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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Archdiocese of Dhaka

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries & clinics:
    7
  • Homes for the elderly, disabled:
    7
  • Hostels:
    10
  • Orphanages:
    3

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Caritas Bangladesh:
    Executive Director: Dr. Benedict Alo D'Rozario
    Caritas Bangladesh has seven regional offices in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Chittagong, Barisal, Dinajpur and Rajshahi.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Caritas Bangladesh:
    Caritas Bangladesh
    2, Outer Circular Road, G.P.O. Box-994, Shantibagh, Dhaka-1217
    Phone: (88) 2-8315405-9
    Fax: (88) 2-8314993
    Email: [email protected]
  • Church-inspired social associations (run by lay Catholics) :
    Catholic Nurses Guild, Green Herald International School, 24 Asad Avenue, Dhaka-1207
  • Church-inspired social associations (run by lay Catholics) :
    Metropolitan Christian Co-operative Housing Society Limited, 9, Tejkunipara, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215
  • Church-inspired social associations (run by lay Catholics) :
    Christian Co-operative Credit Union, Limited (largest credit union in the country, includes non-Catholic members), 173/1/A East Tejturibazar, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215
  • Ecumenical organizations/movements with Catholic participation:
    Dhaka Young Men's Christian Association, 78 Airport Road (3rd Floor), Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215
    Phone: (88) 2-8130131, (88) 2-8121973
    Email: [email protected]
  • Ecumenical organizations/movements with Catholic participation:
    Young Men's Christian Association of Bangladesh (National Council), 1/1 Pioneer Road, Kakrail, Ramna, GPO Box-2708, Dhaka-1000
    Phone: (88) 2-9350413
    Fax: (88) 2-9350225
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.bangladeshymca.org
  • Ecumenical organizations/movements with Catholic participation:
    Bangladesh Christian Association, Church Community Center, 9 Tejkunipara, Tejgaon, Dhaka
    Phone: 88- 0175030989, 88-0171938716
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    SERRA International, SERRA Club of Dhaka, Apartment No. A-3, Paribagh Cooperative Housing Society, 4 Paribagh, Dhaka-1000
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    The Society of St Vincent de Paul, 92 Asad Avenue, Mohammedpur, Dhaka-1207
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Young Christian Students, 2 Outer Circular Road, Shantibagh, Dhaka-1217
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Bangladesh Catholic Students' Movement, 2 Outer Circular Road, Shantibagh, Dhaka-1217
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    The Legion of Mary/Maria Sena Shongho, 140, Boro Moghbazar, Ramna, Dhaka-1217
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Bangladesh Diocesan Priests Fraternity (BDPF), Holy Spirit Major Seminary, Block-A-112, Road-27, Banani, Dhaka-1213
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Bangladesh Conference of Religious (BCR), Adhatya Sadhanalaya, Vill. Rajashon, P.O. Savar, Dist. Dhaka-1340
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Bangladesh Catholic Charismatic Renewal (BCCR), Villa Maria, c/o Green Herald International School, Mohammedpur, Dhaka-1207
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Christian Communities Programme (CCP), CBCB Center, 24/C Asad Avenue, Mohammedpur, Dhaka-1207
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Community Health and Natural Family Planning (CH-NFP), 1/C/1/E, Pallabi, Mirpur, Section-11, Dhaka-1221
  • Movements/Organizations/Associations with head offices in Dhaka archdiocese :
    Family Service Center/Paribarik Seba Kendro (Pa-She-Ke), 105/8 Monipuripara, Usha Villa, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215

Social Communications

  • Affiliated Sections of the Christian Communications Centre:
    Pratibeshi Prakashani (Publications), the religious books publication section
    Jerry Printing Press, the multi-purpose printing section
    Banideepti, audio-visual and cultural sections
  • Christian Communications Centre (CCC):
    Director: Father Kamal A. Corraya
    Address: 61/1, Subash Bose Avenue, Luxmibazar, Dhaka-1100
    Publication: Pratibeshi, weekly
    Editor: Father Kamal A. Corraya
    Phone: (88) 2-7113885
    Email: [email protected]

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    3
  • Kindergartens:
    1
  • Secondary Schools:
    20
  • Vocation / Technical Schools:
    3

Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • AsIPA Committee:
    Convener: Father Kamal Corraya, Director of Bishops' Christian Communication Center
  • Catechetical Commission:
    Convener: Father David S. Gomes
  • Dialogue and Inter-religious Commission:
    Convener: Father George A Gomes
  • Education Commission:
    Convener: Holy Cross Father Benjamin Costa, Principal of Notre Dame College, Dhaka
  • Family Commission:
    Convener: Father Amal C. D. Cruze
  • Health Commission:
    Convener: Father Theotonius P. Rebeiro
  • Liturgy Commission:
    Convener: Father Gabriel Corraya
  • Peace and Justice Commission:
    Convener: Father Albert T Rozario
  • Youth Commission:
    Convener: Father Subrata B Gomes

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