Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dhaka
- There is also a Diocese of Dhaka (and a Bishop of Dhaka) in the united Church of Bangladesh.
Archdiocese of Dhaka
ঢাকার বিশপের এলাকা
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dhaka
|Area||14,193 km2 (5,480 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||19 October 1982 (as Archdiocese of Dhaka)|
|Cathedral||St Mary's Cathedral in Dhaka|
|Patron saint||Immaculate Conception|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Patrick D'Rozario|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Barisal|
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 Archdiocese of Dhaka (Latin: Archidioecesis Dhakensis) is the Latin, main Metropolitan Metropolitan diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh, but no longer the only one. It still depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The 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 that country. As of 2013[update] the Archbishop of Dhaka is Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, formerly Bishop of Chittagong, having been appointed Coadjutor Archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI on November 2010, and succeeded Archbishop Paulinus Costa, C.S.C., in October 2011.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Dinajpur
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Mymensingh
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Rajshahi
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Sylhet.
On 2 February 2017, it lost as suffragans the henceforth Metropolitan new Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chittagong and both its simultaneously transferred suffragan sees: Roman Catholic Diocese of Barisal and Roman Catholic Diocese of Khulna.
On 25 May 1927 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Chittagong, as its suffragan, but since 2017 itself a Metropolitan.
On 17 January 1952 it lost territory to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Haflong.
It enjoyed its papal visit, from Pope Paul VI, in November 1970.
It enjoyed a second papal visit from Pope John Paul II in November 1986.
(all Roman Rite, so far mostly (missionary) members of Latin congregations)
Apostolic Vicars of Eastern Bengal
- Thomas Oliffe (1850 - 1855), appointed Apostolic Vicar of Western Bengal
- Fr. Louis Verité, C.S.C. (1855 – 1860), as Pro-Apostolic Vicar
- Pierre Dufal, C.S.C. (1860 - 1866), appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Galveston
- Giordano Ballsieper, O.S.B.
Bishops of Dhaka
- Augustin Louage, C.S.C. (1890 – 1894)
- Peter Joseph Hurth, C.S.C. (1894 – 1909), appointed Bishop of Nueva Segovia
- Frederick Linneborn, C.S.C. (1909 – 1915)
- Amand-Théophile-Joseph Legrand, C.S.C. (1916 – 1929)
- Timothy Joseph Crowley, C.S.C. (1929 – 1945)
- Lawrence Leo Graner, C.S.C. (1947 – 1950)
Archbishops of Dacca
- Lawrence Leo Graner, C.S.C. (1950 - 1967)
- Theotonius Amal Ganguly, C.S.C. (1967 – 1977)
Archbishops of Dhaka
- Michael Rozario (1977 – 2005)
- Paulinus Costa (2005 – 2011)
- Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, C.S.C. (2011 - present)
As per 2014, it pastorally served 64,960 Catholics (0.3% of 23,539,280 total) on 12,000 km² in 18 parishes and 14 missions with 115 priests (42 diocesan, 73 religious), 695 lay religious (132 brothers, 563 sisters) and 17 seminarians.