SUORE DOMENICANE di S. Caterina da Siena
n°6 giugno 2006
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P RO VI N CI AL C H AP TE R “ S. J U AN MAC I AS “ P RO VI N CE
The sisters, gathered for the 1st Chapter of the Province in Latin America, have elected:
Sr. M. Viviana Sisack: Provincial Prioress
Sr. M. Inses Di Marco: 1st Counsellor
Sr. M. Geneviève de Saint André: 2nd Counsellor
Sr. Maria del Rosario Peña: 3rd Counsellor
Sr. Serafina Mariño: 4th Counsellor
May the Lord bless the newly elected sisters and the whole Province!
Buenos Aires: June 24 What is our mission over here, today? Tomorrow we shall go on
This is the third day that the capitulars are at work. We are a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lujan. We shall
living very beautiful and intense moments of encounter, entrust this Family portion to her, asking her to guide us in
exchange, dialogue and re-discovery as daughters of the unique the choices of life we shall make on the following days.
mother. The juniors also join the work of the capitulars: they are a
We are gradually growing in the awareness that over here, small group of nine young and lively women, desirous to be
Latin America, we can live our union concretely. In fact, it is authentic and living daughters of Mother Gérine.
the unique situation of a Province made up of sisters from the Today, June 24, Sr. Lorena, a junior from Peru, has renewed the
two ex-Congregations, of a call to be together the motherly face vows. It has been a beautiful moment, rich in graces, which all of
of the merciful Father and to form communities with Sisters us have lived. It has stimulated in us gratitude for the mercy,
from both the ex-Congregations. We know that it will be very which the Lord constantly bestows to our Family and the desire to
beautiful, but also an Easter experience. give true responses to him and to the world in which we live.
We are reflecting on our mission in Latin America in the light of We request all of you, dear sisters, to go on supporting us with
the received gift, of the charism, but also in the light of the affection and prayer, while assuring to keep you in ours… Sr. M.
enormous poverties, which this Country suffers. Viviana Ballarin, O.P.
June 26: due to some problems with Internet, we have
not been able to publish many photos and news that
would keep you informed about our Chapter work. We
thank Sr. Carla, through whom you have received
some photos and news about what the sisters have
been doing during these days in the Chapter.
Yesterday, Sunday June 25 , we have realised a
pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Lujan.
Today, Monday 26 , at 8,30 the Prior Provincial in
Argentina will celebrate the Holy Mass of the Holy
Spirit, after which the capitulars will gather in
Assembly for the election of the Prioress Provincial
and her Counsellors. We apologise for our inability to
keep you duly informed. However, we have equally felt
Sr. M. Viviana Sisack, Prioress Prov. (center) your presence through your greetings, affection and
June 28: Computer problems keep on disturbing us and we are unable to get the connection. We are sorry for
our limited information! The capitulars go on with their work on the lines of action and animation for the new
Province. They are working at a fast rhythm. We thank all the communities for their greetings and ask them to
keep on accompanying us with their prayer. Hna Silvana, O.P.
At the conclusion of the Chapter, the Capitulars have sent the following message:
San Miguel, June 29, 2006
Dear Sisters and brothers,
Woe to me, if I do not proclaim the Gospel!
We believe that part of this announcement,
which we must give to the world as Dominicans,
is the commandment of Jesus: “that they be one!”
During the days of this Chapter, we have experienced that the announcement and unity,
for each one and for the whole Family of Mother Gérine,
are a gift and a commitment!
We thank you for your prayers, greetings, affection
and for all other manifestations of nearness with us during these days.
NAMUGONGO: On May 31, On June 3 of this year, the whole zone of Namugongo cooled down, almost
Feast of the Visitation of the to signify an atmosphere of holiness. The Sanctuary of the Martyrs, burnt
Virgin Mary, the formation up by fire in 1886 by an order of king Mwanga, welcomed the pilgrims
House at Namugongo was from every part to fetch from their testimony the strength to believe in
officially erected as Noviciate God This place, which was only a forest, has turned into a very beautiful
House. On this day, during the place with a small artificial lake at its centre. Thousands and thousands of
Gospel, we experienced the joy people from Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Randa, Ethiopia, Zambia, Germany,
and mercy of God at the very France and Italy crowded the whole compound. The Eucharistic
start of our journey as novices. celebration was presided by the Apostolic Nuncio in Uganda, Monsignor
We started it with a week of
Pierre Christophe. 24 Bishops and more than 100 priests from all parts of
spiritual retreat, conducted by
Sr. Doreen Oyella, to whom the
the country were present. The day was truly beautiful and intensely
Lord has entrusted our souls, participated.
so that they may grow in After this great day, Sr. M. Hellen and Sr. M. Teopista renewed their vows
spiritual richness and may for the first time, in the hands of Mother General and with the presence of
understand better how to the community, Sr. Christophe and some sisters from the Kakumiro
embrace religious life during community. In his homily, the Nuncio exhorted the sisters to live with faith
this special time of formation. the wows they had renewed, assuring them that the Holy Spirit would not
We are thankful to Mother be missing along their journey, as he was not missing on that feast of
General and he counsellors for Pentecost.
offering us the opportunity to A deep gratitude fills us in contemplating the fruit of St. Dominic, Mother
start this phase of our life and to Gérine and St. Catherine, particularly of the Ugandan Martyrs, whose
live it in the formation house of sanctuary is very close to our community. We are happy for the gift of
Uganda. these two sisters and continue to entrust them to the Lord, giver of all
Caroline and Bernadette goods. Maria, postulant.
We are gradually getting used to the specific activities of the Centre. We grow in our being familiar with the
children and their families. The children, too, start feeling at home day after day with the new atmosphere and
become more active. We are immensely satisfied on hearing that their parents assure us to see an improvement
in the social behaviour of their children. We are thankful to the Lord.
Gradually, people come to know our Centre and differently disabled children come to see us. We start a
dialogue with them. If we see that the type of their disability is not of our competence, we address them to
other centres answering their needs. We wish to refer to some of their cases.
Ilaha, three years and Rehana nine years old, are both
deaf-mute. We recommended them to FWF (Families
Welfare Focus, an Afghan ONG). This organisation
has a school for deaf-mute children and offers acoustic
apparatus free of cost.
Ibrahim is a 9 years old child with a physical
handicap. His mother accompanied him to our place
on a wheelchair. He himself had discovered our centre
and had asked her mother to accompany him to us, in
the hope of finding a school for him. He left deeply
discouraged on hearing that the Centre was for
mentally disabled children. We also felt sorry for our
impossibility to welcome him.
Nabeel is a 10 years old boy, who reads in class 4. His parents brought him to us thinking that he was a
retarded boy, therefore, unable to concentrate and living apart. He stayed with us for two weeks. We paid a
particular attention to him, finally realizing that he was not a retarded boy. He was weak in study because they
had admitted him into class 4, without any basic elementary knowledge. We advised his parents to engage a
private tutor for him, that he might be able to fill in his deficiencies.
In a word, we can say that we try to collaborate with the families.
We are having the Holy Mass only on Sundays from the time Fr. Moretti left for Italy. This is why we
consider the arrival of Fr. Santiago, S.J., from Herat, as a gift from God’s mercy. He is in Kabul to carry on
some commission. We invited him to come and celebrate Mass in our house on the eve of St. Peter and Paul.
We felt the need of informing also the other two religious communities, thus we were all together 12 religious
participating in the Eucharist. After the Holy Mass, we had a time for a fraternal sharing and relief. It was a
true moment of faith for all of us. The month of June closed with the blessing of the two great Apostles.
Sr. Jamila op, Sr. Ela Homel fmm, Sr. M. Razia op
BRAZIL Alto Taquari - In syntony with the liturgical time of
Pentecost, our Parish organised a celebration to the end of
receiving the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that animated and
strengthened the first Christian community which, within
closed doors, experienced the audacity of going out to
announce the Good News.
Together with the catechists, who had prepared the youths
for the Sacrament of Confirmation, we asked some
questions: Which spirit animates our work in the community?
What is the sense of our offices and the ways of fulfilling
them, the services we accomplish? Is it the Holy Spirit, who
animates the Tarquari community in the diversity of its
members? Can we say that we live as a community that
welcomes the spirit of Pentecost, or do we speak as in the
tower of Babel?
In the Mass of Pentecost, the Parish Priest, Fr. Francis,
indicated to us a detachment, a re-enforcement, inviting us to
give up comforts, mediocrity and to start being responsible
Christians, capable of assuming the commitment of
evangelisation for the common good.
The following days were days of preparation for the feast of
the Corpus Domini. It is a privilege and a joy, for us
Christians, to have the Eucharist and to believe really that He
is among us in the Eucharistic species. With the help from
the youth group, the feast became more joyful, because
many signs could be prepared with their help and their
We thank God for this strong commitment, which is also a manifestation of love to Him who has loved us first.
The youths participated the whole day, working in the preparation of carpets. With the same generosity, they
participated in the procession of the Eucharist, starting with an itinerant Holy mass. Walking on the carpets
carefully prepared, we reached the chapel in a very poor barrio. The consecration of bread and wine to become
the body and blood of Christ, took place there.
Let us pray for each of these youths and their families, so that they may not feel alone, but accompanied by the
love and mercy of God, and so that they may seek strength only in Him who has loved us and will always love us.
I TA L Y
Vigevano: On Sunday, June 11, solemnity of the most Holy Trinity, the community had the joy of
contemplating a sign –weak and strong- of the eternal Love, which unites the Father and the Son in the Holy
Spirit. The community had also the joy of celebrating him in a thanksgiving function for the 70 years of
religious life of Sr. Simonetta Lunghini. In a small, but luminous room, Sr. M. Simonetta, who is lying in bed
now for the past 18 months, the solemn Eucharistic celebration looked inversely proportional to the space and
arrangements. In fact, all of us gathered around our sister to celebrate the Eucharist, in the great joy of having
the Lord among us. He was living and “visible”, together with all our frailty. It was a joy to see Sr. M.
Simonetta, who usually misses many “pieces” of life, waiting for and welcoming, with a vigilant awareness, the
gift of the Eucharist and of the feast! Despite her suffering, smile can still express the joy of belonging to the
Lord; gathered around her, therefore, it was easy to contemplate the God of communion, who created us to
His image and has united us to himself in faithfulness.
Albi: ma vie!” (see my life). To narrate their call to
“Are you there, o Holy Spirit?” – If you come, I am spontaneous groups of youths and to answer their
there”; this is the pleasant slogan for the week-end of questions, 8 witnesses alternated themselves in four
Pentecost, concluding the year of vocation in the Albi points of the church – one regarding the priesthood,
Diocese. During the two day’s meeting- two very one the deaconate, one the religious consecration of
beautiful sunny days after weeks of cold- many active life and one the contemplative life. We, Sr.
Confirmed youths, together with other boys and girls, Marie-Line, Sr. M. Elizabeth and Sr. M. Romina were a
14 years old and above, generously answered the unique testimony, obviously of vocation to the religious
invitation of their Bishop to participate in this meeting. apostolic life. Unluckily, our time-table was dispersive
On Saturday afternoon, at about 16,45, the Cathedral for the youths so that we could share the narration of
of St. Cecilia welcomed the Youths for a time of our call only with three ladies who made already the
catechesis and sharing with Monsignor Carrè. Soon choice of their vocation some ten years ago! Yet, they
after, gathered in small groups of 8 members together revealed a strong thirst for God, listened to us
with the animators, we set on a journey towards the attentively, sharing their doubts and problems. In the
diocesan sanctuary of “Notre-Dame de la Dreche”. We second part, when the youths went for lunch, we
had two stop moments along the pilgrimage, not prayed together the mysteries of glory for the
moments of rest, but of reflection: the first for our vocations and the success of the meeting.
personal introduction, the second to read the passage Together and with the support of the community, we
from 2 Jo. 4, 7-12 and to express what had made us had the chance of making a new reading of what
to discover God’s love, through an image, a face, a seemed to have been a failure: to walk along
place, a piece of art. This experience of sharing hundreds of miles without being able to carry on the
among youths of very much different age and culture mission, which we had been sent for.
was true and intense. We understood that the true mission for us was to be
After a packed supper, the Pentecost vigil, based on there, to share this important moment with the
testimony, exhorted us to fix our sight in God who calls Christians of the Albi Diocese. We believe that the
us to love and tells us that to love is to give up truest part of our witness was the simple and cordial
everything. He grants us the strength to be witnesses meeting with many youths and persons, in sharing the
wherever we are, in the place where God makes journey, in being there together, the three of us and all
himself present every day. those who have accompanied us with their prayer. On
At about 23.15, we started our night of adoration: Most our side, we have received the beautiful testimony of a
of the youths, who slept in the home of the sanctuary, church that is alive and in full awareness, of youths
alternated themselves in the adoration before Jesus in who, at the midnight of Saturday were there, at the
the Most Holy Sacrament, throughout the whole night. feet of Jesus to adore Him.
The Bishop himself had exhorted them, “This prayer is We concluded the weekend and the vocation year with
demanding, but beautiful! Try it!!”. a very solemn Eucharistic Celebration in the
On Sunday morning, at 08.00, the day opened with Cathedral, during which two deacons and a priest
the celebration of Lauds and, soon after breakfast in were ordained. This is the utmost expression of Love
the open, we moved on foot to Albi. Stands, music, who offers itself in total donation.
refreshments and posters, concerning different The holy Spirit was surely present among the youths
proposals for the youths, were waiting for us in the who accepted the invitation to be there, “to offer them
square of St. Cecilia. It was a true “village de l’appel” the breath of a new life”.
(village of the call). At the same time, a forum of Sr. Marie-Line, Sr. M. Elizabeth e Sr.M. Romina
witnesses went on in the parish church on the, “Voie
At the beginning of June, the schools, the hostels, orphanages, etc. close for the summer holidays, made
forcefully long by the intensity of the heat. This, however, makes more activities possible, like the annual retreat,
formation programmes (of the prioresses and Formators, in Faisalabad, from 25 to 28 June), Council
meetings, as well as meetings of the Education Commission and of Formation, yearly home leaves, participation
in updating courses at diocesan level, and so on and so forth.
O n June 2, the Faisalabad Diocese gave two new Priests to the Church in Pakistan. The Bishop of
Rawalpindi, Monsignor Lobo, ordained priests the two deacons, Shabir Bashir from Warispura and Shamas
Simon from Okara, in the Faisalabad Cathedral. The diocese of Faisalabad is always very generous in giving
newly ordained priests to the other Dioceses.
O n 11 June, Sr. M. Lillian went up to he hills to re-open the house, to pay the taxes (sorrowful notes), and to
see the situation of that place after the earthquake. A small group of sisters accompanied her. Other small
groups in turn will go up there during the months of June, July and half month of August.
O n June 13, the new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yilana (from Philippines), started officially his
service. The ceremony took place in Islamabad with the presence of the Bishops, the Major Superiors or
their representatives (Sr. M. Sheila and Sr. M. Angelina represented Sr. M. Lillian), many Fathers and Sisters.
We pray that his activity may bear abundant fruit for the church in Pakistan.
O n June 22, the two juniors Sr. M. Farzana and Sr. M. Ashi renewed their vows for the first time. In the first
week of July, they will live for Rome, where they will follow a three-year course of formation. We send to
them our congratulations and best wishes!
e feel close to our sisters in the new Province of Latin America, gathered for their first Provincial
Chapter. We follow them with our daily prayer, asking the Lord the fullness of gifts to discern and
joyfully to fulfil the will of God.
Pirano: Even this year the Grest has been successful. In this country, this initiative has the characteristic of
welcoming children from Catholic families and from other confessions to the premises of the Parish.
Its second edition, titled, “ALL EQUAL, ALL DIFFERENT, ALL TOGETHER WE BUILD THE FUTURE”,
besides spurring and making the children active, consolidates in their parents and the young animators the
value of openness to others, of collaboration, showing how the sharing of personal gifts is enrichment for
Sure, without the support of the Parish of Ponte della Priula and that of Tamai, we would not have been
able to face the expenses, which this small initiative required. However, we realise that the local reality
starts moving with its various kinds of contributions. We are convinced that we must cultivate long standing
patience, but we are sure that within a few years these boys will be the future animators of GREST.
By sowing … some fruit will germinate!
Conclusion of the diocesan informative process, in Genova,
for the beatification of Mother Theresa Solari
On June 7, 2006, the Ecclesiastic Tribunal of Genova closed the informative process on the life, virtues
and fame of holiness of Sr. Domenica Caterina dello Spirito Santo, better known by the people as
Mother Theresa Solari. She founded the Piccola Casa della Divina Provvidenza (the little house of divine
Providence), in Genova, to welcome needy girls. The process began on May 4, 2000, in the presence of
Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, the then Archbishop of Genova. The closing of the process took place at
the presence of Monsignor Luigi Palletti, Auxiliary Bishop and General Vicar of Genova, by the
promoter of justice Monsignor Vito Chiesa, by the notary Don Andrea Fasciolo, by Fr. Giovanni Tommasi
(postulator of the cause up to a few months ago) and a group of sisters from the Communities of
Genova Ave Maria and Genova Quinto. The parcels containing the whole documentation concerning the
effectuated historical researches were sealed. The documentation is rich and accurate. We took the two
parcels of the original documentation to the Archbishop’s House, where they will find place in the
archive. We took the remaining four parcels, two copies of the whole documentation, to Rome and
depositing them in the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, in the square of Pius XII, no.10. Thus, a
phase of the canonical iter is over and the second, the Roman one begins. The postulator now is the
lawyer Andrea Ambrosi, since Fr. Tommasi has left the task because of other commitments.
Meanwhile, those who have known Mother Theresa keep on invoking her to obtain help and protection.
Nobody remains disappointed. The Postulator is studying a fact, which may have the requisites to be
declared miracle. It happened last year to the benefit of a child called Steven, born in Genova. He
suffered of an anomaly in the intestines and the doctors declared it impossible for him to survive. His
parents, with trustful insistence, asked God to heal their child through the intercession of Theresa Solari.
Wanting to leave no stone unturned, the doctors decided to proceed with surgery. However, as they
were on the point of doing it, they realised that the situation had changed in a way, which they could
not explain. They helped normalising the condition of the child.
From the General Curia
On the fist days of June, Sr. M. Elvira and Sr. M. Juana visited the community of Vigevano and met the
journalist Rosaria Marchesi to study the general lines of new magazine of the Congregation.
The Prioress General and Sr. M. Christophehe, on their return from Uganda, shared with us the intense
days spent by them in the two communities. At Namugono, on May 31, there was the canonical
erection of the Noviciate House and at the same time the rite of on initiation of the Noviciate by
Caroline and Bernadette. On June 3, they participated in the feast of the Ugandan Martyrs, celebrated in
the Sanctuary at a stone throw from the house. On June 4, the Nuncio, Monsignor Pierre Christophe,
celebrated the Holy Mass during which Sr. M. Hellen and Sr. M. Teopista renewed their vows. On the
following days, they went to Kakumiro, where they could see the countless activities, which the sisters
carry on, and held community meetings of exchange and reflection.
From 12th to 18th June there were meetings of the General Council. On the last two days, the
counsellors went to Montemario together with the commission of 4 sisters who will have to draft the
new Constitutions. There was the first meeting to lay out the work.
Then, the time of journeys arrived: on 19th Sr. M. Elvira left fro Biarritz; on 19th and 20th June, Sr.
Suzanne and Sr. M. Celine visited the two communities in Naples; on 20th June the Prioress General,
Sr. Christophe and Sr. M. Juana left by air for Argentina, where they landed on 21st morning.
Plenty of e-mail communications have kept different contacts during the days of the 1st Chapter of the
Province in Latin America.
Calendar for July 2006
20th July: The prioress general, Sr. M. Christophe and Sr. M. Juana come back from Argentina:
Sr. Suzanne leaves for Peru.
July 22: Sr. M. Elvira comes back from Albi.
From 21st to 29th July: meetings of the General Council and other meetings.
From 27th to 30th July: Sr. M. Celina will go to Montecreto for the meeting of the voluntary
On the evening of July 30, the Prioress General and Sr. M. Juana will leave to visit our sisters in