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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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The basic principle of the True Devotion is to go to Jesus through Mary just as Jesus comes to us through Mary. The aim of the Legion therefore is to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus.

This presupposes a proper understanding of the God given role of Mary in the plan and execution of the work of redemption. Following on those principles Frank Duff passionately believed that real devotion to Mary obliges us to apostleship.

An important way of understanding the nature of all apostolate is by seeing it as a sharing in Mary's maternal care of the mystical Body of Christ and indeed of all humankind.
Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P., Concilium Spiritual Director