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Remembering Bishop Joseph Gomes: A Life of Service and Faith in Krishnagar

Bishop Emeritus of Krishnagar Joseph Suren Gomes SDB

Joseph Suren Gomes, Bishop Emeritus of Krishnagar, West Bengal, eastern India, passed away on May 19, according to church sources. He was 80.

The Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer, Krishnagar, will host the late Salesian bishop's funeral on May 20.

He was born in Ashnabad, India, on February 14, 1944. He became a member of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious institute.

On December 21, 1974, Gomes received his priestly ordination. His ordination marked the beginning of a long and dedicated service within the Catholic Church, specifically within the Salesian order, which is known for its focus on education and youth work.

On April 17, 2002, the diocese appointed him as its bishop. During his tenure, he served the diocese with a focus on pastoral care, evangelization, and community development.

Bishop Gomes retired on April 17, 2019, after serving as a bishop for 17 years and a priest for about 45 years.

Bishop Gomes is remembered for his dedication to the church, his leadership in the Salesian community, and his contributions to the Diocese of Krishnagar. His life and service have left a lasting impact on the Catholic community in eastern India.

His lengthy career as a priest and bishop is notable for his significant contributions to the spiritual and social well-being of his diocese, embodying the Salesian values of learning, pastoral care, and community service.


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