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Jun 17

Saint Anthony Festival 2012

Featuring Jorge Ferreira at Fatima Square


Sunday 17 June 2012Sunday 17 June 2012


Fatima Square
Hartford, CT, United States

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50 Kane Street.
Hartford, CT 06106-2042.
Phone : (001) (860) 236-1443.
Fax : (001) (860) 232-4455.
E-mail : olfchurch1958@yahoo.com .
Website : www.ourladyoffatimachurch.org .


Mission Statement :

We, at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hartford, CT, strive to be faithful to the Lord’s teachings and to the Catholic tradition through liturgy, education and service. We treasure our roots and are committed to fostering our Portuguese language and culture translated into a special expression of faith. We want to share our uniqueness with our brothers and sisters around us and at the same time we will be enriched by the reciprocity of experiences. We invite you to join in fulfilling the recommendations of the Virgin Mary, when she appeared in Fatima, by praying the Rosary every day and praying for peace in the world.

Parish History :

After a boom in the 1950's of Portuguese immigration to the United States, and specifically to the Hartford, Connecticut area, a group of Catholics who felt the need for cultural and spiritual guidance in their language came together and contacted the Roman Catholic Church in Hartford and in Portugal.

Father José Dias Martins da Silva was born in January 8, 1926, in Estarreja, Portugal. He studied at Seminário de Vila Viçosa and completed his Theology studies at Seminário Maior de Évora. Ordained as Priest in Sé de Évora on June 29, 1951, he celebrated his first Mass on July 15, 1951, at Igreja de São Tiago do Beduido, in Estarreja. He served the Church in Alentejo for six and 1/2 years at the service of the Brothers of Portel, Coruche and Sé de Évora, before coming to the United States. He died and entered into eternal rest on December 7, 2006. May he be given the promised glory of eternal life.

Father Silva led the Portuguese community into an organized parish for the Portuguese speaking community to worship freely amidst the language and culture that is our heritage. Father Silva paved the way. It is up to us to support our present leader Father António Jorge Tchingui to continue the journey. Our Church, our Community Center are tools in which we can grow as we look to the future with full faith in God cumulating on the richness of our heritage as we bequeath our culture and language to generations to come.

Our Church (Present) :

It was a $2,5 million project and had the seating capacity of five hundred and fifty parishioners. After 12 years of planning and four years of construction, opening ceremonies were held on April 30, 1998.

Our Community Center :

Today, with the Portuguese population having reached third and fourth generation and yet with many of the original members, we are still at the heart of the Portuguese community. To house the various programs that make up our Church life, the parishioners approved a $2M+ Community Center.

Father António Jorge Tchingui has been Parish Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hartford, CT, since September 1, 2005. He was elevated to this position by the Most Reverend Henry Joseph Mansell, Archbishop. On June 25, 2003, the Most Reverend Daniel Cronin had bestowed on him the position of Parochial Vicar. Since that time, the Reverend Tchingui has served the community of over 1,000 households, or over 5,000 Portuguese-speaking parishioners. The Reverend is in charge of overseeing all of the Church's activities, including the Portuguese School, the Our Lady of Fatima Day Care, the Church's CCD program, and all other functions.

After graduating High School in 1986, he entered the Minor Seminary of Bom Pastor in Benguela, where he majored in Philosophy. He graduated in 1991. He further studied at the Cristo Rei Major Seminary of Theology, graduating in 1996. He was born in December 3, 1968, in the Province of Benguela, Angola. Reverend Tchingui was ordained a Deacon on August 4, 1996, by the Most Reverend Oscar Lino Lopes Fernandes Braga, Bishop of the Diocese of Benguela. On August 31, 1997, he was ordained a Priest in Benguela by Bishop Braga. He was assigned as Pastor to a small rural town called Balombo, 140 miles east of Benguela. In addition to the parish responsibilities, he administered to an orphanage that sheltered over 150 children. From June 27, 1999, until September 6, 2000, Reverend Tchingui was assigned by Bishop Braga as Pastor to the Divino Espírito Santo Parish. He was then selected to come to the United States where he would pursue a Masters degree in Philosophy at De Paul University in Chicago, IL. While pursuing his studies, he was a resident priest at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, where he ministered to a mostly Spanish-speaking community. Also, he served as chaplain at Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anthony, and Holy Cross Hospitals, all in the Chicago area. Reverend Tchingui is fluent in Portuguese, Umbundu (mother tongue), English and Spanish. He is also knowledgeable in French and Italian languages.

He is the fifth of nine children. His older brother Mario Lukunde was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Menongue in Angola on October 9, 2005. One of his sisters, Conceição, also serves in a religious community in Angola.



Anthony of Padua or Anthony of Lisbon, O.F.M. (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231), was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Though he died in Padua, he was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon. Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was declared a saint almost immediately after his death and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946.

Saint Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint for lost articles, and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods.

Saint Anthony is known in Portugal, Spain, and Brazil as a marriage saint, because there are legends of him reconciling couples. His feast day, 13 June, is Lisbon's municipal holiday, celebrated with parades and marriages. The previous day, 12 June, is the Brazilian Valentine's Day. He is one of the saints celebrated in the Brazilian Festa Junina (also known as the "São João"), along with John the Baptist and Saint Peter. In Lisbon, where that saint was born and lived most of his life, Saint Anthony is celebrated on the night of 12th-13th June with Marchas Populares (a street carnival) and other festivities. In the meantime, several marriages known as Casamentos de Santo António (Marriages of Saint Anthony) are made.

In the United States, Saint Anthony is also celebrated by numerous Portuguese-American communities from the East Coast. In addition to daily Mass and regular confession schedule, the Shrine of Saint Anthony also offers retreat spaces for outside guests and hosts an annual pilgrimage in mid-June in honor of the Feast Day of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Start Time : 10:00 AM.
This is an all day FREE EVENT !

All Ages - Portuguese Foods and Drinks Available.

Outdoor Parking Lot available, located in front of the Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Organized by :

50 Kane Street - Fatima Square.
Hartford, CT 06106-2042.
Phone : (001) (860) 236-1443.
Fax : (001) (860) 232-4455.
E-mail : olfchurch1958@yahoo.com .
Website : www.ourladyoffatimachurch.org .


Events Committee's President : José António Pereira.


Doors open at 10:00 AM.

At 7:30 PM :


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