2021-12-17 BRAZIL

The Brasil Sul-Amazônia Province invests in the formation of collaborators for the Pastoral Care of Children

The Pastoral Coordination and the Children’s Pastoral Work Group of the Brasil Sul-Amazônia Province concluded, this December, the Extension Course “Percursos de Aprendizagem: experiências reflexivas da Pastoral das Infâncias”, conducted during the year 2021.

The formative itinerary, divided into three cycles: identity, meanings and paths, had the objective of promoting a conceptual and methodological alignment of the pastoral action with children, with the aim of qualifying and giving a new meaning to the pedagogical-pastoral practices of the schools and social units of the Province.

Approximately seventy collaborators from the schools and social units of the province took part in the project. The group consisted of pastors, pedagogical coordinators, educational advisors and educators.

The course responds to the premise that evangelisation is an educational process in constant deepening and discovery.

For Maria Inete Maia, Pastoral Advisor of the Marist Network, the itinerary was “an initiative that helps us to recognise children as a theological place and to build areas of participation and protagonism”.

Learning itineraries: reflective experiences of Children’s Ministry – 2021

The edition was organised in three cycles conducted during the year that covered conceptual deepening, conversation circles called communities of experience and exchange, forums and seminars:

  • In the first cycle, Identity, which ran from March to June, participants were invited to write their autobiography and identify experiences of evangelisation in childhood, as well as conduct a theoretical deepening on the concepts of childhood.
  • In the second cycle, called Meanings, which began in July, participants were invited to immerse themselves in the local situation, and to have the opportunity to analyse the approaches between pastoral care and childhood, to give greater meaning to the option for an evangelising education, to construct questions and to structure the meaning of pastoral care for children.
  • The third and final cycle, Pathways, which ended in December, dealt with intervention projects aimed at children, seeking to give a new meaning to practices based on the exercise of reflection, awareness and understanding of the emerging demands in relation to children.
Edition of the course

This is an initiative of the Pastoral Coordination and the Children’s Pastoral Work Group of the Province. Constituted in 2020, the group is made up of representatives of the Educational Management, Social Management, Pastoral Coordination and pastoralists. The idea of formatting the learning pathways arose after studying the document Children’s Pastoral Care: Identity, Meanings and Pathways, and listening to those responsible for evangelising action with children. From these movements, the team identified that it is essential to invest in the training of those responsible for pedagogical-pastoral action.


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