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Support the Training of Seminarians at a New Spiritual Community in Brazil

The Opus Mariae community was founded in Brazil in 1990 and now numbers around 3,350 members worldwide. Members come from all walks of life, including priests, deacons, consecrated religious, married couples and single people. Together they all form one big family.

The community has now spread to 7 different Latin American countries and 22 African countries, and is also present in Israel and Palestine, as well as Italy and Portugal. One of its missions involves organizing pilgrimages to religious shrines all over the world, with thousands of people participating in them. The community also organizes congresses, retreats and concerts in the service of evangelization, is active in the media apostolate and the youth and vocations apostolate, and likewise in social work projects, including working with drug addicts.

A particularly attractive feature of its 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.

It is a challenge for this still young community to cover the cost of the formation of these seminarians, since it has to pay for their board and lodging and their study fees as well. The leaders of the community have turned to us for help. We have already helped in the past, with $8,800 for the formation of 23 of its seminarians, and we are planning to help again this year.

Will you join in supporting the training of these training future priests in this new spiritual community in Brazil?

We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.

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