RMG – Provincials of Brazilian Provinces of Campo Grande and Porto Alegre appointed

11 December 2019

(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 10 December, as part of the winter plenary session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the agreement of his Council, appointed the Provincials of the Brazil-Campo Grande Provinces (BCG) and Brazil-Porto Alegre (BPA) for the six-year term (2020-2026). These are, respectively, Fr Ricardo Carlos and Fr Gilson Marcos da Silva.

Fr Ricardo Carlos was born in São Bernardo do Campo, in the State of São Paulo, on February 6, 1974. He entered the Salesian novitiate in Dourados, in Indápolis, in 1993, made his first religious vows on January 31, 1994, and perpetual vows on 30 January, 2000, and was ordained a priest at Piacatu on 8 December, 2001.

In the "Dom Bosco" community of Campo Grande, he served as Vicar (2003-2007), Economer (2004-2009) and finally Director (2007-2013). Then, after spending two years at the "Ratisbonne" International Theological Studentate in Jerusalem, Israel, he was Economer of the community of the Catholic University Dom Bosco (UCDB) of Campo Grande, and since 2016, at the same community, he serves as Director.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was also Provincial Councilor, a post he resumed in 2016 and which he still maintains.

Fr Ricardo Carlos will succeed Fr Gildásio Mendes at guiding the BCG Province.

Fr Gilson Marcos da Silva was born in Rio do Sul, State of Santa Catarina, on 28 August, 1975; he entered the Salesian novitiate in Curitiba in 1994, made his first religious vows on 22 January, 1995, and perpetual vows on 18 November, 2000. He was ordained a priest in his hometown on 15 December, 2002.

He worked as Vicar in the community of Viamão (2003-2005), then as Director of the novitiate in Curitiba (2005-2008) and as Director and parish priest in Joinville (2008-2011). After spending two years at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome, he returned to the Province and served as Vicar of the "São José" house in Porto Alegre and then as Director of the Provincial House (from 2014 to present).

At the provincial level, he was Delegate for Vocational Animation (2013-2017) and Delegate for Youth Ministry (2015-2019). He is currently Provincial Vicar (assignment entrusted to him in 2014) and Delegate for Formation (since 2015).

Fr Gilson Marcos da Silva will succeed Fr Asídio Deretti in the guidance of the BPA Province.


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