Pe. JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ RAPOSO,
CMF
(SACERDOTE CLARETIANO)

by Father Elias Leite
(ex-disciple and admirer friend of the virtues of this claretian co-brother)
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Born in Cañizo, province of Zamora, Spain, in 1905, March 19th , died in 1999, 11th November, in Batatais, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

He arrived in Brazil in l941, October. 8 months after having taking the holy orders, he has been sent to Seminary of Rio Claro, SP. There he started his long career as a teacher and guide in our seminaries. After staying in Rio Claro for three years, he went to Curitiba, state of Paraná, where he lived for many years. In the Major Seminary (Philosophy and Theology) he taught Greek, Hebraic, Latin, Spanish and French languages, in many times besides teaching Biblical Sciences.

In the foundation of the College of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Curitiba, nowadays PUC, he occupied the chair of Spanish and Latin Language and Literature.

He took many governamental positions in the Claretian Province and Seminaries, included the Archdiocesan Seminary of Londrina, in the State of Paraná. As a guide, he has been Master of Novices in Guarulhos, State of São Paulo and Educator in Claretian Seminaries.

Writer. He published many articles about Theology and Biblical Exegesis in the Brazilian Ecclesiastical Reve. (REB) of Petrópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro and about assuntos pastorais na Rev. Ave Maria, in São Paulo and in other. He published books in religious and scientific subjects (orchids), he also assembled, two Greek and Latin grammars, not edited to be used in the Claretian Seminaries.

As a priest, exemplar man, modest, polite, helpful, intensively dedicated to the service of the Church and Claretian Congregation to which he dedicated faithfully his long life.

He was 94 years old when he died, clearheaded, following with interest all events in the Church and in the countries, by newspaper and TV during his spare times. He exerted to prayers and to the work in a constructive way.
Having extraordinary health, even when he was 90 years old, he traveled for many states, through mountains and forest to look for orchids, with an energy as he was young. His satisfaction was to explain who visited him with details, the "the plants richness", as he used to say when he reported them.
He has been buried surrounded of orchids.

(Concerning the orchidist, you, the specialists, know him better).