Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Cardinal António dos Santos Marto and Appoints New Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho of Fatima
Resignations and appointments, 28.01.2022
Resignation and appointment of the Bishop of Leiria- Fátima (Portugal)
The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Leiria-Fátima (Portugal) presented by His Eminence Cardinal António Augusto dos Santos Marto.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fátima (Portugal) HE Mgr. José Ornelas Carvalho, SCI, transferring him from the Diocese of Setúbal.
HE Mons. José Ornelas Carvalho, SCI, was born on 5 January 1954 in Porto da Cruz (Madeira), Diocese of Funchal.
After attending the Diocesan Seminary of Funchal (1964-1967), he began his formative path in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehoniani), in which he attended the Colégio Missionário Sagrado Coração in Funchal (1967-1969) and the Instituto Missionário Sagrado Coração in Coimbra (1969-1971), and made his religious profession on September 29, 1972.
He completed his studies in Philosophy at the Instituto Superior de Estudos Teológicos (1972-1974) and in Theology at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon (1976-1979) and obtained a Licentiate and Doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Biblical Institute of Rome. .
On 9 August 1981 he received priestly ordination and held the following positions: Vice-Rector and Prefect of Studies of the Seminário Nossa Senhora de Fátima in Alfragide; Professor of Sacred Scripture and Secretary in the Faculty of Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University. Within his religious Province, he was Councilor, Vice-Provincial and Provincial Superior. From 2003 to 2015 he was Superior General of the Dehonian Fathers.
On 24 August 2015 he was appointed Bishop of Setúbal and received episcopal ordination on the following 25 October and since June 2020 he has been President of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference.