Early Scalabrinian pioneers were sent to Brazil in 1888 by Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini; since then, they have established intercultural parishes, schools, hospitals, migrant centers, orphanages, cooperatives, centers for the elderly, formation centers, missions and other social and cultural programs to protect and promote the dignity and rights of migrants and their families. Since the 1950’s, the Scalabrinians’ primary concerns are rampant internal migration and high prevalence of poverty. Currently, the Scalabrinians in Brazil are committed to helping immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, especially those from Haiti; as well as migrants from African and European countries.
The Scalabrinian presence is Brazil is great and their efforts include: 7 Centers for Migrants in Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Cuiabá and Manaus; 3 Seafarers Centers in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande and Santos; 5 Formation Houses in Curitiba, Jundiaí, Porto Alegre, Passo Fundo, and São Paulo; 2 Vocational Centers in Passo Fundo and São Paulo; a Center for Migration Studies (CEM) in São Paulo; and 33 Parishes in Campo do Meio, Campos Novos, Candiota, Cascavel, Corumbá, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Encantado, Foz do Iguaçu, Guaporé, Guariba, Jundiaí, Manaus, Nova Bassano, Ponta Porã, Porto Alegre, Ribeirão Pires, Rio de Janeiro, Rondinha, Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Miguel do Iguaçu, São Paulo, Sarandi, Serafina Correa, Rio Grande, Sobradinho, Umbará, and Vicente de Carvalho.
Training program for migrants in São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
Supporting programs and services of the Centers for Migrants.
Supporting the Apostleship of the Sea Centers in Rio de Janeiro, Santos and Rio Grande.
Developing a new integration program for migrant students in Porto Alegre.
Promoting a Pastoral Youth Leadership Program in Brazil.
Supporting Vocational and Formation Programs.
Supporting new programs within the Scalabrinian Communication Center and Web Radio.