Luis Coelho reports for the Anglican Communion News Service that the Diocese of Southwestern Brazil has elected a new bishop coadjutor.
On Sunday, October 25th 2010, an extraordinary diocesan council was held in Santa Maria, RS, the See of the Diocese of Southwestern Brazil. The council was called to elect a Bishop Coadjutor, who will eventually succeed the Rt. Rev. Jubal Neves as the Diocesan. The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva, currently IEAB’s Provincial Secretary, was elected in the first round. According to the Rev. Canon Carlos Getúlio Hallberg, the Diocese of Southwestern Brazil is known for electing bishops in the first round, having done the same in the last four episcopal elections held there....
Francisco, also known as Xico, was born in Olinda, Pernambuco, and studied Theology at the Northern Brazil Baptist Seminary and Anglican Studies at Recife’s Anglican Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in January 1991, and a priest in December 1991. Prior to his current position as Provincial Secretary, he was the Rector of St. Mary’s Church in Belém do Pará, now St. Mary’s Cathedral in the Diocese of the Amazon. He also worked at the Center for Anglican Studies, and was the Rector of All Saints’ Church in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul. From 2003 to 2006, he was the President of the House of Clergy and Laity. He is also a lawyer, and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science.
Canon da Silva keeps the blog Kantinho Do Rev.