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Central Assembly 2014

Central Assembly - February 04, 2014

“I have come to Thee to feel Thy touch before I begin my day.” R. Tagore

We began the morning with Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Löhr, Ph.D., acting Bishop for the Limburg, Germany diocese.  With gratitude we remembered our pioneer Sisters from Germany in the Holy Eucharist and all our deceased Sisters in the Congregation, who have paved the way for us today.  We are blessed to have these great intercessors angels in heaven to intercede for us.

The Lord has continued to sustain us with His living water throughout our morning reflections.  He calls us to drink of His love, His presence, His mission for the sick, the poor, the abandoned and His passion for humanity.

Sisters who presented their reports today were Sr. Consuelo Burgos (Belize), Sr. Bernadetta Turecka (Poland/Cameroon/Ukraine/France/Russia/ Belarus/Rwanda/Italy), Sr. Gail Borgmeyer (U.S.A.), Sr. Mary McNulty (England/Tanzania) and Sr. Helga Weidemann (Germany/Brazil).

Our Superior General, Sr. Izabela, extended her gratitude to the Provincials and Superior Delegates for their well presented reports showing the reality.  In listening everyone story we felt that we were all one with each other in our joys, sorrows and challenges of life. We celebrated our past, gratefully accepted the present with faith in God, and gaze at the future with hope.

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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)

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