Help for the formation of seminarians of a new spiritual community
By ACN International Projects Department,
Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada
Published on the web April 15, 2020
The Opus Mariae community (known in Brazil as Eis aí tua mãe – Obra de Maria) was founded in Brazil in 1990 and now numbers around 3350 members worldwide, from all walks of life, including priests, deacons, consecrated religious, married couples and single people. Together, they form one big family!
The community has now spread to 7 different Latin American countries, 22 African countries, to Israel and Palestine as well as in Europe to Italy and Portugal. One of the community’s missions involves organizing pilgrimages for thousands of participants to visit religious shrines all over the world. They also organize congresses, retreats and concerts in the service of evangelization; active in the media apostolate and the youth and vocations apostolate. there are also social work projects geared towards, among other things, people suffering from addictions.
Fruits of the community
A particularly attractive feature of this community’s work is the growing number of priestly vocations it has produced. Currently there are 50 young men from the community training for the priesthood in the archdiocese of Olinda and Recife. They include young men from Brazil and from the African countries of Togo, Benin and Mozambique.
The leaders of the community have turned to us for help to cover the cost of the formation of these seminarians from this still very young community, Benefactors donations will help to pay for their room and board along with study fees.
ACN has already helped in the past, with $123,000 dollars of support for the formation of 23 seminarians. We are planning to help again this year. Would you like to help?