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July/August 2021

Rome

▪ During one of the General audience Pope Francis called the attention of the people as he was teaching the catechsis on Mosaic Law. He said all hypocrisy is born of a fear that holds us back from speaking the full truth. It leads us to a life of pretense. Therefore, let our yes be yes and our no be no. To act otherwise is to jeoparadise the unity in the Church.  

▪ In the month of July and August we were happy to see the crowd of people visiting Rome specialy St. Peters Basilica. With all the precautions of COVID 19 the Procura community also welcomed some guest from Italy and other European countries.

▪ Since the travelling restriction were lifted up in the European Union countries, in July and August the Sisters from the Generalate  community were able to travel to Germany, USA and Tanzania for the different purposes.  

▪ We were saddened by the death of two outstanding figures of our Pallottine Fathers namely Fr. Hubert Socha, SAC in Germany who served the Union of the Catholic Apostolate for many years as a juridical expert and also Archbishop Henry Hoser SAC in Poland who was a role model of the Missionary life.  We join the Pallottine Fathers in prayer while offering Masses for their souls.

Germany

▪ Sr. Simone Hachen was invited by a parish near Limburg to speak at a digital conference on the topic of "Women in the Church - Vocation Stories". She referred to Pallotti's statement: "Every person is called to be an apostle." This was followed by a lively discussion with the participants.

In July, this year's MAZ course met for the last week of preparation in Friedberg. Provincial Councillor Sr. Simone Hachen gave a lesson on "Proximity and Distance / Sexualised Violence". During the missioning Eucharistic celebration, she also gave a spiritual talk. On behalf of the Provincial Superior, she and the leaders of the MAZ programme sent out the ten new volunteers, who are all going to Rwanda to complete their year of service.

▪ On 2nd August, Superior General Sr. Izabela Świerad and General Vicar Sr. Josephina D’Souza came to Germany for two-weeks of visitation. These were richly filled days of meeting the Sisters in Limburg and in Refrath. On 14 August, we altogether celebrated the 70th, 65th, 60th and 50th anniversaries of profession of ten Sisters. The Pontifical High Mass, which was animated by eight singers from the Cathedral Choir Limburg, was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Dr. Thomas Löhr. (See website)

▪ On 23rd August 2021, Auxiliary Bishop Jörg Michael Peters from Trier visited his relative Sr. Marie Luise Braun, who is one of the diamond professed jubilarians. After the service with the local community at Limburg, there was a joyful encounter of the Auxiliary Bishop with the Jubilee course at lunch.

England/Tanzania

▪ On August 3rd, the Macclesfield community celebrated Sr Hedwig Kaiser’s 93rd birthday. We thank God for her and for her faithful service in our Congregation.

On August 15th, in union with many other Jubilarians of our congregation, two Sisters celebrated their Jubilees. Sr Rosemarie Steinbach had an enjoyable celebration in London for her 65th Jubilee and in Macclesfield we celebrated Sr. Leonie Rowan’s Diamond Jubilee. Because Covid is still widespread, and our elderly Sisters are vulnerable, we were unable to be together. ▪Fr John Martin celebrated Holy Mass in the chapel of Park Mount Home for the Elderly, Macclesfield. This was followed by a joyful buffet meal in our Convent. Sr. Leonie’s two sisters and other family members and friends from Rochdale were grateful to be able to be with us.  Many had not met for over a year!  All had been vaccinated and had the Lateral Flow Test before they entered the building.

▪ On Sunday morning Fr John also celebrated Holy Mass for the residents in the Home and on Monday in our little chapel. We were very grateful for this blessing as it was over a year since we had Mass in the Home.

▪ On 24th August, we were blessed by the visit of Sr. Anna Josephina D’Souza, our Vicar General. She visited International novitiate in PoliSingisi and later together with Sr. Honorata Lyimo, General Councilor, they visited the Blessed Elisabetta Sanna Primary English Medium School for the Masaai Children in Magogo-Morogoro and the community of Siuyu.  On the 8th September,  during the solemn Eucharistic celebration Sr. Josephina received the final vows of four of  our Sisters at Siuyu Community, Singida. We thank God for the presence of Sr. Josephina and Sr. Honorata who guided us and showed us their sisterly concern in different matters of the province.

Belize 

▪ For the past three months the Sisters in Orange Walk have been working virtually with the ladies on sacramental preparation on Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation and Holy Matrimony

▪ On 7th and 8th August, Sr. Catarina Tush went to San Pablo village, where she held a session with 12 young people on the theme " Revelation, Inspiration and Vocation" to find out how to come to know God's revelation, how He inspires us to respond to His call, how we experience God, what God communicates and what vocation is given through God's revelation. The texts used were: Genesis: chapters 40 and 41; Exodus: chapter 3 and Luke 1: 39 - 45.

St. Peter Claver Parish formed a Parish Committee which Sr. Catarina Tush joined. On 14th August, they went to two villages to meet the catechists in order to be informed of their needs and concerns. The catechists and the people who work in the Church were very happy that the committee reached out to them. So far four villages out of thirty two have been covered.

▪ On 21st August, Sr. Clara Teul and Miss Socorro Mai travelled to Novitiate Nazareth. Miss Mai has been in contact for quite some time with the Sisters in Orange Walk from whom she received instructions in Religion, Scripture and English. She wishes to serve the Lord as a Religious. On 22nd August she was received as a candidate during a beautiful prayer service. Please keep her in your prayers.

South Africa

▪ Our two junior Sisters Promila Kiro and Suzan Amon took part in a Zoom meeting for the temporary professed sisters and brothers in South Africa. Fr. Hugh Lagan MSA from Pretoria gave a talk on the Theme PAUSE - Mental and Spiritual health during COVID 19. Many religious from different places and congregation attended. The Sisters had amazing experience by listening differnt views how religious can cope and live with COVID 19 virus. Fr Hugh also emphasized more on self-care and caring for others.

Poland

▪ On 14th July, in the Novitiate House in Gniezno, four sisters: Sr. M. Agnieszka Gąsiorowska, Sr. M. Agnieszka Partacz, Sr. M. Jadwiga Chętnik and Sr. M. Renata Gogola celebrated 25 anniversary of their first profession. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Krzysztof Biernat SAC who also gave a profound homily. The Jubilarians thanked God for all his graces that God bestowed on them throughout their lives. After the Mass all who were present continued the celebration in the refectory of the sisters while exchanging their wishes during a festive meal.

▪ From 16th to 25th July the Chapter of the Polish Province was held in Caritas Conference Centre in Warsaw. After the official opening of the chapter by its President, Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, General Superior Sr. Izabela Świerad spoke to the capitulars online, assuring them of her prayer, spiritual support and wishing them fruitful meeting. Among 19 capitulars were two missionaries from Cameroon. At the end of the Chapter delegates to the General Chapter were elected. The Chapter members are very grateful to all the Sisters who supported them with their prayers and sacrifices.

▪ On 4th August, in the chapel of our House at Malczewski in Gdansk, our two sisters: Jadwiga Kaczykowska and Alina Jasiulewicz celebrated 50 years of their consecrated life. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Father Piotr Kołacz OP. At the end of the Mass, the Provincial Superior Sr. Iwona Nadziejko expressed her thanks to the jubilarians for persevering in their vocation and for creating the spiritual richness to the Congregation.

▪ On 21st August, the Sisters from Grodek Jagielonski together with18 people travelled to Zadwór to take part in a solemn Holy Mass attended by Polish and Ukrainian authorities. Zadwor is a special place - every day the drivers of trains passing the mound pay tribute to the heroic Poles by sounding sirens for a few seconds. It is a touching moment for everyone who is here. On August 17, 1920, a bloody battle took place between a unit of 330 Polish Defenders of Lvivunder the command of Captain Bolesław Zajaczkowski and the overwhelming forces of the Bolshevik 1st Cavalry Army of SemyonBudionny (6 000 trained soldiers). As one of the few Polish battles it received the name of Polish Thermopylae. The battle was lost, but ended in a tactical victory. The weakened Budionny had to give up his assault on Lviv. If he managed to reach Lviv, he would certainly have destroyed it. Later, he would probably have joined forces with the army near Warsaw and who knows what would have been the fate of Poland then, said the guide of Lviv.

Our trip was to commemorate those who died for us. After laying flowers and candles in front of the mound, the participants returned in silence, thinking about those who had fallen. Out of 330 soldiers, 318 lost their lives and the rest were injured. We owe them memory and prayer.

SWITZERLAND

▪ On 16th August  sixty years after  her first profession, Sr. Raphaela Fuchs celebrated her jubilee of profession, her devotion to God in the Congregation  of  Pallottine  Missionary Sisters. In the liturgical celebration of the feast  “Mary's Assumption”, we expressed our gratitude to God for His faithfulness and guidance. The feast day gave us the opportunity to express our gratitude to Sr. Raphaela as well.  It is our gratitude for her  loyalty and service to our Congregation. We continue to recommend Sr. Raphaela and all Pallottine Sisters of the Swiss Delegature to God's faithful leadership.

India

▪ on 18th August the Provincial community in Bangalore was happy to celebrate the birthday of Sr. Helen Lourdsamy, Provincial Superior. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated for her intention and the Sisters in the community had a joy of expressing their gratitude and appreciation for the service Sr. Helen renders to the Province as a leader.

▪ On 23rd of August,  Sr.Arul and Sr.Lillian from St. Joseph Niwas convent, Raipur along with other religious communities belonging to Chhattisgarh state wished God’s blessings upon Chief Minister of Chattisgarh, Mr. Bhupesh Baghel through a short prayer at his residence on the occassion of  his  birthday. 

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)