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 Redemptorist Information Service                             Special Report

Newsletter of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
Rome, Italy
November 30, 2005

Redemptorist named Coadjutor Bishop Prelate of Coari, Brasil

Today, Father Joércio Gonçalves Pereira, C.Ss.R. of the Province of São Paulo and Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida since 2002, was named Coadjutor Bishop Prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Coari in the state of Amazonas, Brasil by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. He will serve as coadjutor to Bishop Gutemberg Freire Regis, C.SS.R., who has served as Ordinary since 1974. He joins nine other Redemptorists called to serve in the episcopacy in Brasil.

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Joércio was born on March 3, 1953 in Virginia of the diocese of Camphanha in the state of Minas Gerais.  He studied in the Minor Seminary of Tieté and in the Redemptorist Seminary in Aparecida. He did his philosophy studies in the Salesian school in Lorena and studied theology at the Theological Institute of São Paulo. He made his Redemptorist profession on February 2, 1979. He was ordained a priest on February 26, 1983. He studied in Rome from 1992-1994 and obtained a licentiate in Spirituality. In Rio de Janeiro he took specialized courses in the formation of seminarians.

In addition to his current position in Aparaceda, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Joércio has served as Director of the Institute of Philosophy at Campinas, Novice Master of Tieté, Provincial Consultor, and Parochial Vicar in São Paulo.

The Territorial Prelature of Coari was erected in July of 1963. The late Mário Roberto Emmett Anglim, C.SS.R. of the Vice Province of Manaus was the first Prelate, followed by Bishop Gutemberg C .SS.R., also of the Vice Province of Manaus. Coari has approximately 166, 000 Catholics out of a population of 195,000. The latest figures available from the Annuario Pontificio says that the prelature has 6 parishes, 11 priests (4 diocesan and 7 religious), 8 religious men and 16 religious women working in the prelature.

The Congregation rejoices that Padre Joércio has been called to assist shepherding God´s beautiful people of  Coari, Amazonas along with Bishop Gutemberg. Further coverage of this appointment will follow in our regular editions of SCALA.