Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On the weekend of April 30-May 1, our diocese will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. This national collection supports many pastoral projects that benefit the faithful in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brazil’s Associacao do Sementes do Verbo (Seeds of the Word Community) is a young and growing congregation with a unique vision of forming missionary communities of disciples in all states of life — consecrated men and women, clergy, lay missionaries, and married couples and families, all living together in community. Founded in 2004, Sementes do Verbo has 20 communities throughout Brazil, as well as in Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Comoros and Mozambique.
A central aspect of the group’s spirituality is a nine-month formation period called a “sabbatical year,” during which participants live in a mission house with the community and study Scripture; take courses in the theology of the body and human sexuality, with an emphasis on prevention of abuse; and participate in spiritual exercises and parish mission weeks.
Supported by a grant from the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, 100 participants from 25 dioceses in 11 Brazilian states had the opportunity to become formed as more effective missionary disciples in 2021. When we support the Collection for the Church in Latin America, our material gift makes it possible for disciples of Jesus Christ to use their gifts and abilities as evangelizers, regardless of their states in life or economic backgrounds.
Please be generous in supporting this collection. Our support truly makes a difference. For more information on the Church in Latin America and the many projects funded by the collection, please visit www.usccb.org/latin-america.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Thomas R. Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport