Sao Paulo, Brazil

mbrazilThe Spiritans of the District of Brazil Central are practically all involved in parochial ministry. These parishes were taken on when the District was involved in the formation of Spiritans, the reason for the foundation of the District in 1948. In 1968 the district began to collaborate with formation again with a view to the Brazilian Province, from the financial point of view as well as that of personnel, but without direct responsibility for the houses. On many occasions the Province has expressed its appreciation for this solidarity and how important the witness and friendship of the elders are for the new generations.

The district of Brazil Southeast is the most recently created district in Brazil (1975). Because it did not receive any more first appointments and by the fact that some of its members returned to Portugal or went to other districts or even died, it is reduced to a small number of confreres (9), who nevertheless keep the missionary flame alight, with commitments in Baixada Fluminense, on the outskirts of the city of Rio de Janeiro and in Catanduva in the interior of the State of Sao Paulo. The general atmosphere and spirit of the group are good. Spiritan friendship reigns among all and all help each other.

District of Brazil Southwest

The members of the District work mostly on the periphery of the great cities, especially Sao Paulo, Rio and Recife, to which there is a big migration from the Northeast of Brazil, devastated by drought. Two of the confreres work in projects of the Brazilian Province, one in the Brazilian north-east and another in a house of formation. Sao Paulo Slums

The Spiritans have taken up specific pastoral works such as Youth, Favelas, Counselling, Retreats, Justice and Peace, Indians, etc. All of these works are undertaken in dialogue with the district and have the support of the group. Not wishing to be disconnected from the work with base communities, all make an effort to be connected with a little parish, with at least two or three small communities. This combination is beneficial, not only for the confrere, but also for the small community or the parish in question.