The De La Salle Community of Tabatinga was inaugurated on January the 12th. It is an International Community of RELAL made up of four Brothers who arrived in the Diocese of Alto Solimões, Amazonas Brazil, on January the 8th. They are young Brothers, aged around thirty, and they come from three different countries. Jhonmar Sánchez is Venezuelan from the District of Norandino; Manuel Alejandro Celis Gil is Colombian from the District of Bogotá, Carlos Andre Caicedo Caicedo is Colombian from the District of Norandino; Cláudio Pereira da Silva is Brazilian from the District of Brazil-Chile. The Institute and the Region were represented at the opening by Brother Paulo Petry, General Councillor for RELAL, Brother Carlos Gómez Restrepo, Visitor of Bogotá, Brother Edgar Genuíno Nicodem, Visitor of Norandino and Brother José Bianor Gallego Botero.
The inaugural Mass was concelebrated by three priest of the diocese, and it was attended by religious and lay people representing Marists, Ursulines, Capuchins and Franciscan Sisters. The eucharist was followed by a fraternal meal together.
During the days following the inauguration, the Brothers of the Community met with Brother Councillor Paulo Petry to talk about their mission, their community project and their expectations for the Lasallian presence in Amazonia. Classes in Portuguese have started for the Brothers. They are taught by Sister Patricia, an Ursuline of Italian origin who has been working in Brazil for more than twenty years. In the near future, the new Community will follow a course to introduce them to the realities of the situation in Amazonia. The course is organised by the Church Network of Pan Amazonia (REPAN). It is a residential course in Manaus and lasts for two weeks. The course is attended by all missionaries who are starting to work in Amazonia. Alongside our Brothers, there will also be the Marist Brothers who will be joining in the work of the Community in Tabatinga. They have all undertaken this ecclesial mission to work for the educational ministry of the Diocese which chiefly comprises local indigenous peoples.