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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

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Diocese of Sylhet

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Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes
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Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes
Bishop's House,
Porgona Bazar, P.O.
Khadim Nagar, Sylhet 3103,

Phone: (0171)514.55.71
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis named Auxiliary Bishop Shorot Francis Gomes of Dhaka Archdiocese as the new bishop of Sylhet Diocese on May 12, 2021.

Bishop Gomes is the second bishop of Sylhet Diocese since it was carved out from Dhaka Archdiocese in 2011. He succeeds Oblate Bishop Bejoy N. D’Cruze, the first bishop, who was appointed archbishop of Dhaka last year.

From 2012-15, Bishop Gomes served as the vicar general of Sylhet Diocese, where most Catholics belong to various ethnic groups including tea workers covering Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj districts, the nation’s tea plantation hub.

Bishop Gomes was born on Dec. 15, 1965, in a village in the Holy Rosary Church parish in Hashnabad, Dhaka district.

He completed his primary and secondary schooling at Holy Cross High School, Bandura, and entered the Little Flower Minor Seminary in Dhaka. In 1984, he joined Holy Spirit Major Seminary and was ordained a priest on May 31, 1990.

He served various parishes in Dhaka and from 1998 to 2002 he studied and obtained a doctoral degree in moral theology from Rome. He also taught moral theology in the major seminary from 2003-09.

He was the rector of Little Flower Minor Seminary in Bandura from 1994-97 and rector of Holy Spirit National Major Seminary in Dhaka from 2009-12.

Since 2005, he has been the chaplain of the Bangladesh chapter of Marriage Encounter Worldwide, a global Catholic movement for revitalizing Christian marriage.

Pope Francis on Feb. 8, 2016, appointed him as auxiliary bishop of Dhaka and he was ordained in Dhaka on April 22, 2016.

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