On September 15, 1922, Camillian priests were sent from Rome to Brazil with the mission of spreading the Camillian charism and founding a colony of the sons of St. Camillus.
Newsdesk (22/09/2022 19:00, Gaudium Press) The Camillian Order is celebrating one hundred years of mission in Brazil. As a way of commemorating this event, on September 15th, the religious went on pilgrimage to the National Sanctuary of Aparecida to thank the Patroness of Brazil for the centenary presence of the Order in the country.
The Archbishop of Aparecida, Dom Orlando Brandes, presided a Holy Mass in the Central Altar of the Shrine which was concelebrated by Father Pedro Tramontin, Superior General of the Camillian Fathers, and other priests of the religious congregation.
The Important Mission of the Camillians in Brazil
In his homily, Bishop Orlando Brandes highlighted the important mission of the Camillians in Brazil and their relationship with the current Pontiff. “Our Pope Francis speaks so much about healing wounds and so you Camillians are well within this pontificate, helping to heal so many wounds of humanity. Therefore, you do deserve the great praise as the ministers of the sick and the sister ministers of the sick,” he said.
“You deserve this name of being servants of the sick, a way of serving the weakest. Surely you are very happy and grateful for this celebration of such a significant 100 years. I end by praising God for the fourth vow that you make: ‘service to the sick. I repeat: ‘service to life, service to health’“, he concluded.
Arrival of Camillians in Brazil
The Camillian foundation in Brazil began when Father Teófilo Sanson, of the Archdiocese of Mariana (MG), fell ill and was assisted by the Camillians in the Civil Hospital of Padua in Italy.
Impressed with the assistance he received, the Brazilian priest spoke with the Archbishop of Mariana at the time, Dom Silvério Gomes Pimenta, who ended up sending a request to the Camillians to come to Brazil.
On September 15, 1922, the Camillian Fathers Inocente Radrizzani and Eugenio Dalla Giacoma were sent from Rome to Brazil with the mission of spreading the Camillian charism and founding a colony of the sons of St. Camillus in the South American country.
Since then, the Camillian Order has followed its charism and spirituality, based on service, evangelical love and professional competence, directed towards the sick and the most needy, having Jesus as an example of caring for the sick. (EPC)
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Compiled by Florence MacDonald