After 31 years of service to the parish community of “Nossa Senhora da Guia”, in Lins de Vasconcelos, the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has announced that the agreement with the Archdiocese, which in 1986 entrusted it with the administration of this parish in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro. In the meeting with members of the parish and the Christian Life Movement, it was announced that this decision also implies temporarily leaving the city of Rio de Janeiro.
They were years in which the Lord raised many fruits both in the parish community and in the ecclesial family of the Sodalitium. However, after much prayer and dialogue, the brothers reported having reached this difficult decision. “These are difficult years of crisis for the Sodalit community, in which we find ourselves in the midst of many internal fragilities and deficiencies, but they are also a great spiritual opportunity for renewal and reconciliation for us, to the extent that our gaze is fixed on God. In this sense, many changes are being made and all of them are intended to allow us to live this difficult moment with a sense of responsibility and trust in God”, said Júlio Egrejas, Regional Superior of the Sodalitium in Brazil.
The Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Monsignor Orani Tempesta, who received the Regional Superior in audience on Saturday, October 14th, expressed his understanding of the moment of restructuring that the Sodalit community is going through and, regretting the news of the termination of the agreement and of the temporary departure from Rio de Janeiro, encouraged confidence and hope. With great pastoral concern and his usual welcome, he promised to celebrate on December 10th the ordination of a new priest of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, Deacon Andrés Luján.
The brothers who currently make up the sodalit center in Rio de Janeiro will be transferred, as of January 31st, 2018, to the centers in São Paulo and Petropolis. From Petropolis, some brothers will continue to participate in the activities of the Christian Life Movement in Rio de Janeiro and in the various initiatives that continue to bear fruit, such as Solidarity in Motion, the Brazilian Association of Apostolate, the Family of Nazareth, and Mass for Families, among others.