A national Catholic teachers' association in Bangladesh has marked its 25th anniversary with three days of activities in the capital Dhaka that ended on Oct. 4. The Bangladesh Catholic Teachers’ Team (CTT) marked the occasion with a Mass, a discussion on its strategic mission for the next year and cultural programs. The association aims to "build connectivity" among Catholic teachers across the country and help them practice "church teachings and values" in their work. Some 250 teachers attended the events at the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh center in central Dhaka. In a message, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka told the Catholic teachers that they performed a "noble task in promoting human rights through education." "The fruit of your journey that you have been on for the last 25 years with your apostolic approach is wonderful!" Cardinal D’Rozario said. "Your are bringing divine benevolence to the lives of so many different people. I encourage you to continue this mission with utmost dedication." Holy Cross Brother Nirmal Francis Gomes, the CCT national chaplain said Catholic teachers can contribute immensely to social transformation and noted many challenges. "The best thing we have achieved is connectivity among Catholic teachers, imparting Catholic values in them so they can become witness of Jesus to people they work for," Brother Gomes told ucanews.com. The association is funded by donations from teachers, organizes prayer and retreat sessions and has offered free private tuition to poor students. Late Holy Cross Bishop Joachim Rozario of Chittagong and Canadian Holy Cross Father Herve Morissette established the CTT in 1992. It covers four out of the country’s eight dioceses and has about 800 members. It is looking to extend its reach across all dioceses.
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