The four-person team of SCJs who have been preparing in Ecuador for the congregation’s first ministry in Colombia arrived in the country on October 19. The team includes: Fr. Joko Susilo (Indonesia), Fr. Rogereve Pausanos (Philippines), Fr. Delio Ruiz (Argentina) and Fr. Rafael Freire Nóbrega (Brazil).
“We were invited to prepare in the Dehonian community of Quito, in Ecuador,” wrote Fr. Rafael. “The initial plan was to stay for four months learning the language, trying to get to know each other, and learning more about the Colombian reality and culture.
But with the pandemic closing borders between the countries, the group’s time in Ecuador extended to eight months. “It was a beautiful opportunity to get to know the culture and beauty of Ecuador,” wrote Fr. Rafael, “and also an opportunity to collaborate with our parishes and works. For the Asians in our group it was an especially helpful opportunity to practice Spanish and gain more pastoral experience with the people of the communities of Bahía de Caráquez, on the Ecuadorian coast. For all this we are very grateful to our Dehonian brothers from Ecuador, who heartily welcomed us and helped us to feel comfortable and at home.”
Click here to read more on the general website and view a video about the new mission.
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