Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (October 18 - 24, 2020)


A quotation of Rudyard Kipling on 'giving someone
more than one can do,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Photo (A cross in front of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Scarborough, 
Toronto) © Jerome D'Costa

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Jerome D'Costa Visits Kanya Kumari of Tamilnadu State of India

 Jerome D'Costa, mimicking the papal blessing, at the confluence of 
The Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal in December 1974. 

Photo by Flavian Quiah, Caritas Bangladesh Regional Director of Chittagong

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (October 11 - 17, 2020)


A quotation of Michelle Obama on 'the power of using one's voice,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Design by Jerome D'Costa


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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Bishop Bejoy D'Cruze Becomes The New Archbishop of Dhaka


Most Rev. Bejoy N. D’Cruze Appointed 

the Archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh

The bishop without land, without a house and without a car.’

 He brings in his  Sylhet Diocese experience. 


By Father Francis Sunil Rosario, Kolkata


The son the soil, Most Rev. Bejoy N. D’Cruze from the Congregation of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) is named the new Archbishop of Dhaka. This announcement was made from the Vatican City at 12.00 Noon (Vatican Time) and Dhaka at 4.00 P.M. (Bangladesh time) on Sept. 30. Most Rev. Bejoy N. D’Cruze, OMI, succeeds, His Eminence, Archbishop Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario in the episcopate, its highest rank in position to serve the Archdiocese of Dhaka.

Most Rev. Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze, OMI was born on Feb. 9, 1956, at Puran Tuital, Nawabgonj sub-district, which comes under the district of Dhaka. He was ordained a priest on Feb. 20, 1987. He had served as the Bishop of Khulna from 2005 to 2011 and later on was appointed the bishop of Sylhet on July 8, 2011 and was installed as the first Bishop of Sylhet on Sept. 30, 2011.


The newly appointed Archbishop D’Cruze has been serving as the Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) since Aug. 15, 2020. He has also served as the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB).


The Dhaka Archdiocese's Marian Mother Church and thus seat of its archbishop is St. Mary’s Cathedral in the national capital Dhaka. As senior Metropolitan in Bangladesh, it is the principal Episcopal See of the country.


The Dhaka Archdiocesan area of 26,788 sq. kilometres includes one of the country's eight divisions. It comprises the civil districts of Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Comilla, Dhaka, Gazipur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi and Narayanganj. Dhaka is the national capital of Bangladesh.

In 1834, the Vicariate Apostolic of Bengal was created under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In 1850, this Vicariate was divided into two, the Apostolic Vicariates of Eastern and Western Bengal. In 1852, the Vicariate of Eastern Bengal, with its headquarters in Dhaka, was entrusted to the newly-founded Congregation of the Holy Cross, whose first missioners arrived in 1853. The congregation still serves in Bangladesh.

When India gained independence in 1947, Dhaka was still a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Calcutta in India. It was elevated to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dacca by Pope Pius XII on 15 July, 1950. It headed a new ecclesiastical province with Chittagong, Dinajpur, and Jessore (present-day Khulna) dioceses as suffragans. Holy Cross Father Lawrence Leo Graner was appointed the first Archbishop of Dhaka.

In September 1960, Pope John XXlll gave Dhaka (and Bangladesh as a whole) its first Bengali bishop in the person of Auxiliary Bishop Theotonius A. Ganguly, CSC. In November 1967, Bishop Ganguly became the first Bengali Archbishop of Dhaka. Following his death in September 1977, Bishop Michael Rozario of Dinajpur was appointed the third Archbishop of Dhaka on December 17, 1977. He was installed on April 9, 1978.

Chronologically, the Archbishops of Dhaka who served this metropolitan Archdiocese, since 1950 were: Lawrence Leo Graner, C.S.C. (1950-1967), Theotonius Amal Gangly, C.S.C. (1967-1977), Michael Rozario (1977-2005), Paulinus Costa (2005-2011), Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario, C.S. C. (2011 – 2020)

Bangladesh 2020 population is estimated at 164,689,383 people at mid-year according to UN data. Bangladesh's population is equivalent to 2.11% of the total world population.

The population is estimated at 161 million (2018). About (90%) of Bangladeshis are Muslims, followed by Hindus (8.9%), Buddhists (0.6%) and Christians (0.4%) and others. Bangladesh has one of the highest population densities in the world.

His Mission as Archbishop of Dhaka

Most Rev. Bejoy N. D’Cruze is bringing with him a rich experience in his many pastoral endeavors. Especially, his dialogue with Muslim, Buddhists, Hindus and the Tribal Indigenous communities. He has also rich experience in Ecumenism through his mission as Chairman of Dialogue & Ecumenism, CBCB. 

For him, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, will be most challenging in his pastoral endeavors. He is now being raised from the periphery dioceses of Bangladesh, i..e Khulna and Sylhet to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dhaka. His many experiences with various situations and difficult times will definitely help him to carry on with his pastoral care programs in the Archdiocese.

His Role as Leader, his Dialogue Mission in Bangladesh & His Vision for the Country

His experience in Sylhet Diocese among the Muslims was: “I did not even have a house of my own. I was renting a room in a house belonging to Muslims, where I was not allowed to celebrate the Eucharist. Nor was I permitted to hold any religious meetings.” ‘The bishop without land, without a house and without a car’ is something unthinkable in our world of globalization. Being a leader, he practices ‘Servant Leadership’ in his style of functioning. He pursued his mission among the poor tea plantation workers and tribal groups, in a Muslim country. Through developing the spirit of dialogue and Ecumenism, he will certainly be an effective leader for the growth of the Church in Bangladesh.

His commitment to pastoral care and the program of ‘New Evangelization’ will be to promote healthy fellowship and understanding among all people. A number of different projects for spiritual formation and human development, together with the pastoral, educational and justice and peace commissions, he will be able to address.

His tactful ways in the administration and management style, with the inclusive system, will definitely bear much fruit to bring the divergent forces to work for God’s greater Glory. In the face of divisions, divisiveness, by the grace of God, he will surely be able to sail the boat and take the people of God to holiness and commitment to the cause entrusted to all baptized and for His glory, to build His Church.  


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Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (October 4 - 10, 2020)


A quotation of Dale Carnegie on 'doing little jobs,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Photo (Autumn in Toronto, September 26, 2020) by Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020)


A quotation of Maya Angelou on 'importance of how you
make people feel,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa

Design by Jerome D'Costa

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Quotation of the Week (September 20, 2020)


A quotation of Wayne Dyer on 'seeing the good,'
compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Design by Jerome D'Costa

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