Friday, November 26, 2010

Bishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC, Appointed Co-adjutor Archbishop of Dhaka


Bishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC, of Chittagong,
while on a recent visit to Toronto

Photo (Toronto: October 24, 2010) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC, of Chittagong Diocese as the co-adjutor archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh, reports Vatican Information Service (VIS).

In the last week of January, 2011, Bishop Patrick D'Rozario will assume his new office in Dhaka. At the retirement of the incumbent Archbishop Paulinus Costa in October, 2011, he will officially succeed him as the new archbishop.

Bishop Patrick D'Rozario, born on October 1, 1943, at Padrishibpur of Bakerganj District in Bangladesh, became a priest on January 8, 1972. Later he taught at the National Major Seminary (later renamed The Holy Spirit Major Seminary) in Dhaka. On September 12, 1990, he was consecrated as the Bishop of Rajshahi Diocese. He was installed as the Bishop of Chittagong Diocese on April 21, 1995.

According to The Catholic Directory of Bangladesh, the Catholic population of Chittagong Diocese in 2007 was 32,950 and that of Dhaka Archdiocese was 78,813.

On a recent visit to Canada, Bishop Patrick D'Rozario met with Bangladeshi Catholics in Toronto on October 24 and offered a special Mass, arranged by the Bangladesh Catholic Association of Ontario (BCAO). He also went to Montreal to attend Brother Andre's post-canonization solemn thanksgiving Mass at the Montreal Olympic Stadium on October 30. Bangladeshi Catholics of the city were happy to meet him, too.

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