Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dhaka

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Archdiocese of Dhaka
Archidioecesis Dhakensis
ঢাকার বিশপের এলাকা
Dhaka, Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.JPG
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dhaka
Country Bangladesh
Ecclesiastical province Dhaka
Area 14,193 km2 (5,480 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
62,080 (0.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 19 October 1982 (As Archdiocese of Dhaka)
Cathedral St Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka
Patron saint Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario
Suffragans Diocese of Chittagong
Diocese of Dinajpur
Diocese of Khulna
Diocese of Mymensingh
Diocese of Rajshahi
Diocese of Sylhet
Auxiliary Bishops Theotonius Gomes
Emeritus Bishops Paulinus Costa Archbishop Emeritus (2005-2011)

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dhaka (Latin: Archidioecesis Dhakensis)[1] is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh. It was erected it as the Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern Bengal by Pope Pius IX in 1850,[1] promoted to the rank of a diocese on September 1, 1886,[1] and renamed as the Diocese of Dacca in 1887.[1] It was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on July 15, 1950,[1] with the suffragan sees of Chittagong, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, and Sylhet. Pope John Paul II renamed it as the Archdiocese of Dhaka on October 19, 1982.[2]

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is St. Mary's Cathedral. As the only metropolitan in Bangladesh, it is the principal episcopal see of that country. As of 2013 the Archbishop of Dhaka was Patrick D'Rozario, formerly Bishop of Chittagong, having been appointed Coadjutor Archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI on November 2010, and succeeded Archbishop Paulinus Costa, CSC, in October 2011.

List of Ordinaries of Dhaka[edit]

See also[edit]


1. Priest 110 2. Sisters 568 3. Brothers 35 4. Parish 19 5. Religious Society 22 6. Consecrated Virgin Community 2 7. University 1 8. College 5 9. High School 19 10. Primary School 37 11. Seminary & Novitiate 14 12. Hostels 18 13. Orphanages 3 14. Health Center/Clinic 14


  1. ^ a b c d e "Archdiocese of Dhaka". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Dhaka (Archdiocese) in Catholic Hierarchy

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Coordinates: 23°44′13″N 90°24′19″E / 23.7369°N 90.4052°E / 23.7369; 90.4052