P. Zezinho, SCJ

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Full name José Fernandes de Oliveira
Date of birth 8 June 1941

José Fernandes de Oliveira, SCJ, known as Padre Zezinho (Machado, 8 June 1941), is a Dehonian priest, writer and Brazilian musician.

Biography

His father was a violinist and he inherited his love by music. As a child, José Fernandes went to live with the priests, who assisted his family. Zezinho is the youngest of six siblings. When he was two years old, his family moved from Machado to Taubaté after his father had an accident and became paralyzed. At the age of eleven, he entered the seminary of the Dehonian Fathers.[1]

Ordained a priest at 25 years old, on 21 September 1966 in the United States, he adopted in the following year, theater and music as means of evangelization and, in 1969, also the means of communication for this purpose.

Career

Padre Zezinho is considered one of the biggest names in Christian music, and one of the pioneers in this musical genre. He began to compose in 1964 and began his singing career in 1967. In 1969, Zezinho recorded Song of Friendship (Shalom), his first compact, by Paulines COMEP. He was also a pioneer in the use of modern instruments such as electric guitar and drums in religious music.

Currently, Padre Zezinho presents a program on several Catholic Radio stations in Brazil, generated from São Paulo and titled "Words that do not pass". It also presents a program with the same name in TV Século XXI, of the Association of the Lord Jesus. He also recorded discs in more than five languages.

 

Some of his most famous songs are Um Certo Galileu, Maria de Nazaré, Amar Como Jesus Amou (gravado em Portugal por José Cid), Oração pela Família (versão para Portugal de Star Light e a dupla Nelo Silva e Cristiana), És Água Viva, Maria da Minha Infância, Alô Meu Deus, Ilumina, Ilumina, Estou Pensando em Deus, Utopia, Tua palavra, Senhor, Mãe do Céu Morena, Um Coração para Amar, Quando Jesus Passar, Cidadão do Infinito, Nova Geração, Minha Vida Tem Sentido, Daqui do Meu Lugar, De Lá do Interior, Palavra de Salvação, Cantiga Por um Ateu, Cantiga por Francisco, É Muito Jovem a Minha Oração, Mini Sermão, Ieshuá, Há um Barco Esquecido na Praia, Filho Pródigo, Vocação e Glória a Deus na Imensidão.

In 2010 received the nomination to compete for the Latin Grammy in the category "Better Album of Christian Music in Portuguese".[2]

In 2012 he suffered a stroke, which mainly affected his memory, leaving him with certain limitations of communication. Gradually he is resuming his activities, but under medical supervision, using the local anesthetic.

In 2014, he completed fifty years of evangelization.[3]

José Fernandes de Oliveira, SCJ, known as Padre Zezinho (Machado, 8 June 1941), is a Dehonian priest, writer and Brazilian musician.

Biography

His father was a violinist and he inherited his love by music. As a child, José Fernandes went to live with the priests, who assisted his family. Zezinho is the youngest of six siblings. When he was two years old, his family moved from Machado to Taubaté after his father had an accident and became paralyzed. At the age of eleven, he entered the seminary of the Dehonian Fathers.[1]

Ordained a priest at 25 years old, on 21 September 1966 in the United States, he adopted in the following year, theater and music as means of evangelization and, in 1969, also the means of communication for this purpose.

Career

Padre Zezinho is considered one of the biggest names in Christian music, and one of the pioneers in this musical genre. He began to compose in 1964 and began his singing career in 1967. In 1969, Zezinho recorded Song of Friendship (Shalom), his first compact, by Paulines COMEP. He was also a pioneer in the use of modern instruments such as electric guitar and drums in religious music.

Currently, Padre Zezinho presents a program on several Catholic Radio stations in Brazil, generated from São Paulo and titled "Words that do not pass". It also presents a program with the same name in TV Século XXI, of the Association of the Lord Jesus. He also recorded discs in more than five languages.

 

Some of his most famous songs are Um Certo Galileu, Maria de Nazaré, Amar Como Jesus Amou (gravado em Portugal por José Cid), Oração pela Família (versão para Portugal de Star Light e a dupla Nelo Silva e Cristiana), És Água Viva, Maria da Minha Infância, Alô Meu Deus, Ilumina, Ilumina, Estou Pensando em Deus, Utopia, Tua palavra, Senhor, Mãe do Céu Morena, Um Coração para Amar, Quando Jesus Passar, Cidadão do Infinito, Nova Geração, Minha Vida Tem Sentido, Daqui do Meu Lugar, De Lá do Interior, Palavra de Salvação, Cantiga Por um Ateu, Cantiga por Francisco, É Muito Jovem a Minha Oração, Mini Sermão, Ieshuá, Há um Barco Esquecido na Praia, Filho Pródigo, Vocação e Glória a Deus na Imensidão.

In 2010 received the nomination to compete for the Latin Grammy in the category "Better Album of Christian Music in Portuguese".[2]

In 2012 he suffered a stroke, which mainly affected his memory, leaving him with certain limitations of communication. Gradually he is resuming his activities, but under medical supervision, using the local anesthetic.

In 2014, he completed fifty years of evangelization.[3]

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