PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK “MEMORIES OF A VILLAGE PARTICIPANT”, by Fr. Domingos Monteiro da Costa
September 24 | 7:30 pm
Location: Lagos Municipal Library
Org.: CM Lagos
Participation is free, but subject to the limit of 48 mandatory prior registrations via phone 282 767 816, the Library’s Facebook page or email email@example.com
The book ‘MEMÓRIAS DE UM PÁROCO DE VILLAGE’ by Fr. Domingos Monteiro da Costa, Jesuit and parish priest of Mexilhoeira Grande, municipality of Portimão, since 1975, “takes us to visit, with him, memories of his roots, revisiting places and personalities, in an extensive journey from childhood, passing through the novitiate and seminary, ‘flying’ through Frankfurt, Paris, Oslo, Russia, among others; reports particularities of his relationship with his family, with the Jesuits and, finally, with the diocese of Algarve and the parishes of Mexilhoeira Grande, Odiáxere and N.ª S.ª do Amparo (Portimão). With this book, he seeks to moderate the complexities of life, through the sharing of experiences with the actors who, with due respect, are included in it, in a huge diversity of episodes!
I encourage the reader to be guided by the succession of themes. It is an emotion to go signaling the presence of God behind the adventures through which the author went and, which in this book he confides.
It is a memoir, consisting of two parts: a before and an after… It is enriched with explanatory notes that not only clarify, but complement the content, throughout the various chapters.
Feel in ‘MEMORIES OF A VILLAGE PARISH’ who soon revealed himself to be the determined, audacious, creative, even quarrelsome man that the parish of Mexilhoeira Grande would come to have as Pastor, Benefactor and Friend! I could apply other ‘titles’ much more impressive, as theologian and sociologist, but it makes more sense to me to emphasize his spirit as a leader and thank him for his dedication to evangelization, both in the social area he founded and in the pastoral care he developed here, always for the sake of love! “Love will never pass away!” (1 Cor. 13,8).
This is confirmed by the genuine description he makes in this book, sometimes light, sometimes well documented! The work reveals an intentional gratitude to how many people stayed, and/or are connected to it; Fr Domingos has a fantastic memory…
The reader will probably be delighted, surprised by Fr. Domingos’ airy way of solving unusual situations; he will put his hands to his head and ask himself about the soul strength he possesses to carry his idea forward; will be amazed at the wonders that, blessed by God, he has made to happen in unknown areas, by those who are entitled and, thus giving voice to those who did not have it, heard the ‘cry of the poor’, saw the ‘absence’ of God …
‘MEMORIES OF A VILLAGE PARISH’ is part of the 82 years of life of Fr. Domingos, 63 of Jesuit and 47 of ‘Mexilhoeirense’, who settled in this southern village (today, village), but always kept the Rego – Celorico de Basto – (his birthplace), in his heart, as well as many of the experiences in other places, where he went and that, now, he wanted to tell us because they are part of his memories!…” (Maria Teresa Rochate da Silva ).