Lay Persons Associate Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception







The seed planted  in good soil and blessed by God has blossomed in other fertile lands where there is a SMIC Community. Many are called but few respond with a YES.  Today there are 125 members in the following SMIC locations of Brazil


Fortaleza: Bairro Padre Andrade 11 Sr.Leônia
Fortaleza: Bairro Antônio Bezerra 08 Sr.Eliene
Canindé 10 Sr. Maria Cleofas
Belém 12 Sr.Carmelita
Alenquer 13 Sr.Nilsa
Monte Alegre 21 Sr. Heloísa
Itaituba 24 Sr. Heloísa
Santa Clara – Santarém 11 Sr. Maria Olinda
São José – Santarém 15 Sr. Heloísa
Total 125


LEMIC COMMITMENT TERMS       We, attending to the call of God, freely decide to assume the commitment to be Lay Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, living the charism and spirituality of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. We wish to develop the Mission and Marian-Franciscan Spirit  in the example of the Founders, Bishop Amando and Mother Immaculata being a Compassionate Presence and Evangelizer, principally among the most needy.



The group serves in diverse ways both within the Congregation and in the Parishes and Dioceses to which they belong.

          Briefly, the objective of LEMIC members, is to share with the Sisters the mission of Jesus Christ by being a contemplative and missionary presence especially to those most in need.

Every three years, the LEMIC group meets in a General Assembly. Such a meeting took place  November 10 to 12th held at the retreat house of São José in the Santarem region.. Nine Province groups of the  Immaculate Heart of Mary Province, Belem were present as well as 9 members from the Holy Cross Province came to be accompanied by Sr. Olivia.   In total, there were 90 participants. As  2017 was the Marian Jubilee Year, a significant theme for the Church of Brazil, this  same theme was used at the Assembly: “With Mary in defense of Life


The purpose of the Assembly was to evaluate the past three years and to plan for the next5 three years until  2020.


Besides the monthly meetings  LEMIC members are engaged in various pastoral ministries in the Parishes: catechetics, home visits to the sick, vists to the hospitals, extraordinary ministers of Communion, liturgies, Christmas novenas and novenas of the parish patron saint, lenten theme,  organized missionary weekend activities, annual retreat and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Thursdays of each month, they pray the rosary in the neighborhood along with other activities.


Meeting with group representatives

Theme: Revitalization of the life and Mission of LEMIC

Objetive: Prepare the Triennial Plan and practice of the Norms of Life

Location: Belém







CULTURAL NIGHT AMONG THE LEMICs–always a fun way to be together










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Francis and ecology


Sr. Frances Karovic, SMIC

The canticle of creation written by St. Francis is not new to us; however it is a significant reminder that God is the Source of All Being and that we are all sister and brother to one another and everything in creation deserves love and respect.

Francis praises Sister Water: humble, helpful, precious, and pure.  There is perhaps no other time that we have become so aware of our need and relatedness to water.  The environmental crisis of our times threatens the balance of nature and it is imperative that we include ecology as an integral dimension of contemplation in action.  It’s hard to imagine running out of water, but it could happen.  Between 1950 and 2000, the population in the US doubled while public demand for water more than tripled.

Nature shows us something about ourselves as she reveals to us the properties of our sister water.  We often think of water when we think of vacations- the beach, a quiet pond, a lovely stream or brook.  We gaze at the immense ocean and sense the infinity of the Creator.  Water and ourselves are kindred spirits.  Yet water cannot control her power; she is determined by others.  It is for us to describe whether we will enhance and generate water or weaken and annihilate her by our careless lack of care for creation.

There are a multitude of simple practices we can adopt to conserve water.  It takes mindfulness.  Consider that each of us uses an average of 100 gallons of water each day, enough to fill 1600 drinking glasses.  Some basic means of saving water include: A) Cook smart peel and clean vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water. B) Slow the flow install a slow flow faucet to reduce water consumption up to 50%. C) Shorten showers, test faucets and sprinklers for leaks.  Check the Internet for tips on water savers.

To speak and think about Water Conservation without mentioning Fracking would be incomplete.  In addition to fracking’s inherent dangers, adverse impact on human health and growing role in climate change, fracking plays a large part on drinking water quality and accessibility because the drilling is a major threat to water resources from pollution and overuse.

Multinational water companies are choosing to bottle municipal tap water because it’s cheaper to process.  As a result, almost half of all bottled water now comes from tap water sources.  Single use plastic bottles end up in our landfills, oceans and streams.

In late 2014, two monumental breakthroughs were achieved.  Federal legislation was introduced to ban Fracking in National Parks, Forests and on all public lands.  Governor Cuomo of New York announced a complete ban on fracking in the State.

In California, people are being helped to understand the interactions between fracking and critical State issues- water shortage, earthquakes, agriculture and the health of rural and underserved communities.

The US Province Investment portfolio seeks to invest in companies demonstrating sustainable business practices and we carefully monitor social responsible investing.  The portfolio seeks investment in companies that innovate and develop New Technologies to provide renewable energy and enhance efficiency, uphold human rights in global supply claims, support organic sustainable agriculture and forestry and have visionary leadership.

Now, back to St. Francis, as well as St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who are both patrons of Ecology.  We Franciscans are true to their Vision and Values and continue to become more mindful of how to live this out.

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Social Justice Issues

       1Human Solidarity…we are all brothers and sisters !  ?

Together we pray along with Pope Francis who sent this message  to President Trump

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” – the Message reads – “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”


call to holiness: new exhortation letter of Pope Francis

Excerpt:  14. To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in pr That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.



2.  Human Trafficking

 “Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity…”  Pope Francis


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  3. Ecology    enjoy this video:    “the world of wonder”

 We want to create  a civilization of live–political, economic and cultural-not one of hate and greed. we want a society that is more humane, worthy of us as persons and true.  From this will emerge the communal will to protect the environment.  Pope Francis “On Care for Our Common Home”/ Laudato Si  #231


read the summary statement of the Encyclical

 ten takeaways from the Encyclical from America Magazine  by Fr. James Martin, SJ June 2015

 4. Participate in this group:  Catholic ClimateCovenant



Prayer requested by Pope Francis for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel cited in   Laudato Si.

Read the summary



Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace,that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it.

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction

touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature

as we journey toward your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.





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