Bangladesh’s new Bishop calls for participatory Church

The new bishop of the predominantly indigenous Sylhet Diocese of Bangladesh has called on clergy, religious and laypeople to join him in preaching and living the Word of God to create a vibrant, participatory Church.

Jul 24, 2021

Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes was installed as the second bishop of predominantly Sylhet Diocese in Bangladesh on July 20. (Photo: Sylhet Diocese)


By Stephan Uttom

The new bishop of the predominantly indigenous Sylhet Diocese of Bangladesh has called on clergy, religious and laypeople to join him in preaching and living the Word of God to create a vibrant, participatory Church.

“Sylhet Diocese is a fertile ground for preaching the Word of God. The Lord wants to reassign each of us today to unite with the bishop so that we can devote ourselves to preaching the Word of God,” said Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes of Sylhet.

“It is our priority to look at those who are deprived in many ways today and unable to live with dignity. We have to move forward to ensure their human dignity. At the same time, we should also help build a beautiful and peaceful country through interreligious dialogue.

“I start my journey in this diocese from today. All of you will be my companions in this journey and in preaching the Word of God.” Bishop Gomes, 56, made the appeal during a public speech in the Bengali language, following his installation as the second bishop of Sylhet Diocese at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lokhipur, Moulvibazar district on July 20.

Bishop Gomes is the second bishop of Sylhet Diocese since it was carved out from Dhaka Archdiocese and made a diocese in 2011. He succeeds Oblate Bishop Bejoy N. D’Cruze, who was appointed archbishop of Dhaka and transferred to the nation’s capital last year.

The prelate served as auxiliary bishop of Dhaka Archdiocese from 2016 until he was appointed bishop of Sylhet. On Feb 8, 2016, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Dhaka, and he was ordained bishop in Dhaka on April 22, 2016. Earlier, he served as vicar general of Sylhet Diocese from 2012-15. ––ucanews.com

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