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A Visit from the Bishops of Bangladesh

07/07/2008: General House

Archbishop Paulinus Costa, Archbishop of Dhaka, along with 5 other Bishops of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh came to the General House to meet with Bro. Sean Sammon and Bro. Luis Garcia Sobrado. The Bishops took advantage of this time in Rome during their Ad Limina visits to come and discuss the future placement of the Brothers in Bangladesh.

The Bishops came for an informal social and dinner. After dinner, the Bishops met with Bro. Sean, Bro. Luis, Bro. Peter Rodney and Bro. Michael Flanigan to discuss the situation of the church in Bangladesh and the needs that many dioceses have in relation to education of the poor.

Bro. Sean has sent seven Brothers to Bangladesh. They are presently living and studying Bangla in the capital city of Dhaka. Archbishop Costa has taken special interest in the Brothers and has guided them to show them the needs of the Church, the society as well as learning the language and the culture of the people. After the Brothers have learned Bangla well enough, then a discernment will take place of which dioceses and ministries the Brothers will minister in the future. This will be done in dialogue with the Archbishop of Dhaka, Bro. Superior General, and Bro. Mike de Waas, Superior of the Asia Mission Ad Gentes Sector, as well as, of course, with the Brothers there in Bangladesh.

The Bishops who came to the house are Most Rev. Paulinus Costa, Archbishop of Dhaka, Most Rev. Theotonius Gomes, CSC, Auxiliary Bishop of Dhaka, Bejoy Nicephorus DCruze, O.M.I. Bishop of Khulna, Most. Rev. Patrick D’Rozario, Bishop of Chittagong, Paul Ponen Kubi, CSC, Bishop of Mymensingh and Most. Rev. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi.

The evening was enjoyed by all and was appreciated as the beginning of a long relationship between the Marist Brothers and the Church of Bangladesh.

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