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September 2021

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▪ In the beginning of September Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to Slovakia. Meeting different groups, Pope Francis addressed the government officials, diplomats and civils and religious leaders of Slovakia in the capital of Bratislava. He encouraged Slovaks to fraternity, hospitality and solidarity. Meeting with the young people, Pope encouraged them to embrace love and heroism and not to be discouraged by those who tell them things will never change.

▪ The Annual General Coordination meeting of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate was held online from 22 to 24 September 2021. The members together with the ex-officio discussed the current situation of the Union globally especially during this period of the pandemic reflecting on how to revive faith and rekindle charity within this challenging moment. The next meeting is expected to take place in Rome from 13 – 20 March 2022 and if God will it won’t be visual but in person.

▪ On September 26th, united in prayer and thanksgiving we celebrated the feast of Sr. Izabela Świerad our Superior General. The celebration took place in Procura beginning with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Joseph Lasak SAC the Vicar General, joined by the invited guests; priests, sisters, and Pallottine communities. Later we gathered to extend our wishes and shared the agape. Coming closer to the General Chapter, Sr. Izabela used this opportunity to thank everybody who supported her during her mandate as a leader of the Congregation and her General Council.

▪ On September 30 at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, Sr. Anna Małdrzykowska, the General Councilor, defended her doctoral thesis in theology on the topic: "The Problem of the True Face of God in the Teaching of Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013)".  Cordial Congratulations!   

Germany

▪ After the flood disaster in July, we had offered the free room in House Camaldoli as temporary accommodation to acquaintances who had been affected. Thus, Sr. Reinhild's brother moved in, whose flat in Bad Neuenahr will be without electricity and heating for a long time to come.

▪ From 16 to 19 September the diocese of Limburg, where there is a relic of the cross, celebrated the Feast of the Cross. Some of our sisters took part in the various liturgical celebrations, Holy Mass, Liturgy of the Word and Adoration, as well as in the final feast of encounter on Sunday.

▪After we had celebrated this years' jubilees of profession in August, there were many high birthdays to celebrate in September. Alone on the two days of 14 and 15 September, three Sisters could look back on 99, 95 and 80 years of life.

England /Tanzania

▪ On September 8th, our Province had remarkable celebrations; the London community celebrated with thanksgiving the 101st birthday of Sr. Christine Bohr, the oldest member of our Congregation. In Siuyu Tanzania, celebrated with joy the Solemn Final Profession of four Sisters; Sr. Anna John Tendwa, Sr. Edinesta Charles Nkulungu, Sr. Martina Nicodemus Hilary and Sr. Paschalina Baha Ombay. The Holy Mass was presided over by Rev. Edward Mapunda, Bishop of Singida Diocese at Christ the King parish – Siuyu. Sr. Josephina D’Souza, the Vicar General received their vows.

USA

▪ St. Vincent Pallotti High School is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  They were unable to have a public celebration last year because of the pandemic. Four hundred fifteen students are enrolled for this academic year.

▪ On September 11th, Sister Mary Grace Barile and Sr. Mary Terence Wall visited our Spring Hill Cemetery. They also witnessed a beautiful display of American flags at the cemetery, in memory of the many people who died 20 years ago on 9/11, by the al-Qaeda terrorist group. This day was a memorable day for all of us. ▪ Also on September 11th, Sister Elisabeth Heptner had a fell on the way to her pew, after leaving the sanctuary, where she did the reading at Mass. Immediately she was taken to the emergency room where it was discovered she sustained a fractured nose, lacerated lips, and acute head injury. She was advised to rest a few days in the infirmary. However, by noon that day, she appeared for lunch with the community. The next day, Sunday, found her preparing the chapel and altar for Mass. The following day, Monday, she carried out her usual routine, working outside in the flower garden.  She is, indeed, a wonder woman of strength and steel!  We wish Sister Elisabeth a continued and complete recovery.

Belize

▪ Since Covid - 19 has become worse in Belize, the 7:00 p.m. to 4: a.m. curfew was re-introduced on 20th September until 4th October. The two Sundays in-between were declared "No Movement Sunday". Only essential business could be done. The Churches were closed and no Masses were celebrated during the two weeks. We were blessed to have a priest celebrate Mass daily in our Chapel at Pallotti Convent. 

▪The Formation Team had prepared a virtual meeting on 25th September which was to be from 10:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. They sent the various Scripture Readings so that the Sisters could be prepared for the meeting. The meeting was started as planned, but had be stopped after a while because of technical difficulties. It will be held on another Saturday. God knows best.

South Africa

▪ Sr. Prabha Varghese attended the virtual joint witness meeting on 7-8 September for South African Catholic Bishops Conference and Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life. Theme: Enabling an emerging Church-exploring needs and ways of being Church now. There were 74 participants. It was a touching experience to listen to all the challenges encountered by Religious, Priests and Bishops in keeping up the Catholic faith.

▪ On 22nd St Joseph’s Home with great joy celebrated 86 years since was established. In thanksgiving to God we had Holy mass celebrated by Archbishop Stephen Brislin together with Fr. Luigi Benigni Chaplain of St Joseph’s who concelebrated. The Archbishop during his homily appreciated the Sisters, Management and Staff of St Joseph’s for the good works and efforts put in caring for needy children.

▪ Sr. Promila Kiro participated in the 10 days South African Bishop Conference Orientated Programme for the Missionaries at Lumko Retreat and conference Centre at Gauteng. There were 13 participants from different countries; Uganda, Mozambique, Indonesia, Philippines, Malawi, Ghana, India and South Africa working in different dioceses of South Africa. It was an ample opportunity for them to understand and appreciate the beauty of different cultures, Religious traditions, politics and the economy of the people and particularly the nature, and structure of the Catholic Church in South Africa.

Poland/Cameroon/Slovakia/Ukraine

▪ On the 14th August was an important day of joy and celebration to our communities in Cameroon marking the Final Vows of our first native Sisters: Sr. Ghislaine Koagne and Sr. Stephanie Bouede Lonfo. The Holy Eucharist took place in St. Albert’s  parish in Baffousam presided over by Rt. Reverend Paul Lontsi-Keune – the bishop of Yokadouma Diocese. The Sisters conveyed their gratitude for the gift of their vocation and consecration expressed by dancing and singing with other sisters and novices, in the bandjoum language. Many Religious from other congregations, Sisters’ families, several parish communities and many friends of our sisters took a part in this beautiful and solemn liturgy.(see website)

▪ On the 11th September, Sr. Grażyna Powierża and Sr. Joanna Jażdżewska made their pilgrimage to Warsaw for the Beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Czacka representing Cracovian Archidiocese. The Sisters were gratefull to God for the possibility of taking part in this beautiful and holy event of new Polish Beatified.

▪ On Apostolic visit of Pope Francis in Slovakia, was a moment of the Sisters in Slovakia who also had an opportunity in the prayers and Masses with the Pope. On September14th Fr. Piotr Klubert SAC organized a pilgrimage to the estate Lumik IX in Koszyce were Pope met the Roman community which Sr. Elżbieta Lidzbarska and Sr. Paulina Szałek also joined the Roma people from Smižany on this journey. Sr. Elżbieta Malicka again on15th went for the prayer with the Pope to the national sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštína the Patron of Slovakia from the 1927. It was a time of joy and blessings for us in Slovakia.

▪ On September 14th, the exaltation of the Cross, in Ukraine was a joyful celebration of the anniversary of 650 years from the erection of our parish Gródek Jagielloński which is dedicated to The Exaltation of the Cross. The solemn Holy Mass, was participated by many priests, sisters and other guests animated by the banners and sprinking of flowers. On this occasion, the children who did well in their religion courses were awarded.

India

▪The Mother of Divine Love Province had their Vth Provincial Chapter from 24 – 26 September with the theme “To do the will of my Father”. Fr. Frederick D’Silva was the moderator and Sr. Helen Lourdusamy the Provincial Superior was the President for the Chapter. Altogether there were 20 delegates for the Chapter. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit the message was drawn that we are called to be the persons who live our vocation united among ourselves in Christ’s love, as a fruit of our union with God like wine and the branches, producing the fruits of the Kingdom of God, namely, Contemplation, Compassion, Communion, Collaboration, Re-conciliation, Compromise, Commitment and become the Good news to all people everywhere in and through our life and ministry. Leaving our comfort zones and taking the risk to go to the peripheries for the Catholic Apostolate of the Kingdom.

Rwanda

▪ In the month of August and September at different intervals, our communities in Rwanda and Congo participated in the annual retreat, organized for all the members the Union. The theme was, Nourish myself with the Eucharist to be a witness of death and resurrection. In Rwanda the retreat took place in Kibeho and in D.R. Congo at Keshero. The resources persons were; Rt. Rev. Kizito Bahujeimihigo, the Bishop Emeritus of Kibungo Diocese and Rt. Rev. Faustin Ngabu, the Bishop Emeritus of Goma Diocese. Both bishops gave a profound meaning of the Eucharist in our daily lives and its difference from the material foods we eat daily. The participants were very happy and grateful not only for the retreat but also the sharing and the renewing of the relationship of the Union members.

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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)