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No. 55 • July - December 2012 • Page 371
 •  Initiatives

Santana de Parnaíba, Brazil -- “Being a Father” Program

Between August 31 and September 2, a group of fathers from various regions of Brazil gathered in the Sitio das Aroeira Conference Center to take part in a formative program on fatherhood. The accent was on helping one’s sense of fatherhood to grow by exercising it, just as one can grow in affection, respect and admiration for each daughter and son. The course was directed by Dr. Valdir Reginato, a medical specialist in Family Therapy and author of the book entitled Aprender a ser pai em 10 liçiões [Learn to be a father in 10 lessons], and by Dr. Pedro J. de Rezende, professor at the University of Campinas and a specialist in family orientation.

In addition to the conferences and an interactive movie-forum, practical cases related to raising children were discussed. Positive criteria and experiences were shared in regard to family activities, the use of the social media, and celebrations and trips for the children. The conviction was unanimous that sanctifying family life, and specifically the Christian education of their children, is the primary and principle goal of a Christian father. This is a responsibility that he should confront with generosity and courage, without giving in to the customs and confusions so widespread in today’s society.

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