Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I., Archbishop of Saõ Sebastião do Rio de Janiero and Ordinary for the faithful of the eastern rite residing in Brazil and without an ordinary of their own rite, was born in Bom Retiro, Joaçaba, Brazil, on December 8, 1932. He studied at the Dehonian Fathers’ Seminary and was ordained a priest in Rome on July 3, 1960. He holds a specialization and a doctorate in Christology.
Back in his homeland he taught dogmatic theology and liturgy until his appointment as Bishop of São José dos Campos on February 11, 1981; he was ordained on May1. He was appointed Archbishop of Florianópolis on January 23, 1991. On July 25, 2001, he became Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, and that same year he was named Ordinary for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil. The Cardinal also served as President of South Region IV of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference; within the Bishops’ Conference he is currently Counsellor of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He is also an expert in family ministry.
Cardinal Scheid is a Dehonian priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He has been Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro since July 25, 2001.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of October 25, 2003, of the Title of Ss. Bonifacio e Alessio (Sts. Boniface and Alexius).
- Pontifical Council for Social communications;
- Pontifical Commission for Latin America;
- Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See.