During their last two trips to Brazil in October and November of 2018, the Vicar General, Friar Jerzy NOREL and the Assistant General for the Federación América Latina Conventuales (FALC), Friar Carlos TROVARELLI, made joint visits to some of the formation houses in Brazil.

In the Province of St. Francis in Brazil (São Paulo), they visited the international novitiate (São Benedito friary) in in Caçapava, São Paulo State and the postulancy house (Santo Antônio friary) in Cascavel, Paranà State.
In the Province of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe in Brazil (Brasilia) they visited the postulancy house (Santa Maria dos Anjos friary) in Brasilia and the post-novitiate house for theology studies (São Francisco de Assis Formation House at the São Boaventura friary) in the Federal District of Brasilia.
While in the Province of St. Francis in Brazil (São Paulo), the Vicar General also visited the postulancy house (São Francisco friary) in Curitiba, Parana State and the post-novitiate house for theology studies (Senhor do Bonfim friary) in Santo André, São Paulo State.
At all of the formation houses, the visitors listened to the young men in formation and held discussions with them and their formators about various aspects of the life of the Order.
The four Jurisdictions in Brazil share a common novitiate, which also includes some novices from the Provincial Custody of Our Lady of Coromoto in Venezuela. Furthermore, all of the Jurisdictions have their own aspirancy and postulancy programs. At present, there are two post-novitiate formation houses, one in Brasilia and the other in Santo André (São Paulo). Both of them accept men in formation from other Jurisdictions. Currently, there are more than one hundred young men at all levels of formation in Brazil.

Friar Carlos TROVARELLI Assistant General for the FALC
(Federación América Latina Conventuales)