our ministry of formation and to look for new ways of formation for our Congregation (see the website).
▪. Another two important meetings took place in Rome, in " Casa Cenacolo" at Via Giuseppe Ferrari: The UAC National Formation for the Promotors from 19-23 September 2019. The participants were of various NCC's from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, India, Italy, Ireland, Kenya, (Tanzania, Uganda) and Poland. Sr. Monika Jagiełło SAC from Poland was one of the participant. All shared with each other the experience, various ideas, programs and activities from their own countries and communities and what that can be implemented for all.
The meeting of the members engaged in the Youth Apostolate (from 25 -29 September) host 27 participants from different countries. Among them were Sr. Grażyna Powierża, SAC and Sr. Iwona Małachowska SAC from Polish Province. All the participants shared their experience of working with the youth and strive to find new ways based on Christus Vivit the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis and also on Pallottine Charism.
▪ During this month, the Bishops from different countries were on the ad limina visit to Rome, where they met Pope Francis and report on the state of their dioceses. Among them were bishops from the dioceses of India where our Sisters are engaged in the apostolate. We had the honor of welcoming some them as they visited the Sisters in the Generalate and Procura.
▪ From 29 August to 12 September 2019, Sr. Norma Toledo was our guest. She is the director of a school in Chiappas, Mexico and accompanied 19 students who were in Limburg for a school exchange Program. At the end of their stay, the group surprised the sisters and residents in Marienborn with a cultural program of dances and songs.
▪ On 15th, the beatification of the Pallottine Father Richard Henkes (26.05.1900 - 22.02.1945) was celebrated in Limburg Cathedral. Cardinal Kurt Koch had been delegated by Pope Francis. Several bishops concelebrated with Bishop Georg Bätzing and the Pallottine Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam. Some sisters also participated in the celebration in the cathedral, among them our Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Magdalena Pinto who had arrived from Rome. Others followed the beatification via Internet broadcast in Marienborn. The feast day ended with evening prayer in the Pallottine Church followed by dinner.
▪ In the context of the beatification, the Diocesan Museum Limburg is showing an exhibition about the early Pallottine mission in Cameroon from mid-August to the end of November. Some materials from our archive are also displayed.
▪ On 18th, the Sisters joined the London community to celebrate the 99th birthday of Sr. Christine Bohr. After the Holy Mass in the parish church the Sisters enjoyed being together and shared a festival agape in the Convent. It was a joyful day with many blessings.
▪ On 12th, our three Sisters namely: Sr. Adria Mtefu, Sr. Fides Kway and Sr. Jeskalina Nkangaa, made their Final Profession in Christ the King Parish at Siuyu, Singida. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by Fr. Francis Lyimu, the Vicar General of Singida Diocese together with 27 Priests from different parts of Tanzania. During his homily Fr. Francis emphasized that the religious must be a sign of joy which radiate the face of Christ to others. Our novices, many religious and relatives enriched the celebration with their presence and prayers. We were also happy to have three Pallottine Sisters from Rwanda.
▪ One of St. Joseph’s Hospital’s longtime surgeons Dr. Susan Long received the Human Rights Award from the WV Church Women United States Assembly. They recognized her dedication to the mission work with Hands and Hearts for Christ, which she has been doing for the past 22 years. Most of their service was performed in Belize and Guatemala. The group has performed over 1000 surgeries for underprivileged patients. They also raise funds and supplies to make this vital work possible.
▪ On 8th, our sisters who are members of St. Mary of the Mills Parish, in Laurel, Maryland, joined the rest of the parishioners in renewing their consecration to Mary. The statue of Mary from Pallotti Convent Chapel was carried in procession from the church to the parish center.
▪ On 28th six Sisters traveled to St. Louis, Florissant to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Pallottine Renewal Center. Sr. Mary Grace Barile, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary Terence Wall, Vice Provincial from West Virginia, along with Sr. Stella Holisz, Provincial Councilor, Sr. Danuta Przybylek, Sr. Sahaya Ambrose, and Sr. Amutha Motcha from Maryland. This special event began with the Rededication Mass of the Renewal Center Chapel, which was con-celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso, and Fr. Tim Cook. The Bishop stressed the importance of our Renewal Center and its mission. It has been a gift, allowing many individuals and groups to Reflect, Renew and Refresh during their time at Pallottines. A letter of congratulations of Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General was also read at the beginning of the dinner and it gave much encouragement to Ms. Marillyn Webb, Director, the Board of Trustee members and the staff. There were over 100 people in attendance for the celebration, and their spirit of support and gratitude for Sister's ministry in St. Louis was expressed very cordially to the Sisters present there.
▪ On 21st, people of Belize celebrated Independence Day with much spectacle. All uniformed groups paraded through the street and among them were the students of Pallotti High School who always looked smart and gracious. As a mark of patriotism some of the Sisters also took part in it. ▪ In Orange Walk, they had a beautiful celebration in honor of the first Prime Minister of the Independent Belize. The Church was well decorated and the choir filled the entire church with their melodious singing. Government officials were present and at the end refreshments were served to all.
▪ Our construction work of the new convent building is restarted and proceeding well. Friends of Pallotti, a faithful committee organized a fun fair on the days of National Celebrations to raise fund for the construction of the building. Sisters who were physically able contributed to this event by baking different kinds of pastries and selling them to the people.
▪ The Special School of St. Joseph's wanted to say thank you to the Sisters for laying the foundation of the School, which grounded from 1938 – 2019. Therefore, Mrs. Paulse the Principal of St. Joseph Special School invited all the Sisters for a Thanksgiving Breakfast. The principle in her speech encouraged us with these words ‘As a staff we want to assure you that the foundation you laid in the establishment of our special school is a solid foundation. The Investments you made is secure. The motto "For the love of Christ impels us" (2Cor 5:14) you chose for our great school will remain the motivation behind our service rendered to our school community. Your love, care, commitment and dedication is seen in so many lives today’. At the end Children performed many programs and sang the School Anthem. They also lit a candle to remember our Sisters who passed away recently. Subsequently on 19th, St. Joseph’s Home had Thanksgiving Mass to thank the Lord for all the blessings received throughout the year. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin and Bishop Sylvester David. Thereafter all were invited for refreshments.
▪ On 24th, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of our St. Vincent Pallotti Public Integration Kindergarten in Warsaw. Solemn Eucharist of thanksgiving was celebrated in the chapel of St. Barnabas Parish, presided over by Bishop Romuald Kaminski of Warsaw-Prague Diocese. He emphasized the important role of the Kindergarten through the formation of children and parents, especially in spiritual sphere. The celebration was attended by many people; among them were the representatives of local authorities, directors of educational institutions, sisters from the Province and parents of the students. At the conclusion the children perform the program and refreshments were served to all the guests.
▪ In response to the signs of the time in Poland, Sr. Monika Jagiełło SAC and Sr. Kinga Skórska SAC, together with Anna Kędziora and Michał Grzeca, lay members of the Union of Catholic Apostolate, created a team that conducts workshops on difficult conversations, active listening, group process, group roles, public speaking and drama. The program also includes a one-year course for the Christian Leaders. It was already implemented in the Archdiocese of Warsaw and Gniezno, diocese of Toruń and Kalisz. Apart from these places they also organized leadership courses to specific large groups in different places.
▪ We are happy to inform that all our Sisters are relatively good in health. From time to time we take responsibility for a three-year-old boy who wants to be socially supported. Sr. Maria Dörig works with joy as a retreat leader, spiritual director and pastoral minister in the parish as well as at the diocesan level. The spiritual services in our “Pallotti-Huus” and also in Bernhardzell are still admired. One of our sisters is a member of the “Group Responsibility Initiative”. This initiative is supported by the Swiss Episcopal Conference and the local church.
▪ On 2nd, UAC lay members from Bengaluru renewed their commitment at St. Vincent Krupa Convent. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Ashok Mascarenhas, SAC, Provincial Scretary of Assumption Province. We thank God for the gift of self to the Pallottine Family and for all the activities they undertake to reach out to the needy. May our Patroness Mary Queen of Apostles always gather them in the Pallottine Cenacle and may our Founder St. Vincent Pallotti always intercede for them.
▪ The Sisters in the new mission at France are very much engaged in the different activities of the parishes and schools. They participated in the opening of the academic year at St. Theresa’s School in Inguiniel and Sacred Heart School in Plouay. Srs. Perpétue and Consolée participated in the conference of Cardinal Robert Sarah, which took place in the Basilica of the St. Anne in Auray which is a place of pilgrimage for the Christians of the region of Brittany. The theme of the conference was "Testimony of the Faith" centered on his book "GOD or NOTHING." He explained the difference between faith and belief, the essential elements of the Christian faith: The Eucharist, the Cross and the Virgin Mary.
▪ In terms of collaboration in the line of formation our two junior sisters, namely: Sr. Diane Iradukunda and Sr. Triphonie Musabyemariya, joined the group of Sisters in Tanzania for one month preparation for final vows. Later they continued the Ignatian Retreat in Keshero, directed by Fr. George Kozuch, SAC.
▪ On 8th, Sr. Cecile Bimenyimana and Sr. Angeline Kambugu attended the celebration of 100th year Jubilee of Religious Life in Rwanda. This was held in the Parish of Save, Diocese of Butare and in the community of Benebikira sisters who also commemorated their foundation day. Many Bishops, religious, priests and people were gathered to celebrate this great event.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Martyna Gumul * 12.02.1928 † 10.09.2019 Poland
Sr. Estera Stachnik * 14.09.1930 † 20.09.2019 Poland