Brazilian Women`s Congress 2015

March 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Brazil, Director's Blog

During the month of March, the Brazilian Communities of St.Anthony in Everett, St. Tarcisius in Framingham, Madona Queen Shrine in East Boston and Holy Family in Lowell held a day retreat celebrating women!

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Women gathered at St. Anthony Parish in Everett

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Women Participating in the Women Congress at St. Tarcisius in Framingham

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Women who helped organize the Women Congress at Madonna Queen Shrine in East Boston

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Parishioners of the Holy Family Community in Lowell alongside Sr. Liria Grade from the Pauline Sisters

In honor of the International Day of Women, celebrated yearly on March 8th, many of the Brazilian communities in Boston hold a day of spiritual growth,  talks, prayer, music, food and fellowship all directed towards the woman and her role as a woman of God.  Although each parish community had its theme and different set of musicians and speakers, they all embrace the same mission, helping women see themselves in the image of the Blessed Mother, and acknowledge her important role in the salvation of this world, and the important role that each woman plays in their household, work and relationships.

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A full church in East Boston for the Women Congress 2015

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Prayer moment between the women at St. Tarcisius in Framingham

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A moment of Praise at the Women Congress 2015 at St. Anthony in Everett

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Laughter as the women in Lowell gather for their day of celebrating women

As part of being a day of honoring the women, only women are present. All the attendees, speakers, musicians and in many of the communities even the cooks are all women. With the exception of the Priest whom brings Jesus and a word of wisdom during the day, this is an all-women oriented day.

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Everett had an all-women music ministry group including vocals, keyboards, guitar and drums

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Speaker for the St. Tarcisius Women Congress., Ana Dantas

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Speaker for the Women Congress in Lowell and Everett, Sister Liria Grade

Communities such as St. Tarcisius in Framingham and St. Anthony in Everett have been doing these Women’s Congress for many years, Everett celebrating the 14th year since the first Women’s Congress.

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Musicians at St. Anthonys in Everett

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Participants at St. Tarcisius in Framingham

From these congresses come great testimonies of women who have had the opportunity to share about their faith with new friends from their parish, gain a better understanding of the significance of their role in the faith, and have come to love God even more at a deeper level by embracing the gift of being a woman.

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Our Blessed Lady as the Center of the Congress

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