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Pope names new auxiliary bishop of Archdiocese of Dhaka

Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Subroto Boniface Gomes as the new auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

Archbishop Kevin Stuart Patrick Randall, Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh, announced the appointment at Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon, Dhaka, on February 15 at 5:00 p.m. (local time). 

Msgr. Gomes is the parish priest at Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon. 

“His Holiness Pope Francis has granted an auxiliary bishop to the Archdiocese of Dhaka to assist its Metropolitan in the fruitful exercise of his ministry in leading, teaching, and sanctifying. The Pope has designated, therefore, one of your parish priests to help in this mission. His name is Fr. Subroto Boniface Gomes,” Randall announced.

Gomes was born on November 19, 1962, in Rangamatia, in the Archdiocese of Dhaka. 

He attended the Intermediate Seminary of Saint Joseph in Dhaka and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame College in Dhaka. 

He studied philosophy in Bangalore, India, and theology in Dhaka. 

He obtained a licentiate degree in philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila (Philippines), and was ordained a priest on April 16, 1990, for the clergy of Dhaka.

After ordination, he first served as deputy parish priest of Holy Rosary, Dhaka (1990–1993). 

After studying in Manila (1994–1996), he went on to hold the roles of professor of logic at Notre Dame College, Dhaka (1997–2003), and professor at the Holy Spirit Major Seminary, Dhaka (2004–2007).

He was deputy secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (2007–2015), parish priest in Golla, Dhaka (2015–2017), spiritual director of the Holy Spirit Major Seminary, Dhaka (2017–2018), and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dhaka (2018–2019). 

Since 2020, he has served as the parish priest of Santo Rosario, Dhaka. 

He is also dean of studies at the Holy Spirit Major Seminary in Dhaka, editor-in-chief of the Theological Journal, secretary of the Fraternity of Diocesan Priests of Bangladesh, member of the Regional Planning and Evaluative Committee of Caritas in Bangladesh, and director of various archdiocesan commissions.

The bishop-elect, Gomes, expressed gratitude to God and the Holy Father for selecting him as an auxiliary bishop of Dhaka.


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