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All About
Our Lady of Miracles Society
1936
In 1935, A Festa was held by the Portuguese
American Club in spite of the fact that the
statue of Our Lady of Miracles had not yet
arrived, nor had the Our Lady of Miracles
Society been formed or sanctioned by the local
church. Who would have thought it would
still be going strong all these years later and go
on until the end of the century?

Manuel Souza was from the island of Sao Miguel. He
was visiting in the Azores and went to the island
of Terceira during the festa of Our Lady of Miracles.
He was so impressed at what he saw and came back here
and told his friends about it and suggested they do
the same thing here to keep the Portuguese people
together. He ordered a statue and it came into
San Francisco which he donated to the Church.

In 1937, Each group named a queen for their Festa.
In 1938, the two groups merged to form the
Our Lady of Miracles Celebration Committee.
The Queen in 1935 from the Portuguese American
Club was Amelia Mattos. In 1936, Mary Brum was
queen and in 1937, from the Portuguese American
Club, Olivia Silva was queen.
Presidents of Our Lady of Miracles Society:

1936-1939 John T. Mattos
1940-1944 Joe V. & Mary Aguiar
1945 Manuel M. Gomes
1946 Antonio T. Fraga
1947 Joe N. Costa
1948 Matias Ferreira
1949 John V. & Rose Coelho
1950 Joe N. Costa
1951 Frank P. George
1952 Louis M. Menezes
1953 Frank C. Martin
1954 E R Dias
1955 Joe A. & Mary Brazil
1956 Joe P. & Rose Gomes
1957 Joe H. & Lucille Reis
1958 Joe & Irma Avila
1959 Joe M. & Margaret Alves
1960 Angelo A. & Eleanor Salsa
1961 Manuel F. & Evelyn Ramos
1962 Tony J. & Wanda Medeiros
1963 Louis R. & Eleanor Nunes
1964 George A. & Mary Salsa
1965 Mathew M. & Isabella Castro **
(my father)

1966 Louis & Carmen Gouveia
1967 Joe L. & Mary Silva
1968 Frank R. & Olivia Amaral, Jr.
1969 E. R. & Mary Dias
1970 Tony L. & Lenna Lopes
1971 Joe & Mary Gouveia
1972 Manuel J. & Madeline Faria
1973 Manuel V. & Mamie Souza
1974 Tony L. & Evelyn Castro
1975 John V. & Juanita Motta, Jr.
1976 Domingos S. & Mary Nunes
1977 Mateus R. & Maria Martin
1978 Tony A. & Marjorie Borrelli
1979 Joe C. & Mary Lou Costa, Jr.
1980 Manuel J. & Madeline Faria
1981 Maurice & Eugenia Brindeiro, Sr.
1982 Arthur L. & Mary Nunes
1983 Gilberto A. & Darrelyn Almeida
1984 Antonio & Velma De Mello
1985 Joe & Lorraine De Oliveira, Jr.
1986 All living OLM presidents
(50th Anniversary)
1987 Mathew & Isabella Castro **
(my father and mother)
1988 Clarence & Lillian Costa
1989 Victor Gomes
1990 John B. & Cecelia Pires
1991 Joe Duarte
1992 Frank B. & Isabelle Machado
1993 Walter D. & Nancy Costa, Jr.
1994 Luis C. & Mary Jo Nunes
1995 Manuel J. & Mary Morris
1996 Manuel E. & Mary Jo Viera, Jr.
1997 Augusto & Celeste Lima
1998 Dennis & Diane Nunes
1999 Ezequiel F. & Maria Correia
2000 John C. & Doralise Rocha
2001 John & Fatima Silveira
2002 Jose & Teresa Soares
2003 Jose & Laurencia Silveira
2004 George & Dorothy Martins
2005 Jose & Fatima Jorge
2006 Rafael & Lorraine Dores
2007 Joe & Diane Alves
2008 John & Florinda Nunes
2009 Jose & Fatima Mendonca
2010 John & Sandra Toste

My Dad, Mathew M. Castro
Jan. 27, 1918 -- Feb. 24, 2000
Our Lady of Miracles President
1965 and 1987
My mom and dad dancing when
they were president of
The Our Lady of Miracles Festa in 1987
Queens are a part of the
OLM Tradition
Past Queens of the
Our Lady of Miracles Festa:
1937 Geraldine Aguiar
1938 Rose Mello
1939 Mary Macedo
1940 Mabel Souza
1941 Mary Dias
1942 Barbara Jean Borba
1943 Maria Braza
1945 Irma Travao
1946 Mary Jane Pedroza
1947 Dolores Travao
1948 Mary Ferreira
1949 Rosalie Mattos
1950 Delores Travis
1951 Alice Martin
1952 Joyce Souza
1953 Carol Souza
1954 Patricia Pacheco
1955 Rosalie Fatura
1956 Yvonne Lopes
1957 Arlene Valladao
1958 Bernadette Travao
1959 Joanne Reis
1960 Mary Alamo
1961 Vivian Mattos
1962 Mary Louise Amarante
1963 Mary Ann Salsa
1964 Marciani Favelo
1965 Marsha Lawrence
1966 Joanne Gouveia
1967 Martha Silva
1968 Colleen Santos
1969 Rosemarie Alves
1970 Doreen Macedo
1972 Dianne Borrelli
1973 Monica Brindeiro
1974 Kathleen Marie Sequeira
1975 Filomena Almeida
1976 Maria Jesus Martin
1977 Diana Marie Costa
1978 Dolores Faria
1979 Anna L Machado
1980 Nisa Silva
1981 Christine Carvalho
1982 Annamarie Lopes
1983 Karen White
1984 Lisa DeMello
1985 Kateriann Medford
1986 Diolinda Alves
1987 Lori Costa
1988 Cecilia Pires
1989 Maria Lema
1990 Christina Ramirez
1991 Darlene Duarte
1992 Michelle Pires
1993 Kimberly Gomes
1994 Karen Alves
1995 Judy Azevedo
1996 Veronica Vierra
1997 Linda Barcellos
1998 Delia Nunes
1999 Jennifer Correia
2000 Sierra Rocha
2001 Debra Silveira
2002 Melissa Soares
2003 Stephanie Silveira
2004 Vanessa Martins
2005 Monica Jorge
2006 Joleen Dores
2007 Ashley Costa
2008 Taylor Nunes
2009 Samantha Bass
2010 Makayla Toste
Junior Queens add another role to Festa
Beginning in 1954 a junior queen
was named in addition to the senior queen.
Now the OLM Society could have
two delegations to attend
other celebrations on the same
weekend if necessary.
1954 Bernadine Macedo
1955 Judith Ann Reis
1956 Carmina Alamo
1957 Anna Marie Gomes
1958 Lorene Ann Salsa
1959 Coleen Pacheco
1960 Rosemary Bento
1961 Mary Alice Simoes
1962 Mary Montegani
1963 Wanda Rogers
1964 Debbie Amaral
1965 Debbie Bento
1966 Linda Menezes
1967 Deanie Amaral
1968 Debra Sebastian
1969 Radine Travao
1970 Lumanis Pereira
1971 Delores Faria
1972 Lori Gomes
1973 Christine Carvalho
1974 Maxine Sousa
1975 Nancy Beach
1976 Diana Marie Nunes
1977 Maria Angelina Vierra
1978 Christina Gomes
1979 Bonnie Howard
1980 Michelle Faria
1981 Christine Andrea
1982 Jennifer April Souza
1983 Dianne Soares
1984 Monica Batey
1985 Maria Estacio
1986 Christina Souza
1987 Amanda Guerra
1988 Darlene Silva
1989 Amanda Guerra
1990 Karen Alves
1991 Jennifer Machado
1992 Jennifer Morena
1993 Monica Alves
1994 Jennifer Correia
1995 Darlene Morais
1996 Taryn Lucas
1997 Joleen Dores
1998 Cristal Vaz
1999 Alyssa Xavier
2000 Lauren Rocha
2001 Christina Silveira
2002 Monica Soares
2003 Crystal Silveira
2004 Josephine Costa
2005 Jordan Cota
2006 Victoria Whitford
2007 Natalie Silveira
2008 Morgan Nunes
2009 Ashley Brasil
2010 Adriana Toste

Kathryn Castro Maffei
870 Meredith Avenue
Gustine, CA 95322
United States

kim2848@aol.com

LINKS

The Legend of Our Lady of Miracles:

All about the OLM Society:

Bodo de Leite:

Newly Renovated GPS Hall:

Gustine Adopts Angra, Azores as Sister City:

2004 Festa:

Pictures of 2002 Festa:

2003 Pictures of OLM Parade of Queens

2003 Pictures of OLM Festa Bullfights

Kathy

"Hymeno de N. S. Fatima"
My father's favorite OLM song
played by Kathryn Maffei
(from Collection of OLM Hymns CD)