At the end of the nineteenth century Italy was going through a difficult period and the Italians migrated to America in search of work and new opportunities. Among many, by the year 1870, the young Miguel Aliano also came to Brazil. His trip was tumultuous: he faced terrible weather, contrary winds, great delay and suffering. Some immigrants became ill and others died – their bodies were thrown into the sea. While the strong waves shook the boat, many feared never to reach the destination.
Remembering the Catholic faith inherited from his mother, Miguel, the young man, asked Saint Michael, the Archangel, the miracle of arriving in Brazil. He promised that, as soon as he was able, he would return to Italy to seek the image of the holy guardian angel and have a chapel erected in his honor.
When you pray, you can do it. Miguel finally arrived in Brazil and, with all the effort of those who come to a new land, he worked, set up his trade and saved savings to keep the promise.
As soon as it was possible, he fulfilled it. In the year 1891, Miguel Aliano and Ana Maria Olga Aliano built a chapel dedicated to São Miguel Arcanjo in the center of São Paulo, at Rua Bráulio Gomes. The boy traveled to Italy and brought from his land, packed and inside a wooden box, that beautiful image of St. Michael the Archangel, all of it also in painted wood.https://www.catholicletters.com/image-st-michael-archangel-witnessed-exorcisms-sao-paulo/