Pope Francis names new archbishop of Dhaka in Bangladesh

Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze, O.M.I.

Pope Francis has named Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze, O.M.I., as new Archbishop of Dhaka.

Bishop D'Cruze has been serving as bishop of the Diocese of Sylhet before his new appointment.

Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze was born on Feb. 9, 1956, at Tuital, in Nawabgonj sub-district, under the district of Dhaka.

He was ordained priest on Feb. 20, 1987, and was superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation in Bangladesh.

He was ordained bishop of Khulna diocese on May 6, 2005.

Bishop D’Cruze was appointed bishop of Sylhet on July 8, 2011. 

Sylhet is the country’s seventh diocese and has seven parishes and 11 mission centres, with about 17,000 Catholics served by 21 priests and 33 Religious.

Bishop D’Cruze has been chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-religious Dialogue and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh.

The Archdiocese of Dhaka serves 64,960 Catholics. There are 18 parishes and 14 missions, with 115 priests, 695 lay religious and 17 seminarians.

The new archbishop studied Philosophy and Theology at the Holy Spirit Major Seminary in Dhaka. He obtained his doctorate in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. - Nikhil Gomes/RVA News