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Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres
Brazil
Foundation: 1965

Heeding to the call of the Bishops of Latin America, the SPC Sisters in Canada ventured to go to South America. The Region of Brazil was founded in 1965 with 4 Sisters who were pioneers. They had to learn the language and adapt to the climate change from the freezing snow of the Arctic to the scalding heat of the Tropics.They tried to be inculturated to the immense and multi-cultured country of Brazil.

A Hospital in the municipality of Valinhos in the state of São Paulo became their first apostolate. More Sisters came and they responded to the call to serve the Basic Eclesial Communities in Campinas. Soon, they expanded  their apostolate to the neighboring state of Minas Gerais particularly in the Diocese of Luz. The field of apostolate is vast and so Sisters from Asia were sent to the Region. With God´s grace, in 2008, our Brazilian Sister made her first profession.

Today the Region is composed of 13 Sisters coming from five nationalities - Canadians, French, Filipinas, Vietnamese and Brazilian. The Apostolates are varied: Education for the young from 3-14 years old and for University students; Health Care Apostolate in the Hospital and in the Communities; Pastoral Care caring for the children and their mothers (Pastoral da Criança), the worker and the unemployed (Pastoral Operária), the Street people (Moradores de Rua) and the organization of Cooperatives (Economia Solidária).   

The Sister of St. Paul wherever she is, announces the Good News of Jesus Christ and participates in the mission of the Church "so that all may have life, and have it to the full" (Jo10,10). Come and know more about the Sisters of St. Paul in the Region of Brazil. The invitation of Jesus continues to echo today in the hearts of young people who are generous to become disciples and missionaries of the Lord. "Come, follow me", says the Lord. Do you hear the call in your heart? Do you see the invitation to serve the people in need? Do you feel the courage to respond? Feel the joy of a loving heart who says Yes!

St. Paul responded by saying: "For to me, life is Christ".(Phil1:21)
Our Lady responded with the affirmation: "I am the handmaid of the Lord". (Lk 1:38) 

May the Lord bless you and guide you for God calls you to be "the salt of the earth and the light of the world". (Lk 5: 13, 14).
VOLUNTEERS
Sr. Eleanor Paloma, SPC Missionary in Campinas, Brazil
“A volunteer is someone who dedicates a part of his time and knowledge to work without pay, doing some activities, organized or not, for the benefit of the common good,” the UN says. A volunteer can be an agent of social change or transformation. Our Sisters in the Region of Brazil have always been Volunteers and have counted on the help of Volunteers to do the mission entrusted to them.

“A volunteer is someone who dedicates a part of his time and knowledge to work without pay, doing some activities, organized or not, for the benefit of the common good,” the UN says. A volunteer can be an agent of social change or transformation. Our Sisters in the Region of Brazil have always been Volunteers and have counted on the help of Volunteers to do the mission entrusted to them.

It is with joy that I witness our volunteers giving of themselves to the service of the patients in the Hospital and Maternity Celso Pierro in Campinas, in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.    

We welcome and give information to the people who go for consultation in the Out-Patient Department, the Emergency Room, the Laboratory and X-ray Department, all under the One-System Health Care Program of the Federal Government (Sistema Única de Saúde or SUS).

This April, the Welcome Group embraced one more activity; that is, the opening a small shop of used items whose income is for the poor patients. These patients who need provisions may go to the Social Worker who in turn ask the Welcome Group to help meet their needs. Some patients who travel 4-5 hours to reach the tertiary hospital sometimes have nothing to eat while waiting for their consultation. Jesus once said to His disciples, “feed them yourselves”. To the other patients who upon discharge have no decent clothes to wear, we can give something too. In the Gospel, we hear Jesus say, “as long as you did this to one of my brethren you did it to me”. The enthusiasm of the volunteers is contagious that donations of new, unused items are pouring in too. 


In May, a volunteer priest who is part of the Group will start giving time to listen to the employees in a one-to-one dialogue to welcome their questions, enlighten doubts about the faith, etc. Soon, a Free Pharmacy will open with highly qualified volunteer professionals to be in action. The Medical Doctors are also planning to do their share of organized volunteer work too. It is with wonder and praise that I thank the Lord for the opportunity to animate and see the good will of people trying to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who need be welcomed in the Hospital so that they too, inspite of their pains, will feel the dignity of being sons and daughters of our loving God. 

The Kindergarten School (FIRMACASA) and the School for Adolescents (Canto do Sol) where our Sisters work in Campinas, also count on Volunteers.  They donate goods or give their services for free to the children in need.

Sr. Whilma Catolos coordinates the school. It is nice to see the transformation of the children who in some way suffer violence at home, become better persons, for in the school they are welcomed and loved. The pastoral work where our Sisters are engaged in, such as; the Pastoral of the Children (Pastoral da Criança), the Caritas, the Pastoral of the Workers (Pastoral Operária),  Pastoral for Prisoners (Pastoral Carcerária), Pastoral for Women (Pastoral das Mulheres) involve thousands of Volunteers. Our Sisters try to inculcate the values of sharing and give witness to what they teach. The Sisters are also doing volunteer work in the Basic Eclesial Communities where they are immersed. The joy of helping, the sight of the transformation effected, the smile of a wordless thank you, the echo of Jesus´ words in one´s heart is already a recompense. “Come”, Jesus says, “receive the inheritance of the Kingdom of God”. Yes, we perceive that the Reign of God is in our midst!
The Volunteer Program in the Hospital counts on some Storytellers, Clowns, Pastoral Care Ministers, the Welcome Group and a Group of Trainers of Dogs for Therapy.  Having been a volunteer in the Hospital, I was invited by the Bishop through the Superintendent of the Hospital to work in the Pontifical University Hospital as a Pastoral Care Minister and to coordinate the Welcome Group Volunteers (Grupo de Acolhimento).
Our Group Volunteers
L-R: Dr. Luis Bertoncello, Dr. Danilo Vilogellir, Mother Myriam Kitcharoen, Sr. Helene Gatien, and Sr. Eleanor Paloma