the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Luis Fernando Lisboa
as Bishop of the Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique.
It was a most joyful and faith-filled liturgical celebration which lasted for 3 hours.The Principal ordaining prelate was:
of the Diocese of Xai-Xai in Mozambique & President of the Bishop’s Conference of Mozambique.
of the Archdiocese of Aparecida & President of the Brazilian Bishop’s Conference;
Bishop Ercilio Turco,
of the Diocese of Osasco.
Fr. Augusto Canali CP
(First General Consultor)
Fr. Joaquim Mwitu
(a diocesan priest from Pemba).
There were 9 other bishops present, including our Passionist, Archbishop Washington Cruz.
About 80 priests and deacons concelebrated the Mass, many being Passionists from the Province of Calvary (CALV) and from the 3 Vicariates (VICT, DOMIN & LIBER). Our Passionist Family (religious and laity) were joined by religious from other Congregations, including a representative delegation from the Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique. Members of Luis Fernando’s family and parishioners were involved in parts of the Mass with the presentation of the ring, mitre and crozier, and the procession of gifts.
A moving moment was the procession of the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida after communion asking her prayer and protection for Bishop Luis Fernando as he assumes his new role as Chief Shepherd in Pemba. Our Lady of Aparecida is deeply loved and venerated by all Brazilians.
The entire congregation burst into thunderous applause at various moments during the ceremony, showing their delight and support for Bishop Luis Fernando who is much loved by the people (young & old) for his pastoral care, especially to the poor and needy. His chosen motto is: “Evangelizare Pauperibus Misit” (“To Evangelize the Poor”).
On behalf of the Passionist Congregation, the Superior General: Fr Joachim Rego spoke the following words to Bishop Luis Fernando: