Two Redemptorist priests ordained in Manaus

Bishop Zenildo Luis Pereira da Silva and concelebrants with newly ordained Fr. José Luiz dos Santos Damasceno (left) and Fr. Sandro Afonso Duda.

The Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer was celebrated with the ordination to the priesthood of two Redemptorists for the Vice-Province of Manaus. Family and friends joined confreres to celebrate the ordinations of Deacon José Luiz dos Santos Damasceno (Luiz) and Deacon Sandro Afonso Duda at Our Lady of Aparecida Church in Manaus on July 18. Luiz was born in Cruzeiro o Sul in the State of Acre, Brazil on November 17, 1985. The youngest of seven
brothers, Luiz was joined by his mother, Maria dos Santos Damasceno, in the entrance procession. Sandro was born on October 2, 1986, in Arapiraca, State of Alagoas, Brazil. His parents, Margarida Jascinto da Silva and José Duda Sobrinho, were represented by a family friend at the ordination.

Redemptorist Bishop Zenildo Luis Pereira da Silva of the Prelacy of Borba presided at the ordination Mass. Concelebrants included: Bishop Sérgio Castriani, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Manaus; Bishop Emeritus Gutemberg Freire Régis of the Diocese of Coari; and Bishop Tadeu Canavarro, Auxilary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manaus. Vice Provincial Superior José Amarildo Luciano da Silva and members of the Vice-Province of Manaus, as well as local clergy and religious, also participated in the liturgy.

As expected, the church was not full due to coronavirus restrictions. The Mass was shared on social media and broadcast on local radio stations to reach as many people as possible.

The newly ordained priests are currently serving in the Redemptorists’ parish in Manacapuru, Amazonas.

by Tom (Miguel) McIntosh, C.Ss.R.

Courtesy of Denverlink, update July 31, 2020, photo –

On the webpage of the Archdiocese of Manaus, you can find a big photo gallery from the ordination.

Solenidade do Santíssimo Redentor é marcada pela ordenação de dois novos padres redentoristas