Spiritan News

Pope Appoints Spiritan as Coadjutor

June 12, 2015
The Pope has named as Coadjutor for the diocese of Ponta de Pedras (Brazil) H.E. Monsignor Theodoro Mendes Tavares CSSp, until now titular bishop of Verbe and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Belém do Pará.

H.E Mgr. Teodoro Mendes Tavares CSSp was born on the 7th January 1964 at San Miguel Arcanjo, on the island of Santiago (Cabo Verde). He took vows in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit on 8th September 1986 and was ordained priest on the 11th July 1993.
He did his Philosophy studies at the Higher Institute for Theology at Braga (in Portugal) from 1986 to 1987 and studied theology at the Portuguese Catholic University of Lisbon from 1988-1993. He then obtained a licentiate in Ecumenism at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland in 1994.
He began his priestly ministry in the prelature of Tefé as curate and parish priest at Alvaraes, Uarini and Carauari (1995-1988); he was parish priest in the ”Bom Jesus” parish and he was director of the vocational centre (1999-2011) and then Vicar General. He was also Major Superior for the Spiritans in Amazonia (2003-2011)
On 16th February 2011 he was named titular Bishop of Verbe and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Bélem do Para, and received episcopal ordination on 8th May of the same year.