Missionary Culture Center (CCM)
Center for Intercultural Formation (Cenfi)
COURSE FOR INITIATION
TO THE MISSION IN BRAZIL
for missionaries who come from abroad
CENFI COURSE 117 – 1st SEMESTER 2017
Opening: 29th January, at 18:00 – Closing: 28th April, at 12:00
CENFI COURSE 118 – 2nd SEMESTER 2017
Opening: 10th September – Closing: 8th December, at 12:00
The CENFI Course
The CENFI Course is a is an initiation course into the mission in Brazil. It is aimed at missionaries who have just arrived from abroad. The Church in Brazil has been promoting such course for fifty years, beginning in 1960 in Anapólis, Goiás, by the Franciscans OFM following the idea of Ivan Illich, a famous sociologist and theologian.
Today the course, following its initial inspiration, is not only a language course for missionaries. This initiative comprehends four integrated proposals altogether:
- systematic learning of Portuguese;
- Easter celebration in communities, experience in family homes;
- an introductory learning about society, cultures and the history of the Church in Brazil;
- common life amongst the participants, coming from different nations.
The duration of the course is 13 weeks. Its main target is giving to the foreign missionary an introduction to Brazilian reality.
The Cenfi participants are lodged in the Missionary Culture Center (CCM) an institution linked to the National Conference of Bishops in Brazil (CNBB) and its main purpose is forming missionaries. The address is the following:
|Centro Cultural Missionário (CCM)
SGAN 905 - Conjunto C - Asa Norte
70790-050 BRASÍLIA, DF
This very spacious house can accommodate 45 people. There are conference rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms, sitting-rooms with cable TV, a library, a lab, a chapel, an oratory, a communitarian laundry and an external area of 4,000m2. The bedrooms are individual or, in some cases, double rooms with bed clothes, bathroom and telephone. In all rooms we can connect wireless internet. We have six community computers.
There is a very competent and dedicated team who welcomes, assists and helps the missionaries adjoining the teachers, monitors and employees: Father Estevão Raschietti, SX, director of the CCM; Maria Vilani da Silva Azevedo e Emilene Eustachio, coordinators of the course; Osmar Favretto, administrator of the CCM; Sister Rosita Milesi, mscs, coordinator of the SCAI (service of orientation and juridical and administrative assistance for the missionaries); Susana M.R. de Oliveira, coordinator of the language courses.