Fr. Rogério Gomes Elected New Superior General of CSsR Congregation
Fr. Rogério Gomes, C.Ss.R., was elected as Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer on September 27, the birthday of St. Alphonsus Liguori. Fr. Rogério is from the Province of São Paulo, Brazil.
Fr. Rogério Gomes was born on October 07, 1974 in Alterosa, Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil. He comes from a small family. In 1994 entered the St. Alphonsus Seminary of the Redemptorists in Aparecida-SP, Province of São Paulo. He made his first profession in the Congregation on January 27, 2002, and was ordained a priest on June 10, 2006.
He worked as a formator of Philosophy and Theology Students. In 2007, he was sent to Rome to study Moral Theology. After completing the License, he returned to São Paulo, Brazil and taught moral, bioethics and other courses at the ‘Instituto São Paulo de Estudos Superiores’ (ITESP), ‘Escola Dominicana de Teologia’ (EDT) and ‘Faculdade de Teologia São Bento’.
In 2009, he went again to Rome to obtain a PhD in Moral Theology. In 2013, he was appointed professor at the Alphonsian Academy. In 2014 he was elected Provincial Superior of the Province of São Paulo and soon after as the President of the Union of the Redemptorists of Brazil (URB). In the years 2014-2016, he was also the Vice-President of the Higher Institute of Theology (ISPES/ITESP).
In 2016, at the XXV General Chapter in Pattaya, Thailand, he was elected General Consultor from the Conference of the Redemptorists of Latin America and the Caribbean.
We have been talking a lot these days about the crisis of leadership. For me, the crisis of leadership begins when those who should care, appropriate their caring role for personal gain. The function of leadership is kenotic and not to oppress others, it is to be a good Samaritan.
As a General Consultor (2016-2022), he was a member of the General Secretariat of the Formation, the Commission for the Redemptorist Brothers and of the Joint Commission for Alphonsian Academy. He has also been a member of the Commission of the Roman Athenaeums – UISG (International Union of Superiors General).
During the XXVI General Chapter in Rome, on 27 September 2022, the anniversary of the birth of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, he was elected as the 18th Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Fr. Rogério Gomes is currently a guest professor at the Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome. Member of the Brazilian Society of Bioethics (SBB), the Brazilian Society of Moral Theology (SBTM) and the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). Member of the PHAES group (Human Person, Anthropology, Ethics and Sexuality) of the Pontific Catholic University of São Paulo. He speaks Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and English, and reads French.