Grinding poverty distinguishes many regions in Brazil. During the congregation’s years of ministry here, our Sisters have found new energy and direction for responses to the poor. In remote regions of Brazilian states where health care is nonexistent and where poor villagers cook over coal stoves made from 10-gallon tins, our sisters minister.
Our sisters work with priests and lay persons in the pastoral ministry of the Church. Where there are poverty, grief, terminal illness or healthcare crises; where refugees seek a new life; where fragile and vulnerable elderly parishioners need spiritual consolation, pastoral ministers help. Their selflessness and compassion inspire and invite others to help expand needed outreach in parishes and communities.
In São Paulo, more than 3,500 students attend primary, elementary, and secondary schools sponsored and/or staffed by our congregation. These schools include Colégio de São Miguel Arcanjo, the first co-educational Catholic school in São Paulo; Our Lady of Mount Carmel primary school; and the elementary school and secondary schools that make up the Colégio Franciscano Pio XII.
At the Saint Francis and Saint Clare Social Center, also in São Paulo, children come together before and after school to study, learn skills and recreate with peers. The Center’s goal is to prevent at risk youngsters from becoming “street children.”