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Pallottines in Brasil

HISTORY OF THE BRAZILIAN MISSION

In 1980, the German Province founded a new Mission in Brazil. Sr. Maria Knaus was the Provincial Superior at that time. Some time before, she had heard a homily which had urged that the pallottine missionary charism “to all nations” be rekindled, and “to offer of the few young sisters, which the German Province had, to those who have less”. Gradually the project took practical form, the fruit of much prayer and cooperation with the Sisters of the Province. Therefore in January 1980, Sisters Mathilde Dierkes, Christina Schubert and Rita Lore Wicklein embarked for Brazil, to found the first Pallottine convent in Timbirras/Maranhao, North-East Brazil. There was no priest available to help this parish. Nevertheless, despite language difficulties, the Sisters began to carry out pastoral service to the people living in the town and surrounding districts.

Attracted by the work, the Sisters were doing, several young women living there began to discover their own calling to join the community. A time of preparation followed, and then, in 1984, three candidates were admitted to the novitiate. Together with Sr. Rita Lore, they moved to a rented home in the Center of Codó, a larger town some 24 km distant from Timbiras. On 8th December 1986, the first three Brasilian made their first profession.

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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