Our Lady of Fatima Church
In the 1950's many Portuguese immigrated 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 asking for a Portuguese speaking priest. God sent Father José Dias Martins da Silva to answer the call.
Father José Dias Martins da Silva
Born: January 8,1926, Estarreja, Portugal. Studied: Seminário de Vila Viçosa and completed his Theology studies in Seminário Maior de Évora. Ordained as Priest: Sé de Évora on June 29, 1951. Celebrated his first Mass: July 15,1951, Igreja de S. Tiago, Beduido, Estarreja. He served the Igreja no Alentejo for six and half years at the service of the Brothers of Portel, Coruche e Sé de Évora, before coming to the States. He 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 30,1988.
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
Rev. Antonio Jorge Tchingui has been Parish Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Hartford, Connecticut, 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 Rev. 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. EDUCATION: 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 December 3, 1967 in the Province of Benguela-Angola. Rev. 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, Rev. 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. 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. Rev. Tchingui is fluent in Portuguese, Umbundu (mother tongue), English and Spanish. He is also knowledgeable in French and Italian languages. He is now studying Greek. PERSONAL HISTORY: 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.
Father António Jorge Tchingui
Approximately 70 Students in grades pre-K to 6th grade. There have been over 1,500 students since 1972. http://escolaportuguesadehartford.weebly.com/index.html
CCD RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Spiritual Retreats: * Emaus, for teens (future link), * Cursistas for adults (future link) | Sacraments: * Baptisms * First Communions * Confirmations * Weddings * Funerals
Day Care Center
The Center nurtures 50 children daily.
Sacerdote/Administrador da Igreja: Rev. A. Jorge Tchingui, Presidente: Gracinda Lavado, Vice-Presidente: Emília Silva, Secretária: M. Júlia Milheiro, Vice-Secretária: M. Augusta Bernardino, Conselho Económico: Adriano Mendes,Trustee: Manuel A. Milheiro, Trustee: Gerard Martins,
Acólitos: Daniel Vala, Catequese: Luana Ribeiro,Catequese: Fátima Vilar, Centro de Ultreia/ MCC: Fernando Estevam,
Escola Portuguesa: Melissa Costa, Grupo Coral: Carlos Pereira,
Relações Públicas: Bina Marques, Grupo dos Jovens: Madalena Oliveira, Jardim Infantil: Susan Rosa,
Leitores: Isabel Vala, Asseio Interior da Igreja: Fernanda Pereira,
Ministros da Eucaristia: Teresa Duarte, Oração Diária: Irene Pires,
Pastoral Familiar: Anabela Machado, Preparação do Baptismo: Maria Lurdes Estevam, Sacristia: José Pereira, Trabalhos Exteriores: Fernando Cabral, Trabalhos Exteriores: Tony Santos,
Centro do Dia: Conceição Dias,
Secretaria da Igreja: Teresa Costa.
Rev. A. Jorge Tchingui, Reinaldo Amaral, Anabela Cerdeira, Adriano Mendes, Fernando Rosa e Maria Serrambana.