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Diocese of Dinajpur

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of Holy Cross Brother ~ CSC : (Popularly known as "Holy Cross Brothers")
    Foundation Date: 1837
    Arrival in Dinajpur: 2001
    Generalate: Congregazione di Santa Croce
    Via Framura, 85
    00168 Roma, Italy
    Arrival in Bengal: 1853
    Provincial Superior: Brother Binoy Stephen Gomes, CSC
    Address: St. Joseph's High School
    97, Asad Avenue
    G.P.O. Box - 2152
    Mohammadpur, Dhaka - 1207, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 2 9122924 / 9112917
    Stationed at: Bishop's House
    Kosba, P.O. Box - 5
    Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 531 65669
  • Congregation of Holy Cross Fathers ~ CSC :(Popularly known as "Holy Cross Fathers")
    Foundation Date: 1837
    Arrival in Dinajpur: 2006
    Generalate: Congregazione di Santa Croce
    Via Framura, 85
    00168 Roma, Italy
    Arrival in Bengal: 1853
    Provincial Superior: Father Frank Quinlivan, CSC
    Address: Moreau House (1947)
    Plot B-28, Road - 3, Banashree Prakalpa
    Rampura, Dhaka - 1219, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 2 7287228
    Stationed at: Sacred Heart of Jesus Quasi Parish
    Hridoypur (Khalippur)
    P.O. Mal Bhobanipur
    Dt. Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions ~ PIME :(Popularly known as "PIME Missionaries")
    Foundation: 1850
    Generalate: Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere
    Via F. D. Guerrazzi, 11
    00152 Roma, Italy
    Regional Superior: Father Francesco Rapacioli, PIME
    In residence: Father Pierfrancesco Corti, PIME
    Father Giuseppe Gariboldi, PIME
    Address: PIME House, Suihari
    P.O. Box - 1, Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 531 64595
    Email: [email protected]
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi ~ Tor : (Popularly known as "Franciscan Friars" or "TOR Fathers")
    Foundation: 1221
    Generalate: SS. Cosmo e DamianoVia Dei Fori Imperiali, 100186 Roma, Italy
    Delegation Minister: Father Jerome D'Rozario, TOR
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +88 531 63836
    Address: Assisi Bhavan
    P.O. Hajee Danesh A. College
    North Gobindapur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh
    In Residence: Father Francis Marandy, TOR
    Brother Kevin Tudu, TOR
    Brother Zacheus Murmu, TOR
    Out Station: Dostampur Franciscan House
    Address: P.O. Pirganj, Dt. Thakurgaon, Bangladesh
    In Residence: Father Augustine Kujur, TOR
    Deacon Sujon Rozario
    Brother Proloy Rema, TOR
    Brother Simon Murmu, TOR

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Associates of Mary, Quenn of Apostles ~ SMRA :(Popularly known as "Tumilia Sisters")
    Arrival in Dinajpur: 2006
    Superior General: Sr. Mary Anita, SMRA
    Address: Mary House 1,
    Holy Cross College Road
    Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Stationed at:

    Queen of Apostles Convent Dhanjuri
    Address: P.O. Ratanpur, Dt. Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • Cathechist Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Angels ~ CIC :(Popularly known as "Shanti Rani Sisters")
    Foundation date: 1952
    Mother House: Shanti Rani Convent
    Kosba, P.O. Box - 5
    Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Superior General: Sr. Gaetanina Corraya, CIC
    Phone: +88 531 63213
    Stationed at: Balubari Sister`s Convent
    Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 531 64626
    St. Teresa Convent, Nijpara
    Address: P.O. Box - 1, Birganj
    Dt. Dinajpur - 5220, Bangladesh

    Nazareth Convent, Pathorghata
    Address: P.O. Atapur
    Dt. Joypurhat - 5900, Bangladesh

    Mary Anne Convent, Ruhea
    Address: P.O. Ruhea
    Dt. Thakurgaon - 5103, Bangladesh

    Fatima Rani Convent, Suihari
    Address: P.O. Box - 1, Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh

    Thakurgaon Convent, Thakurgaon
    Address: P.O. & Dt. Thakurgaon - 5100, Bangladesh

    St. Joseph's Convent, Moheshpur
    Address: P.O. Rongaon, Dt. Dinajpur, Bangladesh

    Chatra Sub-Center
    Address: Village Chatra,
  • Daughthers of St. Anne ~ DSA :Foundation Date: 1904
    Arrival in Dinajpur: 2001
    Name: St. Anne's Convent, Nirashi
    Address: Nirashai Sub-Center
    P.O. Chotodhap
    Dt. Panchagar, Bangladesh
  • Missionaries of Charity ~ MC : (Popularly known as "Mother Teresa Sisters")
    Foundation Date: 1950
    Arrival in Dinajpur: 2005
    Regional Superior: Sister Mary Olivette, MC
    Address: Shishu Bhavan
    26, Islampur Road, Amputty
    Dhaka - 1100, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 2-7391116
    Stationed at:

    Home of Joy, Thakurgaon
    Address: P.O. & Dt. Thakurgaon, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 561-61978
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate ~ PIME : (Popularly known as "PIME Sisters")
    Regional Superior: Sr. Samuela Radice, PIME
    Address: Provincial House
    91/1 Senpara Parbata
    Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 2 9005643
    Email: [email protected]
    Stationed at:

    St. Joseph's Convent, Boldipukur
    Address: P.O. Boldipukur
    Dt. Rangpur - 5460, Bangladesh

    St. Cecilia Sub-Center
    Address: c/o Boldipukur Church
    P.O. Boldipukur
    Dt. Rangpur, Bangladesh

    Dhanjuri Convent, Dhanjuri
    Address: P.O. Birampur
    Dt. Dinajpur - 5266, Bangladesh

    Khalisha Convent, Khalisha
    Address: P.O. Gopalpur
    Dt. Rangpur - 5282, Bangladesh
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts. Bartholomea Capitano and Vincenca Gerosa ~ SC : (Popularly known as "Maria Bambina Sisters")
    Provincial Superior: Sr. Helen Gomes, SC
    Address: Capitanio Convent, Asad Avenue
    Mohammadpur, Dhaka - 1207, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 2 8113007
    Stationed at:

    St. Joseph's Convent, Goneshtola
    Address: Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 531 63320

    St. Vincent's Hospital
    Address: Dinajpur - 5200, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 531 65033

    St. Gerosa's Convent, Saidpur
    Address: P.O. Saidpur
    Dt. Nilphamari - 5310, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 522 2126

    St. Gerosa's Convent, Mariampur
    Address: P.O. Osmanpur, Dt. Dinajpur - 5290, Bangladesh

    Christo Joyti Convent
    Address: P.O. Kellabari
    Dt. Nilphamari, Bangladesh
    Phone: +88 521 89059

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