On June 8th, the Carmelite Order was again delighted to announce that one of our brothers has been nominated bishop by the Holy Father Pope Francis.
The Secretary General of the Order, Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista, O.Carm., of the Province of Pernambuco, has been named bishop of the diocese of Cajazeiras, in Brazil.
Father Francisco de Sales was born at Araripina in Brazil, on 17th April 1968. Following his profession in the Order on 24th January 1988, he was ordained priest on 25th November 1995. Among his many responsibilities in the Order, from 2005 to 2011 he served as Prior Provincial, from 2012 to 2013 as Subprior of the “Centro Internazionale S. Alberto” (CISA) in Rome and from December 2013 until today as Secretary General of the Order.
To Fr. Francisco de Sales and Fr Paul Horan we offer our warmest congratulations and prayerful support.