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Catholics plan to run university

Leaders unveil scheme to open country's first Church-administered facility

Holy Coadjutor Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario speaks during the event in Bangladesh Holy Coadjutor Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario speaks during the event in Bangladesh
  • Sumon Corraya, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh
  • August 22, 2011
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Local Catholic Church leaders have officially unveiled their long cherished plan to open the first Church-run university in the country.

About 100 people including two archbishops, some priests, nuns, brothers and laypeople attended a meeting organized by Bangladesh Catholic Education Board (BCEB) and Task Force for Catholic University in Bangladesh at Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh center in Dhaka on August 19.

Coadjutor Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka, head of BCEB, told the gathering that opening a Catholic university is great long-cherished dream for the Bangladesh Church.

“It’s a revolutionary step signifying the maturity of the local Church, opening new horizons of service from the Church. The long-standing demand of Bangladeshi intellectuals and educated people is near to its end,” he said.

Task Force member Holy Cross Father Hemanta Rozario said educationist priests, nuns and brothers from his congregation first discussed the issue formally last year and the task force was set up to assess feasibility and capability for a Church-run university in the country.

Holy Cross Congregation is the largest religious order serving in Bangladesh. Mainly engaged in education ministry Holy Cross priests, nuns and brothers run some of country’s finest schools and colleges.

“The name of the proposed university will be ‘Notre Dame University’ and it will be administered by the Holy Cross under authorship local Church,” said Fr. Rozario, vice-principal at Notre Dame College in Dhaka.
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