February 17

Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

On February 17, 1673, according to local tradition, fortune-hunter Francisco Dias Velho of São Paulo founded the town of Nossa Senhora do Desterro on Santa Catarina Island in southern Brazil. Dias Velho occupied the area with his family, two Jesuits, a few other Portuguese Brazilians, and hundreds of Indian workers. From their settlement grew the present city of Florianópolis, and from its chapel the Cathedral, named for the city's patron, Our Lady of Exile, honored annually on this date. A sculpture in the Cathedral shows the Holy Family on their way to Egypt after an angel warned St. Joseph in a dream that King Herod wanted to kill the child Jesus. Carved of lindenwood by the Demetz workshop in the Italian Tyrol, the statue was blessed May 30, 1902. (Picture from www.fatima.com.br. Information from the Cathedral's website, cat.arquifloripa.org.br, and other sources.)

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Also commemorated this date:
Flight into Egypt, Redemptorist Order and Archconfraternity of the Holy Family
Nossa Senhora do Livramento, Guaíba, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Our Lady of Liberation). Church founded, 1857.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly