Cardinal Priest of Sts. Boniface and Alexis
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 8 December 1932. He studied at the Dehonian Fathers’ Seminary and was ordained a priest in Rome on 3 July 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 11 February 1981; he was ordained on 1 May. He was appointed Archbishop of Florianópolis on 23 January 1991. On 25 July 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 2001.
Pope John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals on 21 October 2003.