As they have done since his death in 1977, the faithful in Bangladesh gathered on September 2 to mark the anniversary of the death of their beloved Servant of God Theotonius Ganguly. This year, the 46th anniversary, saw almost 500 people join in the prayers and celebration at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Dhaka City.
The celebration began with the inauguration of a new museum in honor of the legacy of the Servant of God. After a short introduction by Fr. Albert Rozario, Parish Priest of the Cathedral Parish, the Most Rev. Bijoy N. D’Cruze, OMI, Archbishop of Dhaka, led a short blessing with Holy Water before cutting the ribbon and officially opening the museum.
The museum is situated just in front of the cathedral so that the people who come to the church can visit the museum and learn more about Archbishop Ganguly. It includes his writings and doctoral thesis, as well as his personal bed, chalice, table, chair, prayer stand, and other personal artifacts.
The program then moved to the cathedral, where there was a showing of a video on the Servant of God Ganguly’s life that was prepared by Pratibesi Christian Communication Center. There was also a moving testimony shared by Mr. Sonny Ronald Gomes who recently was cured by praying through the intercession to Archbishop Ganguly. Then Fr. Adam S. Pereira, C.S.C., who first wrote a book about the Servant of God had a short sharing on Ganguly’s life.
Archbishop D’Cruze presided at the Mass that followed with Fr. Gabriel Corraya, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, and almost 30 priests concelebrating, including 10 priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross. There were another 30 religious sisters and brothers also in attendance at the Mass, joining the lay faithful.
Following the Mass, the assembly went outside the Cathedral Church in a procession to pray at the grave of Servant of God Ganguly, which had been adorned with flowers and candles.
The whole program was telecasted by Protibeshi Center, DC News, Star Media, and Ananda Barta Media.
Also to coincide with the anniversary of Servant of God Ganguly’s death, His Eminence, Patrick Cardinal D’Rosario, C.S.C., Archbishop Emeritus of Dhaka, recorded a podcast with the Alumni Association of University of Notre Dame, where Servant of God Ganguly graduated with a Master’s and Doctorate in Philosophy. Part of the Everyday Holiness series, the Podcast explores the life and legacy of Archbishop Theotonius Ganguly from the perspective of one who knew him personally.
If you or someone you know has received a favor through the intercession of Servant of God Theotonius Ganguly, or any of the Congregation’s holy men, we invite you to write the Congregation at: email@example.com