▪ On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the Holy Eucharist in St. Peter’s Basilica was presided by Pope Francis for the World Day of Consecrated Life. In his homily, the Pope said that “religious life means seeing what really matters in life and the ability to recognize Jesus, and how God works in our lives.” The following day was dedicated to the end of International Human Trafficking. A march was organized by the Justice and Peace Cell from Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peter’s Square, concluding with the Angelus prayer with Pope Francis. Sisters from the Generalate and Procura took part in these events.
▪ The Pallottine family in Rome celebrated two important occasions at San Salvatore in Onda. On 17th was the memorial of Blessed Elisabetta Sanna, the main celebrant was Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General, who emphasized in his homily the holiness and collaboration of “Mamma Sanna”. The 21st, was the first liturgical memorial of Blessed Richard Henkes (1900-1945), a German Pallottine martyr in defence of faith and charity in the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany. Fr. Miroslav Konstanc Adam OP, the Prelate Auditor of the Roman Rota Court, presided over the Eucharist. Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Rector General, blessed the portrait of the new Blessed which will be placed for veneration in the SS. Salvatore in Onda Church. The Holy Mass concluded with a solemn blessing with his relics.
▪ The mysteries virus, which exploded at the end of December 2019 in China has already affected 113 countries and territories around the world and still continues to spread. Italy is one of the most effected country and at the moment the situation is very critical. Let us join hands and pray for the sick and for caregivers. May we all bear witness to faith and hope in this moment.
▪ In Limburg, the shifting to the new house was planned for the end of January and had to be postponed. Now it is imminent. Meanwhile many rooms in Kloster Marienborn are empty. Furniture has been put together and boxes are being packed. The construction work on the new House Camaldoli is coming to an end. In the middle of March the sisters will move there. After that the chapel wing, where the refectory also is located, will be renovated. Meanwhile the renovation of the old house Felizitas is in full swing.
▪ From October to the end of February a student of dentistry from Croatia, who spent a semester abroad in Germany, lived with the sisters in Munich. In Croatia she lives in the neighbourhood of the Pallottine Fathers, and Fr. Ilija Sudar connected her with our sisters. It was an enriching experience for both sides.
▪ On 1st, Sr Stella Barelli died peacefully at the age of 97 in Park Mount Home for the Elderly in Macclesfield, where she had lived for almost ten years. Her funeral will be held on March 2nd. She was mourned by the Sisters in Tanzania with much love and prayer. The older Sisters wrote: We Tanzanian Sisters will never forget her great love of God and her special love for all of us (more on Website). All communities celebrated Holy Masses for the repose of her soul and the Siuyu community had Adoration for a entire day.
▪ On 9th, Sr. Adela Mnyambii representing the Provincial Superior went to Mbingu Morogoro to attend a Major Superiors´ Seminar and Retreat. They reflected on the topic; Strategic Planning and Human Resouces, and the retreat was based on Forgiveness.
▪ On 12th, was a joyful day in the Siuyu community, as one of our MAZ volunteers, Silja from Germany, received the Sacrament of Baptism and made her First Holy Communion. She was given the name Anna; her Godmother is Sr. Anna Kipendi. The celebration began with the Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Steven Muli SAC together with Fr. Tom Ryan SAC and Deacon Gonzaga SAC at our Convent. Ms. Anna thanked Fr. Steven Muli, SAC and Sr. Philipina Awe SAC, who had helped her on her journey to be a Christian.
▪ Our sisters who came from Poland and India to help us form an International Community here in Laurel have been getting very involved in the parish and Pallotti High School. Sr. Amutha Mary Arockiam has been helping out in the parish school library. Sr. Sahaya Ambrose volunteers daily in the parish day-care center. Earlier, she helped with a parish Bible camp for small children. Sr. Danuta Przybylek has weekly meetings with the parish youth group and goes with them on mission trips to help the poor. She just finished accompanying the Pallotti High School Juniors on their retreat.
▪ St. Mary’s Medical Center employees donated $60,000 to the United Way of River Cities. This amount was collected during the annual United Way fundraising campaign for the year 2020. St. Mary’s employees were thanked for their generous donations. This gift will help families with basic needs, health education, and financial stability. ▪ As in years past, St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute sponsored the Tri-State Go Red Luncheon on February 7, at the St. Mary’s Conference Center, with over 300 people attending. The opening prayer was given by Sr. Mary Grace Barile. Also attending was Sr. Mary Terence Wall.
▪ 331 babies were born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV during 2019. Why was that so amazing? About 15 years ago, the hospital administration was faced with the task of reducing certain services which kept losing money. Obstetrics was one of those services considered. The sisters were not to discontinue Obstetrics mainly because of their commitment to the protection of life and service to the poor. God has blessed us with growth in Obstetrics even though some patients are on public assistance. (Medicaid).
▪ On 7th and 8th, the Catholic teachers from throughout the country gathered on Muffles College Auditorium in Orange Walk to participate in a two-day biennial Catholic Teacher’s Convention held under the theme: Catholic Teachers: Living the Mission, Embracing the Challenges. Our Sisters were part of it.
▪ Two historical events took place in this month. On 28th, the UAC members held their National Assembly in the presence of Ms. Donatella Acerbi, President of the GCC-UAC, Sr. Izabela Swierad, SAC, Superior General and Sr. Josephina D’ Souza, SAC Vice General. All the members gathered in the auditorium of Pallotti High School and deliberated on the matters in a spirit of collegiality. During this moment they elected the new National Coordination Council of Belize.
▪The following day the Pallottine Missionary Sisters of our Lady of Guadalupe Province began their second session of the Provincial Chapter. It was guided by Sr. Izabela Swierad, Superior General and accompanied by Sr. Josephine D’Souza Vice General. At the end of the Chapter on March 1st, the Superior General with the consent of her Councilors appointed the new Provincial team: Sr. Clara Teul - Provincial Superior, Sr. Consuelo Burgos - Vice Provincial, Sr. Alicia Buddan and Sr. Rosalyn Novelo Councilors. (more on our website).
▪ The end of January and the beginning of February was marked by the farewell wishes for Sr. Annemarie Niehsen who, for 52 years, rendered faithful service as a missionary in SA and now was returning to her mother Province in Germany. Cordial appreciation was expressed in many ways by so many friends, and all who in one way or another met with the kind hand of Sr. Annemarie. The thanksgiving Mass was presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin and his Auxiliary Sylvester David together with Pallottine, Salesian, Carmelite and diocesan priests who were present. This special moment was also witnessed by Sr. Izabela Świerad our Superior General, Sr. Basilisa Jacob, the Provincial Superior of Tanzania and her councilor Sr. Fabiola Joseph. St. Joseph’s Home also had an occasion to bid farewell to Sr. Annemarie and at the same time Sr. Izabela was able to express her gratitude on behalf of the Congregation to the Director Ms. Thea Patterson, on the occasion of her retirement after 18 years of service in the Home. As a token, Sr. Izabela handed her a Papal Blessing and a carved picture of our Lady Queen of Poland.
▪ On 3rd, during the Eucharistic Celebration in the chapel of Gdańsk Convent, Sisters solemnly celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first profession of the Sisters: Sr. M. Magdalena Hermanowicz, Sr. M. Monika Jagiełło, Sr. M. Anna Ozon and Sr. M. Iwona Meger. The Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Krzysztof Wernicki SAC, who prepared the sisters for their beautiful jubilee during a retreat. Together with the Jubilarians, gratitude to God was expressed by Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, Provincial Superior and her Councilors, the sisters who participated in the retreat and from various communities. After the liturgy, all gathered to extend the wishes to the Jubilarians, followed by a joyful agape.
▪ Sr. Monaliza Minz and Sr. Sinha Pereira had the opportunity to participate in a Symposium on the Catholic Church in dialogue which was held on 15th and 16th Prabodana, Mysore, Karnataka. This was on the occasion of the pilgrimage of the reliquary containing the relic of the Blessed Elizabeth Sanna in India. Two talks were given on a critique of the Church in dialogue and on Blessed Elizabetha Sanna in accordance with the Pallottine Charism by Fr. Augustine Kolencherry, SAC. The Sisters and Fathers from other congregations also joined in.
▪ We were happy to welcome Bishop Victor Henry Thakur from Raipur diocese in Chhattisgarh State, to our Provincialate in Bangalore. Sr. Helen Lourdusamy, Provincial Superior expressed her gratitude for his fatherly love to our sisters at St. Joseph Niwas Community Raipur. He joined us for fellowship meal which ended with a happy and joyful note.
▪ On 25th with much joy and enthusiasm, Vidya Deepti Pallotti study house celebrated its 16th Hostel day. The day began with thanksgiving Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Jose Kutty, PD (CMMI). Young and energetic students exhibited their talents through dance and songs .
▪ Sr. Maria Dörig is a member of the local committee of the “Corporate-Responsibility-Initiative”, which was launched in Switzerland and is supported by the Swiss Episcopal Conference and the local Church. She shares: Companies based in Switzerland repeatedly violate environmental standards and human rights in various countries such as: Colombia, Peru and India. With our initiative, corporations should no longer be able to neglect human rights violations in their businesses and take responsibility for the damage. We hope that by the “Corporate Responsibility-Initiative” and its supporters in Switzerland, and through people around the world who accuse the injustice and stand up, law, truth and responsibility for people and environment will come to light. A flag on our Pallotti-House reminds us Sisters of this every day. It depicts open hands holding carefully the globe, and the words: Corporate-Responsibility-Initiative: YES.
▪ From 15 - 22, the 4th Regional Chapter was held in Kibeho, Rwanda, under the theme: Be reconciled with God ( 2 COR 5: 20). The delegates fully collaborated with our General Councillors: Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska who arrived earlier for financial visitation and later Sr. Liberata Niyongira. We were also blessed by the presence of Fr. Eugene Niyonzima, the Provincial Superior of the Pallottine Fathers of Holy Family Province. ▪ On 21st, the election of the new Administration team took place; Sr. M. Angeline Kambugu- Regional Superior, Sr. M. Berthilde Uwamariya- Vicar, Sr. M. Bellancila Mukandahiro, Sr. M. Adeline Dusabe and Sr. M. Cecile Bimenyimana – Councilors. We express our warm gratitude to all our sisters from different Provinces and Delegatures for their spiritual and moral support. May God bless you! ▪ On 22nd, at the closing of the Chapter, was another great event for our Region when our Novice Verda Mukantwari made her first profession. The Holy Mass took place in the chapel of perpetual Adoration in Kibeho presided by Fr. Eugene SAC with the participation of her family members, as well as sisters, novices and postulants.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Stella Barelli SAC * 01.08.1922 † 01.02.2020 England