Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Porto Alegre

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Archdiocese of Porto Alegre
Archidioecesis Portalegrensis in Brasilia
Metropolitan Cathedral-Porto Alegre.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady, Mother of God, Porto Alegre
Location
Country Brazil
Territory Gravataí, Glorinha, Alvorada, Cachoeirinha, Viamão, Guaíba, Arambaré, Arroio dos Ratos, Barão do Triunfo, Barra do Ribeiro, Butiá, Camaquã, Cerro Grande do Sul, Charqueadas, Chuvisca, Cristal, Eldorado do Sul, General Câmara, Mariana Pimentel, Minas do Leão, São Jerônimo, Sentinela do Sul, Sertão Santana e Tapes, Canoas, Esteio, Sapucaia do Sul, Nova Santa Rita and Porto Alegre.
Ecclesiastical province Porto Alegre
Statistics
Area 13,530 km2 (5,220 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
3,395,000
2,527,000 (74.4%)
Parishes 156
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 7 May 1848 (170 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus
Patron saint Mother of God
Secular priests 362
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Jaime Spengler
Archbishop of Porto Alegre (appointed 18 September 2013, by Pope Francis; installed 15 November 2013; formerly, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese)
Auxiliary Bishops Leomar Antônio Brustolin
Aparecido Donizete de Souza
Rev. Fr. Adilson Pedro Busin, C.S. (Auxiliary Bishop-elect)[1][2]
Emeritus Bishops Altamiro Rossato, C.Ss.R.
Website
arquidiocesepoa.org.br

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Porto Alegre (Latin: Archidioecesis Portalegrensis in Brasilia) is a Latin Rite Metropolitan Archbishopric of the Roman Catholic Church in Rio Grande do Sul state, southernmost Brazil.

The archdiocese's mother church and Metropolitan seat of its archbishop is the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus, dedicated to Our Lady (Virgin Mary), Mother of God, in Porto Alegre. Archbishop Emeritus Dadeus Grings was succeeded by the current incumbent, Archbishop Jaime Spengler, who was appointed on 18 September 2013 by Pope Francis, and installed on 15 November 2013.[3]

History[edit]

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 2,547,000 Catholics (74.4% of 3,423,000 total) on 13,530 km² in 156 parishes and 739 missions with 359 priests (203 diocesan, 156 religious), 59 deacons, 1,450 lay religious (341 brothers, 1,109 sisters) and 44 seminarians.

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Besides administering his own Archbishopric, the Metropolitan supervises the following Suffragan Sees :

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Suffragan Bishops of São Pedro do Rio Grande
Metropolitan Archbishops of Porto Alegre
  • Cláudio Gonçalves Ponce de Leon, Lazarists (C.M.) (see above 1910.08.15 – retired 1912.01.09), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Anazarbus (1912.01.09 – death 1924.05.26)
  • João (Batista) Becker (1912.01.09 – 1946.12.30), previously Bishop of Santa Catarina (Brazil) (1908.05.03 – 1912.08.01)
  • Alfredo Scherer (1946.12.30 – 1981.08.29), previously Titular Bishop of Hemeria (1946.06.13 – 1946.12.30) as Auxiliary Bishop of Porto Alegre (1946.06.13 – 1946.12.30)
  • João Colling (1981.08.29 – retired 1991.07.17), died 1992; previously Titular Bishop of Corone (1949.12.12 – 1951.03.23) as Auxiliary Bishop of Santa Maria (Brazil) (1949.12.12 – 1951.03.23), Bishop of Passo Fundo (Brazil) (1951.03.23 – 1981.08.29)
  • Altamiro Rossato, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists, C.Ss.R.) (1991.07.17 – retired 2001.02.07)); died 13 May 2014; previously Bishop of Marabá (Brazil) (1985.12.08 – 1989.03.15), Coadjutor Archbishop of Porto Alegre (1989.03.15 – succession 1991.07.17)
  • Dadeus Grings (2001.02.07 – retired 2013.09.18); previously Bishop of São João da Boa Vista (Brazil) (1991.01.23 – 2000.04.12), Coadjutor Archbishop of Porto Alegre (2000.04.12 – succession 2001.02.07)
  • Jaime Spengler (18 September 2013– ...), previously Titular Bishop of Patara (2010.11.10 – 2013.09.18) as Auxiliary Bishop of Porto Alegre (2010.11.10 – 2013.09.18)
    • Auxiliary Bishop (2015.01.07 – ...) Leomar Antônio Brustolin, Titular Bishop of Tigava
    • Auxiliary Bishop (2015.12.30 – ...) Aparecido Donizete de Souza,Titular Bishop of Macriana minor
    • Auxiliary Bishop (2016.01.27 – ...) Adilson Pedro Busin, C.S., Titular Bishop of Guardialfiera

Auxiliary episcopate[edit]

BIOS TO ELABORATE & WORK IN
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Agenor Girardi, M.S.C. (2010.12.22 – 2015.05.06)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Remídio José Bohn (2006.01.18 – 2011.12.28)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Alessandro Carmelo Ruffinoni, C.S. (2006.01.18 – 2010.06.16)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Jacinto Inácio Flach (2003.11.12 – 2009.09.16)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Eduardo Benes de Sales Rodrigues (later Archbishop) (1998.03.11 – 2001.01.10)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: José Clemente Weber (1994.03.23 – 2004.06.15)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Osvino José Both (later Archbishop) (1990.06.26 – 1995.11.22)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Thadeu Gomes Canellas (1983.11.19 – 1999.11.10)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: José Mário Stroeher (1983.03.25 – 1986.08.08)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Urbano José Allgayer (1974.02.05 – 1982.02.04)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Antônio do Carmo Cheuiche, O.C.D. (1971.05.05 – 2001.06.27)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: José Ivo Lorscheiter (1965.11.12 – 1974.02.05)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Edmundo Luís Kunz (1955.08.01 – 1988.09.12)

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Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°02′02″S 51°13′48″W / 30.0338°S 51.2301°W / -30.0338; -51.2301