There is a very cool pilgrimage in a rural and remote village in the diocese of Campos that happens each September. It involves a long steep hike up to a mountaintop Crucifix, where Mass is celebrated to commemorate a miraculous gift of rain that saved the coffee harvest years ago.
This reel on instagram has video clips of the day’s events.
That was the seminary in 2004. Eighteen years later they are finally completing the building. Take a look!
As the finishing touches are put on the cementing and painting of the exterior, the driveway is slowly being paved. This month a local business donated the use of machinery for grading and compacting the driveway and funds are being raised in the parishes to buy the paving blocks that are being laid (they are about 10 dollars USD per square meter, and 2000 square meters are needed):
The fire road around the perimeter of the large property was also re-graded. It’s important to maintain and improve this road to protect against grass fires in the dry season or during sugar cane harvests. When properly compacted and finished it will also be a lovely loop for the seminarians to use when exercising.
Friends of Campos was honored to be interviewed on the “Le Nouvel Esprit” Catholic podcast. We talked about the history and current situation of the Apostolic Administration and our experiences visiting Campos. Le Nouvel Esprit is a new Catholic podcast - please take a look and share the link! The podcast page is here, or you can listen on Youtube.
Seminarian Wanderson was ordained to the subdiaconate on August 21st. Please pray for him!
Here are a few photos of the ceremonies:
The Cathedral of the Apostolic Administration in Campos was formally consecrated and dedicated on August 27th. It is not a common event to witness, and the Cathedral was standing-room only.
Below are a few photos:
Friends of Campos, Inc.
Friends of Campos, Inc. is a US-based not-for-profit (501c3) which supports the social and educational projects of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney, most of which are located around the diocese of Campos dos Goytacazes in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.