Bishop Herbert Hermes, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination in 2010, was born in Shallow Water, Kan., May 25, 1933. He graduated from St. Benedict’s College with majors in biology and philosophy.
He joined St. Benedict’s Abbey and was ordained to the priesthood in 1960.
He began his years of service in Brazil in 1962. During 28 years in St. Joseph’s Priory in Mineiros, he held responsible offices among the monks. He cared for parishes and their missions, preaching retreats, introducing the worldwide Marriage Encounter movement, ministry to youth and secondary and college teaching. He was named the bishop of Cristalandia in 1990 and his resignation from that post was accepted in 2009. As bishop, he fostered vocations, lay leadership and education. He established the Center for Human Rights of Cristalandia and was awarded the 12th Annual Award of Human Rights from the National Movement of Human Rights in 2002. The seven bishops of the State of Tocantins have asked him to foster Human Rights throughout the state. He lives in Paraiso in a Redemptorist residence.