Manaus (Agenzia Fides) - In line with the reflections of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon and in view of the process of restructuring its own presence in America, the Institute of Consolata Missionaries (IMC) has decided to move its Novitiate to Manaus. After more than 20 years, the continental novitiate of the Missionary Order is moving from Buenos Aires in Argentina to northern Brazil, in the center of Pan-Amazon.
The new novitiate, based in the Santa Etelvina district on the outskirts of the city, was inaugurated on January 6th, the feast of the Lord's Revelation. The facility is named after St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, prophet of the poor and martyr for justice and peace. “The transfer of the Continental Novitiate to Manaus is meant to be a sign and a challenge for the IMC on the Continent. It is the desire to express and make our missionary heart beat faster and to identify ourselves more and more with the Amazon, with its people, its causes and its future”, explains Father Luiz C. Emer, Superior of the Brazilian Region. “The decision to offer this experience to young people in formation in a Congregation that has been part of the Amazon since 1948, is a further effort to increasingly focus on the Amazon region and to move along the lines of the Panama Church network REPAM. REPAM recently moved its headquarters from Quito, Ecuador, to Manaus. In America, the continental novitiate of the Consolata Missionaries was first in Bucaramanga in Colombia (1981-1994) and later in Buenos Aires (1995-2019). (JP/CE) (Agenzia Fides, 13/1/2021)