Diocese of

Mossoró

Brazil Brazil

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Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Diocese Diocese

Name: Mossoró (Português) / Santa Luzia de Mossoró (Português) / Mossoren(sis) (Latin)

Ecclesiastical Province: Natal

Depends on: Dicastery for Bishops

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Saint Lucy of Syracuse (December 13)

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History

Present Prelates

Bishop (2023.11.18 – ...):Bishop Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, O. Carm. (56)Bishop Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, O. Carm. (56)

Ordinaries

Bishops of Mossoró (Roman Rite)

Bishop Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, O. Carm. (56)Bishop Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, O. Carm. (56)
(2023.11.18 – ...)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil)

Sicut qui ministrat

Born:1968.04.17 (Araripina, PE, Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1995.11.29
Consecrated Bishop:2016.08.14

Bishop of Cajazeiras (Brazil) (2016.06.08 – 2023.11.18)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (2023.11.18 – ...)

Bishop Mariano Manzana (76)Bishop Mariano Manzana (76)
(2004.06.15 – 2023.11.18)

Bishop emeritus of Mossoró (Brazil)

Christus ad Gentes

Born:1947.10.13 (Mori, Italy)
Ordained Priest:1973.06.26
Consecrated Bishop:2004.09.05

Priest of Trento (Italy) (1973.06.26 – 2004.06.15)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (2004.06.15 – 2023.11.18)

Bishop José Freire de Oliveira Neto
(1984.03.14 – 2004.06.15)

Configuratus Morti Ejus

Born:1928.03.09 (Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1956.09.22
Consecrated Bishop:1974.06.02
Died:2012.01.10 († 83)

Titular Bishop of Illici (1973.11.03 – 1979.05.21)

Auxiliary Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1973.11.03 – 1979.05.21)

Coadjutor Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1979.05.21 – 1984.03.14)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1984.03.14 – 2004.06.15)

Bishop Gentil Diniz Barreto
(1960.06.11 – 1984.03.14)

Born:1910.11.23 (Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1933.06.23
Consecrated Bishop:1960.09.21
Died:1988.10.09 († 77)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1960.06.11 – 1984.03.14)

Bishop Elizeu Simões Mendes
(1953.09.19 – 1959.10.17)

Born:1915.05.18 (Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1938.12.04
Consecrated Bishop:1950.12.03
Died:2001.03.02 († 85)

Titular Bishop of Nisyrus (1950.08.21 – 1953.09.19)

Auxiliary Bishop of Fortaleza (Brazil) (1950.08.21 – 1953.09.19)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1953.09.19 – 1959.10.17)

Bishop of Campo Mourão (Brazil) (1959.10.17 – 1980.12.03)

Bishop João Batista Portocarrero Costa (later Archbishop)
(1943.07.31 – 1953.07.03)

Born:1904.06.07 (Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1927.10.30
Consecrated Bishop:1943.11.07
Died:1959.01.06 († 54)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1943.07.31 – 1953.07.03)

Titular Archbishop of Selge (1953.07.03 – 1959.01.06)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Olinda e Recife (Brazil) (1953.07.03 – 1959.01.06)

Bishop Jaime de Barros Câmara (later Cardinal)
(1935.12.19 – 1941.09.15)

Ignem veni mittere

Born:1894.07.03 (São José, SC, Brazil)
Ordained Priest:1920.01.01
Consecrated Bishop:1936.02.02
Created Cardinal:1946.02.18
Died:1971.02.18 (Aparecida, SP, Brazil † 76)

Bishop of Mossoró (Brazil) (1935.12.19 – 1941.09.15)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Belém do Pará (Brazil) (1941.09.15 – 1943.07.03)

Metropolitan Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) (1943.07.03 – 1971.02.18)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Bonifacio ed Alessio (1946.02.22 – 1971.02.18)

Military Vicar of Brazil (Brazil) (1950.11.06 – 1963.11.09)

Ordinary of Ordinariato para os Fiéis de Ritos Orientais no Brasil of the Eastern Rite (Brazil) (1951.11.14 – 1971.02.18)

President of National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (1958 – 1964)

Former Prelates

Special Churches

Churches by City (50)

Cajazeiras (↙), Limoeiro do Norte (←), Natal (→), Caicó (↓)

Statistics (2022.12.31)

Area: 18,832 km²

Population: 671,000 Catholics (79.9% of 839,700 total)

Pastoral Centres: 39 parishes

Personnel: 73 priests (61 diocesan, 12 religious), 7 deacons, 68 religious (15 brothers, 53 sisters), 37 seminarians

Population

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