September 2015

Our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Świerad desires to express her warm thanks for the many prayers, wishes, cards, gestures of friendship, letters, and phone calls, which she received this month for the occasion of her Feast Day. These many remembrances were very touching and supportive. Be assured of her sincere care for each one of you, as she offers her daily prayers for you.


▪ United in prayer and joy we participated in the celebration of our Superior General´s Feastday on September 3rd. The high point of the day was the Holy Mass presided by Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC with invited guest priests, sisters, and Pallottine communities.

▪ From 8-13 September the International OWL Commission  gathered under the Chair of Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General. The members: Srs. Magdalena Klein (Germany), Diane Bushee (USA), Eugine Nirmala Francis (India), Iwona Nadziejko (Poland) participated together with the General Councilors: Srs. Stella Holisz, Josephina DʹSouza.

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A special event took place in India in the month of October 2015. The three Superiors General of the Pallottine Core communities: Rector General Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC, Sr. Ivete Garlet, CSAC and Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC - guided the UAC retreat for the Pallottine Family in India. The first session took place from 12-16 October in the Pillar Center in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and the second from 19-23 in the Pallottine Animation Center in Nagpur, Maharashtra State. Over 100 participants from the whole of India took part in each session. The main topics were focused on - consecrated Life, evangelical councils, U.A.C., community life and mission all in the light of Scripture, Pallotti's writings and life experience.

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Let Us be Apostles of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Order to Create a New World

The words of an African musician poet inspired us with the idea of ​​a new world which would be the result of the practice and experience of the virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation. Having carefully observed the tumultuous reality of our time, including the various tensions worldwide, fratricidal wars, the degradation of human beings by other human beings and, adding current news, the influx of migrants to Europe; the poet exclaims: “the world is aging”.

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Maria Elisabeth Caspar was born on July 7th 1918 in Berschweiler, diocese of Trier, Germany. She was called Liesel, a short form of her name Elisabeth. Later, in Peru, she was called Isabel – the Spanish form of her name.

Until 1930 she attended the local Elementary School and then, for four years, the Grammar School in Saarlouis. Liesel grew up in a deeply religious family. Her own sister was also a Pallottine Missionary Sister of the English Province. Her Father, an upright and loyal Catholic and Headmaster of a school, underwent considerable suffering during the Nazi-time.

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September 22 was a day of joy and thanksgiving for the Sisters and the whole St. Joseph’s Home Community in Cape Town, South Africa, where they celebrated 80 years of dedicated service to chronically ill children. Sr. Maria Landsberger, vicar general and Sr. Clementia Burkhard, former pallottine missionary to South Africa represented the General and German Provincial Administration and are sharing their experience:

“After the breakfast in the community in Pinelands, we Sisters drove with three cars to the St. Joseph’s Home at Montana. We were welcomed by community superior Sr. Priscilla Rego and other sisters who were not on duty. Then, director Thea Patterson guided us, together with a group of about 30 other guests, through the renewed and extended buildings of the facility. We were impressed by the beautiful, bright rooms for the children and staff. Everything is very practically arranged with much space. The children can move around on a beautiful playground outside, provided with play equipment. It was heart-warming to play a bit and hug some of these vulnerable children.

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On the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life more than 4,000 young consecrated people came to Rome and attended the First World Meeting of Consecrated Youth, which was held under the slogan "Wake up the World – Gospel, Prophecy, Hope".

From 15th to 19th September the streets and squares of Rome were filled with young people devoted to God who walked in the footsteps of the first Christians, seeking to strengthen their faith and their choice of life. They represented more than 90 countries around the world. Among the religious youth the members of our Pallottine family of three congregations were also present. Our Congregation was represented by sr. Santa from Brazil, sr. Christine from India, sr. Paulina from Poland and sr. Ester from Belize.

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