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Maria Deuz Baracat 

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Baracat, Maria Deuz (1904–2004)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Maria Deuz Baracat, nurse and Bible worker, was born around 1904.1 She graduated in nursing2 and theology from the former Brazil College (now UNASP-SP). She was married to Pastor José Baracat, who contributed greatly to the Adventist Church.3 Maria and José had two children, Paulo (1939-1993) and Silas.4

Maria Baracat was a loyal partner and collaborator in her husband's ministry. She supported her husband’s public evangelistic series as a Bible worker and nurse. She used her knowledge to promote and teach health classes and help the community.5 Maria aimed to remove prejudice against the Seventh-day Adventists and captivate the sympathy of those that attended the preaching series. By doing so, she opened the way for people to listen to the gospel. Among the places she worked are the city of Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia in 1935, and the city of Caruaru in the State of Pernambuco in 1955,6 where the evangelistic series were successful.7

Maria’s work was not restricted to the evangelistic field. When requested, she provided first-aid training sessions in meetings promoted by the church.8 In 1954, she was a summer school teacher for the teachers of the Northeast Mission and Bahia and Sergipe Mission’s Adventist primary schools.9 In July 1956, she participated teaching first aid in the canvassing program of the Bahia and Sergipe Mission.10 In 1959, she went through the difficult experience of losing her husband. José died on October 27 due to complications of hepatitis.11 Even after this arduous loss, Maria kept contributing to the church.12 In recognition of her dedicated work in Rio de Janeiro, on November 17, 1985, she was awarded a medal of honor by the Rio de Janeiro Central Church, where she worked for 40 years.13

Maria was a committed Adventist evangelist who utilized her knowledge in nursing to promote humanitarian aid alongside her husband’s evangelistic efforts. Besides spreading the Word of God, Maria brought courage and comfort to the needy. Maria Deuz Baracat died at the end of 2004 in Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais. She was 100 years old.14

Sources

“II Encontro Estadual dos Idosos.” Revista Adventista. January 1986. Accessed on February 21, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Lima, Silas F. “Escola de Verão.” Revista Adventista. May 1954. Accessed on February 14, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Lira, Severino. “Todos Cantam Sua Terra.” Revista Adventista. April 1955. Accessed on February 21, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Mendes de Amorim, João. “Curso de Colportagem na Missão Bahia e Sergipe.” Revista Adventista. July 1956. Accessed on February 21, 2017. .

“Maria Deuz Baracat.” Revista Adventista. January 2005. Accessed on September 5, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

“Maria Deuz Baracat.” Revista Adventista. July 2005. Accessed on February 21, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

M. Rabello, Roberto. “Pastor José Baracat.” Revista Adventista. February 1988. Accessed on September 5, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Storch, G. S. “Curso de Enfermagem.” Revista Adventista. March 1935. Accessed on February 21, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

Notes

  1. “Maria Deuz Baracat,” Revista Adventista, January 2005, accessed on September 5, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  2. G. S. Storch, “Curso de Enfermagem,” Revista Adventista, March 1935, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  3. “Maria Deuz Baracat,” Revista Adventista, January 2005, accessed on September 5, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  4. Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, e-mail to Roberto Baracat D. Araújo, February 16, 2018.

  5. “Maria Deuz Baracat,” Revista Adventista, January 2005, accessed on September 5, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  6. G. S. Storch, “Curso de Enfermagem,” Revista Adventista, March 1935, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  7. Severino Lira, “Todos Cantam Sua Terra,” Revista Adventista, April 1955, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  8. João Mendes de Amorim, “Curso de Colportagem na Missão Bahia e Sergipe,” Revista Adventista, July 1956, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  9. Silas F. Lima, “Escola de Verão,” Revista Adventista, May 1954, accessed on February 14, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  10. João Mendes de Amorim, “Curso de Colportagem na Missão Bahia e Sergipe,” Revista Adventista, July 1956, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  11. Roberto M. Rabello, “Pastor José Baracat,” Revista Adventista, February 1988, accessed on September 5, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  12. “Maria Deuz Baracat,” Revista Adventista, July 2005, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  13. “II Encontro Estadual dos Idosos,” Revista Adventista, January 1986, accessed on February 21, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

  14. “Maria Deuz Baracat,” Revista Adventista, January 2005, accessed on September 5, 2016, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br.

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UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Baracat, Maria Deuz (1904–2004)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed June 19, 2021. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FGFB.

UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Baracat, Maria Deuz (1904–2004)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access June 19, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FGFB.

UNASP, The Brazilian White Center – (2021, April 28). Baracat, Maria Deuz (1904–2004). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved June 19, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=FGFB.