Saint Antonio of Saint Anne

Saint Antonio of Saint AnneAlso known as

  • Antonio Galvao de Franca
  • Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão
  • Frei Galvão



Born to a deeply religious family of high social status. At 13 he began studies at the Jesuit seminary in Belém, but anti-Jesuit sentiment in the region caused his family to move him to the Alcantarine Franciscans. Novice at the Saint Bonaventure friary in Macacu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 15 April 1760, making his final vows in the Order of Discalced Friars Minor in 1761. Ordained on 11 June 1762. Served as preacher, porter, and confessor to the local laity, and then as confessor to the Recollects of Saint Teresa in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1769 to 1770. There he met Sister Helena Maria of the Holy Spirit who said she had visions in which Jesus was asking her to make a new foundation. Together they founded Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence on 2 February 1774. It was modeled after the Conceptionists, and was a home for girls who wished to live a religious life but without taking vows. When Sister Helena died in 1775, Friar Galvao served a leader for the new Recollects, supervising both spiritual development and constrution of housing for the many new sisters, and wrote their Rule. Appointed novice master in Macacu in 1781. Appointed guardian of Saint Francis Friary in Sao Paulo in 1798. Chosen definitor in 1802. Visitator general and president of the Chapter in 1808, but was forced to resign these positions due to failing health and the extensive travel requirements. Founded the Saint Clare friary in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo in 1811.


  • 1739 in the “Freguezia” of Santo Antonio da Vila de Guarantingueta, Brazil


  • 23 December 1822 at the Recolhimento da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil of natural causes
  • buried in the Recolhimento da Luz church
  • his tomb is a place of pilgrimage





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Antonio of Saint Anne“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 May 2021. Web. 23 October 2021. <>