– Miguel Augusto
The Daughters of St Paul, known as the Pauline Sisters, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their mission in Macau this month. On the occasion of the Anniversary, they invite the community to join the celebration that will take place in the early afternoon of tomorrow, Saturday, June 22, in the church of the Sé Cathedral. The scheduled program is divided into three distinct moments, beginning at around 2:00 PM with a talk by Sister Miriam, who travelled from Mozambique – where she has been living for six years – to Macau to give us a testimony of the five decades of the Daughters of St. Paul in the territory and Pauline spirituality. After the sharing of sister Miriam, a small video is scheduled for show at 3:00 PM. The program of celebrations of the 50th Anniversary ends with the Holy Mass at 3:30 PM.
The Pauline Sisters have been present in Macau since 1969. The main focus of the Congregation’s mission is the bookstore, the spread of the word of the Lord, as well as exhibitions in parishes and schools, among other activities.
In their invitation to the community, the sisters take this opportunity to express their appreciation for the support and encouragement they have received over the years.
The Daughters of St Paul, with a membership of 2,046 sisters and about 376 young women in formation, have a total of 229 communities scattered in 52 countries on all the world’s continents. The Institute’s Generalate, located in Rome, is the residence of the Superior General and her General Council.
The heart of the Pauline spirituality is Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life. Living in him, they enthusiastically proclaim his Gospel. “Our spirituality is complete because it leads the whole person mind, will, heart, body and physical energies to God.”
They stsrive to reach the same goal as the Apostle Paul: “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” To attain this objective, the Paulines draw light and support from the Eucharist, the Word of God, daily prayer and fraternal communion “all of which give us the strength we need to carry out our many-faceted apostolate.” They claim that those are also the sources that help them discern the signs of the times so as to respond to the needs of the Church and the world.
Our Lady is also a model and spiritual source for the Pauline sisters: “Modeling ourselves on Mary, whom we honor as the Queen of Apostles and of every apostolate, we bring Jesus to all humanity with great fervor, proclaiming the Truth that saves, the Way that leads to the Father, and his Life of grace.”
(*) with the Daughters of St Paul