▪ Due to the continuation of the Covid health emergency, the Holy Father, for the second year, celebrated the Holy Week ceremonies and Easter Sunday, in Saint Peter’s Basilica with around 100 people. In delivering his message on Easter Sunday and at the blessing "Urbi et Orbi", Pope Francis urged Catholics to remain hopeful, while stressing the importance of vaccines in ending the pandemic and urged rich countries to ensure a fair distribution of vaccines.
▪ On Divine Mercy Sunday, he offered Holy Mass in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, which contains the relics of both St. Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II. The participants were mainly prisoners, refugees and health workers. At the hour of Divine Mercy, 15:00 Roman time, our Sisters from the Generalate and Procura joined the faithful who were gathered in large numbers, despite the pandemic restrictions, to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and obtain special blessings.
▪ On the 21st, the Pallottine family celebrated the 226th anniversary of St. Vincent Pallotti’s birthday. The Holy Mass, with many participants from our three core communities as well as the laity, was preceded by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar of St. Vincent Pallotti. The celebration was animated by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in collaboration with the Roman Pallottine Sisters. ▪ On the same day, the third Conference organized by the St. Vincent Pallotti Institute took place online with the theme: “Year of the Family Amoris Laetitia: a Pallottine Apostolic Priority”. About 50 people from all over the world participated. The presenters were: Fr. Valdeci de Almeida SAC and Mrs. Rosa Colucci, UAC member of the NCC in Italy.
▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad participated online in the annual meeting of the UAC General Coordination Council “GCC” on 17th and 30th April.
▪ On Easter Monday, there was an Emmaus meeting in the newly renovated chapel of the Provincialate in Limburg. For the first time, after more than one year, sisters came together from the different houses - House Felizitas, House Camaldoli and Pallotti House. There was great joy that we, Pallottine Sisters, finally could be together again at a Prayer Service prepared by the Provincial Superior, Sr. Astrid Meinert, and then wished each other a Happy Easter. Unfortunately, in daily life we are still separated as we have to adhere to the Guidelines for Public Homes for the Elderly, which are in effect to contain the Corona pandemic. All the residents of House Felizitas have access to the chapel at regular times.
▪ On the 6th, two "Roman Pallottine Sisters" from India - Sr Deepthy George and Sr Anthoni Mary Mathias - came to Limburg and are now working, caring for the elderly at House Felizitas. The Sisters have settled in well here in Germany. For more than a year, they have been in Refrath working in a local Nursing Home. The Sisters and staff in Refrath felt very sorry that the two had to say Goodbye. In Limburg, however, everyone was looking forward to the new collaboration.
The parish of St. Boniface in Munich said a sad Farewell to the Pallottine Missionary Sisters on the 16th. In 1967, two Sisters came to Munich to study and subsequently worked as teachers at the university, so they had to stay in the city. A small local community developed in 1984 from these beginnings. Sadly, now it has to close, since two of the three Sisters living there have asked to move to Limburg to House Felizitas.
England/ Tanzania/ Zambia
▪ Zambia: During Lent the Pallottine Fathers, Sisters and Brothers in Zambia, together with the executive members of St. Michael’s Parish visited the prisoners in Mwembeshi Maximum Prison. After they were welcomed by the authorities, the Brothers led prayers with the prisoners and a final blessing was given by Fr. Shaji Mathew, the Parish priest. The Police Officer in charge of the prisoners and a few representatives were given gifts contributed by the parishioners and other kind-hearted people as an act of mercy during the Lent season.
▪ In our “Come and See program”, among the aspirants who attended, was Sr. Thabisani Dube of the congregation of the Missionary Daughters of Calvary from Zimbabwe who, in the midst of discerning her vocation, came across our website. On reading our foundation history, she was touched by our charism and would like to join our congregation. She was with us here in Tanzania for a month but could not stay longer as she is preparing to sit for exams in May.
▪ The second year Novices from the International Novitiate, began their Three Months’ Community Experience in different communities here in Tanzania, since they are not able to travel out of the country due to Covid 19. Three Novices were appointed to Magogo in the Maasai land, two to Igunga and the remaining five in Siuyu - two in the Rehabilitation Centre, two in the community and one in the Dispensary. It is a big challenge for them as well as to the Sisters. We wish them a fruitful experience and every blessing.
▪ On the 5th, Sr. Diane Bushee was honored with a reception at the St. Mary’s Medical Center Chapel. Sister retired from her apostolic duty at St. Mary’s Medical Center after 60 years of active ministry. Sr. Mary Grace Barile will succeed her as the Vice-President of Mission Integration at the Medical Center. We thank Sr. Diane for her many years of apostolic work in St. Mary’s and the Huntington Community.
▪ The 7th was a very special day for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV. The Diocesan Bishop Mark E. Brennan came to celebrate a 100th Anniversary Liturgy at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. We could not invite too many guests because of social distancing, but there was a good mix of parishioners and St. Joseph’s Hospital administration and employees. Among the invited guests were President and CEO of WVU Health System, Albert Wright, President and CEO of United Hospital Center, Michael Tillman. Our Parish Administrator, Fr. Edward Tetteh, SVD, concelebrated with Bishop Mark Brennan. Rev. Mr. Rue Thompson, Deacon, assisted at the altar. Sr. Francesca had chosen the readings of the day, those of Wednesday during Easter Week. The reading from Acts 3:1-10 seemed to be so fitting for the occasion. This is exactly what the Sisters have done over the years. They had neither “silver nor gold,” but they gave of themselves and through their work and example brought many to praise God. They continued the healing ministry of Christ. Before the final blessing Albert Wright and Skip Gjolberg, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital, said a few words of congratulations and thanks to the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, the physicians and staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Sr. Mary Grace Barile, SAC, Provincial, had an employee read a congratulatory letter because she was unable to attend.
▪ On Divine Mercy Sunday, Sisters Stella Holisz and Danuta Przybylek attended a beautiful Mass celebration at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Baltimore. On the same day, Mrs. Therese Higdon, the wife of our parish custodian died. She had had a great devotion to the Divine Mercy all her life.
▪ On the 14th, the Sisters in Orange Walk started another formation with a group of ladies: Introduction to the Holy Bible which will be combined with learning more about the Gospels and the Letters of St. Paul. It will be done virtually. They are planning to do the same with the youth.
▪ Two of our friends, Mrs. Dalila Norris and Ms Martha Garbutt, come every Tuesday to Pallotti Convent to help Sr. Katharina Muller and Sr. Benedict Habet to string rosaries. This is an apostolate that Ms Tomasita Acevedo took up years ago with the Bishop's permission. These rosaries are given free of charge. Over the years Ms Acevedo and her crew have visited all the Catholic schools throughout the Country to distribute the rosaries and teach the students how to pray the rosary. The two ladies mentioned above, also come twice a month to help Sr. Benedict bag groceries that are distributed to the needy every other Wednesday.
Poland/ Russia/ Cameroon/ Ukraine
▪ On the second day of Easter, the Sisters organized Easter games for a group of children and young people from Gródek Jagiellonski in Ukraine. The scope of the games was to search for the Easter Rabbit. It was a wonderful, joyful time for all.
▪ The Job Community in Gdansk has continued with their prayer meetings for the end of the pandemic. On Sunday, 11th April over 50 people prayed at the Hour of Praising God's Mercy.
Beginning this year, every Divine Mercy Sunday, the Job Community will gather at 3 p.m., the Divine Mercy Hour, to adore the Merciful God and pray to obtain graces of mercy for all the modern Jobs of the world. On 11th April, over 50 people prayed at the Hour of Praising God's Mercy, accompanied by the group's Music Diakonia. Some participants gave their testimonies of how God gave them graces of mercy generously and the gift of total healing from severe sickness. For more information visit our website: www.wspolnotahioba.pl
▪ For many years Sister Orencja Żak SAC has been working for the prisioners in the prison of Bafoussam/Cameroon. Thanks to her efforts, it was recently possible to build three cooking ovens for the prisoners. Sister Orencja spent Easter with the prisoners because, due to the pandemic situation, as a nurse and caregiver she was one of the few people allowed to enter the prison. On Easter day, during a solemn Holy Mass, many prisoners renewed their baptismal promises and received Holy Communion. Sister Orencja Żak made sure that after the Holy Mass, everyone could take part in a joyful celebration and eat an Easter meal.
▪ During the Easter holidays, the Formation team organized seminars for the Junior Sisters and Candidates at different intervals. All other Junior Sisters, rendering their mission in other countries, were able to participate online, thanks to the new technology.
On the 4th, our community of Keshero - Congo, had a beautiful coincidence of two important guests. Indeed, it was a highly exciting moment to welcome in our midst His Excellency Monsignor Willy Ngumbi Ngengele, Bishop of our Diocese of Goma and at the same time Sr. Angeline Kambugu, our Regional Superior. More important was the admirable availability of the Bishop giving importance to sharing, praying and even having meals together. In his speech, he expressed his joy to have the Pallottines in his diocese, and the great work they are doing for the people. He said that the importance is not only what we do but our witness in a world which seems to trivialize the spiritual life. From the short time he was with us, we were able to learn from him humility and simplicity which was also revealed in his speech. He promised to be close to us and always to be open to welcome us any time we need his assistance.