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Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho, O. Carm.

Bishop José was born on June 30, 1933 in Caruaru, Brazil. After finishing his minor seminary and major seminary of the Order of Carmelites, Fluminense Province he was sent to Rome for theology and doctorate and where he was ordained  a priest on April 28, 1957.

He has a PhD in canon law at Gregorian University, and a PhD in civil law at the Lateran University in Rome.

He was a professor of Canon Law in Rome at the International College of St. Albert the Carmelite Order (1960-1968), General Councilor of the  Order (1971-1977), General Procurator of the Order (1971-1979).

On April 28, 1979, he was appointed bishop of the diocese of Paracatu, Minas Gerais, by Pope John Paul II and  on  April 10, 1985 he was appointed archbishop of the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife.

Between 1987 and 1991 was President of the Northeast Region of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

After completing 75 years of age on 30 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation as archbishop according to law.

Archbishop Emeritus of Olinda e Recife, Pernambuco (retired)

Comunidade Carmelitana

Convento de Santo Alberto

Praça Frei Caneca s/n°

55900-000, Goiana, PE





30 Jun 1933



05 Feb 1951

Simple Professed

Order of Carmelites

15 Oct 1954

Solemn Professed

Order of Carmelites

28 Apr 1957

Ordained Priest

Order of Carmelites

29 Mar 1979


Bishop of Paracatu, Minas Gerais, Brazil

27 May 1979

Ordained Bishop

Bishop of Paracatu, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2 Apr 1985


Archbishop of Olinda e Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

1 Jul 2009


Archbishop of Olinda e Recife, Pernambuco, 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."