An Evening of Inspiration and Hope
2014 Dinner & Dialogue with Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey
Featuring Special Guests from Brazil’s Fazenda da Esperanca (Farm of Hope)
Thursday, September 25th
Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
Special guests from Brazil will share information about their unique drug and alcohol rehabilitation program called Fazenda da Esperanca (translates to Farm of Hope). The Fazenda da Esperanca is a Catholic community that takes care of young drug and alcohol addicts, showing them a new way of life by living each day according to the gospel through community life, spirituality and work.
The story of Fazenda da Esperanca began in 1983 when a German Franciscan parish priest, Father Hans Staple, called a group of young men and women in his parish in Guaratinguetá, Sao Paulo, Brazil, to meet every morning after the mass and meditate on the message of the gospel of the day. In 1998, the first Fazenda outside Brazil was inaugurated in Germany, near Berlin. Today there are 6 Fazendas in Germany. Others followed in Russia (1), Philippines (2), Paraguay (2), Argentina (3), Columbia (1), Guatemala (2), Uruguay (1), Mexico (1), and Mozambique (1). At present, there are more than 70 Fazenda centers in Brazil (57) and 10 other countries, with more than 2,000 boys and girls undergoing rehabilitation, with some 20,000 graduates worldwide.
The 2014 Dinner & Dialogue with Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey will be held Thursday, September 25th, 7:00 pm, at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center. Free valet parking will be available. Individual tickets, sponsorships and special underwriting are available. New this year is a Clergy Sponsorship! For more information, to purchase tickets, or for sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please contact Shannette Hoelscher, 361-442-2224, Ext. 24 or email@example.com. You may pay thru PayPal at www.catholiccharities-cc.org.
In 2001 Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi began its Dinner & Dialogue with the Bishop. The bi-annual fundraiser helps support the programs and services of Catholic Charities and the Mother Teresa Shelter. As we celebrate our 49th Anniversary this September 2nd, we are reaching a new milestone as we continue our mission of providing help and creating hope in the lives of those we serve.
All proceeds benefit Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc. and the Mother Teresa Shelter, Inc.
To learn more about the Fazenda da Esperanca visit www.fazenda-ph.org orwww.fazenda.org.br (Spanish). For more information about Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc., visit www.catholiccharities-cc.org.