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With great joy and gratitude, the Silver Jubilee of the arrival of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters on Tanzanian soil was celebrated on June 25th, 2015 in Siuyu, Singida. This historical event was organized with the collaboration of Sisters and the lay people of different parishes. The choir recorded a CD called Jubilee Gift, and a colourful Jubilee booklet was printed for this occasion.

Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on the outdoor stage by Bishop Desiderius Rwoma, the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Singida, along with Pallottine, diocesan and other religious congregation priests. There were three choir groups from different parishes of Siuyu, Makiungu and Igunga leading the faithful in joyful singing and dancing. They were all dressed in the special Jubilee ‘Vitenge’.


In his sermon, the Bishop praised and thanked the Sisters for their joyful dedicated service to education, health care and the handicapped children in the Diocese. After the solemn Mass, twenty-five candles were lit and Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Vice-provincial, read a short history of the Pallottine Sisters in Tanzania. Thousands of people from the villages gathered to witness the celebration and offered their gifts such as bulls, goats, sheep and chickens. Afterwards, all were invited for a meal. The Jubilee booklet and memorial cards were presented to special guests.


We were honored to have Sr. Josephina D’Souza, General Councilor, and Sisters from England, South Africa, and Rwanda. It was very uplifting to see the presence of so many old friends and supporters of our missions.


The celebration was a day of great blessing for the whole Pallottine Family. It was a time to look back in gratitude, live the present in passion and hope for the future. A grate salute to the three pioneer Sisters of the England province who sow the seed, and now there are forty-three Tanzanian sisters working tirelessly in the Dioceses of Singida, Arusha and Tabora. One Sister is a missionary in the South African Province.


Now with love and confidence, we look forward to the next twenty-five years, as we entrust our future to God our Father, to our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Apostles and to our holy founder St. Vincent Pallotti.

Glory be to Him whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

 

Ephesians 3:20

 

Sr. Mary McNulty SAC

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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)