Father Antonio Da Silva Medeiros

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Father Antonio Da Silva Medeiros, 84, passed away on Dec. 31, 2013, after a period of declining health at the Sacred Heart Home. 

Born June 7, 1929 in Santa  Barbara, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Azores, he was the son of the late José Caetano de Medeiros Jr., and  Ana Virginia  (da Silva) Medeiros. 

In 1942 Father Medeiros, began as a seminarian in Angra, Terceira, Azores. May 30, 1954 he was ordained a priest in Angra, Terceira, Azores. In September 1954 he arrived in Mozambique, in the Diocese of Nampula at St. Peter’s Parish, where he worked for 14 years. In 1967 he was the superior of St. John the Baptiste Mission and the director of the School for Formation Courses of the Teachers. In 1968 he returned to Portugal for health reasons. In 1969 he helped in St. Mamede Parish in Lisbon, while recovering. In July 1970 Father Medeiros arrived in the United States and worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Bedford. From 1971-1978,  he served in St. Michael Parish of Hudson. In 1978 he was involved with Charismatic Prayer Group and construction of the church at St. Anthony Parish in Cambridge. In July 1981, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Peabody, he worked with the Emmaus group and Cursillo group. 1994 was his 40th anniversary of his ordination. He retired in 1995. He served the Archdiocese of Boston for 30 years. 

He went to California in November 2001, and after returning from California for health reasons, lived with his brother in Acushnet and at Regina Cleri in Boston. From 2004 he has lived at the Sacred Heart Home in New Bedford. 

Survivors include three brothers: Fernando Medeiros and his wife Luisa of Sao Miguel, Azores; Luis Medeiros and his wife Conceicao of Lisbon, Portugal; and Hermano S. Medeiros and his wife Maria Francisca of Acushnet; one sister Estrela Borges and her husband Mario of Hudson. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews. He was the brother of the late Conceicao Medeiros, Maria José Chaves, Eduarda Pereira, and José Medeiros. 

His funeral Mass was celebrated January 7 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Interment followed at St. John Cemetery, New Bedford. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Cabral Baylies Square-Lamoureux Funeral Home in New Bedford.

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