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I received great grace from God to be a participant of the 5-month formation program for Formators organized by UISG (International Union Superiors General) in Rome. I was thrilled thinking that I would have the opportunity to be in the city of our Founder but also about the course. I didn’t regret any minutes of it.

There were 33 sisters from 23 congregations, 25 countries, and 3 continents, but in reality, we represented many more cultures and countries because many of us have had missionary experiences. During our time together, we shared not only the time of learning but our faith, talents, knowledge, and lives. We are so different yet we created one community that I really didn’t feel that we were from diverse congregations. We were one and now we ''have our back" in our common goal: to help our youngest sisters become good religious.

This formation gave us the opportunity to see religious life from different perspectives, many new ideas are now born in our minds, we received tools that help us to be ''grace companions” to women in formation. We learned to be open to collaboration, knowing that we don’t have to do our ministry alone, that we need a formation group, and that we can do it with other congregations. The program helped us in our personal growth and deepened our own vocations as well. We returned to our communities with new experiences of life, new friends, new skills, a rich platform of resources, ready to share it within our congregations. The world becomes for us smaller and closer to our hearts, because now we have 32 more sisters around the world who we care about.

Sr. Małgorzata Lech SAC

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* Our Way of Life *

 

"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)