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An unforgettable missionary who transformed Bangladesh

Father Timm was the first person in Bangladesh to link human rights with development

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An unforgettable missionary who transformed Bangladesh

American Holy Cross missionary priest Father Richard William Timm (1923-2020) served Bangladesh for more than six decades. (Photo: Chandan Robert Rebeiro)

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American Holy Cross missionary priest Richard William Timm (1923-2020) was a giant among men with a big heart burning with selfless love for humanity.

More than six decades of service in Bangladesh (1952-2016) speak volumes for him, and his death on Sept. 11 in the US brought to an end a golden era of extraordinary missionary life and works that touched the lives of millions of Bangladeshis.

He will be remembered as a pioneering missionary in a land where a small but strong Christian community has thrived thanks to great Western missionaries like him over the past five centuries.

Bangladesh can never forget this great icon as he was “an American by blood but a Bangladeshi by spirit.” He is an inseparable part of the history of Bangladesh and his demise saddened many people of other faiths thanks to great memories of his companionship and contributions.

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