Enjoy beauty of Switzerland:
▪ On September 25, the Swizz National Feast of Brother Klaus of Flüe, Regional Superior Sr. Raphaela Fuchs celebrated her 50 years of consecrated life with the Pallottines and parish community. The solemnity started on Saturday with a thoughtfully prepared Evening Prayer in the community in Niederuzwil and continued on Sunday with the Holy Eucharist in Gossau, presided by Provincial Superior Fr. Adrian Willi. Having in mind the youth present, he said what counts in our lives is not the empty promises made to us, but what we can promise to God from the depth of our heart. Like Br. Klaus, who gave an example of taking seriously the challenges at each age and striving to fulfil God’s will, Sr. Raphaela “gilded” her Yes 50 years ago through her daily dedication, her endured worries and joys, thus being a guiding sign for many. Sr. Daniela Schumacher was among the group of pan flute players, who embellished the celebration. The festive community was invited to an aperitif followed by a banquet in the hall.
▪ In Bernhardzell, together with Sr. Bernhilde Roos, the community thanked God for her 98 years of life. The day was a gathering for the whole village, where memories were exchanged about the beginnings of the Pallottine Sisters in Bernhardzell. A 95 year old friend and benefactor of the Sisters was also honored. With the song: You, Oh God, How Great You Are, this beautiful day ended.
▪ The Swiss Sisters were very happy that the summer of 2011 brought many visitors to their community – some of whom were fellow sisters from South Africa and Germany.
▪ At the beginning of March the Sisters were happy to welcome Srs. Maria Landsberger and Stella Holisz from the General Administration for some days. They visited the Sisters in both communities, having time for prayer and sharing together and for discussing some changes in their Directives.
▪ From March 20–24 the Sisters participated in a UAC retreat with the theme: “Living with faith means: to stretch out one’s hand that God can take it”, directed by Fr. Erich Schädler from Gossau.
On the 23rd of February 2016 the Lord called to His eternal home our fellow Sister
Anna Maria Roos
On the 13th of June 1913 Anna Maria Roos was born to her parents Bernhard Roos and Zäzilia, née Schönberger. She grew up with seven brothers and four sisters. In Bütschwil, where the house of her parents is until today in the middle of the village, Anna attended the primary- and the secondary school. After school she worked for some years in a knitting factory in Bütschwil.
Sr. Bernhilde said about herself that already as a child she heard the call of God and was conscious of it, but when she had left school she had a boyfriend and put God off until later. However this “later” came earlier than she thought. The Pallottine Sisters, who lived in Gossau on the Friedberg, invited Anna to the mission-school in Niederuzwil.
• During the last months the Sisters’ house in Niederuzwil has been full of life: visitors came to pray with the Sisters in their chapel, several people participated in Ignatian spiritual exercises and asked for spiritual direction, for a one-day retreat, or just to make a surprise to the sisters by a short visit.
Sr. Raphaela and Sr. Maria
On January, 2nd 2011, the Pallottine family in Switzerland came together to celebrate the feast of Epiphany in the house of the Pallottine Fathers in Gossau. Members from others religious Communities from the eastern area of Switzerland, friends and neighbours were also invited. The ceremony of Vesper liturgy encouraged all of us to look for the star and follow the star, not staying far of it due to various troubles and darkness in our lives. In fact we are invited to be confident in God’s guidance, encouraging our brothers and sisters to live that way too.
Solemn Vespers in the chapel
After the service we met at the Agape at friendly and festive tables. Pallottine brothers helped us. It was a pure joy to observe the animating table-talks and feel the lively atmosphere. I reckon, our experience today gave us a notion of Pallotti’s vision, bequeathed as heritage and order.
Agape at the table
▪ During this autumn the Sisters of both communities received various visitors: a special one was the brother of Sr. Edelgard Plangger. He is 85 years old and a member of the Swiss Missionary Society of Bethlehem. For several decades he has been living and working as a priest in Zimbabwe. Thanks be to God that he is enjoying good health and has now returned to his ministry in Zimbabwe.
▪ Sr. Daniela Schumacher was invited by a group of women to speak about “The healing power of color and light”. Indeed, when we see a rainbow are we not reminded of the encouraging words of the Bible, and when looking at a green meadow are we not refreshed?
▪ With a specially prepared liturgy and much time spent together, the Sisters in Switzerland celebrated the feast day of Sr. Raphaela. It was a special joy that Sr. Hermenegild, who after an accident had needed pain management, was now up and running and could prepare a special feast day dinner for the Sisters.
▪ the Sisters in Niederuzwil had the pleasure of receiving a group of Girl Scouts for some days. The young people brought life into the house and impressed the sisters with their openness, joyfulness, gratitude and their ravenous appetite. The scent of wet sleeping bags, mats, and clothes lingered for a long after their departure, but happily the laughter also seemed to stay in the room where normally retreats and other sombre meetings are held.