Filipino Brasiliero

By Ariel Presbitero

Hundred of thousands of abandoned children roamed the cities of Brazil. These children are used and abused and even gunned down by the police when it suits them. Pope John Paul II in his New Year’s message has appealed to us to open our hearts to these lost abandoned by the world.

Ariel Presbitero, a Columban missionary in Brazil, takes a look at one aspect of this growing third world problem.

Ang Brazil ay ang pinakamalaking bansa sa South America. Pagkatapos ng napakaraming pagsubok, lumalago ngayon ang ekonomiya ng bansa, sa katunayan ang Brazil ang pinakamamalaking exporter ng kape at asukal sa buong daigdig . Subalit di rin mapagkaila na marami pa rin itong problemang kinakaharap. Isa na dito ang mga kabataang makikitang palaboylaboy sa mga daan at kalye ng Brazil.

World Youth Day - Making Disciples Of All Nations

At the close of the Holy Year of Redemption on 22 April 1984, then Pope (soon saint) John Paul II, entrusted the large wooden cross used during the Jubilee Year to representatives of the world’s youth with the words: ‘My dear young people, at the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the sign of this Jubilee Year: the Cross of Christ! Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ's love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption’. Almost thirty years later, with typical exuberance and vigor, the young are still carrying that cross across the world, and how!

In December of the following year, the first UN-declared ‘International Youth Year’, Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day (WYD), a coming together of the world’s young adults to celebrate their Catholic Faith. WYD was to be celebrated annually at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday in Rome and at week-long events in different countries every two to three years .


By Fr Colin McLean

Colin with Fernando and daughter, Carole Experiences and people who allow me to say: ‘I feel at home in the city of Salvador, in Brazil, where I have lived for the past 26 years’.

In the coffee table book Salvador, an alluring photographic study of life of this city, the Brazilian poet, Jorge Amado, writes:

The city is prey to the spirit of adventurers from all parts of the world, who over the years have exploited her black and heavy beauty, thick as oil and deep as mystery, trying to reduce it to the value so the tourist trade. And everything is small and sad when touched by such hands. There is a persistent and criminal effort to shrink Bahia’s beauty, her dramatic ancient beauty, to the limited scope of a tourist’s curious gaze. Bad poets come from afar to sing her praises in uncomprehending verse, while movie-makers film her without feeling, and millionaires and socialites buy her without knowing her, but she has held out against them all, living on for those who understand and love her. She lives on in her grandeur, her ocean and streets, in the daily renewal of mystery and beauty.

Blessing Ritual In Brazil

‘I will pour out my spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.’ 

By Bev Trach

Bev Trach is a Scarboro Lay Missionary working in Brazil. This article first appeared in the November 2009 Newsletter of the Scarboro Missionaries whose headquarters are in Scarborough, Ontario, to the immediate east of Toronto. Monsignor John Mary Fraser, a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto, founded the Scarboro Missionaries in 1918. Some years earlier Fr Edward Galvin, who was to become one of the founders of the Columbans, traveled to China with Father Fraser. A talk that the Canadian priest gave in St Patrick’s National Seminary, Ireland, stirred the interest of a young professor there, Fr John Blowick, who became the other co-founder of the Columbans. Father Fraser was interned in the Philippines during World War II.

Misyon View


(founded by St Arnold Janssen in 1875, 1889 and 1896 respectively)

A pleasant reunion of missionaries took place in the Convent of perpetual Adoration in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, last August 5, 2008. Fr. Joaquim Andrade, SVD of India, now Superior Provincial of Southern Brazil, met with Sister Leonie Pergunta, SSpS from Loay, Bohol presently stationed as procurator of their big College in Uniñao de Vitória, Brazil and three Sisters SSpSAP, Pink Sisters from the Philippines: Sr. M. Socorro Saplala, from Santa Rita, Pampanga, Sr. M. Reparatrix Zafra from Clarin, Bohol and Sr. M. Joselita, Milagros Ramos from Agoo, La Union. It was the 25th anniversary of the convent foundation and the 70th anniversary of religious profession of its foundress and first superior of this contemplative community. Several SVD priests concelebrated a thanksgiving mass with our Bishop, Dom Sergio Arthur Braschi in the presence of many Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit, friends and benefactors of the community. The SVD priests are in charge of some parishes, the SSpS have a big College in the city, while also attending some charitable centers for poor children. Our cloistered branch in Brazil has only one Convent of Perpetual Adoraton: “ Nossa Senhora do Cenácula” in Ponta Grossa, Paraná. As a contemplative congregation we lead a life of prayer and sacrifice and perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to support the mission work of the whole Church, especially of the SVD and SSpS. We have already vocations for the cloistered life originating from several places of Brazil.

Pilgrim Of The Street People

An Interview With ‘Henrique Of The Trinity’. His Cloth Shoulder Bag Contains All His Worldly Possessions: A Bible, A Crucifix, An Icon Of The Trinity And A Towel.

Q. Can you tell our readers how you arrived at this special vocation in the Church?

A. I was born in France and arrived in Brazil in 1987. I began to live in one of the large, very poor favelas of São Paulo. I spent two years living there, getting to know the situation in Brazil, living in a small wooden shack, the same kind of shack that everybody else lived in all over that area. I had come to Brazil to share in the life of the most marginalized people and to try and lead a life of contemplative prayer in that setting. I did not go to the favela to help resolve the huge problems of the people there, I just wanted to work on a person to person level. I spent two years there and they were happy years, but deep down I somehow felt called to something deeper, a greater simplicity of lifestyle.

Beyond The Borders Of Pagadian To The Peripheries Of Juazeiro

By Sister Cresencia G. Lagunsad CB

Sister Cris, from Kidapawan, Mindanao, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of St Charles Borromeo and is based in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Recently, I made a short visit to the Diocese of Juazeiro, near São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. It was a dream-come-true for one with a long-standing interest in that country, fascinated by its people. There was always that wish that someday, somehow I’d encounter Brazil up close. So when the pilot announced our approach to Salvador from Lisbon, a mixed feeling of joy and anxiety overwhelmed me, normal for a newcomer, I reminded myself.

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro SJ

By Sister Mariana Reyes HGS

Sister Mariana came to the Philippines in 2000. She is a member of the Hermanas Guadalupanas de la Salle founded in Mexico in 1946 by Brother Juan Fromental Coyroche, a De La Salle Brother from France. The Sisters follow the charism of St John Baptist De La Salle and are involved in the promotion of Christian Education. Their spirituality in the service of God inspires them to look to Our Lady of Guadalupe in her role as evangelizer of the people they serve. They arrived in the Philippines in 1984. Other countries in which they work include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Madagascar, Peru and Thailand.

‘When You Learn, Teach; When You Get, Give’

By Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray went to Chinaafter serving for 12 years as Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban.

I’ve been teaching English in a university in Chongging in southwest China since September 2002. I chose to work in this part of China because it is somewhat less developed than the east and the government is now making efforts to develop the west. Chongging is at the center of that effort. I teach Oral English and a course in Western Culture for AB students majoring in English. The latter course in particular affords great scope for communicating values, with topics such as the Bible and Christianity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation, to name but a few.