A short history of the first missions in South America

Educating to liberate and transform

The first mission in South America was established in Peru. Sr. M. Alice Margaret (Permelia Ann Weaver) and Sr. Mary Bernardus (Mary Ehret) from California (USA) left in December 1961 to support the Maryknoll Fathers who were running an elementary school and a convent. Then, several other SNJMs came to Peru to join various missions: academic and popular education, evangelization, community action.

At the same time, the SNJMs of Manitoba respond to the joint call of Canadian priests working in São Paulo and the Archbishop of St. Boniface (Manitoba) to support them in their work with young Brazilians (teaching and evangelization). If at the beginning, the SNJM sisters concentrated on the academic aspect, their mission quickly took on various forms, notably in community work. This missionary commitment will even extend to Maceió, capital of the state of Alagoas, in 2000-2001.

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) of Quebec have been contributing to Haiti since 1975. For 30 years, they were involved both in teaching and in various organizations in solidarity with the community. They officially left the country in 2005 and encouraged the Little Sisters of Saint Theresa to continue their mission in Papaye and Gros Morne.

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