A priest from the Diocese of Ponta Grossa and a permanent deacon with his wife arrive in Lábrea to offer their missionary service

Father Silvio Mucelin was born in the district of Pinhão, municipality of Ipiranga, Paraná (Brazil) in a family of farmers; his parents brought up the family of 14 children, including one that was adopted.
News | 2022 Jan 14

Only a month after celebrating his 60th priesthood anniversary this past December 5th, Silvio has been assigned to St. John the Baptist parish in Canutama (Amazon, Brazil) together with Deacon Metodio Rexetin,and his wife, Sebastiana Vera.

The three left from Telêmaco Borba (Paraná, Brazil) on January 4 and began a journey of 3,335 kilometers by land and four days crossing Brazil from the southeast to the  northwest through the Transamazon highway.

The sending mass and the diocesan farewell liturgy took place on December 18 and was broadcasted on social networks. It was a moment of great emotion for everyone, since Father Silvio had been part of that community since its foundation as a Parish.

His farewell was filled with gratitude. He has shared how he first got to Labrea in his social media platforms.  

On October 2007, during some Confirmations in the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Bishop Sergio Arthur Braschi summoned me together with a deacon for a meeting in Telêmaco Borba with the idea of creating a new parish.

After 14 years of service here, we have now been summoned for a new missionary challenge in the Parish of St. John the Baptist in Canutama, in the Prelature of Labrea, Amazon. This Prelature is larger than our entire state of Parana and only has five Parishes.

The Parish of St. John the Baptist is larger than our entire Diocese of Ponta Grossa, but it only has two priests attending the whole city. The came this appeal was made to our Diocese which thankfully has a relative abundance of ordained ministers and it is responding generously to the needs of the Prelature of Labrea.

We want to thank God for all the spiritual and pastoral growth and vitality of our Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul which has given much fruit in all the different pastoral services, movements and organizations. Its leaders, with the blessing of all our patron saints, have done true wonders. We must not forget so many dedicated and generous collaborators who, when we arrived, had already been here for a long time evangelizing.

God bless you all, together with Father Albino, the deacons and the new priest who will arrive shortly. We are now going to carry out a new mission, and know that God will continue being present with all of you. We are not saviors, but servants. The Parish belongs to God and He knows perfectly how to guide it.

We are sent to this new mission in the name of the entire Diocese, but we know that we can especially count on the prayers of all the parish communities that have great respect for the missions.

There are three ways to be a missionary: On your feet, going out; on your knees, praying for the missions; and with the hands in your wallet to support the mission. You are coming with us in our hearts and we thank you coming along spiritually and with your moral and economical support.

May God bless us all.

The three missionaries signed this farewell to the community:

“Goodbye! This farewell has a rich Christian content: we walk with God and towards God. There is no reason for tears or sadness when we know that our Heavenly Father always leads us and wants the best for his children. That's why we rejoice when someone leaves, because God calls him for a mission, near or far.

We Christians never say goodbye, because we all have a weekly meeting of spiritual communion in the Father's house and we listen to God’s Word and share in the Eucharist. We are happy because you are not so attached to us but to the Father and his will. We also know that you come with us on this mission, because we are united in the Communion of Saints despite being sinners.

Until whenever and wherever God wills.

Hugs from Sebastiana, Methodius and Silvio”.

Father Silvio was born on February 13, 1937 and studied Philosophy at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Viamão, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He studied Theology at the Reina de los Apóstoles Major Seminary in Curitiba and was ordained a priest on December 3, 1961.

In 1962 he was appointed spiritual director and professor of the Diocesan Seminary of Saint Joseph of the Diocese of Ponta Grossa, of which he was also rector from 1969. In 1974 he was appointed parish priest of the Cathedral and in July 1975 he took the course of the School Priest of the Focolare in Italy. The following year he resumed his position as parish priest of the Cathedral until in 2008 when he was sent to found the new Parish of the town of Telêmaco Borba, a municipality of almost 80,000 inhabitants.

He shared more things about his life, his calling in some videos recorded in 2019 by the vocations office of the diocese.

Deacon Metodio and his wife Vera have two children and two grandchildren, a family full of the missionary spirit, which had them in the Labrea Prelature before but in shorter visits starting in 2014, and the missions in Quebo, Diocese of Bafatá, Guinea Bissau on several occasions.

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