In Brazil, one of the countries that is worst affected by Covid-19 and with a death toll of well over 350,000 people (as of mid-April 2021) families struggle to buy food, according to Fr Brendan Foley. Ordained in 1997, Fr Brendan is Superior of the South-West Province of the Spiritans in Brazil, and is parish priest in Perus, São Paulo, an area where many people live in areas of great deprivation including ‘favelas’.
Author:- April 19, 2021
John Skinnader C.S.Sp., a native of Co. Monaghan, was one of three Spiritans who opened the Congregation’s mission in newly independent South Sudan in 2012. Ordained in 1981, Fr John served in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, in Rome as Director of Justice & Peace for the Congregation and in his home diocese, Clogher.
Malawi, a republic in south-eastern Africa, has had a Spiritan presence since 1971 when 11confrères, all from Ireland, were assigned to the Archdiocese of Blantyre.
Following a request from Rome in 1963, the first three Irish Spiritans were appointed to Brazil. They were the late Fr John Jordan, Fr Dave Regan and Fr Enda Watters. Their arrival broadly coincided with the second session of Vatican II and was a few months before Brazil’s military coup.
Author:- March 19, 2021