▪ The Synod of Bishops on the Amazon took place in the New Synod Hall at Vatican from 6-27 October. Together with the Pope there were 185 Synod Fathers, most of them from the Pan–Amazonian Region and a great number of experts and listeners, including many indigenous people participating in this great event of the Church, reflecting on the theme: Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology. In his homily at the opening Mass of the Synod the Holy Father reminded those present that Jesus did not come to bring a gentle evening breeze, but to light a fire on the earth. He prayed that the Spirit of Jesus may give all the Synod Fathers daring prudence and inspire all to renew the paths of the church in Amazonia, so that the fire of mission will continue to burn. It is the fire of love that illumines warms and gives life, not a fire that blazes up and devours. In his final message capping off a Vatican summit meant to extend the Church’s pastoral ministry in the Amazon region, Pope Francis warned against building walls and ignoring the traditions of those often on the margins of society.
▪ On 13th, during the festive Mass in a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square, and before thousands of pilgrims coming from all over the world, Pope Francis declared England’s Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and four women Saints. The four newly canonized women are: Italy’s Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911), founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus; India’s Mariam Theresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family; Brazil’s Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes (1914-1992); and Switzerland’s Margherita Bays (1815-1879), a laywoman. The Pope said that they show us that consecrated life is a journey of love to the existential peripheries which speaks to us of the power of simple prayer, enduring patience and silent self-giving.
▪ The General Mission Commission of our Congregation held its 3rd meeting at the Generalate. The members of the commission had the opportunity to participate in the closing of the Extraordinary Mission Month of October and in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the approval of the UAC General Statutes. Afterwards Sr. Josephina D’Souza, Vicar General, and Sr. Liberata Niyongira, General Councilor, travelled to India for the official Visitation.
▪ On the 26th, the 16th Anniversary of the approval of the Statutes of the Union of Catholic Apostolate by the Holy See and the conclusion of the Extraordinary Missionary month was celebrated in Spirito Santo dei Napoletani church in Via Giulia. The Union members gathered to participate in this special occasion with prayer and Adoration, concluded by Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC Rector General and Ecclesiastical Assistant of the UAC. In his homily he encouraged close collaboration among the members of the Pallottine family, built on love. After the homily all Union members renewed their act of apostolic commitment.
▪ On Thursday, October 24, 2019, in the church of SS. Salvatore in Onda, Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, presented a conference on the theme: “The Model of Education in India: Significance and challenges“.
▪ During this Extraordinary Missionary Month, we became newly aware of our personal mission, which is our whole life and continues even in old age or illness. After a day of recollection at the beginning of the month, each sister was invited to name her current apostolate. The variety of our mission enriches and encourages us to perceive and appreciate our vocation.
▪ From 22 – 24, the move to the new annex building of House Felizitas took place. In just one day, 35 beds had to be taken apart and reconstructed in the new rooms. This was possible thanks to many helpers - staff, sisters, relatives and friends. The next step will be the reconstruction of the old part of House Felizitas.
▪ On September 28, Sr. Mary Grace Barile, Sr. Terence Wall, Sr. Stella Holisz, Sr. Danuta Przybylek, Sr. Sahaya Mary Ambrose, and Sr.Amutha Motcha Mary, attended the 50th anniversary of the Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, Mo. The Rededication Mass of our chapel was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso of St. Louis, Mo. For the occasion, Sr. Mary Grace read a letter of appreciation and congratulations from Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC, Superior General, to Marilyn Webb, Director of the Renewal Center, the Board of Trustees, and the congregation present. The themes expressed were of memories and activities during the past 50 years.
▪ At the convent, Sr. Francesca Lowis, took advantage of the prayers and reflections in observance of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019. She shared some of the resources with the Liturgy Committee of Holy Rosary Church.
▪ Our young sisters from India and Poland are becoming involved in different ways in parish life. Sr. Sahaya Mary Ambrose works as teacher in the parish day-care center. Sr. Amutha Motcha Mary is preparing to get the nursing certificate and the driver’s license, and will assist at St. Mary’s Grade School library. Sr. Danuta Przybylek is working with the youth in the parish and Pallotti High School. She went with the high-school students on retreat and with the parish youth on a mission trip to re-hab houses for the poor in West Virginia. Sister, as part of the adult formation team, also gave a presentation at the parish on Discernment, which was very well received.
▪ On the 5th the Athlone School for the Blind where one of St Joseph’s children student, presented a pageant – concert with a message: ‘Born different, please accept us the way we are, God created us as we are’. Sr. Adolphina Kilu and Sr. Margaret McFarlane were among the many parents of the children, who with great passion, attended this beautiful and moving concert.
▪ Sisters Adolphina Kilu, Elizabeth Hartnick, Margaret McFarlane and Prescilla Rego took part in the Rosary Rally organized by our Deanery praying for all Missionaries as it was requested by Pope Francis. The procession ended at the Grotto of Our Lady in the convent of the Holy Cross Sisters in Modadam Road with the Benediction led by Fr. Baiju MSFS Fathers.
▪ Fr. Brian Beck, an Anglican priest, has been hosted by the community of Pallottine Sisters in Pinelands while receiving treatment at Vincent Pallotti Hospital. This community has been of great help for a few more who have always experienced a welcoming generosity of the Sisters.
▪ On the 20th we were happy to welcome Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Councilor.
▪ On the 4th, in Doume, Sr.Veronica Sakowska, the Delegate Superior accepted four candidates ready to begin their formation. This ritual took place during Vespers followed by Holy Mass presided by a Pallottine father while the Pallottine brothers and the novices animated the celebration with the choir. After the Eucharist, all were invited to share Cameroonian dishes.
▪ On the 22nd in the Delegature in Cameroon, a new Council began their term of office. Sr. Veronika Sakowska Delegature Superior, Sr. Anna Kot Vicar, Councillors: Sr. Fabiana Leitgeber, Sr. Urszula Żarów and Sr. Edyta Budynek.
▪ On the 13th on the special day of the parliamentary elections in Poland, 14 sisters had the opportunity to participate in the Eucharistic celebration that took place at the chapel of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw praying for the country. The Mass was presided by the President's Chaplain, Fr. Zbigniew Kras. After the Mass, the sisters visited the Presidential Palace exploring various historical rooms.
▪ Our Province of Queenship of Mary had a thanksgiving Mass and celebration for 85 years of our existence which took place in the community of Gdańsk. The main celebrant was Fr. Krzysztof Czapla SAC, director of the Fatima Secretariat in Zakopane. After the homily, the Provincial Superior, Sister Iwona Nadziejko read the Act of Consecration of the Polish Province of the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
▪ On the 26th, Sr. Grazyna Powierza, the Apostolate coordinator, held a workshop for the sisters who are dealing with children, the youth, sisters- catechists and young people from Zakopane.
In the spirit of the Pallottine Cenacle, the sisters shared various proposals regarding the contemporary reality of young people in Poland.
▪ Sr. Cecile Bimenyimana was invited to Germany by the authorities of ‘Church in Need’ for a special meeting. Sr. Cecile spoke on the Pallottine mission in Rwanda, especially with the concern of the poor people.
▪ On 23rd, eight candidates were accepted to Postulancy in Ruhango community. We thank God for the gift of vocation and wish them all God’s blessings in their formation.
▪ With gratitude to God our Province has a new leadership team: Sr. Helen Lourdusamy the Provincial Superior, Sr. Lowrencia Krusanthony Provincial Vicar, Sr. Alda Isa Paes Councilor, Sr. Isabela Tirkey Councilor and Sr. Angela Devi Reddy Councilor. Their office began on October 7, 2019 on the Feast of Our Lady of Rosary. A special Rosary was said for them, led by Fr. Arockiasamy Sebastian, a Diocesan priest who explained the significance of the rosary in the life of the consecrated person and the world at large. ▪ On the same day one candidate was received into Postulancy.
▪ On the 20th the Queen of Apostles community in Rajambadi, Madurai hosted Most Rev. Antony Pappusamy, the Archbishop of Madurai on his pastoral visit to the parish. On 19th and 22th the Kamarajaraj University students from Kerala named Porappu had a prayer meeting in our convent chapel in Rajambadi. The team included a CMI Father and three lay people. Students benefited spiritually and went back happily.
▪ A combined program was organized by the Sub-commission for Reunification of the two Pallottine Sisters` Congregation at St. Vincent Pallotti Convent of the Pallottine Sisters (CSAC), in Kamptee, Maharashtra on October 26, 2019. The program was conducted by Sr. Susheela Sandhyagappa CSAC and Sr. Lillian Kaniampuram SAC, members of the sub-commission. It included a beautiful liturgy, Power Point presentation, group sharing and common recreation which gave opportunity for the Sisters to get to know each other and share their views regarding reunification. The gathering was concluded with the symbolic planting of a tree by the representatives of both the Congregations, expressing the willingness to embrace the reunification for God's infinite honor and glory.