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Bangladesh mourns prominent catechist, Bible educator

Robi Christopher D’Costa dies after serving in and around Chittagong for more than three decades

Updated: January 08, 2018 10:56 AM GMT
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Bangladesh mourns prominent catechist, Bible educator

Robi Christopher D’Costa with two participants at a National Youth Day event in Diang, southeastern Chittagong in 2013. D’Costa, a prominent catechist and Bible educator passed away at the age of 63 on Jan. 7. (Photo: Rock Ronald Rozario/ucanews.com)

 

 

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The church in Bangladesh is mourning the death of a prominent catechist and Bible educator who served the local church in various capacities for more than three decades.

Robi Christopher D’Costa died at his residence in Barisal district following an asthma attack on Jan. 7. He was 63.

Born on Nov. 11, 1954 D’Costa lost his mother at the age of two and was raised by his stepmother, together with two brothers, one sister and two stepsisters.

In 1984, D’Costa left a better paying job in Dhaka and headed to the then Chittagong Diocese to work as a full-time catechist.

For 33 years, D’Costa devoted himself in evangelization, catechetical and Biblical formation of clergy, religious and laypeople.

He traveled to hard to get to areas in the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts near the India and Myanmar borders in southeast Bangladesh, serving indigenous peoples in absence of priests and nuns.

On many occasions, he was sent to other dioceses to work as a catechist and to offer catechetical and Biblical training.

He retired from active service in September 2017.

Holy Cross Archbishop Moses M. Costa of Chittagong called D’Costa’s death a great loss for the church.

“Robi D’Costa was a good friend of the Catholic Church and made a great contribution to the pastoral activities and evangelization in the greater Chittagong Diocese,” Archbishop Costa said.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

 

 

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