90 Years of FSP Presence and Mission in Brazil


The 90th anniversary of the presence of the Daughters of St. Paul in Brazil (1931-2021) was commemorated throughout the country with celebrations, events, conferences, interviews and other modes of underscoring this big occasion.

Among the many events that highlighted the presence and apostolic activities of the FSPs in this nation was a tribute from Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal House, which presented our Congregation with the Pedro Ernesto Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the country on those who distinguish themselves in Brazilian or international society. The ceremony was attended by religious and civil authorities, as well as distinguished people from the spheres of culture, education and commerce.

In her words of thanks, Sr. Renilda Formigão, on behalf of FSP Provincial Superior, Sr. Ana Marlene Konzen, said, “Our planet needs hope and, in view of this, the Paulines will continue to make their contribution to building just, fraternal and supportive societies.” Those who attended the award ceremony were then invited to watch a video presenting the life and mission of the Daughters of St. Paul in Brazil over the past 90 years.

City Councilor Reimont Luiz Otoni Santa Barbara closed the ceremony with these words of esteem and appreciation for the apostolic presence of our Institute in this country: “We live in a secular state,” he said, “but one that is filled with people who believe, people of faith. We are proud to pay tribute to the Daughters of St. Paul, who are so precious to us. They have left their mark on our Brazilian life and history. The list of names that have received the Pedro Ernesto Medal is richer today. Long live the Daughters of St. Paul! Their presence here is a blessing for all of us!”