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Archbishop Antônio Muniz Fernandes, O. Carm.

Archbishop of Maceió, Alagoas

Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Antônio Muniz Fernandes, O. Carm., currently Bishop of Guarabira, as the new Archbishop of Maceió in Brazil. This followed the pope’s acceptance of the resignation of Archbishop José Carlos Melo, C.M., because of age.

Bishop Antônio Muniz Fernandes, O. Carm., was born in Princesa Isabel, Paraíba in Brazil on August 11, 1952. He completed elementary and secondary studies at the Carmelite minor seminary Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Camocim de São Felix.

He made his profession of Simple Vows on February 20, 1976 and was ordained a priest on May 24, 1980. In the years 1983-1986 he was a student at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a Licentiate in Biblical Theology. He completed some studies in Jerusalem.

He was Director of Novices in Camocim de São Felix and Councilor of the Carmelite Province of Pernambuco. From 1990 he was the Prior Provincial and taught Sacred Scripture at the Istituto Filosofico-Teologico in the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife and at the Theological Studium of the Cappuccins in Olinda.

He was nominated bishop on February 14, 1998 and was consecrated on the following May 24. That same day he took possession of the Diocese of Guarabira. As bishop, he has served in the following positions: Vice President of the Northeastern II Region of the CNBB (2003-2005), President of the Northeastern II Region of the CNBB (from 2005), Responsible for Prison Ministry.

 Av. D. Antonio Brandao 559,

57020-630 Maceio, AL,






11 Aug 1952


Princesa Isabel

20 Feb 1976

Simple Professed

Order of Carmelites

09 Feb 1979

Solemn Professed

Order of Carmelites

24 May 1980

Ordained Priest

Order of Carmelites

4 Feb 1998


Bishop of Guarabira, Paraiba, Brazil

24 May 1998

Ordained Bishop

Bishop of Guarabira, Paraiba, Brazil

22 Nov 2006


Archbishop of Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil

4 Feb 2007


Archbishop of Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil




















As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."