The Archbishop of Dhaka urged the Catholic faithful of Bangladesh to pray for the cause of the holiness of the late Archbishop Theotonius Amal Ganguly wh
Sep 10, 2021
Theotonius Amal Ganguly, Servant of God, is remembered on September 2, 2021, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Dhaka on his 44th death anniversary. (Photo by LiCas News)
DHAKA: The Archbishop of Dhaka urged the Catholic faithful in Bangladesh to pray for the cause of the holiness of the late Archbishop Theotonius Amal Ganguly, who has been declared a “servant of God”.
“You keep praying and preaching. If everyone prays with a heart full of faith, God will hear the prayer, ”said Archbishop Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze of Dhaka.
The prelate led the celebration of the 44th anniversary of Archbishop Ganguly’s death at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Dhaka on September 2, 2021.
Archbishop D’Cruze said that if the late Bangladeshi prelate became a saint, “he would be our model of faith and holiness.”
“By following him, we too will enter into a deep Christian life and live in holiness,” said the Archbishop in his homily during Mass.
He said the former prelate would become a Christian icon in the predominantly Muslim country. “[He] will illuminate the image of the Christian community. His holy and holy life is a model for us, ”he added.
Archbishop D’Cruze urged the faithful to “learn more about his life and follow his ideology to become better ideal Christians.”
Archbishop Ganguly was born in Hashnabad, present-day Bangladesh, on February 18, 1920, the feast day of his patron saint, Saint Theotone.
Her family added the Bengali name Amal, which means “spotless” or “innocent”, to her name.
After being educated by the Brothers of the Holy Cross at Holy Cross High School in Bandura, Theotonius attended St. Albert Seminary in Ranchi, Bihard, India.
He was ordained a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Dhaka on June 6, 1946.
In 1947, Ganguly attended the University of Notre Dame in the United States. He obtained his doctorate in philosophy in 1951, making him the first Bengali Christian to receive a doctorate.
It was the first of several firsts in Ganguly’s life and for the Catholic community in Bangladesh.
At Notre-Dame, he got to know the congregation of Sainte-Croix more closely and decided to join it. He attended the novitiate in Jordan, Minnesota, and made his first vows on August 16, 1952.
On September 3, 1960, Pope John XXIII appointed Father Ganguly Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Lawrence L. Graner in the Archdiocese of Dhaka.
He was ordained a bishop on October 7, 1960, becoming the first Bengali bishop.
On July 6, 1965, he was appointed co-adjudicator of Archbishop Graner, and when the Archbishop retired on November 23, 1967, Bishop Ganguly became Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka.
Archbishop Ganguly was known for his religiosity and gentleness as he led the Archdiocese through the difficult times of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
A heart attack caused his sudden death on September 2, 1977.
The cause for the holiness of Archbishop Ganguly was opened by the Archdiocese of Dhaka in September 2006, thus declaring him “servant of God”.
The diocesan phase of the cause was closed on April 19, 2018.
Pope Francis blessed Archbishop Ganguly’s tomb in the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka during the pontiff’s visit in 2017. –llicas.news