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We give thanks to the Lord, on the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (8th of December), as fifteen Postulants make their entrance to the International Novitiate in Tanzania. What a great joy for the entire Congregation to witness another historical and significant event in the year 2017.

The Canonical Year of the Novitiate began with the guidance of Sr. Marie Claire, the Novice Directress. As a preparation to this special journey they began eight days of spiritual retreat.  The entrance to the novitiate initiated with a meaningful prayer service in the Chapel of Novitiate house in Arusha. Sr. Basilisa Jacob, Provincial Superior accepted the Novices with a simple ceremony by presenting the Bible and the Cross.

In the noon during the Holy Mass the main celebrant Fr. Evarist Nyaki, the Novice Master of Conventual Friars, encouraged the Novices to gaze on to Jesus and never get discouraged with the vocation. The love for Christ must be intensified during this time of preparation to the religious life. He also emphasized on the collaboration between the formators and formees. The presence of few religious, seminarians and Pallottine priests added to the joy of the community.

After a fellowship meal and the entertainment, the day ended with praise and glory to the Lord for His infinite love and mercy for the Divine gift of vocation. The Novices expressed boundless joy of being in the international Novitiate and community.

 

 

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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)