Celebrating our Portuguese Heritage, Culture & Pride since 1888
I.F.D.E.S. (Irmandade da Festa do Divino Espirito Santo de Gilroy, California). This corporation was formed "for charitable and benevolent purposes, social purposes, recreation amongst its members, to teach and promote the Catholic religion amongst its members, and for the purpose of the annual Holy Ghost Festa
We have a large hall, that is ideal for social events. Our IFDES Lodge Portuguese Hall features include bar and kitchen facilities, stage, cleanup, security guard services, available for rental for events including Weddings, Dances, Quinceaneras, birthdays, special occasions, Community events.
We welcome new members to join the IFDES Lodge Portuguese Hall of Gilroy in celebrating and promoting Portuguese culture. Center membership is intended for individuals, couples and families who share an interest in and commitment to the preservation and promotion of Portuguese culture and history. Family members 18 and under are automatically included as nonvoting Center members.
The celebration of the Holy Ghost has been in California since the late 1800’s. However, the tradition originally began during the fourteenth century in the country of Portugal by Queen St. Isabel. Portuguese or not, everyone is welcomed to attend the Holy Ghost “Festa”!