PLANS were announced today for the first Temple of Antinous in Brazil.
The announcement came during Equinox ceremonies at the Hollywood Temple of Antinous which were shared via SKYPE with adherents in Brazil, Europe and Australia.
High priest of the new temple will be DECO RIBEIRO, journalist and educator, who has been a driving force in the worldwide worship of Antinous for more than 10 years.
Deco lives in Brazil in the city of Campinas located north of São Paulo and he is a veteran journalist and gay activist and founder/director of a pioneering SCHOOL FOR LGBT YOUTH ... the only one of its kind in the world.
Speaking via SKYPE, he announced his calling to become a dedicant priest of Antinous.
The assembled priests unanimously acclaimed his announcement and welcomed him to a one-year training period before investiture.
Brazil has a large number of Antinous adherents, far more than any other nation aside from the United States.
"It is noteworthy that the only sculptures of Antinous located in the Western Hemisphere happen to be in the US and in Brazil," said ANTONIUS SUBIA.
"It is as though Antinous himself has chosen those two countries to be his base for spreading his religion in the Western Hemisphere," Antonius told the worshipers assembled via SKYPE.
Deco said his decision comes after years of contemplation and worship.
He added that the spark for his decision to announce his candidacy at this particular time was the investiture of MARTINUS CAMPBELL as priest of Antinous in London earlier this month.
"Martinus inspired me to take the leap of faith and make my announcement now," Deco said to applause from the group.
He will now undertake 12 months of study, meditation and learning before taking his final vows.