Brazil Mission elects new leadership

November 3, 2011 by

Sister Maria Augusta Mendes Bispo

Sister Maria Augusta Mendes Bispo has been elected coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia in Brazil.

In the community elections in late October, Sister Joana Marias das Graças de Sousa was named vice coordinator, while Sister Luciene Maria de Carvalho was re-elected treasurer and Sister Patricia Neihouse was named councilor. The new team will take office in mid January, for a term of three years.

Sister Maria Augusta will succeed Sister Donna Otter as coordinator.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia founded the Brazil Mission in 1963, from a base in Teresina, the capital city of the state of Piauí in northeast Brazil. Over the years, they have reached out to neighboring cities and states, and today have three mission houses within the city of Teresina, as well as in Picos and Guaribas, both in Piauí, and in Graça Aranha, Maranhão. There are 15 sisters in the Brazil Mission, plus four postulants.

Sister Maria Augusta was born and raised in Amarante, Piauí, and worked as a teacher for several years before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1980.  She professed her first vows in 1983, and her perpetual vows in 1989 in her hometown of Amarante.

She served in diocesan and parish ministry in the southern part of the state of Pará, and after attending the Center of Theology and Spirituality in Rio De Janeiro joined the mission’s Formation Team in Teresina. She later served in Amanarte and then served in Teresina for three terms as treasurer of the mission.

In 2008, Sister Maria Augusta was asked to go to Guaribas, Piauí, as Coordinator of Education for Youth and Adults at the State School there, and in 2009 served as Supervisor of Curriculum for that school under the State Department of Education, and then in 2010 served as co-director of the school.

Today she lives in Guaribas and does pastoral work, while also supervising the Associate Member Program for the Brazil Mission, working with CSJ Associates in five cities throughout northeast Brazil.

As coordinator, Sister Maria Augusta will have primary responsibility for the development and growth of the Brazil Mission. She and the vice coordinator, treasurer and councilor will make up the Coordinator Team of the Mission.


2 Responses to “Brazil Mission elects new leadership”

  1. Missy Ljungdahl on November 8th, 2011 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! I know the Spirit is moving on this mission. You all have been so invested in this mission and built some great relationships. Count on my prayers!

  2. Loretta Jasper, csj on November 4th, 2011 6:47 am

    Congratulations…for the Mission…stay with God!

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