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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Central Assembly Members gathered for Laud and Holy Mass at 7:00 a.m. with Rev. Silvester Pajak, SVD as celebrant.  The main theme for today’s Liturgy is that we have been given the Holy Spirit as our guide.

Sr. Josephine opened the Central Assembly at 9:05 a.m.  “Fill us with all joy and peace in believing in the Holy Spirit.” Sr. Inacinha and Sr. Margaret led us in prayer.

The Assembly Members took a listening stance—hearing the dreams, needs, struggles and joys of our various entities.  We are reminded that we are ONE congregation and in our oneness we can powerfully witness God’s love and mercy.

In the afternoon, we rolled up our sleeves and worked on the practicalities of belonging to a religious institute.  Much work went into the Provincial Handbook that will make life run more smoothly in the years ahead.

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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)