MAURICIO, new bishop

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Good news for the fraternity: our brother Mauricio da SILVA JARDIM, from the fraternity of Brazil, has been appointed Bishop of Rondonópolis-Guiratinga (Mato Grosso) by Pope Francis.

Mauricio was born in Sapucaia do Sul, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, on February 9, 1969. He entered the seminary at the age of 21, being ordained a priest on December 11, 1999 in the parish of Nossa Senhora de Fátima de Sapucaia do Sul, incardinating himself in the clergy of the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

He was parochial vicar and parish priest, adviser to Youth Ministry, vocation animator and spiritual director of the Preparatory Seminary of the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre. He has also been a missionary in Mozambique, as he is a specialist in missiology.

He was appointed national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Brazil (POM) in 2016. The position and responsibility have led him until 2021 to carry out great work in coordination and animation in the Brazilian Church: a missionary and evangelizing spirit. All this in order to an outgoing Church, a nearby Church, Samaritan and in the peripheries.

In November 2012, at our world assembly in Paris, I chose him for the international team of our priestly fraternity Iesus Caritas, as a brother from Latin America. Working with him until January 2019, and with Jean-François, Emmanuel, Mark and our dear Félix, has been a very positive experience of brotherhood and teamwork.

Mauricio joins the list of Brazilian bishops of the fraternity, along with Jeová and Silvio lately, and Edson, Eugénio and others. It is a great joy, therefore, for all the brothers of the world. May his ministry, in the order of the successors of the apostles, be marked by the call to always be at the side of the poorest, in his diocesan Nazareth, always listening to priests, laity, other Christian groups and those who are far away. of the church. He will be consecrated bishop in Porto Alegre, on August 19, 2022. Our prayers, our joy and our best wishes. “Ad multos annos”.

Aurelio SANZ BAEZA,
priestly fraternity Iesus Caritas of Spain

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Convocation III Panamerica Assembly

CORDOBA, 19th -24th September 2022

To the National Responsible of our Fraternity in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, the United States and Quebec-Acadie.

Dear brothers:

Peace and joy in our beloved Brother and Lord Jesus!

It is appropriate to start the process of preparation for our III Pan American Assembly with this Convocation. In planning the format of the Assembly, we should take into account both the Conclusions of II Assembly (Santo Domingo, February 2018), as well as the Orientations that emerged from the World Assembly held in Cebu, Philippines in January 2019.

In our Assembly in Santo Domingo, we made several proposals to respond to the ecological challenges and the migratory challenges and to improve the life and mission of our fraternities. I believe that a careful reading of the “Letter of Santo Domingo” can refresh our memory and place our III Assembly in continuity with Santo Domingo. Also, in Cebu we set certain emphases and priorities that are included in the “Letter of Cebu”. I am attaching both documents in preparation for our next Assembly.

We can say that the World Assembly emphasized the missionary dimension of our priestly ministry, based on the mission experience of Brother Charles and the insistent invitation of Pope Francis to be a Church that goes out to the geographical and existential peripheries. In a meeting that the American delegates had during of the Cebu Assembly, we agreed that this should be the nucleus of our III Pan American Assembly and that it would be good to address it from the missionary experiences on the ground in the migration, ecological or health ministries, during these times of pandemic.

Pope Francis in his encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” places the gestation of universal brotherhood as the ultimate goal of the mission and points to Br. Charles as the one who inspires this evangelizing horizon. (FT n. 286 and 287).

Also, it seems important to me that we collect, analyse and project the data regarding our Fraternities in America, which is provided by the Survey that the International Team sent to all the countries.

(View full document in PDF: Convocation III Panamerica Assembly)