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July-August 2011

▪ From 31 July to 11 August a very important gathering took place in the Motherhouse of our Congregation - the Central Assembly.  The theme of this gathering, With the Pallottine passion for the mission of Christ, inspired us to deepen our particular missionary call for the Mission of Christ, reaching to the roots to the beginning of our Congregation and fulfilling anew our spirit with the spirit of our Founder and pioneer sisters. In collaboration with the General Administration, Provincial Sr. Helga Weidemann, prepared a very interesting program that included jubilee celebrations for the sisters of the: 50th, 60th, 65th, and 70th year anniversaries of the profession. The program also included a ‘walking in the footsteps’ of our pioneer sisters, a memorial service at the graveyard in honor of our deceased missionaries, and historical sessions on the beginnings of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters' branch prepared by Sr. Dr. Gerburg Vogt and Sr. Magdalene Klein. At the Assembly every member through her own province, region or delegature represented our Congregation showing the Congregation of his today. Present for the first time were Sr. Bellancila Mukandahiro from the new unit - Notre Dame de Kibeho Region of Rwanda-Congo and Sr. Consuelo Burgos from Belize. The participants thanked the sisters of Germany for their hospitality, and all the Sisters for their prayer and spiritual accompaniment. More information regarding the Central Assembly may be found on our website: www.pallottine-missionaries-rome.com/

▪ On 14 August Srs. Ingrid Schuler and Adelheid Scheloske celebrated their Silver Jubilee of religious consecration in the Limburg chapel together with the sisters, friends and family members. Fr. Bernhard Scheloske, SAC, brother of Sr. Adelheid was the main celebrant and Fr. Fridrich Kretz was the preacher.

May 2011

▪ On May 7th, 18 Sisters met in the Provincial House in Limburg for the Provincial Conference, which annually TO tackle the actual challenges of the province. General Vicar, Sr. Maria Landsberger also came for this event. The center of this meeting was the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Edward Fröhling SAC from Vallendar.

▪ Since the beginning of May novice Sr. Astrid Meinert has participated in the 6-week European novitiate formation program in Grottaferrata/Rome. Sr. Gertrud Meiser, Novice Mistress accompanied the novices for two weeks. Sr. Clementia Burkard covered for Sr. Brunhilde Vogt for several weeks in the Procura and returned mid-May to Limburg, while Sr. Brunhilde had her spiritual retreat and some time of relaxation.

▪ The annual assembly of the German Coordination Council met in the retreat house in Limburg from 20-22. Provincial, Sr. Helga Weidemann represented the German Province. Sr. Adelheid Scheloske, President of the German UAC, was the head of the meeting, which counted around 25 representatives of the UAC groups.

April 2011

▪ The springtime feast on April 09 and 10 in Bensberg gave Sr. Ingrid Schuler, her fellow sisters and volunteer helpers a great opportunity to draw many people to the "One-World-Shop" at the Vinzenz Pallotti Hospital, whose proceeds help to support the missions of the Pallottine Sisters.

▪ The once a year meeting between the provincial administrations of the Pallottine Fathers and Sisters has become a good custom. On April 06 this encounter took place in Kloster Marienborn, Limburg. Topics were developments in the respective provinces, vocation ministry, and the up-coming Jubilee Year of the 50th anniversary of the canonization of Vincent Pallotti, among others.

▪ The young and old, couples and singles, as well as families with many children, spent the days of Holy Week in the Retreat House in Limburg. Central was the common celebration of the Pascal Triduum. Special rooms for youth in the convent served for the accommodation of this group of more than 80 people.

February 2011

▪ On February 9th Sr. Christine Bohr, accompanied by her relative and Sr. Leonie, arrived for a two-week visit to Tanzania. Sr. Christine was chiefly responsible for having the courage and vision to open the mission in Siuyu in 1990. Thus, all members of the community rejoiced greatly to see her.

▪ Sr. Mary McNulty returned to Tanzania on the 21st after six weeks in England. In the evening with song and dance the Sisters celebrated Sr. Leonie’s birthday and belatedly Sr. Christine’s 90th.

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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)

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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)