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Jane Keddy, of Keddy Graphics, is teaching a series on silkscreening during the month of March on Fridays.
Our Lady of Good Voyage was designed to resemble the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena on the island of Pico in the Azores. The west tower houses one of the oldest collections of carillon bells in the nation. The community is treated to a concert of the bells of Good Voyage on Tuesday evenings during the warmer months.
“Originally dedicated in 1893, Our Lady of Good Voyage was built for the Portuguese community in Gloucester, after they petitioned the Roman Catholic Church for the establishment of a place to worship dedicated to the Madonna. Large numbers of Portuguese immigrants migrated from the rugged Azores Islands and began settling around Gloucester’s Inner Harbor as early as 1829 to work in the city’s active fishing industry. By 1888, approximately 200 Portuguese families lived in Gloucester making it the largest Portuguese colony on the East Coast. According to the story of Our Lady of Good Voyage, a stranded fisherman in the rough Atlantic Ocean broke one of his oars and could not return to his homeport. He sought help from the Madonna and the sea miraculously calmed allowing him to reach port safely.”
Church of Santa Maria Magdalena, Madalena, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal
Church of Santa Maria Magdalena photo courtesy Google image search.
Greg and Gold Star Mom Anita Coullard Dziedzic present a $2000 check to Cape Ann Veterans Services- honoring her son Sgt David J Coullard by helping returning veterans
Anita’s son David served in the Marine Corps and was killed in action on August 1, 2005. She and her husband, Greg, help returning veterans. They spoke about her son and some of the projects they’ve supported. Good Morning Gloucester readers may remember Anita’s joy in finding a Paul Frontiero “Art, Rocks!”, and donating a flag to the Boulevard. Anita’s mom was born in Gloucester in 1917; her Uncle was dear friends with Pauline Bresnahan’s father.
Adam Curcuru and the veterans office volunteers discussed projects that the Cape Ann Veterans Services is involved with. Stories were shared and a few tears. It was all very inspiring. We passed around a copy of the children’s book that is going to all the elementary school classes for Veterans Day. We spent time admiring the Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans Gift Packages, a program “designed to show Cape Ann’s appreciation for our returning veterans and let them know that Cape Ann supports them in this process of transitioning out of the military and back into our community.”
With or without the Gloucester family connections, I believe that Anita and Greg are so impressed by the Cape Ann Veterans Services that they would be delighted to work together anyhow. Learn more about David, and Anita and Greg’s projects http://www.sgtdavidcoullard.com. Mutts Mending Military is another organization they’ve supported. How nice that Cape Ann Veterans Services is included.
I learned that the 2016 Welcome Home to Cape Ann Veterans we left the light on for you Gift Packages were made possible by the Cape Ann Veterans Services, Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892, and the Manchester Athletic Club, and that they are made extra homey special because they are stuffed with support information and gift certificates from so many local donors, businesses and organizations:
A Shade Down
Ace Hardware at Gloucester Crossing
Blue Marlin Grille
Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop
Cape Ann Lanes
Cape Ann Veterans Services
Cape Ann Whale Watch
Randy Korpi Carpenter
Celia’s Flower Studio
Destino’s Subs & Catering
Elks Lodge #892, Gloucester
Extreme Truck and Auto Repair
Gloucester High School
Gloucester High School art department
Gold Coast Realty (North Shore’s)
Goodwin Party Shop
Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant
Jeff’s Variety & Deli
La Casa DeLuis
Linsky’s Service Station
Magnolia 525 Tavern
Manchester Athletic Club
David and Jeana JMB Narkowitz
Orlando & Associates
Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester
Dr. Dana Powers Manchester
Dr. Michael Powers Gloucester
Tim and Lori Sandborn
Stone’s Pub & Eatery
Styles on Main Salon & Spa
Nancy and Joe Virgilio
Dr. Robert Viventi
Today! Ed Emberley @CapeAnnCinema 2PM is in good company as a Gloucester Daily Times weekend pick along with
Gloucester Stage Saturday morning live theater for tots, Our Lady of Good Voyage Carillon Bells tonight 5pm, and North Shore Arts Association Sunday pot luck reception for its annual members’ Small Works Exhibition!
Ed Emberley is “drawing” them in today for Cape Ann Reads. Plus he’s part of the 8th Annual Cape Ann Cinema film festival running August 25-September 1st. Other luminaries on site for special screenings during the film festival include:
BOBBI GIBBS,LINDSAY CROUSE, ROBERT MEEROPOL, AND ADAM NIMOY!
Live blogging from Cape Ann Museum and Our Lady: eloquent and moving portrait from Linda Brayton and Jen Holmgren on their grandfather and great-grandfather, notable architect Halfdan Hanson
Photographs in this post are from yesterday’s special Beauport Sleeper McCann program, stemming from the Cape Ann Museum Design/Build exhibition. Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, led this tremendous tour.
Neither Sleeper not Hanson family members knew they’d be there together at this tour. Yet members of both families wore the same shoes!
Other special guests included Chris Sicuranza from the Mayor’s Office and the Rev. Rona Tyndall, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Grace Center of Gloucester. Mayor Romeo Theken also wanted to go.
More pictures coming of these back to back events!
From the fiesta of Pentecost to St. Peter’s fiesta
Novena to St. Peter
Monday, June 13 – Tuesday, June 21 2016
7:00 p.m. American Legion Hall
Gloucester Public Schools out for summer
Friday, half-day, June 17th 2016
St. Peter’s Fiesta five day festival event schedule is out
You can see the schedule posted at Cafe Sicilia and other businesses downtown. You can see an exhibit of and order a coffee table book, St. Peter’s Fiesta Through The Years, to help preserve this tradition.
Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 26 2016
State Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken attend the 700 year old Portuguese celebration
Father Jim Achadinha, Manuel and Alexandrina Nunes
Manuel and Alexandrina are the 2016 Mordomos for the DES Crowning Celebration.
They are also are sharing their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
The Crowning will be on Trinity Sunday May 22nd, Mass will be held at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church.
Come celebrate a 700 year old Portuguese tradition honoring the Feast of the Holy Spirit.
Part 6 Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Part 5 Readers Respond and vessel list Manny Carrancho treasured photos Fred Buck Cape Ann Museum and Reginald Santos
Fred Buck at the Cape Ann Museum sends a message, photo and printed matter. Thank you so much, Fred!
“Thanks to the Carrancho family for preserving this piece of Gloucester and the memories still out there. I’m attaching a news photo i found on ebay a couple years ago of this same event. Hand-written notes on the back but no attribution for photographer or publication. i’m adding a piece from the June 1948 Atlantic Fisherman Magazine in the museum collection, giving their write-up of the event. Please pass these on to the Carranchos and feel free to add them to any additional posts on Good Morning Gloucester about the occasion. The breadth of history in this little city is a beautiful thing.”
Reginald Santos sent a comparison of statues (1948 vs 1953), plus a photo marked up that may identify his Uncle, Capt. Albino Pereira. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!
Newspaper clippings include many names, participants, organizers, and skippers. The vessels in line for the blessing as reported in the Gloucester Daily Times were as follows:
Capt Domingos, Capt Carrancho*, Capt David Lopes Maranhas, Capt John Oscar Ribeiro* of the dragger Puritan (*best man at Joanna and Manny’s wedding)
Capt Manuel Silva, Capt Frank Brown of the dragger Emily
Capt Frank Brown of the dragger Emily Brown
Capt John Francis of the dragger Carol Anne
Captain Edward Silva of the dragger Magellan
Captain Capt Manuel P. Goulart, Capt Manuel Carise of the dragger Evalina M Goulart
Capt Hawk, Capt Frank Rose formerly of the dragger Edith and Lillian
Capt Joseph DaCruz of the dragger Alvan T Fuller
Capt Albino Pereira of the dragger Portugal
Capt John Fragata of the dragger Olivia Brown,
Capt Chris Cecilio* of the dragger Mary and Josephine
Capt Manuel Carrancho of the dragger Raymonde
Capt Fernando Pereira of the dragger Manuel P. Domingos
Capt Manuel Marques of the dragger Gov Al Smith
Capt David Ribeiro of the dragger Edith L Boudreau
*Chris Cecilio= Joanna’s uncle (her father’s brother). Her father, Joseph, died in 1939.
*Carrancho listed on the Puritan could be Manny’s brother or father
*still checking on which John Carrancho led the committee
Part 4 Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Scenes from the banquet at The Tavern Hotel
Part 3 Manny Carrancho Shares treasured photos Madonna statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
Our Lady of Good Voyage Madonna cedar-wood statue was created by two artists from Porto, Portugal, and was commissioned by Portuguese-American fishermen of Gloucester for the Our Lady of Good Voyage church. Silva Franca made the Madonna and Ourivesaria Alianca made the crown and vessel. It was brilliantly welcomed to Gloucester in 1948.
Here’s the timeline thanks to Sawyer Free and Gloucester Daily Times
On Sunday May 23, 1948
350 Portuguese-American fishing skippers and fishermen, their wives and children and friends took part in the third crowning and readied for the upcoming fourth annual blessing of the fleet. “A most colorful procession in the annual coronation ceremonies of the DES club in the Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage when Rev. Stephen E. DeMoura, the pastor, honored 22 with the impressive mass of coronation including the imperator, Capt. John Lopes of Sadler Street.”
Thursday May 27, 1948
Cutting it close: the Gloucester Daily Times reported that the Portuguese ship Gil Eannes was expected at Fish Pier but didn’t arrive. The 279 foot, 1048 net tons, fishing fleet hospital vessel, str. Gil-Eannes, “bound here from Lisbon, Portugal, with the estimated 600 pound cedar-wood life size statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage was due in port by 9 o’clock this morning, but up to noon today had not been sighted off Eastern Point Light.”
It was here, just not at the pier. Take note: there’s a Ten Pound Island detail–Pancake Ground, and homeland security.
“It was believed that she was fog bound off the coast and was jogging awaiting clearing before chancing the remaining voyage into port. She will anchor on the Pancake Ground near Ten Pound Island until tomorrow afternoon when she is due to dock at the State Fish pier.” She was escorted off Whistling Buoy by the redfish dragger Carol Ann, Capt. Francis, and brought to anchor on the Pancake Ground for a “three hour inspection to clear her for official entry.” Harbormaster Captain Fred Wise used his own craft. Mayor Friend gave a short speech. Seventy one officers, crew, and ‘relief fishermen’ were on board the Gil Eannes as it made the 11 day crossing.
What an arrival: the fog was so thick no one ashore could catch any glimpse of her! The Princess of Portugal, her Royal Highness Antonia de Braganza, was expected to arrive for the festivities and was booked at the Tavern, as were the ambassadors. Thousands came to town including bus groups from New Bedford, New Jersey, and other states. There were 26 Gloucester fishing boats and the USS Perry destroyer for the blessing of the fleet.
Memorial Day Weekend – Friday May 28, 1948-Sunday May 30, 1948
A thrilling 3-day observance festival began with Bishop John Wright leading a mass and procession Friday morning to the pier, and closed on Sunday with Archbishop Richard Cushing. Reverend DeMoura had a zealous committee. Twelve brawny crew from the Gil Eannes (matching shirts) six at a time alternated carrying the statue to the church. Crowds lined the streets and these guests were stunned at the sheer size of such a welcome. Three thousand people watched the procession and it’s estimated 10,000 were there for the Sunday climax.
Over the 3 days, there were special programs along with Memorial Day ceremonies: a carillon concert from the towers Friday night, a plaza-like square was decorated with colored electric lights in front of the church, banquets (at the Tavern), band concerts, and folk dancing*. Later in the weekend, two men each from 25 different Gloucester draggers were chosen for the honor of bearing the statue on their shoulders to and fro the pier.Poor weather postponed the final day ceremonies. Ambassador Pereiro left with the Gil Eannes to travel to the Grand Banks and visit with the estimated 3000 fellow countrymen, fishing there in some 60 salt cod Portuguese boats at the time.
“Of course, while aboard ship (in Gloucester), a bevy of news photographers and movie newsreel gentry took a raft of film of the statue, of the two bishops and monsignor and priests meeting one another…”
I would like to see a newsreel. Newspapers carried it across the country thanks to the Associated Press pictures. By 1953 National Geographic was in town for a feature story in color. (You can read that article)
More photographs tomorrow.
(*Rose Sheehan did you know?)
Part 2 MANNY CARRANCHO SHARES TREASURED PHOTOS MADONNA STATUE CARRIED FROM THE GIL EANNES AT STATE PIER TO OUR LADY
A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny and Joanna Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight. Part 2 photographs continue with a town procession from the state pier to the church.
More photographs tomorrow
Gloucester Motif Monday: Manny Carrancho shares treasured photos Our Lady Statue carried from the Gil Eannes at State Pier to Our Lady
In honor of the annual Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit which begins tonight, today’s Gloucester Motif Monday is a legacy one.
Good Morning Gloucester is an indisputable platform for outreach and community. A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight.
This week I’ll feature photographs from a souvenir picture album in Manny’s collection as they feature Our Lady of Good Voyage and one of the Madonna statues. The photographs are from a booklet: Coronation Our Lady Of Good Voyage, produced with cooperation of the Portuguese Daily News and photography by Hollywood Studio, New Bedford, MA. You will see the Our Lady statue on the vessel Gil Eannes with Bishop Don Manuel Salguiero. Its special arrival is met by a town procession led by Arch Bishop Wright and dignitaries at the State Pier. Twelve fishermen were selected to greet them. Let us know if you recognize family in the photographs. Were you there?
news edit: Brenda Mason Budrow writes that the little girl in one photo is Mary Jean (Ribeiro) Mason, her mom. Thanks, Brenda!
Tonight: the Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit begins May 9th 2016 in Our Lady’s Church.
More photos to come.
Part 2 photos of the greeting on the vessel and carrying the 600lb statue
Inspired by Nelson’s fairly recent coat of blue, downtown Gloucester caught between the blues and the deep blue sea
This cross walk is approximately 100′ long at McKenney Square (Prospect and Taylor St). Is it the longest in Gloucester?
The procession started at the DES Portuguese Club to Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira (The 2015 Mordomo), and back to the church where Father “Jim” Achadinha , joined the procession up Portuguese Hill. The neighbor pronominally Portuguese, they appreciated Father “Jim’s” participation in the procession waving and coming out to greet the procession of the Holy Ghost. The rain held off until everyone reached Our Lady of Good Voyage, the rain stopped briefly after the Holy Mass, and the procession headed towards the DES club to celebrate the Holy Ghost’s Traditional “Sopas” (Portuguese soup).
Below is a slide show of the Procession and the many who participated. Two colors are used in conjunction with the feast: RED and WHITE. Red symbolizes the tongues of fire, the form in which the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, and white symbolizes peace, purity and divinity.