Igreja São José de Anchieta (EN)

Its history dates back to the mass that gave birth to the city in 1554 and to the church completed by the Jesuits in 1556, and enlarged in 17th century. In 1759, the Jesuits were expelled from Brazil and their assets were seized. The church was demolished in 1896, and, in 1953, the place was returned to the Society of Jesus. Rebuilt in 1979, it was named in devotion to a founder of São Paulo: Saint José de Anchieta.


– On January 25th, 2002, an oratory was inaugurated, in the annexes of the church, dedicated to Saint José de Anchieta, who was canonized on April 3rd, 2014. Saint José de Anchieta had an outstanding role not only in the foundation of the school that gave rise to the city of São Paulo, but also in the evangelization of the natives, reason for which he is considered as the Apostle of Brazil.

– At the oratory there are two significant relics of Saint José de Anchieta: part of the Jesuit’s femur, and the mantle widely used in his unending catechetical journeys. Moreover at the oratory, a copy of Anchieta’s birth certificate is found and an image of Nossa Senhora da Candelaria [Our Lady of Candlemas], patroness of the Canary Islands, place of birth of the Saint.

– The letters IHS, often found at the church, mean Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, savior of men, in Latin alphabet.

– In 1896, during demolition of Igreja de Bom Jesus [Church of Good Jesus] that was formerly present here, part of the main altar, of 1680, was transferred to the Igreja do Imaculado Coração de Maria [Immaculate Heart of Mary Church], in Santa Cecília.

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Address: Pátio do Colégio, 34

Mass schedule: from Tuesday thru Friday at 12 p.m. ; Sunday at 10 a.m.