▪ Pope Francis, presiding over Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday, invited all the faithful to live with humble openness to the Holy Spirit and to put God before oneself. He said: We should not become lost in our own plans and projects, but always remember to look up and remember that the Church is not a human organization; it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
▪ On May 15th, the beatification ceremony for Fr. Francis Maria of the Cross Jordan, Founder of the Salvatiorian Family, took place in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. The Holy Mass was presided by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome. Sr. Izabela Świerad and Sr. Josephina D’Souza were honored to take part in this celebration; the number of participants was strictly limited. The Salvatorian Fathers have been serving in the Prokura and Generalat for over 50 years.
▪ With great joy and gratitude the two Pallottine Sisters´ Congregations: the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, anticipating the solemnity of Pentecost, celebrated the 183rd Anniversay of the foundation of their congregation in the Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda. The Eucharist with a beautiful liturgy and songs was presided over by Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC, Rector General. The Sisters of the two congregations renewed their vows as a witness of their dedication to common prayer and common mission. The Mass was transmitted in different languages from the Spiritual Center of SS. Salvatore in Onda. See more on the website
▪ On the 18th, the fourth online conference, organized by the St. Vincent Pallotti Institute in Rome on the theme: “Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Missionary Disciple”, was presented by Fr Frank Donio SAC, Director of the Catholic Apostolate Centre in Washington (USA). He based his presentation on the Documents of the II Vatican Council, the Encyclicals of Pope Francis and the thesis of Sr. Stella Holisz SAC "Queen of the Apostles in the writings of St. Vincent Pallotti". Fr. Donio traced the path of missionary discipleship, showing the way in which Mary, Queen of the Apostles, characterizes it. We thank our Sisters from all the Provinces who took part.
▪ Since Easter, the Chapel of the Provincial House in Limburg is accessible for all Sisters. The small prayer room was completed in May, where the Sisters from House Felizitas now meet for prayers. Redesigned with the picture of the Queen of the Apostles, the room invites us to be in the "Cenacle" with Mary and the Apostles according to St. Vincent Pallotti's desire.
▪ On the 17th, the Provincial Administration organized a Zoom meeting with all our Sisters in Brazil. In these times, when Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, we were particularly pleased to learn that our Brazilian Sisters are doing well and continue in their apostolate, though with limited opportunities.
▪ Sr. Astrid attended a Zoom Conference of Major Superiors of missionary congregations in Germany. Some Superiors reported that they are feeling a change in their communities - many Sisters, Brothers and Fathers are coming to Germany from other countries to do missionary work. The concept of mission is broadening. Another important item on the agenda was how to deal with art and religious objects that the missionaries brought back home with them over the years. There will be a central project of the German Conference of Major Superiors dealing with these contemporary collections.
▪ Many regulations are still in place because of Covid, but the Sisters in England can now participate in person, several times a week, at Holy Mass in their Churches. In preparation for Pentecost, the Sisters in Macclesfield participated in the Parish Novena to the Holy Spirit via Zoom.
▪ From 5th to 15th, the formators of our International Novitiate; Sr. Agripina Mmassy and Sr. Małgorzata Lech, went on visitation to the Novices, who are having their community experience in different communities in Tanzania. Sr. Marie Louise Nyiransbimana arrived from Rwanda to join in the Formation Team of the International Novitiate.
▪ On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sr. Rebecca J. Ndiuni, our first Maasai Sister, had a Thanksgiving Mass in her home village after her First Profession last December 2020. The Holy Mass was concelebrated by five priests; the Chief celebrant was a relative. Nine Sisters from our communities joined the huge crowd for the celebration. According to the norms and traditions of the Maasai, women are not allowed to live consecrated life, instead they believe that they should marry, take care of the family and give birth to as many children as possible. The celebration was very joyful and colorful. It was enhanced by the participation of several choirs and enthusiastic dancing and an abundance of food. Everyone was anxious to see Sr. Rebecca with her Pallottine Sisters and were amazed to see how happy she was.
▪ The Sisters in Siuyu together with diocesan Priests, Religious men and women, formees and many lay people, participated in the historical event of the Golden Jubilee of the Singida Diocese. The Holy Mass was presided over by Bishop Bernadine Mfumbusa of Kondoa Diocese with a big number of priests. The Diocese has more than 70 native priests since its establishment in 1972 and over 30 religious congregations, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters being one of them, rendering their ministry in the diocese. It is admirable to see how the diocese is growing and flourishing.
▪ Three students from Pallotti Secondary School received the Sacrament of Baptism and ten others made their First Holy Communion in Siuyu parish. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. John Makabe SAC, the Parish Priest. We thank God for this great blessing in our community and school and for the Sisters who are involved in this beautiful apostolate.
▪ After a difficult “pandemic year”, of crazy schedules – sometimes on campus, sometimes on-line, St. Vincent Pallotti High School is graduating 105 young men and women. The graduation Mass and ceremony is being held in the school’s playing field rather that in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this year.
▪ The Department of Spiritual Care and Mission at St. Mary’s Medical Center had an offering of “Blessing of hands” for all employees during Nurses Week and Hospital Week. On 6th, the Medical Center also celebrated a reception, honoring St. Mary’s excellence in Nursing, held at the SMMC Conference Room, attended by several individuals. On the same evening, we honored those employees who reached their 25th Anniversary of employment, with a Recognition Dinner. This included 21 employees for each of the 2020 and 2021 years; due to COVID St. Mary’s did not hold the annual event in 2020. Employees and their spouses were recognized. Sr. Mary Grace Barile gave the welcome address for this occasion. Each recognized employee received a gift Certificate and card from the Administration.
▪ May 6-12 was National Nurses week and May 9-15 was National Hospital week. Both weeks were celebrated with a number of activities, in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. The entire nursing and hospital staff were honored and thanked for their commitment to the health and well-being of those we are honored to serve.
▪ For many reasons, Pentecost was an especially joyful day. We at Holy Rosary Parish, Buckhannon, WV, finally could celebrate the great feast for the first time since 2019. In addition, all fully vaccinated persons were allowed to leave off their face coverings. Fr. Ed smiled and told the congregation that he finally got to see the smiling faces of his parishioners. He had joined us in June of 2020 and never saw anyone’s face. Parishioners from various nations said the Prayer of the Faithful in seven different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Indonesian, an African local language, and Vietnamese. The Vigil Mass of Pentecost May 22, 2021 was celebrated for the intentions of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.
▪ The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was celebrated with a beautiful liturgy in Orange Walk. It was prepared by the Sisters and the Ladies' group. The Ladies participated in the entrance procession with green candles which were placed at the beautifully decorated altar of St. Joseph. The choir from St. Joseph Village sang during the Mass, at the end of it the Ladies sang a special hymn in his honour. ▪The rosary was prayed daily in church during the month of May.
▪ On 17th, the Sisters from Nazareth and lay UAC Members went to San Pablo Village to give Catechism lessons to the young people and children. Sr. Gabrielle Johnson and a lay Member visited homes and prayed with the families. The Catechists were very happy to have the Sisters' help in teaching the young people about our faith.
▪ During the first week in May, Sr. Catarina Tush and Sr. Ester Paau visited families who are struggling to keep their children alive. There are so many single parents with children, who struggle every day to provide food for their children. The Sisters encourage them and provide them with groceries.
▪The annual procession in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe to beg her protection during the hurricane season was held on 19th May. It was a motorcade procession because of the pandemic. The bishop asked that the vehicles be decorated. Sr. Alicia Budan and some ladies decorated the Pallotti Convent vehicle. It looked lovely and was admired by the people. Six of the Sisters took part. The motorcade was long. It was televised by the Guadalupe Media.
▪ From 18 to 28 May, 14 sisters participated in a Spiritual and Formation program in the Gniezno community guided by Sr. Dorota Szubstarska SAC, under the theme “The Eucharist gives life”, referring to the Pastoral Year experience in Poland. During this meeting on one day the novices were also invited. The youngest and the oldest sisters shared of how the community helps them to grow in their faith; with amazement and joy they discovered how much everyone is important in the community. They also had time for recreation, an excursion to the Diocesan Museum and for different films. The sisters expressed their gratitude to the Community of Gniezno as well as to Sr. Dorota. It was a beautiful experience and one of deepening their relationship with God and one another.
▪ After the lessening of the pandemic restrictions, our Pallottine Integration Centre in Gdańsk revived its activities hosting different groups: parish communities, youth, children, etc. Visiting the Bible Garden, they all were so fascinated and it also helped them to learn more about the Word of God by seeing the creatively organized biblical symbols, and different plants and trees, referring to the Scriptures.
▪ Due to the covid pandemic and the total lockdown many activities and programs have been cancelled in the Province, including the annual programs for the Junior Sisters which could not take place as a group. Some Junior Sisters from the Provincialate community in Bangalore joined the six Sisters who were preparing for their Final Profession for a six days retreat given by Fr. Vijay D’Costa, a Carmelite priest on Inward Journey. They also attended an online course on Theology of Consecrated life from Sanyasa Institute of the Claretian Fathers. Other Junior Sisters made retreats in their respective communities and renewed their vows on 15th of May.
▪ The six Sisters namely: Sr. Evujin D’souza, Sr. Matilda Horo, Sr. Josephine Clara, Sr. Rashmi Augustine, Sr. Nirosha Talluri and Sr. Vilma Noronha, willingly and wholeheartedly dedicated their lives totally to the Lord and made their Final Profession on 24th May. Mary, Mother of Divine Love Province, is indeed grateful to God for the gift of these Sisters. See more in the website
▪ From May 22nd, our Sisters in Keshero, in Kivu North Province of Congo, have been living in a very stressful situation, after the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo and frequent earth quakes. This situation destroyed houses in towns and villages, leaving thousands of people homeless and many fleeing without knowing where to go. Families and children were losing one another on their flight, there were deaths and injuries due to the overcrowded roads, and passages filled up with people running to save their lives. The lava, passing through Kibati, damaged many residential houses and infrastructures on the Kibumba-Rutshuru road, and the electric cabin, resulting in power outage in many parts of the City of Goma as well as destroying schools and health centres. Because of the continuing earthquake, the people spend nights outside their houses, fearing that they could fall on them. Furthermore, the earthquake was also felt very strongly in the Northern Province of Rwanda, damaging many houses and roads in Gisenyi and Ruhengeli. Let us be united in imploring the mercy of God for His protection and support for all the victims.
Let us remember our Deceased Sisters
Sr. Zefiryna Pruszyńska SAC * 09.04.1932 † 01.05.2021 Poland
Sr. La Salette Patt SAC * 26.04.1927 † 19.05.2021 Belize
Sr. Agnieszka Gojtowska SAC * 19.10.1928 † 27.05.2021 Poland