Roman Catholic Diocese of Mymensingh

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Diocese of Mymensingh
Dioecesis Mymensinghensis
ময়মনসিংহ এর বিশপের এলাকা
Location
Country Bangladesh
Ecclesiastical province Dhaka
Metropolitan Dhaka
Statistics
Area 16,448 km2 (6,351 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
14,011,991
76,047 (0.5%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 15 May 1987
Cathedral St Patrick’s Cathedral in Mymensingh
Patron saint Saint Patrick
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Paul Ponen Kubi, C.S.C.
Metropolitan Archbishop Patrick D'Rozario

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mymensingh (Latin: Dioecesis Mymensinghensis) is a diocese located in the city of Mymensingh in the Ecclesiastical province of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Bishop Ponen Paul Kubi, CSC, DD is head of the Diocese of Mymensingh. Most of the people in this Diocese are from Garo tribal community. Bishop is also a Garo tribal. A total of 76,047 Catholics and 6665 Protestant Christians live here. People live on farming, day laborer in rural area and many people live in cities as migrant workers. Female Garo are very skill in beauty parlor profession.

History[edit]

Mymensingh Diocese was part of Dhaka Archdiocese before in 1987. It was created by Pope John Paul II. Rev. Bishop Francis A Gomes was the first bishop in the Diocese of Mymensingh.

In 1909, five Garo leaders made a long trip down to Dhaka to ask the Catholic Bishops to send them a priest. A year later, Arch Bishop sent Fr. Fleury CSC and Brother Eugene CSC to study the situation.

In late 1910 and early 1911, Rev. Fr. Adolphe Francis CSC began the work in Tausalpara near Ranikhong. On 19 March 1911, Father Francis reaped the first fruits with 21 Catholic baptisms at Tausalpara. The first church among the Garos was built at Tausalpara in 1912, and in 1913 Rev. Fr. Francis began living there. In 1915, he moved to the Ranikhong hill where Ranikhong Parish is now.

Until 1918, Father Francis was practically always alone, tramping the Garo country from east to west, covering the 90 miles strip of territory, where in the following twenty-five years a total of six parishes were established.

On Christmas Day 2003, Rev. Fr. Ponen Paul Kubi CSC (at the time Director of the Pobitra Krush Sadhana Griha, Rampura, Dhaka) was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Mymensingh and consecrated in Mymensingh on 13 February 2004. On 15 July 2006, Bishop Ponen Paul Kubi CSC, was appointed Second Bishop of Mymensingh by Pope Benedict XVI. The Installation ceremony was held in September 1, 2006.

Leadership[edit]

  • Bishops of Mymensingh (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Paul Ponen Kubi, C.S.C. (July 15, 2006 – present)
    • Bishop Francis Anthony Gomes (May 15, 1987 – July 15, 2006)

Notable Personalities[edit]

  • Advocate Late Promode Mankin, MP, State Minister for Ministry of Social Welfare
  • Jewel Areng MP, Member of the Parliament, Bangladesh
  • Sanjeeb Drong, General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, writer & Freelance Journalist
  • Motandro Mankin, Poet & Lyricist
  • James Jornesh Chiran, Poet & Lyricist
  • Geroge Nilu Ruram, Poet
  • Ajoy A Mree, Community Local Leader
  • Sebastian Rema, Deputy Secretary to Republic Govt of Bangladesh
  • Raymond Areng, Vice Principal, Durgapur Degree College & Member, Central Awami League, Bangladesh
  • Maria Chiran, Retired Head Mistress, Corpush Christi High School
  • Arun Alfred Mree, Head Master, St. Pirgacha Paul's High School
  • Theophil Nokrek, Director at Caritas Development Institute (CDI), Writer & PhD Research Fellow
  • Apurbo R. Mrong, Regional Director, Caritas Mymensingh Region
  • Dinesh Daru, Advocate at Judge Court, Mymensingh
  • Hemonto Henry Kubi, Senior Ast. Secretary to Republic Govt of Bangladesh
  • Litus Chiran, Assistant Commissioner of Land, First Class Executive Magistrate
  • Himal Ritchil, Assistant Commissioner of Land, First Class Executive Magistrate
  • Nikhil Mankin, Senior Reporter, The Daily Janakantho

References[edit]

Coordinates: 24°44′40″N 90°24′55″E / 24.744330°N 90.415316°E / 24.744330; 90.415316