Geremias Steinmetz

Geremias Steinmetz (born 26 February 1965) is a Brazilian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Archbishop of Londrina since 2017. He was Bishop of Paranavaí from 2011 to 2017.

The Most Reverend

Geremias Steinmetz
Archbishop of Londrina
ChurchCatholic Church
Appointed14 June 2017
Installed12 August 2017
PredecessorOrlando Brandes
Ordination9 February 1991
Consecration25 March 2011
by José Antônio Peruzzo
Personal details
Birth nameGeremias Steinmetz
Born (1965-02-26) 26 February 1965 (age 56)
Sulina, Paraná, Brazil
Previous post(s)
  • Bishop of Paranavaí (2011–2017)
Alma materPontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm
MottoCognoverunt Eum In Fractione Panis ('They recognized him in the breaking of the bread'; Luke 24:35)

Early yearsEdit

Geremias Steinmetz was born in Sulina, Paraná, on 26 February 1965[1] to Ana Maria Bieger Steinmetz and Carlos Nicolau Steinmetz, one of eleven children.[2] He entered the São João Maria Vianey Seminary in Palmas in 1977,[3] and then studied philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy of Palmas and theology at the Instituto Teologico Santa Catarina in Florianópolis. He spent the years 1995 to 1997 obtaining a licentiate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Rome.[1]

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Palmas–Francisco Beltrão on 9 February 1991[1] by Bishop Agostinho José Sartori.[2] His pastoral assignments included parish vicar of the Senhor Bom Jesus Cathedral from 1991 to 1993; parish priest of Nossa Senhora Aparecida in Palmas from 1993 to 1995, and of Cristo Rei in Francisco Beltrão from 1998 to 2001; and rector of the diocesan seminary from 2002 to 2006. From 2006 to 2010 he was vicar general of the diocese, a member of its College of Consulters and its Priests Council, and the coordinator of its evangelization programs. He also taught at the Institute of Theology of the Archdiocese of Cascavel from 1999 to 2010.[4]

Bishop and archbishopEdit

On 5 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Paranavaí.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on March 25[4] from José Antônio Peruzzo, Bishop of Palmas-Francisco Beltrão.[5] He was installed there on 9 April and chose as his episcopal motto Cognoverunt Eum In Fractione Panis ('They recognized him in the breaking of the bread'; Luke 24:35).[2] In Paranavaí his initiatives included restoring the vocation ministry and priest training programs, and relaunching the program for training extraordinary ministers; restructuring administration; and renewed focus on catechesis for youth and families. He was also elected vice-president of the South Region 2 of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil (CNBB) and the conference's contact for Cáritas Regional.[2]

On 14 June 2017, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Londrina.[4] Geremias was installed there 12 August 2017.[3] When asked about the Londrina clergy's tradition of political engagement, he said the Church cannot avoid political issues and added: "I believe that the Church is an opinion-maker and should rather contribute to a better policy. We must promote politics without being partisans."[6]

In 2019 he was elected to a three-year term as president of the South Region 2 of the CNBB,[7] effective 10 May. He is also a member of its Permanent Council and of its Commissions for Liturgy, for Migrants, and for the Earth.[3]

In January 2018, his diocese hosted the Inter-Church Conference of Base Ecclesial Communities (BCEs). He stressed the need to balance the movement's drive for social transformation with a need to "act calmly, with much serenity" so as to avoid creating the impression of political partisanship. He said: "We have to be very careful in that dialogue with society."[8] Conservative activists criticized Steinmetz, citing the display of partisan political party banners at the BCE meeting, and in July 2019 a business trade group protested a diocesan statement detailing how the government's proposed pension reform will hurt workers. Steinmetz said: "Those associations are employers’ organizations. They’re free to express their opinion, but the Church cannot be silent when it knows the people will be harmed."[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rinunce e Nomine, 05.01.2011" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dom Geremias Steinmetz é nomeado o novo Arcebispo de Londrina" (in Portuguese). Diocese of Paranavaí. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Arcebispo Metropolitano de Londrina, Dom Geremias Steinmetz (5º Arcebispo)". Archdiocese of Londrina. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Resignations and Appointments, 14.06.2017". Holy See Press Office (Press release). Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Oliveira, Renato (10 August 2017). "Dom Geremias Steinmetz assume Arquidiocese de Londrina" (in Portuguese). Taroba News. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Novo arcebispo cita papa Francisco e diz que Igreja precisa 'se sujar mais'". Folha de Londrina (in Portuguese). 23 June 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Arcebispo de Londrina, dom Geremias Steinmetz é eleito novo presidente do regional Sul 2 da CNBB". Episcopal Conference of Brazil (in Portuguese). 20 February 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  8. ^ Steinmetz, Geremias (25 January 2018). "Monseñor Geremias Steinmetz: "Las CEBs buscan la organización comunitaria y la transformación social"". Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) (Interview). Interviewed by Luis Miguel Modino, Religión Digital. Retrieved 16 July 2019. Una de las grandes cuestiones aquí en Londrina, en este tiempo de preparación del Intereclesial, es que muchas veces eso es mal entendido, porque inclusive en el momento histórico que estamos viviendo en Brasil, que con toda seguridad nos pide actuar con mucha calma, mucha serenidad a la hora de hablar sobre cuestiones sociales, para que el trabajo de las CEBs en su conjunto no sea visto a partir de un partido.... Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado en ese diálogo con la sociedad,...
  9. ^ Campos Lima, Eduardo (15 July 2019). "Brazilian archbishop attacked for leading 'leftist infiltration' of Church". Crux. Retrieved 16 July 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Paranavaí
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Londrina