Brazil is home to the newest Marian Province. Even though it was established as a Province in 1998, the Congregation has been working in Brazil since the early 1960s. The Marians began their missionary work in Brazil after responding to appeals from Pope John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council, who asked them to serve as missionaries in South American countries badly in need of priests. Five Marians opened a mission in northern Brazil in 1964. Another group arrived five years later and began working with the poor on the outskirts of Curitiba in the south.

Today, there are about 60 Marian priests, brothers and seminarians in Brazil. They serve in parishes and their associated missions (chapels), assisting Catholic lay movements, as well as tribes of Indians. In some parishes, they have developed programs working with the poorest of the poor. The Marians also operate a Divine Mercy apostolate which has its center at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Curitiba. They also spiritually assist groups of nuns. Since 1977, working with native vocations, the young Province has improved its formation program.

Since 2015, Portugal is a vicariate under the Brazilian Province of Divine Mercy.

Also See

Divine Mercy Province, Missions


  • Very Rev. Leandro Aparecido da Silva
  • Provincial Superior
  • Rua Itacolomi, 1840 – Portão
  • Cx.P. 8968, CEP: 80611-970
  • Curitiba, PR
  • Phone: (55-41) 3229-2865
  • Phone: (55-41) 3345-7746
  • Fax: (55-41) 3329-8757 (Prov. Curia)
  • Email:
  • Website:

Marians in Brazil

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Religious Houses and Residences

  • Adrianapólis
  • Crateús
  • Curitiba-Novo Mundo
  • Curitiba-Santuario
  • Curitiba-São Jorge
  • Manoel Ribas
  • Mongaguá
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Turvo

Vocations to the priesthood and brotherhood are flourishing in Brazil.

The Marian priests and brothers minister to some of the poorest people in Brazil.

A gathering of Marian priests and brothers.

The Marians are building new churches.

Fr. Stephan Szwajkowski is popular with young parishioners.