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Today, on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, we also celebrated Sr. Stella Holisz's birthday and prayed for her and in her intentions during Mass. After the Gospel, Fr. Martin read a reflection by Fr Jean Bertrand Etoundi SAC which, with its connection between mission/apostolate and spirituality, offered a good complement to the impulses of yesterday.

The work sessions of this day were dedicated to Congregational matters. Sr. Adelheid Scheloske reported on her work as General Archivist. She is preparing the materials in Limburg and Rome digitally so that historical questions can be researched more easily. She suggested that training be offered for the Sisters who work in the secretariats and archives on the criteria for selecting materials to be archived and their correct storage in the archives.

Sr. Iwona Nadziejko gave an overview of the work of the Commission on Our Way of Life. In the discussion, a commentary on OWL, especially ch. 7, and translation issues were discussed. The capitulars also discussed the guidelines for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, for which Sr. Maria Landsberger has already done some preliminary work.

In the afternoon, Sr. Josephina D'Souza reported on the changes in the Provincial Handbook. The final revised English version is expected to be distributed in this Chapter, the other languages will follow early next year.

Sr. Magdalena Pinto reported on the work in the Procura. It is an important challenge to qualify sisters for the tasks here so that the house can continue to fulfil its purpose for the whole congregation in the future.

Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General, drew attention to the fact that the website set up for the whole Congregation needs a new administrator. The website has been created due to the decision of the XIX General Chapter and is a good support for the connection of the different Regions, Provinces and Delegations, as it presents important information from all entities in three languages.

The meeting ended with references to the Papal Audience tomorrow and with Vespers, which we prayed together in the Aula.

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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)



"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)