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New Caritas Bangladesh leaders aim to serve people better

Executive director and program director bring decades of experience to the agency

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New Caritas Bangladesh leaders aim to serve people better

Ranjon Francis Rozario, 59, has been appointed executive director of Caritas Bangladesh. (Photo: UCA News)

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Newly appointed top executives at Caritas Bangladesh, the social action agency of the local Catholic Church, have vowed to embolden the organization to serve, develop and empower the nation’s poor and marginalized communities more effectively.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) president Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka announced the appointment of Ranjon Francis Rozario as executive director and James Gomes as director (programs) on Aug. 14. They will commence their new roles in the agency from Sept. 1.

Rozario, 59, who has been serving as Caritas director (programs), replaces Francis Atul Sarker, who served as executive director since 2016. Rozario joined the agency in 1991 at Caritas Khulna in southern Bangladesh, was appointed regional director of Caritas Dhaka in 2006 and has been in his current post since 2016.

Gomes, 50, joined Caritas Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh in 2005 and became the regional director in 2006. Besides his regular role, he oversaw Caritas’ Rohingya response project from 2017 to until recently.

Rozario said he aims to sustain Caritas’ strong Catholic identity and brighten up its image with improved projects and services.

“From my 29 years in the agency, I can say Caritas is an exceptional charity and we have proved it through our services to countrymen in the past decades. Our aim is to secure funding for better projects to serve people better and in the process brighten the image of the agency and the Church,” Rozario, a Catholic and father of two, told UCA News.

He thanked the church leadership for acknowledging his long service in the agency and promised to pay them back through dedicated service.

“I will try to improve myself where I have weaknesses. Also, I will strive to instill among staff a strong team-work spirit and speed up Caritas activities by bringing an end to some bureaucratic systems. We need to learn more how we can become humble and loveable but equally more efficient,” Rozario added.

James Gomes believes his new role will allow him serve the agency better.

“At the regional office I have worked in collaboration with the national office, and now I have the scope for global connectivity that will enable me to contribute better for communities. It will also allow me to discover our strengths and needs. Covid-19 brings up challenges for donor funding and we have to plan and act keeping it in mind,” Gomes told UCA News.

“Caritas has been a learning organization and the scope for learning can well be extended. Our service is for charity, but we can also think about how we can make earnings in future and reinvest our earnings in services. We can also focus on building volunteer groups, who can be our great strength.” 

Since its inception following Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971, Caritas has become one of the country’s leading non-government organizations and made great strides in the development of poor and marginalized communities.

Caritas central office and eight regional offices have about 4,000 staff, serving millions of families directly with 90 projects that include education, vocational training, livelihood, water, sanitation, health and climate change adaptation programs.

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