Oil Dedicated to Theotonius Amal Ganguly
Theotonius Amal Ganguly from A Blessed Call To Love.
Theotonious Amal Ganguly, CSC, (18 January 1920, in Hashnabad, Bangladesh – 2 September 1977) was Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka from 1967 until his death on 2 September 1977. Archbishop Ganguly was a religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
The local bishop sent him to the major seminary, called St. Albert’s Seminary, run by the Jesuit Fathers at Ranchi of Bihar State, India. As usual, he was liked and appreciated by both the professors and seminarians for his studies and humble behaviour.
He successfully completed two years of philosophy and four years of theology studies at the seminary and, on 6 June 1946, ordained a diocesan priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ranchi, by Jesuit Bishop Oscar Sevrin.
In 1960, Ganguly consecrated a bishop and Titular Bishop of Oliva as well as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka. Five years later he appointed Titular Archbishop of Drizipara and the Coadjutor Archbishop of Dhaka. In November 1967, he became the Metropolitan Archbishop of Dhaka.
He was also the President of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC,1971–1973). And President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB, 1973–1977).