Monday 21 March 2011

A new Carmelite Bishop

On 19 March the episcopal ordination of Fr. Wilmar Santin, O.Carm. was celebrated in the stadium “Ginásio de Esportes Noroestão” of the Brasilian city of Paranavaí, Paraná. Fr Wilmar is a member of the of the Commissariat of Paraná of the Upper German Province and was recently appointed bishop of the Territorial Prelature of Itaituba, in Brazil.

The three consecrating bishops were the Archbishop emeritus of Curitiba, Dom Pedro Fedalto, the bishop of Petrolina Dom Paulo Cardoso, O.Carm., and Dom Edson Taschetto Damian, the bishop of São Gabriel da Cachoeira. In addition, many other bishops concelebrated, including Carmelites Dom Antonio Muniz and Dom João José Costa, as well as many members of the commissariat of Paraná, the provinces of Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, and numerous diocesan priests.

The Prior General, Fr Fernando Millán Romeral and the Prior Provincial of the Upper German Province, Fr Dieter Lankes, O.Carm., both addressed the bishop at the end of the celebration, encouraging him to live his ministry with the gospel spirit of service and with the simplicity of the Carmelite charism.

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