Updated: August 22, 2011 08:04 AM GMT
Caritas Nepal has said goodbye to Father Silas Bogati who has left his post as executive director of the Church’s social arm to pursue further studies in Rome. Caritas Nepal’s president, Bishop Anthony Sharma, and other members of the organization bade farewell to Fr. Bogati and thanked him for his work over the past seven years during their annual general meeting at their headquarters next to Assumption Church in Kathmandu on Saturday. Bishop Sharma said Fr. Bogati has helped transform the organization. “You are departing Caritas today after having given it a new look not only physically but also by turning it into a model non-governmental organization,” he said. Thanking everyone, Fr. Bogati, 46, said he had enjoyed his time as executive director and that the problems he faced as a parish priest were tiny compared to the size of the problems he had to overcome with Caritas Nepal. During his time in charge, Fr. Bogati has seen Caritas Nepal expand its activities to more than 60 out of the country’s 75 districts. The organization now has three permanent regional offices and two field stations. Fr. Bogati is being replaced by Pro-vicar Fr. Pius Perumana, an Indian, who has served mainly as a parish priest in Kathmandu’s two churches during his 19 years in Nepal.