BDPF Organized Renewal Course for Priests

Date Published: 4 Sep, 2017

Bangladesh Diocesan Priests’ Fraternity, BDPF organized a renewal course for diocesan and religious priests who work in parishes. It was held from April 24-26, 2017 at the Jesuit Fathers’ Formation Center, Mathbari, Dhaka. The main theme of the course was Parochial Office Ministry. There were 50 priests from 8 dioceses present in the course. Most Rev. Moses Costa, csc, the Archbishop of Chittagong Archdiocese was present in the inaugural program. He invited the participants to consider this renewal course in a global way. He reminded that the priests, as servants of God, are to have qualification, competence and commitment for an effective pastoral service as well as for official ministry in the church. The resource persons gave presentations on the following topics: a) Meaning and importance of parochial office ministry; b) Reality, problems and obstacles of office ministry and its future; c) Canonical and pastoral reality of marriage and guidelines for future; d) Office ministry from the perspective of Canon Law: proper ways to minister the sacraments, ways to register and keeping record of documents. The above mentioned topics were presented by Rev. Fr. Kamal Corraya, Rev. Fr. Paul Gomes, Rev. Fr. Mintu L. Palma and Rev. Fr. Proshanto T. Rebeiro. Besides, Rev. Fr. Subash Costa, omi, Rev. Fr. Mrityunjoy Dofader, Rev. Fr. Fidelis Nengminja, Rev. Fr. Marcus Murmu, Rev. Fr. Khokon V. Gomes and Rev. Fr. Robert Gonsalves shared on the following topics: a) Present reality of office ministry; b) Challenges of office ministry; c) Public dealings in office ministry; d) Prudence in office ministry; and e) Pastoral care for migrant people in office ministry. There was also time for open discussion and sharing session in the program. Most Rev. Bishop Gervas Rozario, the Vice President of the CBCB was the main celebrant at the concluding Eucharistic celebration. Bishop Gervas Rozario in his homily focused on the priestly, royal and prophetic ministry of priesthood. He called the participant priests to be humble servants in the fields of official and pastoral ministries.