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The Power of the Spirit

The Power of the Spirit attempts to tell the story of the building of many of the Portuguese churches in California and the people who built them. The churches today stand as sentinels, attesting to the sweat, tears, and sacrifices of the Portuguese communities throughout the state. These people were motivated by a profound sense, deeply ingrained by their history and upbringing, of sustaining a heritage and tradition.

The digitization of this exhibit is a work-in-progress. There are dozens of churches in this exhibit, and each will be made available as its content is digitized.

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The Power of the Spirit

Telling the story of the building of many of the Portuguese churches in California and of the people who built them.

Hawkinsville Assumption Church

By 1849, news of the gold strike in California had spread around the world.

Mary Help of Christians (Oakland)

Many Portuguese immigrants came to Oakland from Hawaii seeking a better life in the growing industrial town of Oakland.

Holy Spirit (Fremont)

One of the earliest Portuguese Churches in California is Holy Spirit Church in Fremont.


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