I was blessed to be able to attend the ordination and first solemn Mass of Father Fábio, who will spend this coming year serving the parish and rural chapels in Varre Saí, the remote mountain town in the interior of the diocese. It was a joyful occasion for his family, colleagues and the community.
We are very grateful for the generous support from our donors offered during our Advent fundraiser. We have received a little more than half of what we aimed for, which is a huge help, and we sent the accumulated donations to Brazil last week.
However the additional funds are still hoped for, as this will help pay for the computers, as well as the increased food bill at the seminary - the incoming class this year is 17 seminarians, the largest in a while! Please help as you can, and share this need with friends or colleagues who might be able to chip in.
Do please keep all the faithful, clergy and seminarians of the Apostolic Administration in your prayers!
Wishing you all a blessed 2022, especially in the face of so many adversities.
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DEAR FRIENDS, CHRISTMAS IS COMING and we are launching our second fundraiser of 2021. In these trying times, in this impoverished region, your help is invaluable.
Please help us reach our Christmas goal of $20,000 USD! Your contributions make a big difference for the people of this unique traditional Catholic diocese. Donate today!
And please share this post with friends and family!
Here are our Advent 2021 projects:
For more project details, visit the projects section of this website.
Please keep us in your prayers! The seminarians and sisters pray for their benefactors, and a monthly Mass is offered at the seminary in thanks for the supporters of Friends of Campos. Particular prayer requests are always welcome. Click here to send yours.
The rector of the seminary has informed us that 30 Masses for the suffering souls in Purgatory will be celebrated in November. The rector invites anyone to submit lists of souls to include.
Please use the form below to send in the names of any souls you would like to receive the benefit of these Holy Masses.
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by Ona Kiser, President
We are delighted to see that the projects we sought to help fund earlier this year are coming along well! After my recent visit to the seminary, I am happy to report:
1) Our supplemental donations for food and other necessities helped immensely during the period in which parish donations dwindled to a trickle. As people have begun to return to normal routines the donations of food have climbed up again, and the pantry is now well supplied with rice, beans, oil, eggs and other staples. Meat and chicken are less reliable, and pharmacy items continue to be costly, so we will continue to send some supplementary funding when we can, to help keep the seminarians in good health.
2) The library continues to grow, with hundreds of new books purchased. It can be hard to find texts in Portuguese, so they kept a sharp eye out for online offerings. They now have, for instance, the complete works of Saint Augustine, which is 50 volumes and cost BR$9000.00 (about US$1800). It is hard to find in Portuguese and was suddenly available, so they bought it immediately despite the high cost. They were also able to buy the complete works of Saint Jerome.
3) The big project of purchasing wardrobes for all the dormitory rooms is now paid for and underway. All the work is being done to order by local small businesses.
4) The sisters in Bom Jesus are very grateful for our donations that have helped with costly pharmacy items in particular. We will continue to send a portion to them whenever your donations make it possible.
5) The sisters’ music program remains unfunded at this time. We may re-address that in our fall campaign.
Many, many thanks for your ongoing support of this unique traditional community! May God repay you!
(by Ona Kiser, President)
I am not always able to be in Campos for ordinations, but was blessed on my recent visit to assist at the ordinations to the subdiaconate of two wonderful young men, João Bosco and Juaci, which took place on the feast of St. Augustine. May they be holy priests! Below are a few photos from the event taken by the seminarians in charge of media.
Please keep them in your prayers!
You can see more frequent photos of events from the seminary on their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seminarioic/
Priests at the seminary celebrate a monthly Mass for the intentions of our benefactors and for those who have submitted prayer requests on our site. These intentions are also included in the daily prayers of the seminarians and of the sisters at the convent in Bom Jesus.
Following are some photos from the Mass celebrated for these intentions on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Christ:
We recently received this special thank you video addressed to our benefactors from Dom Fernando Arêas Rifan, bishop of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney:
Dear friends and benefactors of Friends of Campos,
We are so very grateful for the outpouring of support during our Lenten Campaign. Through your generosity we have been able to make several grants. We offer a special thanks for those who signed up for monthly donations or made multiple donations. It’s been a difficult year for everyone and we know that your help is a sacrifice.
Besides contributing towards food and medicine, we were able to help start the purchase of new books for the library. There is a lack of books on philosophy in particular, and Father Everaldo took advantage of a discount to order this stack of reference works for the seminarians to use in their studies.
In mid-May Dom Fernando Rifan conferred the tonsure and minor orders on several seminarians. While such events would normally take place at one of the parishes, with full attendance of the public, it was done in the seminary chapel this time due to the rather bad covid situation in and around Campos. Please pray for the seminarians: Wanderson, Hélio, Eduardo, Gabriel, Júlio and Aécio.
The ceremony was livestreamed and can be seen on the seminary YouTube channel for those who are interested.
The sisters in Bom Jesus were very touched by your support and offered this sweet video which gives a glimpse of daily life in the convent and in their work. They continue to pray for our benefactors as well as those who submit prayer requests.
We ask that you might share this information on your social media or in person with friends, family, clergy, parishioners or colleagues!
Donations can be made by Paypal or bank transfer at this link.
To read more about the specific projects we hope to support with our fundraising, check our projects page, here.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I was able to get to Campos for a brief visit and can report that everyone is in good health and good spirits, and bearing well the limitations imposed by occasional regional covid lockdowns. It was a treat for me to see everyone again and to enjoy the silence and solemnity of the daily routine, if only for a day. We are all very greatful for the generous support of our donors, and for your prayers.
The pantry is well stocked. No one is fat! But they are getting good nutrition. Over 100 new fruit trees were donated by a local nursery: orange, acerola, papaya, avocado, mango and lime trees now grow prolifically on the large property. A new dirt road around the perimeter of the large property is being maintained to serve as an exercise path and firebreak, since the regular burning of the sugar cane fields on either side is a bit nerve-wracking. There are five calves fattening in the back pasture, and another several dozen at a farm in the north of the diocese, which assures some supply of meat for the months to come. Area dairy farmers donate some of their male calves to be raised for food. The care of the grounds is finally in the hands of a part-time groundskeeper, who is helping to maintain a more consistent civilized appearance in a tropical environment where everything one cuts down grows back very, very fast.
Since family-day visits have not been possible under the recurring quarantines, seminarians are allowed to make weekly video calls to their families instead of just audio. Brazil has a very family-oriented culture, and it’s rare for people to spend much time far from home, even in adulthood. Though a good portion of the seminarians are from the diocese of Campos some come from other states. The strict limits usually imposed on the use of internet and cell phone are excellent for building self-discipline, fraternal friendship, and focus on the tasks at hand. But especially for the first year students a little flexibility can help both parents and sons adapt to the novel arrangements.
The cataloguing of the library books is progressing, and Father Everaldo has compiled a list of books they need to purchase, mostly in the areas of philosophy and patristics. The total for that comes to about $3000 US, but they can be purchased a little at a time, so Friends of Campos will contribute as we can. Perhaps we can get discounts from some of the publishers, too. If you are particularly interested in helping with this project please get in touch via our contact page.
We reached a little over half our goal for the Lenten fundraiser, which has allowed us to help with food and pharmacy costs at the seminary and convent. We hope to receive a bit more in the next months to move ahead on the furnishings, library and music program support. The furnishings, too, will be paid in installments, so we are hopeful we can support that project in particular.
The sisters provided this sweet video - with an excellent effort in English narration! - to thank the donors to Friends of Campos for their generosity.
Also, the seminary has a nice instagram feed which includes videos of Holy Week and of day to day activities. If you use instagram you might enjoy following it! https://www.instagram.com/seminarioic/
Please keep us in your prayers and spread the word about the needs of this unique traditional diocese!
Yours in Christ,
Dear friends, we have nearly reached the half-way mark towards our goal of raising $16,000 during Lent. Funds raised right now are being used most urgently to buy food for the seminary and defray pharmacy costs for the sisters in Bom Jesus. In addition, funds permitting, we want to offer grants for desperately needed furnishings and library books at the seminary and equipment for the music program at the convent.
We are most grateful for the support received so far, but more help is needed!
Please help us reach our goal with your own donations, your prayers, and by encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to support this fundraiser!
Click here to donate via Paypal or bank transfer: https://www.friendsofcampos.org/donations.html
Here’s a full accounting of the projects we are supporting this season: https://www.friendsofcampos.org/projects.html
God repay you for your support!
President, Friends of Campos
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.