First Cardinal from Bangladesh His Eminence Patrick D’ Rozario, CSC

Date Published: 31 Dec, 1969

The Holy Father, Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Oceania. The Archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh Most Rev. Patrick D’ Rozario, CSC is one of the new Cardinals and he is the first new Cardinal from Bangladesh. The Christian people of Bangladesh were immensely happy to hear this good news. People from all walks of life came to congratulate His Eminence at Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon on the same day where he was celebrating the feast day Mass. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh also congratulated him in a special way during their meeting on November 9, 2016. Brief life-sketch of His Eminence, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario CSC Birth place: Padrishibpur Date of Birth: October 1, 1943 School: Padrishibpur Primary and High School College: Notre Dame College Philosophy & Theology: Christ the King Seminary, Karachi, Pakistan Final Profession: January 8, 1971 Ordained to Priesthood: October 8, 1972 Higher Studies: University of Louvein, Belgium Appointment as Bishop of Rajshahi: May 21, 1990 Consecrated Bishop of Rajshahi: September 12, 1990 Appointment as Bishop of Chittagong: February 3, 1995 Installation as Bishop of Chittagong: April 21, 1995 Appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop: November 25, 2010 Archbishop of Dhaka: 22 October, 2011 Elevated as Cardinal by Pope Francis: 09 October 2016 Before his appointment as Bishop of Rajshahi in 1990, Bishop Patrick D’Rozario CSC worked in the parish for a few years (Pastor at Padrishibpur Church and Barisal Catholic Church), Assistant Director at Holy Cross Scholasticate at Notre Dame College (1976 – 1980) and taught Moral Theology at the Holy Spirit Major Seminary (1976 – 1982). Bishop Patrick was the founding Director of the Pastoral and Retreat Centre at Barisal. While teaching in the Major Seminary he was the Dean of Studies and founding Editor of Prodipon, theological and pastoral review. Bishop Rozario CSC was installed as Bishop of Chittagong in April 21, 1995. He was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Dhaka on November 25, 2011 and Archbishop of Dhaka from October 22, 2011. At present Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario CSC is the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB), Chairman of the Catholic Education Board and the Chairman of the FABC Office of Laity and Family.