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Manitoban Sister Joanne Pundyk, living and ministering in Brazil since 1987, has found her home with the Brazilian people. She began in São Paulo in parish ministry and then moved to ministering with children and adolescents living on the streets and with prostituted women. In 2009 Sr. Joanne moved to Maceio, a coastal city in Brazil. There she first ministered as Coordinator of Projeto Thallita, a home for sexually abused girls. Today, she is the Coordinator of the Centro Social Madre Maria Rosa, a center for 7- 14 year old children and women, providing a place where all are welcome and offering opportunities to help the children and women better their lives. She also is a member of the Maceio section of the Brazilian anti-trafficking network – Rede um Grito Pela Vida.

Recently Sr. Joanne reported on activities during the covid-19 pandemic.

On June 10 and 11, we distributed food hampers to families of the Children’s Pastoral, one of the activities that is part of the Centro Social Madre Maria Rosa in Maceio, Brazil. The COVID pandemic has left many people unemployed, so the hampers were a much appreciated gift from the Associação Maria e Tse Hung Sieh.

Read more about Sr. Joanne and the Centro Social Madre Maria Rosa.