Pe. Raimundo dos Anjos Beirao
Fr. Raimundo dos Anjos Beirao, apostolic missionary was born in Lisbon in the Parish of Socorro on March 8, 1810. A person with an open, joyful and integral spirit, right from young age gave a witness of His great love for God and for the neighbour, knowing to attend to all the poor and needy with profound simplicity, kindness and great trust in Divine Providence.
He made his profession in the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi, in the Convent of Our Lady of Jesus, Lisbon, taking the name of Fr. Raimundo de Santa Maria dos Anjos. On March 2, 1833, he was ordained Priest. Harbouring in his heart the sentiments of true charity, he became for Portugal that what Vincent de Paul was for France of His time. Persecuted by the liberal ideas, he too was a victim of the anti-religious fury that expelled him from the convent in May 1834. However, the vivaciousness of his temperament, the determined spirit and steadfast zeal for the cause of God and the needy, do not permit to rest for a long time. He joins the struggle for life with fresh dynamism and apostolic thrust, which make move untiringly to where there is some Good to be done.
That very year in 1834, he is appointed Chaplain of the Royal Amry. He was also the Chaplain of the Recolhimento of Our Lady of the Rose, an Institution that dedicated itself to shelter the unprotected and abandoned children. Soon, a the beginning of his priestly life, he created in Lisbon the Association of the Son of St. Cajetan, meant for instruction and catechism of the poor children, who in turn, dedicated themselves to the assistance of the indigent. Fr. Raimundo also took the responsibility of sending young boys with vocation, to the Colegio Portugues in Rome to prepare themselves for the priesthood.
He obtained fame as an orator, having gone through the whole country preaching, and helped the community of the Capuchinhas of Our Lady of Conception of Aldeia Galega (present Montijo, Ribatejo), which later became the origin of the Congregation. He died at the age of 68 in the Convent of Trinas, on July 13, 1878, victim of a malignant sickness.