Visit to Natural History Museum  – Estacao Natureza Pantanal

Visit to Natural History Museum – Estacao Natureza Pantanal

For three weeks in April,  every student at CAIJ had the exciting opportunity to visit (some more than once) the local natural history museum, Estação Natureza Pantanal in downtown Corumbá.  I made the trip five times to accompany different groups of students and came away more knowledgeable and appreciative of what this region has to … Continue reading

Feliz Páscoa – A Corumbáense Easter

Feliz Páscoa – A Corumbáense Easter

Easter for the catholic church is a huge celebration.  Coming at the end of the Lenten period, when many observe praying, fasting and alms-giving, Easter becomes a joyful time to celebrate the risen Christ.  Last year I spent the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday – at a silent retreat, … Continue reading

Parishes of Sao Paulo and Santa Lucia

Parishes of Sao Paulo and Santa Lucia

Here are some photos of our visit to two remote parishes along the Brazilian/Bolivian border.  We accompanied Padre Pascal on a 35km trek by car traveling on single track dirt roads through farm lands in the drier part of the Pantanal. The parish of Sao Paulo (photo at right) is located on a farm and … Continue reading

Bolivia frontier town, where heat and humidity rule

Bolivia frontier town, where heat and humidity rule

I must admit that living this close to the Bolivian border had set my imagination alight with endless possibilities of taking a few side trips and exploring what that country had to offer.  So when the offer came to visit the nearby town of Puerto Suarez to do a bit of shopping (I had been … Continue reading