Sérgio da Rocha

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Sérgio da Rocha
Cardinal, Archbishop of Brasilia
Sérgio da Rocha.jpg
Appointed15 June 2011
Installed6 August 2011
PredecessorBishop Waldemar Passini Dalbello (Apostolic Administrator)
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santa Croce in Via Flaminia (2016–)
Ordination14 December 1984
by Constantino Amstalden
Consecration11 August 2001
by Jose Antonio Aparecido Tosi Marques
Created cardinal19 November 2016
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameSérgio da Rocha
Born (1959-10-21) 21 October 1959 (age 59)
Dobrada, São Paulo, Brazil
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
Alma materAlphonsian Academy
Motto"Omnia in Caritate"
(All in Love)
Coat of armsSérgio da Rocha's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Sérgio da Rocha
Priestly ordination
Date14 December 1984
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJosé Antônio Aparecido Tosi Marques
Co-consecratorsJoviano de Lima Junior, SSS
Bruno Gamberini
Date11 August 2001
Elevated byPope Francis
Date19 November 2016
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Sérgio da Rocha as principal consecrator
Valdir Mamede16 March 2013
José Aparecido Gonçalves de Almeida 13 July May 2013
Marcos Antônio Tavoni1 March 2014
Styles of
Sergio da Rocha
Coat of arms of Sergio da Rocha.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Sérgio da Rocha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾʒiu dɐ ˈʁɔʃɐ]; born 21 October 1959) is a Roman Catholic prelate who has been the Archbishop of Brasília since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 15 June 2011.[1] He previously served as Archbishop of Teresina.


Da Rocha was born in Dobrada, Diocese of Jaboticabal, State of São Paulo in 1959. After his elementary studies, he took courses in philosophy at the diocesan seminary of São Carlos and theology at the Theological Institute of Campinas. He received a licentiate in moral theology at the Theological Faculty Nossa Senhora da Assunção, São Paulo, and a doctorate in the same discipline at the Alphonsian Academy, Rome.

He was ordained on 14 December 1984 to Mata, the Diocese of São Carlos. As a priest has had the following ministries: Priest in Água Vermelha and Coordinator of the Youth Pastoral of São Carlos (1985–1986) and professor of philosophy at the seminary and the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the House of Theology in Campinas (1986–1987 and 1991); Rector of the Seminary of Philosophy of São Carlos (1987–1988 and 1990), Coordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Vocation (1987 and 1989), Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of São Carlos (1988–1989), Parochial Vicar of the Parish Nossa Senhora de Fátima São Carlos (1990), Coordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral and Rector of the Chapel of São Carlos in São Judas Tadeu (1991), Professor of Moral Theology at the PUC Campinas and Rector of the Diocesan Seminary of Theology (1997–2001), member of the formation of permanent deacons, and member of the Council of Priests and the College of Consultants.

On 13 June 2001 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Alba and Auxiliary Bishop of Fortaleza by Pope John Paul II, and consecrated on 11 August. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Teresina 31 January 2007 he became Archbishop on 3 September 2008.

As Bishop has held the following positions: Member of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference, and member of the Episcopal Commission of the Happening de Superação from misery and Fome of the Episcopal Conference of the Regional Secretary and in charge of Youth and the Pastoral Care of Vocations Northeast Region 1; Member of the Permanent Council and the Commission of the Doctrine of the Episcopal Conference, President of Northeast Region 1; Chairman of the Department of Vocation and Ministry CELAM – Latin American Episcopal Council.

Archbishop da Rocha was appointed archbishop of Brasila on 15 June 2011, to succeed Archbishop João Braz de Aviz. Archbishop da Rocha took possession of the see on 6 August.

On 14 November 2015, Pope Francis named him as one of his three appointments to that the Synod of Bishops council.


External links[edit]

  • "da Rocha Card. Sérgio". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  • Droujinina, Marina (12 October 2016). "Brésil: Mgr Sergio da Rocha, archevêque de Brasilia et cardinal l". Zenit (in French). Retrieved 24 October 2017.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Celso José Pinto da Silva
Archbishop of Teresina
3 September 2008–15 June 2011
Succeeded by
Jacinto Furtado de Brito Sobrinho
Preceded by
João Braz de Aviz
Archbishop of Brasília
15 June 2011–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
William Wakefield Baum
Cardinal Priest of Santa Croce in Via Flaminia
19 November 2016–present
Succeeded by