The Pope has appointed Br. Cleonir Paulo Dalbosco, OFMCap. Bishop of Bagé (Brazil). Br. Cleonir has been serving most recently as a parochial vicar in the diocese of Caxias do Sul.
Br. Cleonir was born on September 25, 1970 in Barros Cassal, in the diocese of Cruz Alta, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
He studied philosophy at the Instituto Superior de Filosofia Berthier (IFIBE) in Passo Fundo and theology at the Escola Superior de Teologia e Espiritualidade Franciscana (ESTEF) in Porto Alegre. He also studied business administration at the University of Caxias do Sul.
Br. Cleonir made his religious profession as a Friar Minor Capuchin on January 25, 1994 and was ordained priest on February 20, 1999.
In the course of his priestly ministry he has been parochial vicar (1999) and then pastor of Nossa Senhora de Fátima in Santa Maria (2002-2005). Within the Province of Rio Grande do Sul he has been councilor (2005-2008), provincial vicar (2008-2011), and provincial minister (2011-2017).
Br. Cleonir is currently parochial vicar in the diocese of Caxias do Sul.