Memories of CAIJ XMAS

Memories of CAIJ XMAS

My first experience of a youthful Corumbaense celebration in Brazil. Photo memories of 2012 CAIJ Xmas. Related articles Dom Bosco and CAIJ anniversaries (venusonmission.wordpress.com) Advertisements

Dia de los Muertos, Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia

Dia de los Muertos, Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia

On Saturday 2nd November, I was invited to visit the neighbouring town of Puerto Quijarro in Bolivia to witness the rituals of  ´Dia de los Muertos´.  This day of remembrance is known in the Catholic tradition as All Souls Day but Central and South America celebrates it as Dia de los Muertos or Day of the … Continue reading

Izulina Xavier Gomes

Izulina Xavier Gomes

The work of artisan Izulina Xavier Gomes is easily seen when you arrive in Corumba.  Your first encounter would most likely be ‘Christ the King of Pantanal (Cristo Rei do Pantanal) atop Morro do Cruzeiro, a hill that overlooks the city, giving spectacular views of the Pantanal and Paraguay river. Highly acclaimed and recognised for … Continue reading

Dom Bosco and CAIJ anniversaries

Dom Bosco and CAIJ anniversaries

August is a month of special anniversaries for CAIJ.   In fact it was a double celebration, the anniversary of Dom Bosco and CAIJ’s 5th year of operation in Corumba, Brazil.  Follow this link to see how the young people honoured their patron saint celebrated his legacy – CAIJ continues to meet the needs of … Continue reading

Feast of Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi

In Brazil, the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday with a mass and public procession when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.   On this public holiday, it is customary to decorate the procession route  with tapetes or salt carpets honouring Christ and illustrating symbols of the Catholic church.   … Continue reading

Pantanal Adventure!

Pantanal Adventure!

Finally, it was my turn to go to the Pantanal.  I had missed two opportunities earlier in the year due primarily to my fractured tibia and ankle bone which rendered the journey unsafe and impractical.  So wait I did, patiently while other volunteers ventured out to see the largest wetlands in the world.  Yes, my … Continue reading