Visitors Counter

17442360
Since 2011
17442360

Today's Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Józef Lasak, SAC, Vice General and Secretary for Formation. In his homily he pointed to the path of Jesus, who through the Passover (Pascha) led us from the Old to the New Covenant, making our hearts a true temple - a place of encounter with God. The lesson we take from today's Gospel is the need to purify our hearts, to convert them in order to worthily receive the gift that is God Himself. The day was dedicated to the discernment of the process of reunification with the Roman Pallottine Sisters (CSAC).

The morning session was attended by Sisters who belong to the CSAC leadership team: Sr. Ivete Garlet, Superior General, Sr. Venicia Meurer, Vicar General, Sr. Stella Marota and Sr. Helena Pimenta, General Councillors, and Sr. Vittorina D'Imperio, Provincial Superior of the Italian Province. The title of Sr. Ivete’s reflection was: “The Pallottine Charism in the Process of Reunification and the Response to the Needs of the Church and the World.” Starting from the inspiration of St. Vincent Pallotti on January 9th, 1835, Sr. Ivete presented the Pallottine charism as a gift of the Holy Spirit. As such it is our inheritance for which we are responsible before the Church and the world. The prayer of Jesus “that all may be one,” became Pallotti’s own personal desire. The journey of discernment concerning our reunification is part of this desire. Pallotti, Sr. Ivete said, is a model and teacher of communion and collaboration, which for him are not only a method of working effectively, but first of all an imitation of God in the Trinity.

Sister Izabela Świerad, SAC, Superior General, presented a PowerPoint presentation on the history of both Congregations. “Talking about history,” Sr. Izabela quoted Pope Francis, “is giving glory to God.” We remembered the beginnings of the Congregation in Rome, the departure of the Sisters to Limburg, the opening of the mission in Cameroon, and important events in the life of both Congregations; we saw a gallery of Superiors General throughout history and the dates of the opening of now missions, some of which later became provinces.

Sister Vittorina presented the history and work of the Commission for Reunification “Bridge of Unity,” which consists of Sisters of both Congregations headed by the Superiors General. The activities of the commission were aimed at getting to know each other better, coordinating the sub-commissions in the provinces, reflecting on what we have in common and on what makes us different.

Sr. Liberata Niyongira, SAC, General Councillor, presented the activities of the two General Councils in the process of discernment during the years 2016-2021: Important joint meetings, reunions as parts of our continental meetings or Central Assemblies in Tanzania, in Rome and in Poland, which were also attended by Sisters from our various communities, correspondence between the two Superiors General, joint celebrations of the Solemnity of Pentecost, formation meetings, meetings of the Commission for Unification “Bridge of Unity,” etc.

We dedicated the afternoon to an open discussion on the reunification process, partly in the plenary, partly in groups. We expressed pros and cons, we shared fears, concerns and challenges, as well as hopes and desires for a closer collaboration and a better mutual knowledge. In his final words, Fr. Martin appreciated our open sharing and our respectful way of listening to one another.

We concluded our work of this day with Vespers and adoration in the chapel of the Procura.

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* 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)

_____________________

 

"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)

_____________________

 

"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)

_____________________

 

"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)

_____________________

 

"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)