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 2013)
62,780 (0.3%)
Parishes 18
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
Secular priests 125
Current leadership
Pope Francis
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)[1] is the Latin, only Metropolitan Metropolitan diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bangladesh, which it hence comprises in its ecclesiastical province, having as suffragan sees Chittagong, Dinajpur, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Sylhet.

The archdiocese's mother church and thus seat of its archbishop is St. Mary's Cathedral in the national capital Dhaka. As the only Metropolitan in Bangladesh, it is the principal episcopal see of that country. As of 2013 the Archbishop of Dhaka is 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.


It was erected it as the Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern Bengal by Pope Pius IX on 12 February 1850.[1]

It was promoted to Diocese of Eastern Bengal on September 1, 1886,[1] and renamed as the Diocese of Dacca after its see in 1887.[1]

On 1927.05.25 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Chittagong, now its suffragan.

It was elevated to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dacca by Pope Pius XII on July 15, 1950,[1] On 1952.01.17 it lost territory to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Haflong. It enjoyed a papal visit from Pope Paul VI in November 1970.

Pope John Paul II renamed it as the Archdiocese of Dhaka on October 19, 1982.[2] It enjoyed a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in November 1986.

It lost territory on 1987.05.15 to establish the Diocese of Mymensingh and on 2011.07.08 again to establish the Diocese of Sylhet, as its suffragans.

Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite, so far mostly (missionary) members of Latin congregations)

Apostolic Vicars of Eastern Bengal
Suffragan Bishops of Dhaka
Metropolitan Archbishops of Dacca
  • Lawrence Leo Graner, C.S.C. (see below 1950.07.15 - 1967.11.23); emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Vazari-Didda (1967.11.23 – 1971.01.23)
  • Theotonius Amal Ganguly, C.S.C. (1967.11.23 – death 1977.09.02), also last President of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1971 – 1973), first President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (1973 – 1977); previously Titular Bishop of Oliva (1960.09.03 – 1965.07.06) & Auxiliary Bishop of Dacca (1960.09.03 – 1965.07.06), Titular Archbishop of Drizipara (1965.07.06 – 1967.11.23) & Coadjutor Archbishop of Dacca (1965.07.06 – 1967.11.23)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Dhaka
  • Michael Rozario (1977.12.17 – retired 2005.07.09), also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (1978 – 2005); previously Bishop of Dinajpur (Bangladesh) (1968.09.05 – 1977.12.17)
  • Paulinus Costa (2005.07.09 – retired 2011.10.22), also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (2005.08 – 2011.10.22); previously Bishop of Rajshahi (Bangladesh) (1996.01.11 – 2005.07.09)
  • Patrick D'Rozario, C.S.C. (2011 - ...), also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (2011.12 – ...); previously Bishop of Rajshahi (Bangladesh) (1990.05.21 – 1995.02.03), Bishop of Chittagong (Bangladesh) (1995.02.03 – 2010.11.25), Coadjutor Archbishop of Dhaka (2010.11.25 – 2011.10.22)


Year Catholics Diocesean priest Parishes
2000 70,821 42 19
2015 62,780 52 18

See also[edit]


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

Sources and External links[edit]

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