Flávio Jose Rocha

Year Joined MKLM: 2003
Country: Brazil
City: São Paulo
Focus: Pastoral Care, Education and Leadership Training
Project(s):
1. Healing Ministries/Pastoral Care
2. Leadership Formation through Theater of the Oppressed

Personal Data:

Flávio is a Brazilian citizen and joined MKLM in 2003. He is married to Kathy Bond, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner since 1993. Flávio and Kathy met in Brazil when they were working on a social justice project.

After they married in 2000, the couple lived in Berkeley, CA, where they were active in the Holy Spirit Newman Community. At that time, he received a graduate degree at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland.

Flávio and Kathy returned to Brazil in 2004 and their daughter, Maya, was born there in 2005. Flávio’s faith has led him to work with youth groups and campus ministry, and he served as a representative from Brazil at the Continental Youth Conference in Chile. His last job before joining Maryknoll Lay Missioners was Education Secretary in the government of his hometown. He has earned a master’s degree in Environment and Development from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil in 2010 and a doctoral degree in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2015.

Current Ministry:

Flávio, Kathy, and Maya moved from João Pessoa to São Paulo in 2010. One of Flávio’s ministries is focused on pastoral care. He ministers at a public hospital for organ transplants where he visits and offers Reiki sessions to patients, their families and staff.

Flávio facilitates Theater of the Oppressed trainings for groups such as NGO educators and Church pastoral groups. The popular education technique uses theater to discuss social issues and open a space for participants to talk about daily oppressions, both internal and external. It is also a way to talk about non-violent solutions to solve social problems in our society in a creative and attractive way, especially for young people. At CAMI, an NGO that provides services for immigrants, Flávio facilitates a Theater of the Oppressed group for youth that helps to build self-esteem and self-empowernment.  Additionally, he assists social media efforts.

He does research and writing on ecological issues including water privatization in Brazil, and he founded an Al-Anon chapter for friends and families of alcoholics.