Kelechi Jude Anoruo-Dibia
at Oct 25, 2014 5:55:28 AM
Happy feast day to all born, baptized and married today
Happy feast day to all Deacons, Seminarians, Priests, Bishops, Monks, Nuns, Religious Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Happy feast day to all named Anthony and Parents of all those named Anthony
Happy feast day to all devoted to Saint Antonio Galvão
Happy feast day to all devoted to Saint Anne, especially to all those who believe in the ‘Immaculate Conception’ of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Happy feast day to all who honour the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, especially all who recite Her Most Holy Rosary with true devotion
Happy feast day to all Franciscans and all devoted to Saint Francis of Assisi
Happy feast day to all members of “Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence” especially all single women who wished to live a religious life but without taking vows
Happy feast day to all Catholic Missionaries
Today (October 25) marks the feast of Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão
In English he is called “Saint Anthony of Saint Anne Galvão”
He is popularly known as Frei Galvão
He is often called “Saint Antonio Galvão” or simply “Saint Galvao”
He was born in Guarantingueta near São Paulo in Brazil
He was born 1739 in Guaratinguetá, Brazil
He was the fourth of ten children in a deeply religious family of high social and political status
His father, Antônio Galvão de França, was the Portuguese-born Captain-General of the village.
His father was active in the world of commerce and belonged to the Third Order of Saint Francis and was known for his generosity
His mother, Isabel Leite de Barros, was a farmers' daughter, and aunt of the famous bandeirante explorer Fernão Dias Pais, known as the "emerald hunter". She gave birth to eleven children before her premature death in 1755, at age 38
Equally known for her generosity, Isabel had given all of her clothes to the poor at the time of her death.
At age 13 Saint Antonio attended the (Society of Jesus) Jesuit seminary in Belem but later decided to become a Franciscan friar
At age 21, on April 15, 1760, Galvão gave up a promising future and his family's influence on society, becoming a novice at the Saint Bonaventure Friary in Macacu, Rio de Janeiro.
There, he adopted the religious name of Antonio of Saint Anne Galvão, in honor to his family's devotion to Saint Anne.
During his novitiate, he was known for his piety, zeal and exemplary virtues.
Saint Antonio Galvão made his solemn profession on April 16, 1761,
He took the Franciscan vow to defend the Blessed Virgin Mary's title of "Immaculate", which was still a controversial doctrine at that time.
On July 11, 1762, Brother Antonio Galvão was ordained a Catholic priest and transferred to Saint Francis Friary the city of São Paulo, where he continued his studies in theology and philosophy.
In 1768 he was appointed preacher, confessor and porter of the convent, which was an important post
He was a Brazilian friar of the Franciscan order
Within a few years he was appointed confessor to the house of Recollect women (nuns) who were devout to Saint Teresa in the city of São Paulo, Brazil
There, he met Sister Helena Maria of the Holy Spirit, a penitent nun who claimed to have visions where Jesus was asking her to found a new "Recolhimento" house
Father Antonio Galvão, who was her confessor, studied these messages and consulted with others who recognized them as valid and supernatural.
Father Antonio Galvão collaborated in the foundation of the new Recollect house, named Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence, which was established on February 2, 1774 in the same city.
It was modeled after the Conceptionists, and became the home for girls who wished to live a religious life but without taking vows.
With Sister Helena's sudden death on February 23, 1775, Father Antonio Galvão became the new head of the institute, serving as the sisters' new spiritual leader
Father Antonio Galvão was later named guardian of the Saint Francis Friary in São Paulo in 1798, being re-elected in 1801
It took Father Antonio Galvão 28 years to build the convent and church, with the latter being inaugurated on August 15, 1802.
In addition to the construction work and duties within and outside his Order, Father Antonio Galvão committed himself to the Recollect's formation.
The Statutes he wrote for them was a guide for the interior life and religious discipline
In 1811, he founded Saint Clare Convent in Sorocaba.
Eleven months later, he returned to the Saint Francis Friary in the city of São Paulo.
In his old age, he obtained permission from the Bishop and the guardian to stay at the Recollect house
Saint Antonio Galvão died at the Recollect house on the 23rd of December, 1822, in São Paulo, Brazil
He was laid to rest in the Recolhimento Church, and his tomb continues to be a destination for pilgrimages of the faithful who obtain graces through his intercession.
In 1929, the convent of Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence became a monastery, incorporated into the Order of the Immaculate Conception
The building, now called Monastery of Light, has been declared a world cultural heritage site
Saint Antonio Galvão was a man of great and intense prayer, and certain mystic phenomena are attributed to him, such as telepathy, premonition and levitation.
Saint Antonio Galvão is listed among the “Levitating In The Presence Of Saints”
He had the miracle of levitation (process by which an object is suspended against gravity, in a stable position, without physical contact or support).
Other Saints who also experienced “miracle of levitation” were Saint Martin the Porres, Saint Francis Xavier , Saint Joseph of Cupertino , Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint John Bosco , Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Philip Neri, Saint Ignatius Loyola, .. amongst others..
Like Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Antonio Galvão also had the gift of bilocation
Cases of bilocation are famous in Saint Antonio’s life
He was reported to be in two different places at the same time in order to take care of sick or dying people who asked for his help especially all who needed the Holy Sacraments before death.
Saint Antonio was also sought for his alleged healing powers, in a time where medical resources were scarce.
At one occasion, Saint Antonio wrote a Latin phrase from the Office of Our Lady ("After childbirth thou didst remain a Virgin: O Mother of God, intercede for us")in a piece of paper, rolled it like a pill, and gave it to a young woman whose heavy renal colic was risking her life.
After she drank the pill, the pain ceased immediately and she expelled a large amount of renal calculus.
On another occasion, a man asked him to help his wife through a difficult childbirth.
Saint Antonio Galvão gave her the paper pill, and the child was quickly born without further complications.
The story of the miracle pill spread, and Saint Antonio Galvão had to teach the Recollect sisters to make the pills in order to give them for people in need, which they still do nowadays. They are handed out for free to some 300 faithful who require them daily.
He is one of the best-known religious figures in Brazil
Saint Antonio was renowned for his healing powers worked by God through him
On October 25, 1998, Saint Antonio Galvão became the first Brazilian-born person to be beatified by the Vatican, having been declared Venerable a year earlier, on March 8, 1997
He is honoured in the Roman Catholic Church
He was given the degree of heroic virtues and was declared as Venerable on the 8th of March, 1997 by Pope Saint John Paul II ( who was the 264th Servant of God since the pontificate of Saint Peter the Apostle)
He was beatified on the 25th of October 1998, in Rome also by (who was the 264th Vicar of Christ since the pontificate of Saint Peter the Apostle)
Blessed Antonio was canonized on the 11th of May, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI ( who was the 265th Bishop of Rome since the pontificate of Saint Peter the Apostle)
Antonio became the first Brazilian-born Saint
He was the first Saint Pope Benedict XVI canonized in a ceremony held outside the Vatican City
His elevation to the Sainthood status came after the Catholic Church established that he had performed at least two miracles
According to the Church, the stories of Sandra Grossi de Almeida and Daniella Cristina da Silva are evidences of divinely inspired miracles by Saint Antonio Galvão.
After taking one of the paper pills, Almeida, who had a uterine malformation that should have made it impossible for her to carry a child for more than four months, gave birth to baby boy Enzo.
Saint Antonio Galvão's pills are also certified by the Church with the healing, in 1990, of Daniella Cristina da Silva, a four-year-old girl suffering from what doctors considered incurable hepatitis.
By all accounts, Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão was 'quite normal' with the exception of his miracles.
He lived a life of Franciscan simplicity, extending the testimony of Christ to everyone.
He lived a life of holiness in the day-to-day as a man of prayer, preacher, confessor, a missionary popular, and also mason porter of the Franciscan convent in downtown Sao Paulo.
As porter, he was cheerful and friendly and welcomed everyone.
During the beatification homily of Saint Antonio, Pope Saint John Paul II quoted from the Second Letter to Timothy (4:17)
"The Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the word fully,"
And then the Pope said that Antônio "fulfilled his religious consecration by dedicating himself with love and devotion to the afflicted, the suffering and the slaves of his era in Brazil."
The pope continued, "His authentically Franciscan faith, evangelically lived and apostolically spent in serving his neighbor, will be an encouragement to imitate this ‘man of peace and charity.’"
Sister Celia Cadorin, who spearheaded the cause for his canonization, defined the gentle friar as possessing “the tenderness of God."
She said: "He was a priest, a Friar of delicacy, gentleness, and kindness, especially to the poor. He was the brother of prayer.
He had a heart of compassion for the sick and all sinners, and conveyed a great peace at all times."
- Pope Saint John Paul II (During the beatification homily of Saint Antonio)
Let us pray that by the works, spiritual direction, spiritual maturity and intercession of Saint Antonio Galvão, we may in this group find the spiritual motivation to win our souls for God. Amen
Summary of the life history and works of Saint Antonio Galvão can be viewed by clicking the image of the Saint in our group’s photo section
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May we all in this group and beyond this group, Christians and non Christians alike, Catholics and non Catholics alike, be saved from the fires of hell and lifted up into heaven after our stay here on this exile. Amen
May our Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Saint Antonio Galvão and other Saints before and after him and through God's Divine Mercy strengthen our souls, open out the way for us all, and above all, intoxicate us with HIS love. Amen
May Christ make us into blazing fires to enkindle the earth with the heavenly fire HE brought us. Amen
Jesus we love you, all we have is yours, yours we are and yours we want to be, please do with us whatever you will. Amen
Jesus Mary and Joseph we give you our lives and our salvation
Jesus, Mary we love you, please save our souls. Amen
God bless you and grant your heart’s desire. Amen.
Saint Antonio Galvão, pray for us. Amen.