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June 2021

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▪ On the Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis also blessed the Pallium for the newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishops, as a sign of unity with St. Peter represented by the pope, as a shepherd who gives his life for the flock. He urged the faithful to pray for all the pastors of the Church, that set free by Christ, they may be apostles of freedom throughout the world. Among those who received the Pallium was Tadeusz Wojda, SAC, newly appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Gdańsk (Poland). He was accompanied by two Bishops and ten priests who were accommodated in the Procura. On the same day we were privileged to have them in the Generalate Chapel for morning Mass, animated with the essence of internationality, and in the afternoon, we celebrated this event with an agape together with the Sisters.

▪ Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, took part in a zoom meeting, organized by the UISG, of the English speaking Superior Generals in Rome. The main topic was a recent letter, received from the Vatican CICLSAL, on the use of Telematics in the Provincial and General Chapters.

▪ The St. Vincent Pallotti Institute in Rome held the first half of its 2021 conferences. The last talk was presented by Bruno Ateba, the Bishop of the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in the North of Cameroon, with the theme: “The Missionary strength of the Eucharist in St. Vincent Pallotti. Bishop Ateba divided his presentation into three points: The Eucharistic life of St. Vincent Pallotti, the Eucharist and Pallotti’s work and the Eucharistic mission of Pallotti’s sons and daughters today.

▪ The Mission Commission, joined by the General Council, had their meeting via zoom on June 22nd to discuss some concerns of the missions. The Commission members present were Sr. Marta Litawa, the General Mission Procurator, Sr. Mary McNulty and Sr. Ingrid Schuler. Others invited were Sr. Basilisa Jacob, the Provincial Superior of Queen of Peace Province from Tanzania and Sr. Maria Landsberger as translator.

Germany

▪ In the middle of March last year, the members of the sub-commission Bridge of Unity (Germany, England, Switzerland), which accompanies the process of a possible reunification with the Pallottine Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, met together to plan and organize meetings with the Sisters in their respective Provinces/Regions. But then in Germany, due to the Corona virus, we could not realize the meeting with the Sisters in a big gathering. - In the meantime, almost all the Sisters in Germany have been vaccinated and infection rates are low. We will be using this time to begin talks on the process of reunification within the communities.

England/Tanzania/ Zambia

▪ The corona virus is still very much alive in the North of England. In Macclesfield the number testing Positive has increased fourfold recently and sadly, we have had to close our Home to visitors again. Also, the lifting of the national lockdown has been postponed until the middle of July.

▪ In Siuyu on the 2nd, we said a Farewell to Mr. Laurent Sebastian, who served in Pallotti Secondary School for Girls for the last 25 years. He was faithful in his work as school treasurer and served with love and commitment. We thanked him for being with us, for his outstanding integrity and good example. We also said Goodbye to our Librarian, Mrs. Eligiver, who has been with us for five years.

▪ The Second Year Novices returned to the Novitiate in Arusha on the 10th after their two months community experience. They worked in different apostolates: in the dispensary, rehabilitation center, schools and in the community. The Sisters were grateful for their youthful presence in the communities, especially organizing well planned liturgies. Two weeks after their return, they also had an opportunity to join the Novices of the Northern zone of Tanzania, in a three-day seminar on Canon Law and Psychology organized by the Major Superiors (Tanzania Catholic Association of Sisters), which took place in Moshi Diocese - Kilimanjaro Region.

▪ The 11th was a sad day for our Elizabetta Sanna School and Magogo Community when they received the sad news of the sudden death of Mr. Wilhelm Emmanuel Mtinda, a teacher, who died due to an accident. He was on his way riding his bicycle from Dakawa Town Centre to our school and was hit by a car. Mr. Wilhelm was 28 years old and began teaching in our school in February 2021. RIP.

▪ Twenty finally professed Sisters participated in an interesting Seminar in Siuyu on Mid-life Crisis. The Seminar was led by Sr. Janet Srebalus, an American Maryknoll Sister who is a psychologist and has been working in Tanzania since 1966.

▪ On the 17th, in Zambia, all Primary and Secondary Schools were closed due to the third wave of Covid 19 which is spreading rapidly. All protective measures and restrictions have to be followed for three weeks in order to combat the spread of the virus. On the same day, the whole Nation was mourning the death of Mr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia, who had struggled and fought for national Independence. Zambians have lost a patriotic and a courageous leader, who died at the age of 97 years. RIP.

Belize

▪ Covid-19 has really had an effect in Belize in more ways than one. For us it was difficult to get priests for our two annual retreats. We were happy to have Fr. Wellington Munoz who has been ministering in Belize for the past five years. He is from the Dominican Republic. The retreat was from 14th-19th based on the Scriptures. It was very informative and soul-searching. The Sisters from Pallotti Convent and Orange Walk Communities, except Sr. Clara Teul and Sr. Josefina Alamilla, took part in this retreat. A lay UAC member, Mrs. Judy Vasquez, also joined them. On the last day of the retreat during the Holy Mass, Sisters renewed their vows and received the Apostolic Blessing. The second retreat started on the 28th June, at Novitiate Nazareth. Fr. Anthony Henderson was the Retreat preacher. Our Lord always does what is best.

▪ On the 26th, Pallotti High School held its graduation, and 75 young women received their diplomas. Of course, Covid-19 laws had to be observed. It was different from other graduations!

Poland

▪ From the 2nd to the 14th of June, Sr. Galina Soroczynska, together with the children of the parish of Korostyszew, took part in a Christian recreation camp held in the Carpathian Mountains in the village of Jablonica at the "Caritas-Spes" Centre. The children had an opportunity to hike in the mountains, took part in different games and competitions and visited the museums where they learned about the interesting traditions and customs of the Carpathian people. Each day closed with the celebration of Holy Mass in the Caritas chapel. The time passed so quickly, and all returned home happily and full of gratitude to God and to the organizers.

▪The month of June has been a joyful time in our Province. At Gniezno Formation House, two important events took place at different intervals. On the 29th, the feast of St. Peter and Paul, our Novice Katarzyna Klebeko made her first vows. The Mass was presided over by His Excellency Krzysztof Wetkowski, Bishop of the Diocese of Włocławek and on the 30th, Sr. Paulina Szałek made her perpetual profession. This Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Zdzislaw Szmeichel, the Provincial Superior of the Pallottine Fathers - Annunciation Province and concelebrated by six priests. Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, the Provincial Superior, joyfully received the vows of both Sisters. Sr. Katarzyna Klebeko and Sr. Paulina Szałek, expressed their gratitude to God, to the formators and to all who supported them on their vocation journey.

India

▪ The Mary Mother of Divine Love Province rejoiced as three Postulants entered the Novitiate after a three-day spiritual preparation under the guidance of Fr. Peter Fernandes SSS. Sr. Alda Paes SAC, Provincial Councilor, was delegated to install Sr. Angela Devi SAC as the Directress of the Novices and to receive the Postulants into the Novitiate. On the same day, three Candidates were received into the Postulancy by the Vice- Provincial, Sr. Lowrencia Krusantony SAC at Queen of Apostles Convent, Rajambady.

Rwanda/Congo

▪ During his visit in Rwanda, Mr Macron Emmanuel, the President of France, visited our Gikondo Health Center. He was welcomed by His Eminence Antoine Cardinal Kambanda, Archbishop of Kigali, Doctor Daniel Ngamije Minister of Health, Doctor Sabin Nsanzimana Director of RBC (Rwanda Biomedical Center) and Mr. Pudence Rubingisa, Major of Kigali. The purpose of his visit was to see how the Covid vaccination is organized in Rwanda, especially in our Health Center. Some interviews were made with those who had received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Sr. Marie Louise Nyiransabimana, SAC emphasized the collaboration with the Ministry of Health in giving the vaccine to the people who are in need. President Macron appreciated the good work of the Sisters and the staff at the Health Center.

▪ On the 29th, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, our Nursery School in Ruhango was officially blessed. Rt. Rev. Smargde Mbonyintege, the Bishop of Kabgayi, was the main celebrant who after the blessing presided over the Eucharistic celebration together with two Pallottine Fathers, who concelebrated, Father Dominic Bikorimana, the Parish Priest of Ruhango Parish and Father Jean Pierre Nsabimana. The Mass intention was for the Benefactors who supported the construction of this school. Due to the Covid restrictions, apart from the children and staff, only Sister Angeline Kambugu, Regional Superior, a few Sisters and Postulants were able to take part. The Government was represented by Vice-Mayor in charge of social affairs in the District of Ruhango.

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