In Sao Paulo meeting on reform and new migrant needs

By Rosinha Martins
From Aparecida -SP

The increasing mobility of human beings throughout the world has led Scalabrinian missionaries to a radical attitude of reform within the Order to better meet the needs of migration and shelter. To continue this process, the Scalabrinian Sisters of the Province of São Paulo met at the São Carlos Professional Center in the city of Aparecida-SP. The event started on the afternoon of this Saturday 10th and ended on the 12th.

According to a report presented by the Mission Manager of the Province of São Paulo, Sister Janet Ferreira (data from the International Organization for Migration), South America contains about 5,826,400 immigrants here for geographical, environmental, political and global economic crisis reasons. the data also reveal a feminization of migrations, since 50.9% of these displaced are women, followed by 17.7% of young people under 20 years of age and 16.5% of those over 65 years of age.

The Latin American countries that have received the largest number of migrants are Argentina with 2 million, Venezuela, 1.4 million and Brazil with 713 thousand emigrants. These come from Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, African countries (Senegal, Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, among others), South and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, India, Nepal) and from Asia and the Middle East (Syria) These migratory flows tend to increase without precedent in history. The Congregation hastens to reorganize all its dimensions (pastoral, formation, apostolate and administration) in order to face the challenges that this reality proposes.

In this regard, Sister Sandra Maria Pinheiro, Provincial Superior of the Province of St. Paul, stressed that the reorganization of the Congregation should be undertaken as a movement of spiritual renewal rather than administrative, with an attitude of availability, a disposition of heart in the search for the will of God and, rethinking the structures in view of the mission.

According to Pinheiro, this process of reorganization requires that everyone has “a giraffe look”. The giraffe with its big neck can look up and open to horizons. “We need a look that does not exhaust our little world of personal fears and needs,” he said.

For Sister Sandra, the reorganization “is an opportunity to reinvent the Consecrated Religious Life for our times, and thus recover its prophetic character of proclamation because we want to serve more and better for migrants and refugees. Sister Neuza Botelho dos Santos and Sister Ana Conceição Sales, Councillors for Training and Administration, also presented the path taken so far in these areas towards reorganisation.

Present in 27 countries, the Scalabrinian missionaries intend to reduce the number of provinces, unify efforts in all sectors to make more effective the presence where the migratory flows are greater These days are satisfied the Sisters belonging to the Province of Aparecida, based in Sao Paulo, which from the three existing provinces in Brazil will merge into one from December 2018.

Source: Scalabrinian Press

Open community to respond to Venezuelan-Brazil border emergencies

A new community of Scalabrinian missionary nuns has been opened in Pacaraima, a town in northern Brazil on the border with Venezuela. The congregation, which has been dealing with migrants since its foundation, is thus trying to support those families that are reaching Brazil because in recent months Venezuela has been hit by a severe economic and social crisis.

There are about 50,000 Venezuelans, in fact, who are asking for help from the State of Roraima, one of 26 that makes up the Brazilian federation. “The migrants are looking for new opportunities for life and work – explains Sister Zenaide Ziliotto, Superior of the Scalabrinian province ‘Mary, Mother of the migrants’ – Let’s give them opportunities to know what Brazil can offer and what can be done once here”.

Thousands reach Pacaraima, in a journey of about 200 kilometres. They walk a path that sees them walk the Pan-American Avenue that unites the two countries. The Church and the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters are engaged daily in the service of accommodation and welcome, including a daily breakfast that is offered every day to about 700 people.

“Here in Pacaraima there is the Lampedusa of Brazil – adds Sister Zenaide – The tail in the border is big. They come here to try to find a job and something to eat. Young people, the elderly, families and women are coming. It’s a very complex situation.

Brazil, regional awareness-raising meeting in South Caixas

Between 27 and 28 March at the San Carlo Institute in Southern Caixas, Brazil, there was a regional meeting to raise the awareness of the Scalabrinian missionary nuns. The objective was to reflect on specific themes on the reorganization and unification of the Provinces.

Sister Marileda Baggio, Provincial Superior, welcomed the sisters and spoke of the journey they had undertaken with courage and hope, confident in the divine love that leads the sisters in this process of reorganization, inspired by the episode of the Disciples of Emmaus.

Sister Maria Helena Morra, of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Mary, spoke about different themes and stressed the importance, in the process of reorganization, of the change of mentality. Sixty-five sisters from different communities took part in this meeting.

Missionaries, 24 March Day in memory of martyrs

Next March 24 will be held the Day in memory of the missionary martyrs. This was because on 24 March 1980, in El Salvador, Monsignor Oscar A. Romero, Bishop of the city, was killed. It was thus decided to remember this kind of martyrdom annually. The memory goes to those who proclaimed the Gospel and lost their lives to do so. For more information, please visit www.missioitalia.it

The Itinerant Service, a process of reorganization of the Congregation

The strong appeal of Pope Francis on the occasion of the celebration of World Migrant and Refugee Day 2018 still resounds in our hearts. Migrants are today a reality more and more present in our lives, in society and in the life of the Church. Impossible not to admit it. Armed conflicts, wars and natural disasters force many men, women and children to leave their land simply to survive. Welcoming in this way becomes a Christian imperative that we cannot ignore, but it is necessary to go further, it is necessary to welcome, promote and integrate, reminding us that behind the numbers there are people who live through dramas and suffering, who challenge us and ask for our attention. As Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, the invitation to be with migrants and refugees, especially those living in situations of greater vulnerability, is not an option; it is for each of us a duty, a privileged opportunity to live and express the specific mission that God has entrusted to us.

The challenges of migration far outweigh our possibilities. But these multiply if we look generously, rather than at our possibilities, at the needs of migrants.

The Itinerant Service, within the process of internal reorganization of the Congregation, has the objective of encouraging a new way of presence, action and experience of the Scalabrinian charism. To advance in this process, the preparatory commission of the Itinerant Service met in Rome from 22nd to 27th January 2018, together with the General Government, to give continuity to the process of reflection and planning of this project and to elaborate a proposal of specific preparation for the sisters, so as to qualify our implementation with the migrants and refugees, who are for us the living face of Jesus.

We want to share with you the work carried out during these days and give some indications on the next steps to be taken, in order to finally start the Itinerant Service:

Final drafting of the “ad experimentum” regulation, integrating all the contributions received from the provincial governments, on the basis of the reflection that had been requested of them:

Wide reflection on the current migratory reality. In this context, possible places have been identified where the Itinerant Service is most solicited by the clamour of migrants and where the Congregation can establish partnership agreements with other Institutions. Initially, thought was given to countries such as Nigeria, Indonesia, India, the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, Mexico, the exodus of Venezuelans (Roraima-Brazil, and possibly other countries), Lesbo-Greece;

Meeting and dialogue with the representatives of the Foundations of the Good Shepherd Sisters and Marist Brothers to learn about their work, how they support their congregational services and to share their experiences in the field of seeking resources for the realization of their missionary projects. These experiences are valuable to us insofar as they show us possible ways to seek help for the realization of the Itinerant Service

Reflection on some possible ways of specific preparation of the sisters, elaborating a plan that will have two stages:

1st on-line course with topics that will be developed by experts during some study sessions; language learning, both in the country of residence and intensively in several other countries; experiences within institutions that can enrich the implementation of the Sisters in the Itinerant Service.

2nd – A residential meeting: an intensive stage of short duration with the participation of a group of sisters is planned. During this meeting, together with the contribution of expert consultants, there will be an exchange of experiences and in-depth study topics.

The Itinerant Service wants to be a visible icon of the faith of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, which expresses their love for God and their publicly professed decision to give their lives in evangelical and missionary service to migrants and refugees. With joy we can say that we have a significant adherence of sisters who have registered, just like many others who support this service, this shows how missionary work is alive in the hearts of the sisters and in the Congregation.

Whether in Africa, Asia, America or Europe, the Itinerant Service will be present in the name of each sister of the Congregation of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters. Those who are present in the various missions, such as those who offer their pains and sacrifices and tiredness in prayer, all share in the mission of welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating the migrants and refugees whom God has entrusted to us.

The work that the committee has done so far is certainly incomplete, because we are still in the construction phase. We are convinced that “on the way” the process will help to improve and adapt the Service to the circumstances of the times and places. We dare, however, to begin, to start, to set out as an “outgoing Church”, towards migrants and refugees.

We consider very important the meeting of the Superior General and Council with the Provincial Governments of the Congregation, which will take place in Chicago in April 2018, when they will be studied, analyzed and decisions made with a view to the concretization of the activities.

We thank all the sisters and young people in formation who pray and support the implementation of this proposal approved by the IX General Assembly of the Congregation (2016), regarding the MSCS Itinerant Service. May our sisters who are already in heaven help us to be ever more missionary and daring witnesses of God’s love, with migrants and refugees.

Through the intercession of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, Blessed Assunta Marchetti and the venerable servant of God Giuseppe Marchetti, we entrust this process to the Lord, asking Him to strengthen our journey so as to be able to give new and ever more appropriate responses to the appeals of our migrant and refugee brothers.

In Sao Paulo meeting on reform and new migrant needs

The increasing mobility of human beings throughout the world has led Scalabrinian missionaries to a radical attitude of reform within the Order to better meet the needs of migration and shelter. To continue this process, the Scalabrinian Sisters of the Province of São Paulo met at the São Carlos Professional Center in the city of Aparecida-SP. The event started on the afternoon of this Saturday 10th and ended on the 12th.

According to a report presented by the Mission Manager of the Province of São Paulo, Sister Janet Ferreira (data from the International Organization for Migration), South America contains about 5,826,400 immigrants here for geographical, environmental, political and global economic crisis reasons. the data also reveal a feminization of migrations, since 50.9% of these displaced are women, followed by 17.7% of young people under 20 years of age and 16.5% of those over 65 years of age.

The Latin American countries that have received the largest number of migrants are Argentina with 2 million, Venezuela, 1.4 million and Brazil with 713 thousand emigrants. These come from Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, African countries (Senegal, Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, among others), South and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, India, Nepal) and from Asia and the Middle East (Syria) These migratory flows tend to increase without precedent in history. The Congregation hastens to reorganize all its dimensions (pastoral, formation, apostolate and administration) in order to face the challenges that this reality proposes.

But entering into a process of reforming a 120-year history order requires a lot of openness from the members, a significant passion for the mission, because it presupposes structural changes, in this regard Sister Sandra Maria Pinheiro, provincial superior of the Province of St. Paul emphasized that the reorganization of the Congregation should be undertaken as a movement of spiritual rather than administrative renewal, with an attitude of availability, a disposition of the heart for the search for the will of God, and rethinking the structures in view of the mission.

Also according to Pinheiro, this reorganization process requires that everyone has “a giraffe appearance”. The giraffe with its large neck can look up and open up to the horizons. “We need a look that does not exhaust our little world of personal fears and needs,” he said.

For Sister Sandra, the reorganization “is an opportunity to reinvent the Consecrated Religious Life for our times, and thus recover its prophetic character of proclamation because we want to serve more and better for migrants and refugees”. Sr. Neuza Botelho dos Santos and Sr. Ana Conceição Sales also advised the formation and administration of the Sister, who presented the path taken so far in these areas towards reorganization.

Present in 27 countries, the Scalabrinian missionaries intend to reduce the number of provinces, to unify their efforts in all sectors to make their presence more effective where the migratory flows are greater.These days the Sisters belonging to the Province of Aparecida are satisfied, with based in São Paulo, which will be merged into one unit from the three existing provinces in Brazil from December 2018.

Source: Scalabrinian Press

Sister. Lucia one of the 100 most influential Brazilian health

The Scalabrinian Sr. Lucia Boniatti is one of the 100 most influential people in Brazil. This is what emerges from a prize organized by the Grupo Mídia of San Paolo. Sister Lucia is the director of the Mother of God Hospital in Porto Alegre, second hospital in Latin America and before the Region.

“Working to welcome is our philosophy of the congregation so that everyone can be welcomed in a human way – he explains – we have excellent doctors but we want to make sure that the human being is welcomed in its entirety. This goes in the direction of creating empathy for fragile human beings seeking help. Love takes care more than medicine: science exists and does good but nothing exceeds love, attention, compunction and presence “. The Madre di Dio hospital has been operating since 1979 and has 380 beds. It is one of the pioneering places in the fight against cancer in Brazil.

Scalabrinians, Sister Lucia professes perpetual vows

Scalabrinians, Sister Lucia professed perpetual vowsThe Scalabrinian Sister Lucia Amarante Ferreira da Silva professed perpetual vows in the city of Bonfinópolis de Minas on Sunday 26 November. He did so in the presence of hundreds of lay people of the diocese and not, also coming from the cities of Brasília, Ferndale, Curitiba, Santo André, São Paulo and Quito, capital of Ecuador.

Fr Jorge Alves Bezerra, bishop of Paracatu, underlined how consecration is a life dedicated to the service of the most needy, and reiterated the importance of working with migrants.

He asked the faithful to be an outgoing church and concluded by saying that the world is full of the presence of God, but that they have no eyes to see and hands that are placed at the service of the Kingdom.

Fonte: mscs.org.br