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Visit to Brazil
March 2017

VISIT TO BRAZIL

Bro. Paddy Fay and Bro. Tadgh McMahon, Sr. Maria Isabel and her husband Bro. Manuel Cacao visited Brazil on behalf of Concilium. Included during the visit was attending the Senatus meeting in Sao Paulo and visiting 8 higher council meetings, journeying several thousand miles from north to south, meeting with officers of attached councils, correspondents, youth Legion representatives and attending several praesidium meetings.
One of the features of the visit was the great interest in Frank Duff. At the Senatus meeting of officers in the Frank Duff House of Formation in Mogi das Cruzes, following the showing of a DVD, Bro. Fay and Bro. McMahon spoke on some of their memories of Frank Duff. This happened also at Sao Paulo Senatus and praesidium meetings. Before leaving Mogi das Cruzes they had the privilege of attending the Dedication of Our Lady of Graces Church in the House of Formation. They also paid a visit to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora Aparacida, who is Patroness of Brazil.
Special thanks are due to all who looked after the four visitors on their visit, especially the Secretary of the Senatus, Lucinda Fonseca and her husband Antonio, who accommodated them in their home, and the Senatus President, Nelson de Moraes and his wife Angelina who were most helpful.
Sr. Maria Isabel and Bro. Manuel Cacao, Portuguese Concilium Correspondents, were thanked for their wholehearted and enthusiastic participation in the visit. They said they found the visit very beneficial.



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Quote of the Day
Above all the vision of Frank Duff concerning the priest and laity can only be understood in the context of evangelisation and the salvation of souls. Both priest and laity must be totally christocentric and the central focus of Christ is the salvation of souls.

Our Lord put it categorically more than once: 'I came to save sinners.' Evangelisation is simply cooperating in the work of redemption. It is facilitating a meeting between Christ and another person, bringing the fruits of redemption to others or again putting it very simply, it is helping others get into heaven.

This must be the overwhelming focus of any priest or layperson who would wish to be apostolic. Ultimately there is no evangelisation without focusing on the salvation of souls. Whatever the immediate goals, the ultimate goal of all evangelisation must be the gaining of eternal life.

The Code of Canon Law puts it very succinctly: For all activity of the Church 'the salvation of souls must always be the supreme law. '(Can.1752) This is the identity of interest between the priest and the lay apostle.
Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P., Concilium Spiritual Director