Ordained on 14 December 1984 in the Diocese of São Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Auxiliary Bishop of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil and Titular Bishop of Alba on 13 June 2001. Coadjutor Archbishop of Teresina, Piaui, Brazil on 31 January 2007. Archbishop of Teresina on 3 September 2008. Received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI on 29 June 2009.