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This year's Feast of the Immaculate Conception was not only a joyful feastday but also a significant day of history for the Swiss Region. After many years of growth and prosperity, the Region has declined in members, while increasing in age. Thus it has been decided that the status will be moved to that of a Delegature under the General Government of the Congregation seated in Rome. The Sisters are very content with this change since it relieves them of some responsibilities of a Region. (See the  article  on Switzerland under the "Blessed Beginnings" on our website.)

▪ On September 25, the Swizz National Feast of Brother Klaus of Flüe, Regional Superior Sr. Raphaela Fuchs celebrated her 50 years of consecrated life with the Pallottines and parish community. The solemnity started on Saturday with a thoughtfully prepared Evening Prayer in the community in Niederuzwil and continued on Sunday with the Holy Eucharist in Gossau, presided by Provincial Superior Fr. Adrian Willi. Having in mind the youth present, he said what counts in our lives is not the empty promises made to us, but what we can promise to God from the depth of our heart. Like Br. Klaus, who gave an example of taking seriously the challenges at each age and striving to fulfil God’s will, Sr. Raphaela “gilded” her Yes 50 years ago through her daily dedication, her endured worries and joys, thus being a guiding sign for many. Sr. Daniela Schumacher was among the group of pan flute players, who embellished the celebration. The festive community was invited to an aperitif followed by a banquet in the hall.

▪ In Bernhardzell, together with Sr. Bernhilde Roos, the community thanked God for her 98 years of life. The day was a gathering for the whole village, where memories were exchanged about the beginnings of the Pallottine Sisters in Bernhardzell. A 95 year old friend and benefactor of the Sisters was also honored. With the song: You, Oh God, How Great You Are, this beautiful day ended.

▪ The Swiss Sisters were very happy that the summer of 2011 brought many visitors to their community – some of whom were fellow sisters from South Africa and Germany.

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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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