São Paulo, Brazil (Monday, 02/09/2015, Gaudium Press) At the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul, on Saturday, February 7, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer presided over the Episcopal ordination ceremony of the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese, His Excellency Eduardo Vieira dos Santos.
Accompanying the Cardinal at the ordination were Bishop Thomas Ferreira da Silva, of Sao Jose do Rio Preto, State of São Paulo, and Auxiliary Bishop Edmar Peron. Among the concelebrants were 16 bishops, including Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, as well as other archdiocesan auxiliary bishops and many priests. Hundreds of faithful filled the Cathedral.
Cardinal Odilo said that the ordination of a new bishop is an important event in the life of the Church if we “consider carefully the ministry which will be entrusted to the new shepherd.”
In addition, he recalled that, as St Paul says in the letter to the Hebrews, “Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (Hebrews, 5:1) therefore “the episcopacy is a service and not an honour”.
Soon after being ordained, Bishop Vieira dos Santos thanked God for calling him to the priesthood and now to the episcopate.
During his comments the bishop remembered his deceased parents by saying “Thank you for giving me life, a home, a family, love and education.” (LMI)
From the Editor’s Desk of Gaudium Press, with information from the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo