Biography of Rev. Joseph Galli
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REV. JOSEPH GALLI
No minister of the Gospel in Oakland is more highly esteemed than is Rev. Joseph Galli, pastor of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church, on Seventh street. To his congregation he has rendered faithful and able service for over twenty five years, and no man enjoys greater popularity than he among the Portuguese residents of this city. Father Galli, who is a priest of the Salesian Fathers, whose full name is Italo Joseph Galli, was born in Varese, province of Lombardy, Italy, on the 18th day of April, 1877. After completing his preliminary education in the grammar schools of his native town, he was sent to Turin, in the province of Piedmont, where he entered the oratory of the Ven. Don Bosco, the head of the Salesian congregation. He completed his studies in the gymnasium there and later studied in the missions of Fogglizzo and Valsalice, near Turin. At the latter place, in 1893, he took the preparatory course in theology and in the following year was sent to the first Salesian expedition to Portugal. Later he became a teacher in the famous college of San Caetano, in Braga, Portugal, and there learned the Portuguese language. In 1898 he was recalled to Italy, where he served eighteen months in the army, and in 1902, in Lisbon, he was ordained to the priesthood. The same year he came to the United States, arriving at Oakland, California, September 7th, and was appointed pastor of St. Joseph's church, in which capacity he is still officiating. His wholehearted and unselfish service here has been productive of splendid results, the church having been strengthened in all of its departments, and under his administration it has been a power for good in this community. During 1909-10 Father Galli organized three societies, all of which have enjoyed a very successful history, namely, the Young Men's Institute, the Young Ladies Institute and the Catholic Ladies Society. For the benefit of a large congregation of Portuguese living in East Oakland he organized a new parish at East Ninth street and Twenty third avenue called Our Lady Help of Christians. Father Galli is a good sermonizer and a fluent and effective speaker, while his loyal and faithful pastoral work has resulted in many accessions to the church, his labors here having been of a character and extent that have gained for him the respect and esteem of all who know him.

In his labors here Father Galli has for over twenty years been assisted by Rev. Henry J. Ferrlira, who also has been a faithful worker among the Catholics of the community. He is an accomplished linguist and the two fathers, between them, speak six languages, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, Latin and English. Father Ferrlira was born March 30, 1881, in Salvador da Lama, Portugal, and was left an orphan at an early age, his elementary education being received in an orphanage at San Caetano. Later he attended the First Salesian novitiate in Lisbon, and afterwards became a teacher in the boys' college. In 1906, at Turin, Italy, he was ordained to the priesthood and arrived in Oakland, January 16, 1901, since which time he has been connected with the work at St. Joseph's church. Rev. Thomas Deehan, born in Ireland is to take charge of the young people of the parish.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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