Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh is located at 24/C Asad Avenue, Mohammedpur. You may be aware that the assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Bangladesh is named "The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh" (CBCB). The conference is established in order that the Catholic Bishops in Bangladesh in a collegial spirit can as a council jointly exercise their office in all matters related to the life and mission of the Church in Bangladesh. Therefore, the conference is meant to facilitate common policy and action in matters that affect the interests of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh, and to be of service to the country at large.
It will act with a view to promoting the greater good which the Church offers to all peoples, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to local circumstances and to the needs of the times. Having belonged to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan earlier, the Bishops of Bangladesh established their own Conference, called "The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh" (CBCB) in 1971. As a small Conference it was able to carry out its activities with the very minimum structures. Most of the activities of the Conference were handled by the Secretary General through his own office in his diocese, while meetings of the Conference were being held at the Archbishop's House in Dhaka. During these early years as the Conference and its Commissions and Institutions carried on their ever-growing activities it was felt that some Pastoral Planning for the Church be done and that structural set-up be better organized toward a much more coordinated and fruitful work of the Conference. To do this effect, a National Centre for Pastoral planning based at Banani Major Seminary functioned during 1980. In the mid-80's a Pastoral Plan was developed and signs emerged for Action Plan, which also called for organized office set-up.
Following this in 1990 the CBCB decided to establish its own secretariat on the property at Mohammedpur. We pay glowing tribute to the RNDM Sisters in Bangladesh for their generous gift of the property. While work on the building progressed, the CBCB appointed a Deputy Secretary General, who began initial secretariat work of the CBCB at the Archbishop's House towards the end of 1995.The CBCB Secretariat building at Mohammedpur was ready by early 1996 and was inaugurated on May 30, 1996.
We express our thanks and gratitude to Fr. Patrick Gomes of Rajshahi diocese who worked for CBCB as Deputy Secretary General and later Fr. Tapan D'Rozario as Assistant Secretary General of CBCB. Our heart-felt thanks and gratitude to Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC who served CBCB for almost 20 years as Secretary General.