Beatification prayer

Lord, our God,

who inspired your servant Franz de Castro Holzwarth for total dedication of love to the convicted, at the point of shedding his own blood in favor of them. We ask you that, if it be your will, Franz de Castro may be glorified by your church and, through his intercession, we can receive the grace we need and ask You with faith.

Strengthen us, o Lord, in living the love to our neighbor and bless everybody who works for the Prison Ministry.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Franz de Castro Prayers

“Our lord,

 that my steps let, by the way, testimonials of you.

Where I find hate, I let deep footprints of love.

Where I find revenge, pour the balm of forgiveness

Where I find pessimism, sow the joy of OPTIMISM,

Where I find sadness, spread comfort and joy.

Where I find division, sow the fertility of UNION.

Where I find mistaques, pour out the Light of Truth.

And where I find sin, leave there the virtue!


(Servant of God Franz de Castro Holzwarth)



i need a heart like your,

full of charity, comprehention and strength...

Give me, Lord, a heart like that;

and when my brethren will look for me

to do the narration of their sorrows,

I will give them the joy they need;

and when they will say about their bitterness,

I will give them the divine sweetness they don´t have.

And they will leave me full of joy,

even if they have to take

on their shoulders the cross of their pain. "

(Servant of God Franz de Castro Holzwarth)

Beatification Process

What is it?

Beatification is the recognition done by the Catholic Church saying that someone was faithful to Jesus teachings, and is together with God, in state of grace, and can intercede por all who ask him/her through prayers.

Actualy the diocesis are the ones having authority to open a beatification process. The cause of beatification have a postulator bishop, who act like a lawer, investigating the candidate's life in order to find out his witness of holiness.

After the process is started, the candidate receive the title of Servant of God. At the first stage, the virtues or martyrdom of the candidate will be investigated. Case he was a martyr, the circunstances will be investigated in details. After the process is concluded with a positive position, the candidate is declared blessed.


Diocesan Phase

Opening of the cause of Canonization of Franz de Castro
The Diocese of São José dos Campos opened the process of the cause of Canonization of the Servant of God Franz de Castro Holzwarth. The ceremony took place on 6th March 2009, at 3 pm, in the Seminary of Philosofy, in São José dos Campos. During the session, it was done the petition for the introduction of the cause, the acceptance by the bishop and the Court's appointment that will investigate the reputation of martyrdom and holiness of the Servant of God. 

The diocesan Tribunal consists of the following members: Father Rogerio Augusto das Neves, Chief Judge; Father Antonio Silva France, prosecutor; Regina Araujo, notary actuarial and Sister Diva Moura,  notary assistant

About 300 people, including members of Franz de Castro family, friends, members of the APACs and leaders of the diocese, filled the auditorium of the seminary, to follow the only public session.

The diocesan phase of the process followed under wraps until its closure on 22nd December 2010. The duration of the process depended on the amount of witnesses heard and the arrangements for the investigation. 

At this stage, witnesses indicated by the postulator will have been questioned by members of the court in order to gather documents that were sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Holy See. For the cause of Franz de Castro was appointed as Postulator Father Riccardo Petroni, in Rome. The postulator appointed Vice Postulator of this Cause,  in São José dos Campos diocese, Father Jose Candido Pereira.

Roman Phase

The documents went to the Vatican, where they will be examined by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Canonic Justification

"The cause of beatification and canonization concerns a to faithful Catholic who in life, in death and after death has enjoyed a reputation for holiness, living in a heroic way all the Christian virtues; or enjoys a reputation of martyrdom because having more closely followed the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed his life in martyrdom act" ( Article 4 Paragraph 1 of Instruction for conducting diocesan inquiries or eparchies in the Causes of Saints) .

 “A fama de martírio é a opinião difundida entre os fieis acerca da morte padecida pelo Servo de Deus pela fé ou por uma virtude conexa com a fé” (Art. 4º parágrafo 2º da referida Instrução).

Therefore, the Diocese of São Jose dos Campos, through their diocesan bishop, Dom Moacir Silva, after making sure of a significant portion of the People of God 's reputation for holiness and martyrdom of the Servant of God, began the process of beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Franz de Castro Holzwarth. 

Various documents pertaining to the Servant of God from birth certificate, baptism, confirmation, education, prepared texts for lectures to convicts, magazines and publications of the event that occurred at the time, among others, were delivered by the Historical Commission for the development of the whole process. 

Were heard more than 30 witnesses, among laity, religious and relatives. The witnesses, bound by oath to tell the truth and to hold office of secrecy, were indicated by the postulator, and others, called ex officio by the Chief Judge.


The court is composed of:

Judge delegate: Father Rogerio Augusto das Neves

Prosecutor: Father Antonio Silva France

Actuarial notice: Regina Celia Oliveira Araújo de Siqueira

Assistant notice: Sr. Diva Moura

Postulator: Father Riccardo Petroni

Vice - postulator: Fr. José Cândido Pereira.

Enthronement and transfer of the remains of the Servant of God

On 12th November 2010, members of the Diocesan Tribunal constituted for the process of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Franz de Castro Holzwarth, went from São Jose dos Campos to Barra do Pirai, where were his remains.

Due to the death of Dona Dinorah, the mother of the Servant of God, on 10th May 2010, it was necessary to anticipate the exhumation of the remains of Franz de Castro, who was carefully placed in an urn plastic, in white and replaced in family tomb in Barra do Pirai.

In the town cemetery, which was filled with faithful, after initial greetings, the advisor to the postulator, Father Paolo Lombardo, authorized the start of the work. The cemetery officials removed the tombstone and the urn that contained the remains of the Servant of God. A great emotion took hold of everyone present. As the occasion requires, only family and friends witnessed the withdrawal of the tombstone. Several journalists were waiting at a distance, to record each transfer step.

The urn was wrapped in a white linen towel and conducted by the faithful and members of the Court, with prayers and hymns, to the Mother Church of the City.

The farewell celebration of the remains was conducted by the Reverend priest, Father Leandro and Father Antonio.

At the end, the urn was transported to St. Joseph Church in the city of São José dos Campos, where the Servant of God lived his last years of life.

After recognition and identification made ​​by the noble Dr. Wilson Salgado, the remains have undergone a special treatment by preventing its deterioration. In another step, they were carefully deposited in an urn acrylic, made exclusively with dividers and prepared with camphor, which was sealed with the seal of the Bishop. It was then placed in another urn solid wood.

On 17th November 2010, at 10am, it was held a solemn ceremony presided over by the diocesan bishop, Dom Moacir Silva, which in the end led the urn to the grave prepared at the end of the Parish Church, easily accessible to the faithful, along with the aide of the Postulator, Fr . Paolo Lobardo, by members of the Tribunal constituted for the cause, the Chief Judge, Fr. Rogerio Augusto das Neves; the Promoter of Justice, Fr. Antonio Silva France; Vice Postulator of the Cause , Fr. José Cândido Pereira, the actuarial notary, Regina Celia Araujo and the assistant notary, Sister Diva Moura, in addition to authorities, relatives and loyal friends.

The legal documents of the enthronement were placed in the ballot box and the granite tomb was sealed, making it the place of visitation and prayer.

15th February 1981 – They kill the man, but not the hope

It is Saturday, 14th February 1981, around 13 pm, Dr. João Crysóstomo de Oliveira Campos, who was the police chief of São José dos Campos City, called Dr. Mário Ottoboni, and visibly moved, he asked him to go together with Dr. Franz de castro, to the police office of Jacareí City, where there was a prison rebellion. He was warried because the prisioners held three police men at the sight of a gun, threatening to kill them if they would not cooperate with them for the success of their escape.

In the opportunity, in the Fire Department of Jacareí City, there was the Judge of that city called Orlando Pistorezzi, who was coordinating the liberation of the hostages.

After the arrival of Dr. Mario Ottoboni e Dr. Franz de Castro, who were willing to mediate the situation in order to have a happy end, they met with the Judge Orlando who called the Police Department and anounced to the leader of the rebellion that their requirements would be accepted. He explained to them that there was the presence of Franz e Mário, and the prisioners would leave the place in two groups without problems.

At this moment, the Mayor of Jacareí, called Mr. Benedito Sérgio Lecione, gave to them the official city car so that they could take it as their transport. All authorities gave their word that the prisioners and the hostages would leave the place without any problems and hostilities.

The first group left the place in company of Dr. Mário Ottoboni, who drove the car together with two hostages. The work was successful with the return of Dr. Mário and the who hostages.

Franz de Castro remained in the local, together with a police man who was a hostage and some other prisioners.

How the situation worsened with the eminent risk of a terrible end, and how nobody would volunter to take the second car for the other prisioners, Mário Ottoboni, although with serious risks of life, volunter to take the car, Belina model, but the police required that they would free the hostage and take Franz de Castro in his place. In that way, Franz ceased to be the mediator and became the hostage.
How Franz de Castro was not a driver, one of the rioting prisioners got the task to drive the car. The prisioners gave the hostage do Mário Ottoboni in exchange for the Belica key. Dr. Mário Ottoboni left the firing line with the hostage. When the prisioner was getting in the car to drive it the police started shooting and was executed although he stood his hands as sing of peace.

Franz and the other prisioners were already insite the car. Sudenly, an inexplicable and intense firefight dominated the place, wich resulted in the death of Franz de Castro Holzwarth, by reaching over thirty bullets.

Belina XI 7752, depois do tiroteio.

All other occupants of the Belina, six prisioners died on the local. In that way was consummated the tragedy that turned the Christian ideal companion, a martyr.

Franz de Castro vitimado no tiroteio de Jacareí.Franz de Castro victimized in the shooting of Jacarei.

Pai de Franz de Castro sai amparado do local do tiroteioFranz de Castro 's father backed out of the scene of the shooting.

In that time, the Bishop of São José dos Campos Diocese, who is a cardeal in our day, called Dom Eusébio Oscar Scheid, Archbishop Emeritus of Rio de Janeiro, had this to say about the episode: "To remember the figure and the attitudes of our martyr friend, awakens in us all the disere to follow his steps in the hard Prison Pastoral. He, who gave the life as proof of bigger love (cf. John 15:13), encourages us, enlightens us and strengthens us in this purpose."

Up to now nobody knows the causes of the rebellion. The public jail of Jacareí had 69 prisioners in it, but held place only for 50 people. But the authorities believe that this was not the cause since they were having all they need there. The police chief Juarez said to the press that "they have all insite there. I don´t know why the rebelled."


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