Mission & Youth Outreach Projects
Brazil Children's Outreach
Sister Maria de Deus of our Children's Outreach in Brazil recently wrote in to us saying the following:
I would like to thank you in a special way for your continuous prayers for our mission. We are so few and even fewer laborers. This year is the Year of Vocations in Brazil and we pray that many young women will join us.
Our group is growing and this is a blessing. We were able to start music classes for the children and now we have 25 in piano (donated by the city) and 12 in violin classes. The children are enjoying this so much and we have already seen a big difference in the Chapel.
In 2002 our pilgrims were able to participate in some unique spiritual experiences. First in Rome we participated in the canonization of Padre Pio, to whom we are currently building our own tribute with the opening of the Padre Pio house, for priests. Later in the year we celebrated the canonization of Juan Diego along with thousands of other pilgrims in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In addition we had our regular pilgrimage to Fatima to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.
Returning to our roots, we will be visiting Fatima in the Spring and again in the Fall to visit the places where Our Lady appeared to the three seers. We are hoping to introduce our new pilgrimage, currently being planned, which will travel to Ireland at the end of the summer and give pilgrims the opportunity to participate in the feast of Our Lady of Knock and follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick.