On 25 October 2015, the Daughters of St. Paul in Nairobi, their Pauline Cooperators and friends, all gathered together to celebrate the Feast of Jesus, Divine Master.
The day began with shared Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Mass, which initiated with a dance by the novices and concluded with a solemn blessing. Afterward, everyone was invited to visit the sisters new Paulines Communications Center, consisting of a book center, audio-video studio and conference hall. At the end of the tour, the group gathered for a time of fraternity to commemorate the occasion.
It was truly a blessing for the FSPs of Kenya to celebrate this special day in communion with the Pauline Family throughout the world. May the Divine Master continue to point out his paths and projects to us all!
On 3 October 2015, the members of the 4 FSP communities in Portugal, together with a large group of their relatives, friends and collaborators, made a pilgrimage to Fatima to celebrate the Centenary of the Institutes foundation.
In union with other pilgrims from all over the world, they walked in procession to the Chapel of Apparitions, where, at the feet of Mary, our Mother and Queen, they thanked the Lord for the Pauline life and mission in that part of the world. A solemn Liturgy for this intention was celebrated by
Lisbons Auxiliary Bishop José Traquina, two other bishops and a number of priests. This was followed by a moment of fraternal celebration in which the sisters briefly sketched out the history of the Daughters of St. Paul in Portugal and expressed their gratitude and joy at being part of the Institutes 100-year story of service to the Church and world.
To celebrate the Institutes Centenary of foundation, the FSPs of Vietnam have produced a Vietnamese edition of the biography of Venerable Thecla Merlo written by Sr. Gabriella Collesei, fsp:Thecla Merlo: A Thousand Lives for the Gospel.
In the books presentation, Sr. Anna Maria Parenzan writes:
Sr. Thecla Merlo was a silent protagonist in a new adventure in the history of the Church. In docile and creative communion with Fr. Alberione, the Founder of the Daughters of St. Paul and the whole Pauline Family, she carried out the role of mediator in an extraordinary way at his side. A very faithful and intelligent collaborator of this 20th-century prophet, she lived in a spirit of humility and faith, constantly searching for the will of God. This was the secret of her life.
Sr. Theclas message is very relevant today. May she, who wished she had a thousand lives to dedicate to the Gospel, guide and inspire the many young women in our contemporary world who feel called to devote their lives to proclaiming the Word of God in the complex world of communications so that this Word might shine in the lives of the people of our time.
At the request of the Czech Bishops Conference, the Daughters of St. Paul of Prague have translated and published the Popes encyclical Laudato Si.
The edition was first presented to the public in our Pauline book center and then presented again on 5 October at the national headquarters of the Science Academy. Several dignitaries participated in this important national event: Academy President Jiri Drahos, Pragues Cardinal Emeritus Miloslav Vlk, and a number of experts in the fields of economy, theology, politics and the natural sciences.
The publication of the encyclical in Czech has roused great interest in the public, who are eager to know what Pope Francis has to say about the care of our common home.
The Daughters of St. Paul of Turin, Italy celebrated the Institutes Centenary of foundation with two special events:
On 24 September 2015 they held a meeting in their book center on the subject: The FSPs: 100 Years of Proclaiming the Gospel in the World of Communications. Guest speakers for the occasion were Sr. Teresa Braccio, fsp, and journalist Maria Pia Bonanate.
On 27 September 2015, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Consolation, a solemn Eucharistic Celebration commemorating this FSP milestone was presided over by Bishop Guido Fiandino, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Turin diocese. Many friends and collaborators joined our sisters in thanking and praising the Lord for the Institutes 100-year history of sending out communications apostles to every part of the world so as to bring everyone the charity of the truth.
To celebrate the Institutes Centenary of foundation, the Daughters of St. Paul of Korea have published a book on the life of Sr. Dorotea DOto, an Italian FSP who has been a missionary in Korea for 49 years. Entitled I want to shout to the world and written by Sr. Giacomina Heo after an interview and numerous conversations with Sr. Dorotea, the book is a vibrant witness to the Congregations story in Korea.
It recounts the arrival of the first FSP missionaries, the development of the Congregation in this country, and life in the Kwanju community, where Sr. Dorotea has lived for many years. The authors simple and sincere writing style allows the Pauline charism to shine through in all its profundity and beauty.
The Daughters of St Paul in Borivli celebrated the Institutes Centenary of foundation on 30 August 2015 in Immaculate Conception parish church. In his sermon the main celebrant, Bishop Percival Fernandes, who writes for Pauline Publications India, expressed his appreciation for the good work done being done by the Pauline Family in the Church.
The Eucharist was concelebrated by several members of the Society of St. Paul and priests from the Local Church. After the Liturgy, everyone gathered for a festive meal, followed by entertainment. The program was enjoyed by all and helped to strengthen our family spirit.
Despite the strong rains and howling winds that accompanied Typhoon Goni (locally known as Typhoon Ineng), the launching of the FSP exhibit, A Journey of Faith: 100 Years of Bringing the Gospel to the World, took place as scheduled on 21 August 2015. Many courageous people defied the forces of nature to be present for this event commemorating the Congregations Centenary of foundation.
Fr. Alex Bautista, Chairman of the Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church in the Tarlac diocese and curator of the exhibit, explained how the exhibit came about and how it recounts the Congregation’s journey of faith from its birth up to the present through pictures, video and audio resources. Sr. Ann Marie Nemenzo, fsp, the exhibit’s graphic designer, poured all her creativity and talent into the project, creating an astounding and pleasing interplay of colors. Sr. Noemi Vinoya, Provincial Superior, said that “the principal aim of the exhibit is to thank the Lord for the particular mission entrusted to our Institute as envisioned by our Founder. Putting up this exhibit allowed us to revisit our past, look at the present and strain forward to the future.”
Two FSP General Councilors, Sr. Shalimar Rubia and Sr. Lucia Kim, who were present for the occasion, did the honor of cutting the ribbon to open the exhibit. Also present for the event was Fr. Valdir José De Castro, SSP Superior General, and many Pauline brothers and sisters from nearby communities. The exhibit, which is open to the public, will run for one year.
The FSPs in Manaus, the beautiful capital of the state of Amazonas, celebrated with joy and gratitude the Institute’s Centenary of foundation by means of a solemn Eucharistic Liturgy presided over by Archbishop Sergio Castriani in Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Representatives of other branches of the Pauline Family, Continue reading “Centenary Celebrations in Manaus”