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Guido Schaffer

Guido Vidal França Schäffer (May 22, 1974, Volta Redonda – May 1, 2009, Rio de Janeiro)[1] was a Brazilian doctor, surfer, and seminarian. The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has begun his beatification process.[2][3][1]

Servant of God

Guido Vidal França Schäffer
Seminarian
Born(1974-05-22)22 May 1974
Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died1 May 2009(2009-05-01) (aged 34)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church

Biography

Guido Vidal França Schäffer was the son of Guido Manoel Vidal Schäffer and Maria Nazareth França Schäffer. His father is a doctor, and his mother is a member of the Good Shepherd Community (Catholic Charismatic Renewal). Schäffer grew up in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, where he learned to enjoy the beach and surfing.[4] He studied medicine at the Technical Educational Foundation Souza Marques (1993-1998).[5] After his residency, he joined the medical staff of the 4th and 20th Wards of the Holy House of Mercy in Rio.[6] He decided to become a general practitioner, a specialty that allowed him to assess the patient as a whole. During his academic education he was also dedicated to care for HIV patients at the Evandro Chagas Hospital (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation).

Remembered for his knowledge of the Word of God and for the importance he gave to the sacraments and the use of the charisms of the Holy Spirit, Schäffer founded several prayer groups and held many lectures. In 1999, during a retreat at the Canção Nova (New Song) Community, Schäffer heard a priest preaching the following passage: "Never turn your face from the poor, and God will never turn his from you" (Tob 4,7). At that moment, he reflected how many times he had looked away from the poor. He asked God for forgiveness and said, "Jesus, help me take care of the poor." A week later he met the sisters of the congregation founded by Mother Teresa (Missionaries of Charity), whose mission is the care for the "poorest of the poor." He realized that God had heard his request and was giving him the direction he wanted for his medicine. He volunteered his medical services to the Missionaries of Charity and started to meet the homeless on the streets. He organized the volunteers, inviting other doctors from the Holy House of Mercy and the youth of the prayer group.

When reading the book The Brother of Assisi by Ignacio Larrañaga, he felt called to the priesthood.[4] Schäffer began the first years of preparation at the Institute of Philosophy and Theology, located at the Monastery of Saint Benedict in Rio de Janeiro. As an external student, he combined seminary classes along with his volunteer medical work and his lay preaching ministry. In 2008, he officially joined the Saint Joseph Seminary (Rio de Janeiro) in order to finish his studies.[1]

Death

On May 1, 2009, at thirty-four years old, Schäffer died while surfing at the Barra da Tijuca beach, Rio de Janeiro.[7] The incident was the result of a neck injury which led to unconsciousness and drowning.

His body was recovered, and a funeral Mass was held the next day in the parish of Our Lady of Copacabana, presided over by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro - now Cardinal - Orani João Tempesta. The church was full with an estimated 1,700 people in attendance, from all locations and social classes, along with approximately seventy priests and three bishops. Before the coffin was closed at the end of the Mass, Tempesta said: "This church so full shows me how this young man was a good shepherd, and as I know of his desire to become a priest, I will put the stole in his hands." The bishop then approached Schäffer’s body and placed the stole in hands for burial.

Beatification process

After his death, reports of cures soon began to appear, attributed to the intercession of the young doctor, seminarian and surfer.[8] On January 17, 2015, with permission from the Vatican, the process of beatification and canonization was initiated by Tempesta. At this stage, Schäffer received the title “Servant of God”.[9][1]

Patronage

Among his fellow surfers, a devotion to him grew along with the pseudonym "Surfer Angel".[9] Tempesta also has commented on his life as an inspiration many young Christians, saying: "You can be young, like the beach, surfing, singing, and at the same time have your heart set on God, being a witness to Him in front of people, being an example of Christian life."[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Vatican will beatify "Surfing Angel" Guido Schaffer". SurferToday.com.
  2. ^ Lyons, John (24 February 2015). "In Brazil, 'Surfer Angel' Is Considered for Sainthood" – via Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ "A man known as the 'Surfer Angel' could be Brazil's next saint".
  4. ^ a b ReL, Álex Rosal / (2014-11-12). "El "Ángel surfista", un seminarista brasileño que evangelizaba a los pobres, futuro santo". religionenlibertad.com. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  5. ^ "Servant of God Guido Vidal França Schäffer". CatholicSaints.Info. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  6. ^ "Guido Schaffer: o surfista e "São Francisco carioca" que pode se tornar beato". Jovens Conectados - Comissão Episcopal Pastoral para a Juventude - CNBB (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  7. ^ Nassif, Lourdes (2014-11-11). "Guido Schäffer, médico, seminarista e surfista, em processo de beatificação". GGN (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  8. ^ "Brasil: Impulsan la beatificación de un joven surfista muy milagroso". valoresreligiosos.com.ar. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  9. ^ a b "Abren proceso de beatificación del "Ángel surfista"". aciprensa.com. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  10. ^ "Cardenal de Río de Janeiro: Se puede ser santo bailando samba o haciendo surf". www.celam.org. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2020-11-15. «Se puede ser joven, gustarte la playa, el surf, cantar y a la vez tener el corazón en Dios, siendo testimonio de Él delante de la gente, siendo un ejemplo de vida cristiana».

External links

  • Guido Schaffer official website in english
  • Guido Schaffer Facebook page (portuguese)

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Guido Vidal Franca Schaffer May 22 1974 Volta Redonda May 1 2009 Rio de Janeiro 1 was a Brazilian doctor surfer and seminarian The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro has begun his beatification process 2 3 1 Servant of GodGuido Vidal Franca SchafferSeminarianBorn 1974 05 22 22 May 1974Volta Redonda Rio de Janeiro BrazilDied1 May 2009 2009 05 01 aged 34 Rio de Janeiro BrazilVenerated inRoman Catholic Church Contents 1 Biography 2 Death 3 Beatification process 4 Patronage 5 References 6 External linksBiography EditGuido Vidal Franca Schaffer was the son of Guido Manoel Vidal Schaffer and Maria Nazareth Franca Schaffer His father is a doctor and his mother is a member of the Good Shepherd Community Catholic Charismatic Renewal Schaffer grew up in Copacabana Rio de Janeiro where he learned to enjoy the beach and surfing 4 He studied medicine at the Technical Educational Foundation Souza Marques 1993 1998 5 After his residency he joined the medical staff of the 4th and 20th Wards of the Holy House of Mercy in Rio 6 He decided to become a general practitioner a specialty that allowed him to assess the patient as a whole During his academic education he was also dedicated to care for HIV patients at the Evandro Chagas Hospital Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Remembered for his knowledge of the Word of God and for the importance he gave to the sacraments and the use of the charisms of the Holy Spirit Schaffer founded several prayer groups and held many lectures In 1999 during a retreat at the Cancao Nova New Song Community Schaffer heard a priest preaching the following passage Never turn your face from the poor and God will never turn his from you Tob 4 7 At that moment he reflected how many times he had looked away from the poor He asked God for forgiveness and said Jesus help me take care of the poor A week later he met the sisters of the congregation founded by Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity whose mission is the care for the poorest of the poor He realized that God had heard his request and was giving him the direction he wanted for his medicine He volunteered his medical services to the Missionaries of Charity and started to meet the homeless on the streets He organized the volunteers inviting other doctors from the Holy House of Mercy and the youth of the prayer group When reading the book The Brother of Assisi by Ignacio Larranaga he felt called to the priesthood 4 Schaffer began the first years of preparation at the Institute of Philosophy and Theology located at the Monastery of Saint Benedict in Rio de Janeiro As an external student he combined seminary classes along with his volunteer medical work and his lay preaching ministry In 2008 he officially joined the Saint Joseph Seminary Rio de Janeiro in order to finish his studies 1 Death EditOn May 1 2009 at thirty four years old Schaffer died while surfing at the Barra da Tijuca beach Rio de Janeiro 7 The incident was the result of a neck injury which led to unconsciousness and drowning His body was recovered and a funeral Mass was held the next day in the parish of Our Lady of Copacabana presided over by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro now Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta The church was full with an estimated 1 700 people in attendance from all locations and social classes along with approximately seventy priests and three bishops Before the coffin was closed at the end of the Mass Tempesta said This church so full shows me how this young man was a good shepherd and as I know of his desire to become a priest I will put the stole in his hands The bishop then approached Schaffer s body and placed the stole in hands for burial Beatification process EditAfter his death reports of cures soon began to appear attributed to the intercession of the young doctor seminarian and surfer 8 On January 17 2015 with permission from the Vatican the process of beatification and canonization was initiated by Tempesta At this stage Schaffer received the title Servant of God 9 1 Patronage EditAmong his fellow surfers a devotion to him grew along with the pseudonym Surfer Angel 9 Tempesta also has commented on his life as an inspiration many young Christians saying You can be young like the beach surfing singing and at the same time have your heart set on God being a witness to Him in front of people being an example of Christian life 10 References Edit a b c d Vatican will beatify Surfing Angel Guido Schaffer SurferToday com Lyons John 24 February 2015 In Brazil Surfer Angel Is Considered for Sainthood via Wall Street Journal A man known as the Surfer Angel could be Brazil s next saint a b ReL Alex Rosal 2014 11 12 El Angel surfista un seminarista brasileno que evangelizaba a los pobres futuro santo religionenlibertad com Retrieved 2020 11 18 Servant of God Guido Vidal Franca Schaffer CatholicSaints Info 2018 11 04 Retrieved 2020 11 18 Guido Schaffer o surfista e Sao Francisco carioca que pode se tornar beato Jovens Conectados Comissao Episcopal Pastoral para a Juventude CNBB in Brazilian Portuguese Retrieved 2020 11 18 Nassif Lourdes 2014 11 11 Guido Schaffer medico seminarista e surfista em processo de beatificacao GGN in Brazilian Portuguese Retrieved 2020 11 18 Brasil Impulsan la beatificacion de un joven surfista muy milagroso valoresreligiosos com ar Retrieved 2020 11 18 a b Abren proceso de beatificacion del Angel surfista aciprensa com Retrieved 2020 11 18 Cardenal de Rio de Janeiro Se puede ser santo bailando samba o haciendo surf www celam org 2015 03 20 Retrieved 2020 11 15 Se puede ser joven gustarte la playa el surf cantar y a la vez tener el corazon en Dios siendo testimonio de El delante de la gente siendo un ejemplo de vida cristiana External links EditGuido Schaffer official website in english Guido Schaffer Facebook page portuguese Portals Biography Catholicism Brazil Saints Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Guido Schaffer amp oldid 1127476339, wikipedia, wiki, book, books, library,

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