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Archbishop João José da Costa, O. Carm

On the 5th of November, Pope Francis appointed João José da Costa, O.Carm. to be the Coadjutor bishop of the Archdiocese of Aracaju (Brazil). Bishop João Costa, who up to now has been the Bishop of Iguatu, is a member of the province of Pernambuco (Brazil), where he was the Prior Provincial from 1998 to 2004. In union with the whole Carmelite Order and the Carmelite Family, we send him our congratulations and best wishes, as we unite in prayer for his ministry.

Cúria Metropolitana da Arquidiocese de Aracaju
Rua Olímpio Campos, 228, Centro, Aracaju, SE, Cep. 49010-040
Tel: (79) 3216-3000




24 Jun 1958


19 Jan 1986


Member of Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

12 Dec 1992

Ordained Priest

Priest of Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

7 Jan 2009


Bishop of Iguatú, Ceara, Brazil

19 Mar 2009

Ordained Bishop

Bishop of Iguatú, Ceara, Brazil

5 Nov 2014


Coadjutor Archbishop of Aracajú, Sergipe, Brazil

18 Jan 2017


Archbishop of Aracajú, Sergipe, 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."