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Isaias Apolinário

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Apolinário, Isaías (1917–2000)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Isaías Apolinário, businessman1 and patron,2 was born September 28, 1917, in Taubaté city, São Paulo state.3 He was the second son of Manoel Apolinário (1889-1974) and Tereza Ferreira Apolinário (1889-1975),4 an Adventist couple who was baptized on January 27, 1917, at the Brazilian Publishing House, in Santo André, São Paulo.5 His siblings were: Diná (1916-1971), Pedro (1919-20066), Ester (1920-2006), Amadeu (1922-2008), Rute (1923-2014), João (1925-2008) and Ruben Apolinário.7

For 13 years Isaías served at the Brazilian Publishing House in the Binding and Expedition Department. There he met Leonor Apolinário, whom he married on July 17, 1941. The couple had two children: Denise and Décio.8

When he left the Brazilian Publishing House he started his own business.9 In 1948 he worked at Grande ABC as a merchant in Santo André city. As time passed, his business increased and Isaías became a successful entrepreneur.10

Kind and generous, Isaías financed the construction of the Adventist school of Taubaté and also contributed financially to purchase the land for the construction of the Central Church and SDA School of Santo André, in São Paulo state. He sponsored the construction of Adventist churches in Santo André and Riacho Grande in the city of São Bernardo, and of the first church of Mauá, cities located in the São Paulo suburban area. He contributed to the construction of other churches in the cities of São Paulo and Rondônia states. Between 1950 and 1970, also subsidized radio transmission of the Voice of Prophecy program to some cities in the state of São Paulo.11

With his wife by his side, Isaías spent the last years of his life in the peaceful city of Monte Azul Paulista, São Paulo state. There he died of cardiac complications on March 29, 2000. Isaías was buried in the cemetery of Vila Assunção, city of Santo André.12

By sharing God’s blessings, Isaías helped to construct schools and churches and to produce evangelistic radio programs. He was a committed and enthusiastic donor who helped the progress of Adventism in Brazil in the second half of the 20th century.13

Notes

  1. Lessa, Rubens S., “Ânimo e fé durante o sequestro,” Revista Adventista, year 87, no. 7, July 1991, 5.

  2. Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São

    Paulo, November 28, 2017.

  3. Nilson S. Ferreira, “Vida e Obras do Professor Pedro Apolinário” (Monografia, Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1987), 5.

  4. Ferreira, 5-6; Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, November 28, 2017.

  5. Ferreira, 6.

  6.  “Pedro Apolinário,” Revista Adventista, February 2006, 37. 

  7. Ferreira, 5; Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, November 28, 2017.

  8. Rubens S. Lessa, “Ânimo e fé durante o sequestro,” Revista Adventista, year 87, no. 7, July 1991, 5; Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, November 28, 2017.

  9. Lessa, 5.

  10. Fabiana Marinello, “Fundador do grupo Apolinário morre aos 82 anos,” Diário do Grande ABC, March 30, 2000, accessed November 23, 2017, http://www.dgabc.com.br/Noticia/174207/fundador-do-grupo-apolinario-morre-aos-82-anos.

  11. “Nossa História - A história de um colégio abençoado por Deus - Colégio Adventista de Taubaté-Tremembé,” Portal Educação Adventista, accessed November 23, 2017, http://taubate.educacaoadventista.org.br/sobre.; and Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, November 28, 2017.

  12. Fabiana Marinello, “Fundador do grupo Apolinário morre aos 82 anos,” Diário do Grande ABC, March 30, 2000, accessed November 23, 2017, http://www.dgabc.com.br/Noticia/174207/fundador-do-grupo-apolinario-morre-aos-82-anos.

  13. Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Centro de Pesquisas Ellen G. White, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, November 28, 2017.

    Sources

    Ferreira, Nilson S. “Vida e Obras do Professor Pedro Apolinário.” Monografia, Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1987.

    Marinello, Fabiana. “Fundador do grupo Apolinário morre aos 82 anos. ” Diário do Grande ABC (Online), March 30, 2000. Accessed November 23, 2017. http://www.dgabc.com.br/Noticia/174207/fundador-do-grupo-apolinario-morre-aos-82-anos.

    “Nossa História - A história de um colégio abençoado por Deus - Colégio Adventista de Taubaté-Tremembé,” Portal Educação Adventista (Online).

    “Pedro Apolinário,” Revista Adventista, February 2006, 37. Accessed February 26, 2018. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

    Rubens S. Lessa. “Ânimo e fé durante o sequestro.” Revista Adventista, year 52, no. 7, July 1991, 5-8. Accessed November 29, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/.

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