Communities for Women
SAINT CECILIA SISTERS
In 1984, Father
Jose Eduardo Pereira, priest at St. Joao da Bana was expelled from
his parish as well as other priests in our Congregation because
they wished to present the Traditional Mass and the traditional
teaching of the Church.
In his exile
from his parish, Father Jose founded the ‘St. Cecilia School’, a
charitable association based in Barcelos, District of St. Joao da
Barra. One group of girls, living in community, started to live
in the association house, helping out as lay catechists and in various
Statue of St Cecilia
in the Roman Catacumbs of St Callixtus
in the position and in the place where her incorrupt body was found
in the IXth century
22, 1984, the feast of St. Cecilia, the girls received their religious
habits, creating another parochial religious community, like those
of Good Jesus, Padua, Itaperuna, St. Fidelis and Campos (Guaros).
The St. Cecilia
Sisters number ten (1994); the Superior is Ana Cristina de Araujo.
goal consists in a life of prayer, together with catechetical works
in schools and orphanages. At this moment the Sisters’ primary
school work and St. Cecilia Orphanage has grown into three houses:
one at St. Joao da Barra with 24 girls, two in Barcelos, one for
boys which have 30 in number, and the other one for girls which
children in schools and orphanages, the Sisters give some lessons
on regional products to the same children. The community is maintained
with the people’s charity and with the Sisters’ and children’s work:
making clothes, shoes, tablecloths, etc.
God bless this
important work of tradition.
Superior of the Saint Cecilia Sisters
c/o Fr. Fernando Areas Rifan
Rua Miranda Pinto, 26