A new community of the Josephine sisters is established in the Parish of San Sebastian and San Francisco of the Labrea Prelature
On February 5th, two new Josephine sisters arrived at the Foz de Tapaua (Tapaua, Amazonas, Brazil), who constitute the second community of this Congregation in the Prelature of Labrea and who will work, together with the other community, in the new Parish of San Sebastian and San Francisco, with two headquarters, one in Foz de Tapaua (Tapauá) and the other in Belo Monte (Canutama).
On Sunday, February 16, the fifth parish will be constituted within the Prelature of Labrea with ungainly territories of the northern part of the Parish of San Juan Bautista of Canutama and the southwest part of the Parish of Santa Rita of Tapauá.
The new parish will be attended by a priest belonging to the Prelature of Labrea and residing in Foz of Tapaua, Father Oder Carvalho Assuncao; and by two Josephine sisters communities, located in Foz of Tapauá and Belo Monte.
Since February 2013 the Josephine sisters have been in the Amazon, on the banks of the Purus River, in the Prelature of Labrea, the region where its founder, Rosita Paiva was born on March 13, 1909 in a small rural community of Labrea, near the border of this municipality with Canutama.
Later her family moved to Fortaleza (Ceara), where she grew up and founded this Congregation with St. Joseph as their patron saint. Fr. Luis de Carvalho Rocha, priest of the metropolitan cathedral of Fortaleza helped her in this mission. Rosita founded 84 Josephine communities and died in 1991 in Campo Mario (Piaui, Brazil).
Currently the Congregation of the Josephine Sisters has communities distributed throughout Brazil (Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Piaui, Paraiba, Maranhao, Bahia, Acre, Rondonia, Roraima and Amazonas) and in France.
The return of the Josephine Institute sisters to the banks of Purus took place in the town of Belo Monte, the second most populated in the municipality of Canutama, located in the northern part, near the border with the municipality of Tapauá. From Sunday it will be co-headquarters of the new Parish.
During the past seven years, Belo Monte has had an important organized work of evangelization, catechesis, visit to the riverine villages, strengthening and accompaniment of the basic ecclesial communities. Because of their charisma, they specialize in children’s formation and in defense of the most vulnerable.
It is expected that in Foz of Tapauá they will develop that same work. In addition, this will allow better attention to the rural communities that are still left with little attention on the extensive Tapaua River. Their work, and so for Father Eder, will include representing the Church in the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples who have little or no contact with the modern world.