Abandoned children living on city streets prey to drug dealers and prostitution; shanty towns with sub-human living conditions; high infant mortality rates; and a severe lack of adequate and accessible medical care brought five Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to Brazil at the request of Pope John XXIII in 1960. They settled in the State of Goias.

Over time the ministry expanded and today thirteen Sisters offer direct services to the suffering poor in Goiania, Ipameri, Jatai and Pires do Rio. Daycare centers allow parents to work, knowing their children are safe in a loving environment. After school programs offer supervised, recreational activities. A group home for disabled seniors provides comfort and socialization. A laboratory has saved thousands of lives through early detection of potential disease. Education and skill training centers inspire hope and support personal empowerment.





• The Education, Culture and Leisure Project

Children, youth and adults learn new skills and grow socially in their community at the Frances Schervier Formation Center. The children participate in supervised play and there are adultclasses in arts, crafts, baking and social skills. Volunteer students from the University help provide spiritual assistance and teach language classes, including English.

• The Frances Schervier Formation Center                        

Located in the central western region of Brazil, the Center promotes education, culture and personal empowerment among neighborhood residents. The Sisters offer English classes, music courses, community recreation, sports and physical training, and programs for youth groups.


• St. Francis Home & Kindergarten

Through this collaborative program with the local government, the Sisters care for children from broken homes, children of working widows, and unattended children. Many volunteers assist the Sisters with meals, healthcare and educational classes.

• Care for the Elderly

The mentally disabled and homeless elderly who have nowhere else to go receive compassionate care in an adult home on the property of the St. Francis Home and Kindergarten.


• John XXIII Daycare Center

Infant and child mortality in Brazil is very high, the result of poverty, malnutrition and abandonment. The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, in conjunction with the Diocese, care for hundreds of infants and children each year at the John XXIII Home and Kindergarten. Children from four months to four years of age receive loving care for 11 hours every day in a family environment while their parents work. They have three meals, health care and hygiene training.


• APAI. Associacao de Protecao e Assistencia A Infancia

To help break the cycle of poverty, the Sisters operate daycare centers where children can grow and learn joyfully. Parents are able to work, secure in the knowledge that their child is safe in a caring and healthy environment. As part of their holistic development, children participate in educational, recreational, social and cultural activities. There is also an after school program, an arts and crafts program and an Enchanted World Toy Library.

• Sunflower Project

Children and adolescents of low income parents enjoy free recreational and educational activities at this outreach program while their parents are at work. More than 100 families participate in the family education program which welcomes children up to five years of age for 10 hours each day. Young people from six to 17 years of age also attend for four hours daily.



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