REV. ALFRED DE SOUSA
Rev. Alfred de Sousa who has served continuously since 1913 as pastor of the Church of the Holy Ghost, at Centerville,
is one of the devoted and able clergymen of Alameda county, and is entitled to mention among those whose efforts
have been directed to the betterment and uplift of humanity. Father de Sousa was born in Flores, in the Azores
islands, October 22, 1872, and, after attending the public schools, completed his education in Angra City College,
in which he was ordained to the priesthood in 1896. In 1899 he came to the United States and was appointed assistant
pastor at Mission San Jose, California, later serving in the same capacity at the San Leandro church. His next
appointment was as pastor at Atwater, where he built a new church and parish house, and from there he went to Petaluma
and Cotati, where he served in the pastorate until 1913, when he came to the Church of the Holy Ghost, at Centerville.
This parish was founded in 1886 by Rev. Domingo Governo, who had charge of the church to the time of his death,
in 1913, and thus this parish has had but two pastors during its entire history of forty two years. Father de Sousa
has done splendid work at Centerville, including the erection of a new church, of stately Roman architectural style,
and a new parish house and hall. The membership of the church is largely of Portuguese nativity or descent. There
is a Holy Name Society and a Holy Ghost Brotherhood, and all departments of the church are functioning in a very
satisfactory manner. Father de Sousa is a strong preacher, a devoted pastor and a public spirited citizen of his
community, giving his support to all measures for the advancement of public welfare, and for these reasons, as
well as for his splendid personal qualities, he commands the respect and good will of all who know him, regardless
of creed or profession.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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