Brazil

VI SMIC Educational Symposium

 

 

 

 

2018 SMIC Education Symposium

The Sixth SMIC Education Symposium was held between the 24th and 26th of August at Dom Amando Convent in Salvador, Bahia. Collaborators from the following Schools were present: Immaculate Conception, Capela, Sergipe, St. Eufrásia- Barra-Bahia, Vera Cruz- Recife-Pernambuco and Dom Bosco- Itabaiana-Sergipe, with the latter  responsible for the preparation of this Symposium..

The event had as its theme:  SMIC Education: Breakdown walls, construct bridges. Go evangelize

Based on the Year of the Laity, the talks and all the activitives were directed to the mission of evangelization, lay men and women to make the world better. We who are educators need to be involved in this spirit, as we are the collaborators and integral to the formation of our students.

The Symposium clarified and strengthened ideas in relation to our mission as citizen, educator in  collaboration of forming a just and equal society

The days were enriched with learning and joy.  Each speaker offered  a concentration and participants were emotionally involved taking them to real life, their experiences and concerns; the perspective of making a difference.

Within this context, the speaches were inspiring and provoked us to be a transform- ative participant in the school and world.  One can sense that all depends on us, on our professional and Christian responsibility.

We are grateful for the Symposium which we felt was great.  We need to Evangelize!

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LEMICs

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

 

LOCATION NUMBER COORDINATOR
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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St. Anthony Hospital, Alenquer, Brazil


 

For many years the Missionary Sisters have been the only hospital health care providers for the Region that is based in Alenquer, Brazil.  This river Community has depended on the Missionary Sisters to work with the municipal, state and federal government system to provide care for the poor.   St. Anthony Hospital provides services for all with about 98% of its patients living in low income status and without health insurance .

Recently, the Sisters were able to negotiate a contract with the government to build a 10 bed Intensive Care Unit, and to rebuild the hospital’s  laundry, sterilization unit, kitchen facility and morgue.  This is a major gift to this non profit hospital that, through the intercession of St. Anthony has been able to keep its doors open through the year and to provide excellent care to those seeking care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SALVADOR PROVINCE BEGINS TRANSITION AS A CONGREGATIONAL UNIT

We Are ALL SISTERS

 “We are one in the love of God”

From the 16th to the 21st of 2018, we SMIC Sisters met with hope and joy at Dom Amando  convent to carry out our last Provincial Assembly and the Installation of the Unit of Holy Cross with the theme “We are all Sisters”.  Between dreams and filled with trust, we embarqued in search of a new road.  To help us on this journey, a transition ritual divided into three stages: 1. To administer  2. To administer a neutral zone (passage) 3. Administer a new beginning

The mixture of feelings was visible in each lived moment of the Assembly,  including those of  longing, loss, joy, concern, hope, trust…above all, in the moment in which our Minister General, Sr. Maria do Livramento read the letter of dissolution of the Province calling it a Unit.

After participating in the discernment process, a choice of a new leadership team was undertaken.  The following were selected: Sr. Sivia Corado do Amaral- Unit Coordinator, Sr.Vânia Maria Marques Branco- Coordinator of Institutions and Sr. Helena de Carvalho- Coordinator of Mission and Charism.

Certain that God leads us to the present moment and certain that He will continue to do so, we place our life in Him  in this new history that is beginning, seeking to live true UNITY.

Sr. Marta Helena de Carvalho                      SEE PHOTO GALLERY FOR PICTURES

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