Oblate Mission in Central Brazil 1962 - 2012

Published on 15th March 2013.

Oblate Mission in Brazil 1962 - 2012

On December 8th, the Oblate mission in Central Brazil celebrated its golden jubilee. Begun in 1962 by four young Oblates from Ireland, it was a hughly significant development in our province, an initiative that has been attracting widespread support from parish communities and individuals in Britain and Ireland for half a century.

Taking a lead from the great Brazilian bishops of the post-Vatican 11 era, the Oblates aligned themselves with the struggling poor, working through the ‘Basic Christian Communities’ to change a deeply unjust system where the rich few owned almost everything, and the many poor struggled daily for enough to live and feed their families.

Thanks to the work of MAMI (Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate) in Britain and Ireland and our generous donors, the Brazil mission has been blessed with excellent moral and financial support from the beginning.

Oblates Joe Ryan, Tommy Cleary, Paddy McArdle, John J Mahon, Jim Butler, Paddy Sheridan and, of course, current MAMI directors, Frs Vincent Mulligan and Paschal Dillon, have all been or are still part of the fund-raising effort that has helped this mission continue serving poor communities in Brazil's Interior and in Rio de Janeiro. 

So, too, are the many MAMI volunteers, the women and men who commit time, talent and resources to supporting Oblate missions. A heartfelt ‘Thank You' from Brazil’s Oblates and the people they serve. Muito obrigado!




Rio remembers friend of poor

A few years ago, Rio de Janeiro awarded Oblate, John Cribbin its highest honour, the Pedro Ernesto Medal,  “... for his active solidarity with the City’s poor and marginalised... he symbolises the hope that together the exploited and oppressed will make this country a place where all can live in freedom and justice”. 

Now, some years later, and one year after his death, a family clinic, which John helped bring to the area, has been named the Clinica Familia John Cribbin ‘Padre João’.


Photo 1:Church and community centre, Paranaguara, Goiás, close to the site of Mateira, the town to which the mission founders were sent in 1962. Later, the valley was flooded to make way for a hydro-electric project, and the people were moved to the new town

Photo2: On the eve of departure for Brazil (1962) Left to right: J. Donovan, P. Moriarty, P. McDonnell (Provincial), E. Barrett, J. Cribbin

Photo 3: Clinica Familia John Cribbin ‘Padre João’

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