The Catholic Community “Eis aì tua Mãe – Obra de Maria” is a private Association of the Faithful of Diocesan law, born of the current of grace known as Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The Community consists of missionary Priests and laities( consacreted,single, married) called to “Evangelize in all forms with joy"” at the service of the Catholic Church.
Founder and Co-Founder
Gilberto Gomes Barbosa
The founder of the “Eis aì tua Mãe – Obra de Maria” Community is from Pernambucuco, born on April 1968 in the town of Surubim. He is married and has three daughters. He is graduated in
Philosophy and Theology at the Theological scholl of St Benedict Monastery in Olinda-PE, Clinical Psychoanalyst and Postgraduate in Psychoanalysis.
Maria Salomé Ventura
University of Brasilia, Psychoanalyst and Postgraduate of Clinical Psychoanalysis.
Knowing the New Communities, seeing their life models, awakened the desire to start the Community “Eis aí tua mãe – Obra de Maria”, this in 1990. The inspiration was soon welcomed by Maria Salomé Ventura who immediately embraced the cause with the founder, thus becoming co-founder along with 7 other young people starting first as external community and, later such asinternal community.
We grew up with many difficulties, but gradually the Lord was confirming our vocation through the Church and those who were joining us. Came the first groups of pilgrimages and then the Lord formed one of our main missions which is the pilgrimage to holy places, as well as several activities that we carry out such as works of evangelization, Concerts, retreats, Cenacles “Here is your mother”, also called prayer groups in families and various activities of a social, educational,
cultural, artistic and sports nature.
The “Eis aí tua mãe – Obra de Maria” was configuring with the Charismatic and Marian spiritualities. Marian because we are children of Our Lady and, like John, the beloved disciple, we
receive the mission of taking her home, seeking to imitate her in serving with joy.
We live the spirituality of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Charisms give us the impetus to missionary life and
evangelization with the power to bring people to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Evangelize in every way with joy. As a member of “Eis aí tua mãe – Obra de Maria” we must be at the church’s disposal in what she needs, always serving the Lord and
evangelizing in every way with joy.
As the psalmist says:
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, worship the Lord with gladness”
When we read At 2.42-47 and At 4.32-35, we clearly see the objective of the New Communities.
Jesus lived with the twelve disciples and life in community is the guarantee of our spiritual perseverance.
“I’m very happy when I see young people who decide on community life and gave your life, wants to give himself to the Gospel. What God wants from us today is the surrender for his Kingdom through evangelization.”
Gilberto Gomes Barbosa
Thus a very participatory group was formed and with its growth, we began to realize that we needed a name. Then we gathered the whole group and concluded that the name would be “OBRA DE MARIA” because this would cover everything.
At the time the group was still very small, and some people questioned, “But ‘work’ means big thing…” Even so, the name was approved and welcomed as God’s will.
After a few years we had a new understanding and realized that the official name of the Community would be ” Eis aí tua mãe ” even though we continue to be known as the “Obra de Maria”, this name reflects what is our call: The Father wanted to give his son a Mother, made us all children of Him, brothers of Jesus and children of Mary. As children of Mary, we seek to imitate her in serving with joy.
How we Live
We seek to live chastity, poverty, and obedience based on evangelical counsels. We want to be for the world, in the form of an ecclesial community, a witness of the Christian life, evangelizing in every way with joy.
We are a Community of apostolic life, we live to make Jesus known through our evangelizing work, assuming for this several missions, both in Brazil and in other parts of the world.
The Lord has given us a very special mission, which is the Pilgrimages, where we bring thousands of pilgrims annually to the Shrines of the world, promoting through visits to the sacred places true encounters with God.
In addition to this mission, we also undertake to live a fraternal life to evangelizing in every way with joy, through the Cenacles “Here is your mother.” (true Groups of Prayer in families), retreats, Congresses (at national and international level ), concerts and also with social works in various segments.
Why a Medal
During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, our founder was deeply touched to see the image of the ordeal and felt like John the Evangelist, the beloved disciple, as he reports in the official documents of our community:
“When I saw that image, the message that came into my heart was the text of the Gospel and I said to myself, “I have to take this to my life!”. I felt that I should take Mary to my house, which could mean my heart or the Community ” Eis aí tua mãe – Obra de Maria” for as children of Mary we must make her better known and loved.”
Gilberto Gomes Barbosa
Back in Brazil, she shared this sentiment with Maria Salomé and the other members of the community who prayed together and confirmed this inspiration. With this feeling, they decided to reproduce the ordeal scene in a medal that reminds us of the commitment made to take Mary home.
In our shirt we print what must be in our countenance:
“We serve the Lord with joy!” As St Paul says: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
In our medal, the passage of the Gospel where Jesus delivers John to Mary as a son and surrenders Mary as Mother to John (Jn 19:25-27). Our vocation will only be firm when we take on Our Lady as a Mother!
We live the spirituality of Catholic Charismatic Renewal
St Paul, in his ministry, found that in addition to several gifts the Holy Spirit manifested himself with several charisms:
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines”.
I Cor 12, 4-11
Where we are
We are currently 3.350 missionaries and volunteers around the world.
Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru
Portugal and Italy
Israel and Palestine
Africa (Portuguese language)
Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde
Africa (French language)
Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Niger and Mali.
Africa (English language)
Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi and Botswana.
States of Brazil
Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará, Maranhão, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Tocantins, Mato Grosso do Sul, Acre e Pará.
Community Headquarters – São Lourenço-PE
In this place of promise works the administrative part, residence of members and space for sports activities, retreats, events and celebrations.
Our Charisma In Action
* Evangelizations (children, young people, adults and the elderly)
*Cenacles – “Here is your mother.”( evangelization and visits the families)
* Groups of prayer
* Media (radio program)
*Social work such as daycare centers, schools, vocational courses, psychological monitoring, assistance to chemical dependents and refuges, artistic and cultural activities.