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PALLOTTINE CELEBRATION IN BELIZE

Final Profession and 65 years of Profession Jubilee

August 15 was a day of great rejoicing for the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Belize. On the feast day of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, Sr. Katharine Müller celebrated her 65 years of Profession and Sr. Ester Paau pronounced her final vows. The great event was held in the Novitiate Chapel at Nazareth, Punta Gorda. The Solemn Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Lawrence Nicasio together with three priests from Toledo.

It was a joyful moment for the people gathered when Sr. Ester Paau came forward to pronounce her final commitment as a Pallottine Missionary Sister in our Congregation. She is from one of the villages of Toledo district and many lay people together with her parents and relatives witnessed this event with tremendous faith. They also admire the courage of Sr. Esther as she promised to journey forever in religious life. It was indeed a day of rejoicing and experiencing Gods presence in our midst.

Sr. Katharina Müller, the only one left from the German missionaries in Belize, with humble dignity celebrated her 65th Jubilee of Profession. Sr. Katharina is recognized, and much admired as a courageous religious who came to Belize as a young religious woman to serve the people of God. She crossed the ocean to her new home in Belize in July 1953. She worked for many years in the Toledo District and then transferred to Belize City, where she served many more years while teaching Food and Nutrition at Pallotti High School.

Sr. Katharina is a Belizean in her heart, and we are ever grateful to God for her presence. We congratulate and thank for her faithful missionary service to our people and for her great witness of the Gospel. God be praised for this grand occasion and may many more young women hear and respond to the call to be labourers in Gods vineyard.

Sr. Consuelo Burgos, SAC Provincial

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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)

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