▪ The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. This year it was celebrated on 27 September 2020. In his message titled "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee" the Holy Father emphasizes the listening, understanding, serving, growing, and cooperating. He also invited all Christians to pray for the migrants as they face many challenges.
▪ On 8th, the Generalate and Procura community had the joy of participating in the Golden Profession Jubilee of Sr. Stella Marotta, CSAC (General Councilor) at their Generalate. After Holy Mass, the members of their two communities gathered in their refectory and in the name of our Congregation Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, expressed our wishes by presenting Sr. Stella with an icon of the Madonna di Strada. This joyful event made us experience the spirit of togetherness as one Pallottine Family.
▪ In the first week of this month, Sr. Izabela took part in the GCC-UAC four day meeting via zoom. It was an intensive, fruitful meeting and the members were able to discern the concrete actions for the UAC family. At the end of the meeting they came up with a message which was sent to all the members. Subsequently, she also attended a meeting of the three Superior Generals of the core communities of our Pallottine Family to reflect on juridical matters of the UAC.
▪ During this month, we were happy to welcome some visitors to the Generalate: Bishop Jan Ozga, from the Diocese of Doume, Cameroun and Sr. Fabiana Leitgeber, SAC, Polish missionary in Cameroun. A group of pilgrims from Germany who were guests in the Procura, along with Sr. Maria Landsberger visited our Generalate Chapel to admire and reflect on the art made by Mr. Hansing, a German artist.
▪ Sr. Rita-Lore Wicklein, who together with Sr. Christina Schubert and Sr. Mathilde Dierkes (†) started our missionary works in northeastern Brazil 40 years ago, had written down her memories. There she gives good insight into the life of the people, the pastoral and social work, as well as into the early development of the sisters' community. In September, the manuscript was printed in German as the book "A Song of Thanks to the Lord". The English and Portuguese editions are on the way. We thank Sr. Rita Lore, Mrs. Elisabeth Frey and the fellow sisters who worked together in the development and completion this precious work.
▪ The Sisters in London had a special celebration on September 8th in honor of the 100th Birthday of Sr. Christine Bohr, the oldest member of our Congregation. The day began with Holy Mass celebrated in the Convent and Elsa, a dear friend from the parish, joined the Sisters for a festive lunch. Sadly, because of Covid-19, Sr. Mary McNulty was the only Sister from the Macclesfield community who was able to be with the Sisters. (See the website).
▪ Life in Tanzania has returned to its ordinary way of living. There are celebrations and gatherings everywhere. On 10th September, God blessed the Pallottine family with four new Priests and a Deacon. The Ordination ceremony was held at Gallapo Parish, the Delegature House of the Pallottine Fathers. Reverend Josaphat Lebulu, the Emeritus Bishop of the Arusha Archdiocese, was the main celebrant. Many Pallottine Sisters participated in this joyful celebration.
▪ On 1st, the Spiritual Care and Mission Department of St. Mary’s Medical Center provided a blessing of the new Infusion Center. Some of St. Mary’s Administration team and heads of services were present for the occasion. On 17th, our diocesan Bishop Mark Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and Msgr. Eugene S. Ostrowski, Vicar General, visited several departments of St. Mary's Hospital. As part of his visit, he met several employees and leadership team. Later, we all took part in a short prayer service and received his blessing. The Bishop also visited the 5th floor, where he met the Sisters living in our Infirmary.
▪ The new school year has complicated, blended schedules, at our Pallotti High School due to COVID-19, partly on campus and partly on line. The school’s annual fundraiser “Crab Feast” was a “drive-through” this year. People purchased the crabs from their cars and took them home for a party. The Sisters participated and invited guests to join them in our convent garden.
▪ On some Saturdays our Laurel Sisters join a group from the Knights of Columbus who come to pray the Rosary for the end of the pandemic in front of our outdoor statue of Mary. Mary’s birthday is the parish feast. Instead of the usual parish picnic the pastor invited parishioners to make a birthday cake in their home for Mary. Also, he put a basket near the altar for parishioners to put in birthday cards to Mary.
▪ In early September Belize was threatened by Category 1 Hurricane Nana. Thanks be to God, the hurricane landed without much damage, but the farmers were hard hit. Later as a response to the invitation of the Council of Churches of Belize, in thanksgiving for the protection, Sisters organized a procession to the School Grotto with lighted candles and prayed the Rosary. The video of this event was sent to all the families who joined them in prayer from their homes. ▪ In Nazareth community Sr. Catarina Tush was engaged in preparing 25 students for First Holy Communion, 4 of whom were to be baptized. Sr. Ester Paau has been touring the neighborhood to help the children with their school work and Sr. Gabriele Johnson joined the "Women of Strength" in a prayer session online to ask for the protection from Hurricane and Covid-19.
▪ On 23rd, St Joseph’s Home celebrated 85 years of existence. Due to lock down regulations, the celebration was organized with a simple prayer without any visitors. Fr. Nkululeko Qokolo, the chaplain of St. Joseph’s gave an inspiring reflection on gratitude and Mrs. Christelle Cornelius - CEO of the St Joseph’s Home thanked the Sisters for their tireless commitment and love towards the vulnerable children. Then all walked in a procession to a Blue Whiteboard on which the Staffs wrote different messages to show their trust in God.
▪At Vincent Pallotti Convent in Pinelands, the Sisters celebrated the 98th birthday of Sister Apollonia Deschang. It was amazing and heartwarming to see the excitement of Sr. Apollonia as she is bedridden for more than 13 years. We are blessed in many ways to have Sr. Apollonia with us. She gives surprises and amusement to the community through her Solomon’s wisdom and has strong feelings for her community.
▪ On the 16th and 17th, Sr. Ludwika Jastrzebska, Mission Coordinator of the Mission Centre of the Polish Province organized a workshop on fundraising. This is a method of seeking and inviting everyone who can materially support the apostolic work of the missionaries. Mr. Szczepan Kasinski, EFA-certified Fundraiser was the resource person who gave the meaning and possibilities of fund raising. The meeting was attended by: Provincial Superior and treasurer, Missionaries: Sisters preparing for Russia and a new mission to Slovakia and Sisters from the Mission Centre. The participants were enriched and received new stimulus to work in collaboration, realizing the charism of our Founder.
▪ Sr. Urszula Kłusek was involved in prayer meetings dedicated to Blessed Mother. The first meeting was on 12th, on the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Sister guided a group of lay people in the parish of St. Barnabas the Apostle parish in Warsaw, who have a special devotion to Mary.
The another group the “Job Community" had their first meeting in the parish of Christ the King in Gdansk. To respond to the signs of time, Sr. Urszula gathered people, who suffer from various deceases; physical, mental and spiritual to pray and experience deep spiritual reflections.
▪ On 9th, Sr. Maternis Schuler and Sr. Hieronyma Wrobel celebrated their 65 years of profession Jubilee. In thanksgiving for their vocation and service the Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Adrian Willi, SAC. His homily based on "God gave us the spirit of strength, love and prudence" (2 Tim 1,6f) and the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) was an encouragement to the jubilarians, their relatives and all of us. May the Word of God, which touched us all today, accompany us in our daily lives. We give a successful rich day back into God's hands!
▪ In gratitude to God, we witnessed another milestone in the life of Mary, Mother of Divine Love Province in India. On the 8th of this month the second community of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in the Diocese of Agartala, Tripura was erected in Bagbasa. It is located at a distance of about 150km from Twichakma where the first community was established. The three Sisters: Inacinha Fernandes, Bimla Barla and Tarcila Kerketta were sent out to collaborate in the educational and pastoral ministry together with the Holy Cross Fathers. Rev. Lumen Monteiro, the Bishop of Agartala presided over the Holy Eucharist together with 13 Priests of the Holy Cross Congregation. Later, the Bishop blessed the temporary convent building and gave his blessings to the new community. Now we have eleven communities in India. (See the website).
▪ In the history of our existence in Bangalore since 1995, for the first time our entire campus of St. Vincent Krupa Convent, the Provincialate House, was flooded. This happened due to the heavy rainfall on the night of 8th September. It was a great shock to see the entire campus filled with water destroying the fruits and vegetable garden. It took almost one week for the water to subside and for us to start the normal life.
▪ On 5th, on the Day of Adoption of Heart, we celebrated the liturgical memory of Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta, patroness of the Maitri Movement. On this day, our sisters reached out to the poor families by offering food, giving counselling and spiritual support.
▪ In our community of Quistinic, France, we have started to enter slowly into the ordinary life of our apostolates. Inspite of pandemic regulations, we were able to welcome Sr. Maria Goretti Nyabyenda from Belgium and Sr. Josephina M. Nyirandaboneye from Paris (Osny). Together we had our annual retreat in Ploërmel in the Mother house of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. During this retreat, Sister Josephina M. Nyirandaboneye renewed her vows.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Rita Büdenbender * 20.08.1934 † 17.09.2020 Germany