The Family of Hope is an International Association of the Faithful, approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity of the Catholic Church. A new community born among the most needy.
In the beginning, the founders, Friar Hans, Nelson Giovanelli, Luci Rosendo and Iraci Leite, wanted only to live the commandment to love one's neighbor as oneself through two charisms: unity and Franciscan. At the time, the four of them, by the way, no one had the dimension of what would become the Family, or how many people would discover their vocation through it.
Today it is an international work called to assume its missionary dimension, striving to make its communities and works true centers of spirituality and evangelization.
"The purpose of the Family is to sanctify its members through the practice of reciprocal love, living the Words of the Gospel, the Eucharist and other sacraments, joyful adherence to the Abandoned Jesus and imitation of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Hope. It seeks to fulfill, in services and works, the answers of the Gospel to the problems and sufferings of humanity, contributing to the fulfillment of the desire of Jesus: 'May all be one for the world to believe' (Jn 17,21) ”. (Iraci Milk)
Archbishop Aloísio Lorscheider, then Archbishop of Aparecida, SP, signed the Family of Hope authorization at 24 December 1999, thus making it recognized at the diocesan level. On 2010, it received the first approval decree that went into effect for five years. Later, the definitive approval at 2015 by the Pontifical Council for the Laity confirmed that it was a God-inspired charism of its own - Hope.
Therefore, it is understood that working on the farm is not a simple occupation, but a vocation, and that the Lord
is donating a charism, that of Hope.
(Family of Hope Decree of Approval)
Throughout their years of work, the Family of Hope has helped thousands of young people around the world break free from addiction. He found that his charism is Hope, which motivates men and women to become "new men" and "new women" and thus to take on the mission of "bringing Hope, Jesus Christ, to the greatest number of young people." Worldwide".
A response to the Church's request in the person of Pope Benedict XVI:
"... Bring Hope, Jesus Christ, to as many young people as possible ..." We want to create opportunities in Brazil and abroad to send young volunteers to our communities, Fazendas da Esperança, to live with the young people who are in the recovery process, in order to promote new ways of living, the practice of work as a source. of self-esteem, and the experience of a spirituality of communion.
The Family has as an inspiring source Jesus who is present in each neighbor, particularly the most needy, and as a vocation, to live with them in the first place and to have with them free love and special dedication.
Our vocation: ... to give a concrete response, through living the Gospel, to the sufferings of humanity.
The vocation to the Family of Hope can be experienced through the members of common life: they protect the inner life of the community and safeguard it from the influence of the world. From the discerning or willing volunteers of hope, who lead this same life into the world by influencing social structures of all kinds. In these dimensions live celibate, married, priests, and single. These live together and offer their lives for their brothers for free. They seek to be nothing for love.