Pope Picks New Bishop for Ilhéus, Brazil

Bishop Giovanni Crippa, I.M.C.

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The Pope has appointed Bishop Giovanni Crippa, I.M.C., as bishop of the diocese of Ilhéus, Brazil, transferring him from the diocese of Estância.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop Giovanni Crippa was born on October 6, 1958, in Besana Brianza, in the metropolitan archdiocese of Milan. He carried out his studies in philosophy at the Federazione Interreligiosa per gli Studi Teologici (FIST) in Turin (1987-1993) and in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a licentiate and a doctorate in ecclesiastical history.

On September 13, 1981, he gave his religious vows in the Institute of the Consolata Missionaries, and on September 14, 1985, he received priestly ordination. He served as missionary and vocational animator in Turin (1987-1993), professor in the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome and of the Istituto Superiore di Catechesi e Spiritualità Missionaria in Rome and in Castel Gandolfo (1993-2000).

He was sent to Brazil in 2000, where he carried out his ministry in the metropolitan archdiocese of Feira da Santana, State of Bahia, as parish vicar and parish priest of the Santíssima Trindade, lecturer in the ecclesiastical history of the archdiocesan faculty, spiritual director of the seminary of philosophy, and member of the Presbyteral Council and of the College of Consultors. In addition, he was a member of the coordination group of the Historical Department of the Institute of Consolata Missions and provincial counselor in Brazil.

On March 21, 2012, he was appointed as titular bishop of Accia and auxiliary of São Salvador da Bahia, receiving episcopal ordination the following May 13. On July 19, 2014, he was appointed as bishop of Estância.

Within the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, he is a member of the Episcopal Pastoral Commission for Missionary Action.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ilhéus is a diocese located in the city of Ilhéus in the Ecclesiastical province of São Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.