Fr. João Batista Alves do Nascimento CSsR named bishop of Barra, Brazil


The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Fr. João Batista Alves do Nascimento, C.Ss.R., a member of the Viceprovince of Bahia and, until now, Rector of the Shrine of Bom Jesus da Lapa, in the city and diocese of the same name, as Bishop of the Diocese of Barra, Brazil.

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. João Batista Alves do Nascimento, C.S.R., was born on 3 February 1972 in Jordânia, diocese of Almenara, in the State of Minas Gerais. After completing his studies in philosophy and theology at the Universidade Católica do Salvador in Salvador-BA, he gave his religious vows on 8 February 1998 in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and was ordained a priest on 16 December 2001.

After ordination, he was first a member of the Missionary Team (2002-2003), as formator of the Aspirantate period (2004) and of the philosophy seminary (2005-2007 and 2015-2018), and vicar of the vice-provincial (2005-2007). He was awarded a licentiate from the Pontifical Theological Faculty and Pontifical Institute of Spirituality “Teresianum” in Rome (2007-2009). He went on to serve as superior of the Redemptorist vice-province of Bahia (011-2014), and member of the Council of Redemptorist Missionaries of Bahia. In addition, he has been parish vicar and head of a pastoral area in the archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia.

He is currently a member of the Presbyteral Council in the diocese of Bom Jesus da Lapa and, since 2019, rector of the Bom Jesus da Lapa Shrine.

source: Vatican Press Office
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