The Simon family

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Simon, Henrique (1884–1974)

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.

 

 

First Published: January 29, 2020

Henrique Simon, pastor and canvasser, was born August 20, 1884,1 in the city of Rosário, province of Santa Fé,2 Argentina.3 He was son of Joseph4 and Elisa Nícoli Simon.5 Elisa was Catholic and wished her son would follow the same religion. However, he attended the Methodist church, despite his mother’s opposition. In 1907 the Sociedade Internacional de Tratados (International Treaty Society, now referred to as Brazilian Publishing House) moved to São Bernardo (now Santo André), state of São Paulo, where Henrique’s family lived. When he learned that Adventists kept the Sabbath, he went to the publishing house to contest the absurd doctrine.6 When he arrived, he talked to Guilherme Stein Jr., editor-in-chief,7 who shared the biblical meaning of the day and gave him material to read, “Arauto da Verdade” (“Herald of Truth”). Reading about the Sabbath convinced him that he should obey the commandment, so he abandoned his job as a weaver in a fabric factory. He was the first resident in the city to accept Adventism.8

His mother did not approve of his decision and, due to the difficult family situation, he left home to canvass in the city of São Paulo.9 In 1914 Pastor R. M. Carter arrived in Brazil with the assignment to strengthen the publication work.10 Soon Henrique joined him, with the intention of learning his sales methods and teaching him Portuguese. The two of them canvassed in the city Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais. Later Henrique started working as a Bible instructor in the city of São Paulo.11 In 1916 he entered the Adventist Seminary at Brazil College, but he did not graduate.12

On January 15, 1920, he married Albertina Rodrigues (1896-1984), in the city of São Paulo. From this union Eunice, Lóide, Enéias, Tércio, and Noé were born.13 He continued as a Bible instructor for the São Paulo Mission until 1920 when he was transferred to the city of Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul.14 In 1922 he returned to the state of São Paulo to work as an itinerant Bible instructor and canvasser.15

In 1925 he accepted the invitation to pastor the district of Itajaí, state of Santa Catarina. The next year he was transferred to the district of the city of Itararé, state of São Paulo, so he could be closer to his wife who had returned to teach at the Adventist Seminary that year.16 Due to the distance and the constant trips, in 1928 he moved with his family to the city of Santo André where he returned to full-time canvassing.17

In the decade of the 1940s, he was pastor in the region of the city of Poços de Caldas, state of Minas Gerais, and in the city of Taubaté, state of São Paulo. He served the denomination until his retirement.18 He died on April 20, 1974, at the age of 8919 and was buried in the city of Itapecerica da Serra, state of São Paulo.20

As a pioneer canvasser, he contributed to the growth of Adventism in the city of Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais. Alongside R. M. Carter, he was responsible for selling denominational literature to Henrique Goebel’s family, the first in the city to accept Adventism.21 As a canvasser he also contributed to the conversion of some of the first Adventists in the city of São Paulo.22 In addition, he contributed to the organization of the first public evangelistic meetings in the city of Curitiba, state of Paraná.23

Sources

“Albertina Rodrigues Simon.” Revista Adventista, year 79, n. 10, October 1984. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

C. E. Schofield. “Relatório da quinta sessão da Conferência União Brasileira – Distribuição do Trabalho.” Revista Mensal, v. 15, n. 8, August 1920, 5-7. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Costa, J. I. da. “Henrique Simon.” Revista Adventista, year 69, n. 9, September 1974. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

“Elisa Nícoli Simon.” Revista Adventista, year 38, n. 8, August 1943. Accessed August 15, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Ennis V. Moore. “Paraná Mission, Brazil.” South American Bulletin, v. 2, n. 10, October 1926, 6-7. Accessed August 16, 2016. http://docs.adventistarchives.org/docs/SAB/SAB19261001-V02-10__B.pdf#view=fit.

G. S. Storch. “Frutos da Página Impressa.” Revista Mensal, year 25, v. 25, n. 9, September 1930, 17.

Greenleaf, Floyd. Terra de Esperança: O Crescimento da Igreja Adventista na América do Sul. first edition, Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2011.

Henrique Simon. “Sem Título.” Revista Mensal, year 6, v. 13, June 1918, 12. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Leopoldo Preuss. “Os Primeiros Tempos de Nossa Obra de Publicações no Brasil.” Revista Adventista, year 63, n. 5, May 1968, 28. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Lessa, Rubens, Casa Publicadora Brasileira: 100 anos. first edition, Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2000.

Lopes, Paulo. “Albertina Rodrigues Simon.” Monograph, Brazil College, 1985.

Lotz, L. “Rio Grande do Sul.” Revista Mensal, v. 15, n. 9, September 1920, 7-8. Accessed September 17, 2017, http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb

Neilsen, N. P. “Dedication of a Church in São Paulo,” The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, v. 106, n. 3, September 19, 1929, 18. Accessed September 17, 2017, http://docs.adventistarchives.org/docs/RH/RH19290919-V106-38__B.pdf#view=fit.

R. Suessmann. “Casamentos.” Revista Mensal, year 25, v. 25, n. 2, February 1920, 16. Accessed August 12, 2016. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Simon, Albertina, Uma Vida a Serviço de Deus. first edition, Santo Amaro, SP: Editora Universitária Adventista, 1991.

“Simon, Henrique (1884-1974).” National Center of Adventist History (Online).

Vieira, Ruy C. C., Vida e Obra de Guilherme Stein Jr.: Raízes da Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia no Brasil. first edition, Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 1995

Notes

  1. “Simon, Henrique (1884-1974),” National Center of Adventist History, January 12, 2016, http://www.unasp-ec.com/memoriadventista/enciclopedia/8/024s_simon_henrique.htm.

  2. Enéas Simon, interviewed by Maria Júlia A. P. dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, October 3, 2016.

  3. “Simon, Henrique (1884-1974),” National Center of Adventist History, January 12, 2016, http://www.unasp-ec.com/memoriadventista/enciclopedia/8/024s_simon_henrique.htm.

  4. Enéas Simon, interviewed by Maria Júlia A. P. dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, October 3, 2016.

  5. “Elisa Nícoli Simon,” Revista Adventista, year 38, n. 8, August 1943, 25.

  6. Albertina Simon, Uma Vida a Serviço de Deus (Santo Amaro, SP: Editora Universitária Adventista, 1991) 51-52.

  7. Rubens Lessa, Casa Publicadora Brasileira: 100 anos (Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2000), 61, 65; and Ruy C. C. Vieira, Vida e Obra de Guilherme Stein Jr.: Raízes da Igreja Adventista do Sétimo Dia no Brasil (Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 1995), 181, 183.

  8. Simon, 51-52.

  9. Ibid., 52; and Preuss, Leopoldo “Os Primeiros Tempos de Nossa Obra de Publicações no Brasil,” Revista Adventista, year 63, n. 5, May 1968, 28.

  10. Floyd Greenleaf, Terra de Esperança: O Crescimento da Igreja Adventista na América do Sul (Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2011), 228.

  11. Simon, 52.

  12. Simon, Henrique, “Psalmo 37:5: Deleita-te no Senhor...” Revista Mensal, year 6, v. 13, June 1918, 12; and Enéas Simon, interviewed by Maria Júlia A. P. dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, October 3, 2016.

  13. “Albertina Rodrigues Simon,” Revista Adventista, year 79, n. 10, October 1984, 30; and Paulo Lopes, “Albertina Rodrigues Simon” (Monograph, Brazil College, 1985), 2, 31.

  14. Suessmann, R., “Casamentos,” Revista Mensal, year 15, v. 15, n. 2, February 1920, 16; Schofield, C. E., “Relatório da quinta sessão da Conferência União Brasileira – Distribuição do Trabalho,” Revista Mensal, v. 15, n. 8, August 1920, 5; and Lotz, L., “Rio Grande do Sul,” Revista Mensal, v. 15, n. 9, September 1920, 7.

  15. “Simon, Henrique (1884-1974),” National Center of Adventist History, January 12, 2016, http://www.unasp-ec.com/memoriadventista/enciclopedia/8/024s_simon_henrique.htm; and Simon, 64-65.

  16. Simon, 65-66.

  17. Ibid., 69.

  18. Enéas Simon, interviewed by Maria Júlia A. P. dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, October 3, 2016.

  19. J. I. da Costa, “Henrique Simon,” Revista Adventista, year 69, n. 9, September 1974, 26.

  20. Enéas Simon, interviewed by Maria Júlia A. P. dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, October 3, 2016.

  21. G. S. Storch, “Frutos da Página Impressa,” Revista Mensal, year 25, v. 25, n. 9, September 1930, 17.

  22. N. P. Neilsen, “Dedication of a Church in São Paulo,” The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, v. 106, n. 3, September 19, 1929, 18.

  23. Ennis V. Moore, “Paraná Mission, Brazil,” South American Bulletin, v. 2, n. 10, October 1926, 6-7.

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