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With the theme “May my life speak the joy and beauty of the Gospel,” the 2015 Central Assembly began the evening of May 15 at 8:00 p.m.  The highlight was the introduction of each Sister participating and an overview of the weeks ahead.  Sisters participating are:

Sr. Gail Borgmeyer, Sr. Liberata  Niyongira, Sr. Stella Holisz, Sr. Grażyna Wojnowska, Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk, Sr.Izabela Świerad, Fr. Geno Sylva, Sr. Margaret Gongora.

Fr. Geno Sylva, Sr. Margaret Gongora, Sr. Mary McNulty, Sr. Patrice Wales, Sr. Beata Matuszewska, Sr. Annamarie Niehsen, Sr. Maria Landsberger, Sr. Josephina D’Souza, Sr. Bożena Olszewska, Sr. Inacinha Fernandes.

  • Sr. Izabela Świerad, Superior General
  • Sr. Maria Landsberger, Vice General
  • Sr. Josephina D’Souza, General Councilor
  • Sr. Stella Holisz, General Councilor/Translator
  • Sr. Bożena Olszewska, General Councilor
  • Sr. Beata Matuszewska, General Secretary/Translator
  • Sr. Helga Weidemann, Provincial (Germany)
  • Sr. Annemarie Niehsen, Provincial (South Africa)
  • Sr. Gail Borgmeyer, Provincial (U.S.A.)
  • Sr. Margaret Gongora, Vice Provincial (Belize)
  • Sr. Mirosława Włodarczyk, Provincial (Poland)
  • Sr. Mary McNulty, Provincial (England/Tanzania)
  • Sr. Inacinha Fernandes, Provincial, (India)
  • Sr. Grażyna Wojnowska, Delegature Superior, (Cameroon)
  • Sr. Liberata  Niyongira, Region Superior, (Rwanda, Congo)
  • Sr. Patrice Wales, Secretary
  • Sr. Adelheid Scheloske, Translator/Archivist

An explanation of these meetings can be rather difficult.  Each country and circumstance is very different.  While some of us are struggling with growing pains others struggle with endings.  Together we inspire each other toward greater faith, hope, love and joy. We are reminded that we are never alone in pain or happiness.

In our recitation of the Pentecost Sequence, we place ourselves into the love of the Holy Spirit:  You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest . . . In our labor, rest most sweet; Grateful coolness in the heat . . .Heal our wounds, our strength renew; On our dryness pour your dew . . Give the virtue’s sure reward; Give them your salvation, Lord; Give them joys that never end.”

Text & photos by Sr. Gail Borgmeyer

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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)