Bangladesh Celebrates Newest Holy Cross Priest PLUS 18 Seminarians Renew Vows

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Province welcomes to the presbyterial ministry Rev. Nitto Anthony Ekka (SHJ), who was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 2021, in the Cathedral Church of St. Francis Xavier, Kosba, Dinajpur.

He and four other deacons of the diocese were ordained by the Most Rev. Sebastian Tudu, bishop of the Diocese of Dinjapur. Given the COVID restrictions in place, a limited number of priests, brothers, sisters, and faithful along with the family of the newly ordained attended the ordination ceremony.

The day before the ordination, a blessing ceremony for the deacons took place at the Cathedral Parish.

On June 5, Fr. Nitto offered a Mass of thanksgiving in his village to culminate the festivities. Rev. James Clement Cruze, C.S.C., provincial, and several other Holy Cross confreres were present throughout these joyous occasions.

Fr. Nitto looks forward to his first assignment as a priest at St. George’s Parish, Mariamnagar. We wish him a fruitful life of ministry and pray that God continues to bless him with holiness and zeal.

The Renewal of Vows of the temporary professed seminarians of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Province, was held on July 13, 2021 in the Chapel of the Scholasticate, Rampura, Dhaka. The renewal program was performed during the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. James Clement Cruze, C.S.C., provincial superior of the province.

The following seminarians participated in the ceremony: Mr. Newton Oberson Sarker, C.S.C., Mr. Promod Thomas Rozario, C.S.C., Mr. Soikat Benedict Kulentunu, C.S.C., Mr. Liton Francis Sen, C.S.C., Mr. Nishir Gabriel Rozario, C.S.C., Mr. Paul Nowas Dhan, C.S.C., Mr. Sushil Ignatius Soren, C.S.C., Mr. Apurbo Anthony Hajong, C.S.C., Mr. Emon Francis Corraya, C.S.C., Mr. Joakim Partho Biswas, C.S.C., Mr. Nicholas Subas Ghorami, C.S.C., Mr. Prince Daniel Roy, C.S.C. and Mr. Rajon Raphael Mrong, C.S.C.

On the same day, Mr. Sojeeb Silvanus Gomes, C.S.C. and Mr. Tharson Francis Mrong, C.S.C., pronounced their vows at Khalippur Parish, Dinajpur, while Mr. Pranto Clement Rozario, C.S.C., and Mr. Jerome Suiting, C.S.C., proclaimed their vows at Sreemangal Parish. Mr. Nayan Joseph Gomes, C.S.C., stated his vows at Pirgacha Parish.

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