Against general blogging rules, this one goes a bit long. We beg your indulgence; it references a great PHPC publication and recognizes the great work of a well known community writer, Father Jose Ferreira – aka Ferreira Moreno.
A review of the publication “Power of the Spirit” authored by Santos Narciso and translated by Jose Luis da Silva, recognizes our award winning publication and its authors namely Father Jose Ferreira:
“Sent to me by my old and dear friend from writing endeavors, Ferreira Moreno, postmarked in California, I received some time ago the thick and heavy volume entitled Power of the Spirit, written by Ferreira Moreno himself and by Joe Machado and José do Couto Rodrigues, which offers us a marvelous voyage through the Portuguese temples and clergy in California. In a deluxe edition of the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, with support from FLAD and the Azorean Regional Government Office for Communities, with 1,500 copies, it has a rather successful and imaginative preface from the then President of the Azorean Regional Government, Carlos César, who highlights the religiosity and the sentiment of Faith which characterize the Azorean people, in the islands or wherever they needed or wanted to go to, California in this case. Carlos César cites Daniel Sá himself when he wrote that “leaving the island is the worst way of staying on it”.
Divided by zones and cities, the book is a a marvelous collection of the history of the various constructions of temples in vast California where so many Azorean priests offered all their knowledge and enthusiasm to maintain in the emigrant community the original traditions and faith of its people. It is an edition in English which is well worthy of a translation and the distribution here in the Azores for those who enjoy and feel this wave of Azorianness throughout the world and who, often confined here to small insular horizons, don’t have a precise idea of what it is.
Father Joe Ferreira, Ferreira Moreno, a proud native of Ribeira Grande, who was never truly recognized for his great work of many decades in the gathering of ethnography and the history of Azorean personalities and facts that he has been spreading in tens of publications for which he writes, has been an enthusiast in the preservation of Azorean culture in California and his participation in this book is the corollary of this merit which can’t be overstated. For that reason, here, in these Leituras do Atlântico, I want to offer, in the person of Ferreira Moreno, my appreciation and respect to all the authors and collaborators of such deserving work which gathers and perpetuates a precious piece of our history spread throughout the world. I thank them for the knowledge that they afforded me and for the marvelous moments that I have had understanding the greatness of the Azorean soul whose brightness grows even more in proportion to the distance that it finds itself from its roots in time and space.”
(translated by José Luís da Silva)
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Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
Portuguese Heritage Publications is pleased to introduce the new member of its Project Evaluation Committee: Daniel Correia Mello was born in Chino, in 1983 and currently resides in Chowchilla, California. Daniel is married to Sarah Mello and together they have a 16 month old son, Adrian.
Daniel graduated from CSU Fresno with a BA in English and an MA in linguistics. He has been an English teacher at Kerman high school for the past three years.
Daniel’s involvement in the Portuguese community started at a young age in Chino and continues today in Chowchilla, where he serves on the local Festa committee – Chowcilla SFA. Additionally, Daniel is an active member of the Young Portuguese Americans – YPA movement and serves on the 2015 LAEF – Tulare planning committee.
Daniel enjoys reading and traveling with his family, having visited Spain and continental Portugal this past summer.
We welcome Daniel Correia Mello to PHPC’s Project Evaluation Committee, wishing him much success and enjoyment in his new role.
Portuguese Heritage Publications is a community non-profit publisher created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
Maria travels to New Bedford Whaling Museum. We are excited that our book, Maria and the Lost Calf, Maria e a Bezerrinha Perdida, by Kate Morejohn and illustrated by Dwight Morejohn, is being sold at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. http://www.whalingmuseum.org/
To get an idea of the importance of Portuguese and Azorean whalers, Don Warrin’s So Ends this Day is one of the best written sources for Portuguese-American whaling to date.
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, commenting on Warrin’s book: “For far too long the Portuguese contribution to American whaling has been relegated to the sidelines of history this meticulously researched and well-written study puts the emphasis where rightly belongs.” Many thanks to the Museum for featuring our book!
Maria and the Lost Calf, Maria e a Bezerrinha Perdida, is also available at:
We are honored to be featured in the Portuguese-American Journal, on an interview by poet Millicent Borges Accardi, focused on the history of Portuguese Heritage Publications of California: It’s inception, published works, management structure, operating principles and future objectives. Read the complete interview with PHPC’s current president Henrique Dinis on the Portuguese-American Journal.
Portuguese Heritage Publications is a non-profit organization 501 c (3), created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.
To view or acquire PHPC’s published works, please visit www.PortugueseBooks.org
Portuguese Heritage Publications’ ongoing project “Immigrants Stories” has received wide acceptance by the Portuguese community in California, judging by the number of stories that we have received to-date. Because we continue to receive scripts of individual and family stories, we decided to extend the deadline for new scripts through the end of November 2014.
There is one caveat, we are now looking for unique stories; stories that fall outside of the typical immigrant story; stories that don’t necessarily read like a standard individual biography; stories so outrageously real where the unexpected is just around the corner, that will keep reader’s interest and curiosity at high pitch level.
If you have such a story, even if the script is not perfect (we have editors that can polish it up) don’t be shy, send it to us at: info@PortugueseBooks.org, or call (408) 272-1222, there is a very good change that your script will be included in our publication.
If you rather contact someone at PHPC directly, please email Henrique Dinis at: firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 408-807-3235.
To know more about the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California and its publications, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org