Servant of God Theotonius Ganguly


ganguley2Rev. Theotonius Amal Ganguly, C.S.C., was born in Hashnabad, in then-East Pakistan, on Feb. 18, 1920, the feast day of his patron saint, St. Theotonius. His family added the Bengali name Amal, which means “spotless” or “innocent.”

Educated by the Brothers of Holy Cross at Holy Cross High School in Bandura, East Pakistan, Fr. Theotonius attended St. Albert’s Seminary in Ranchi, Bihard, India, and was ordained a diocesan priest in the Dhaka Archdiocese on June 6, 1946. In 1947, Fr. Ganguly went to the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., to earn a master’s degree and doctorate. It was there that he met the Holy Cross Community and decided to enter the Congregation. He attended the Novitiate in Jordan, Minn., and professed First Vows on Aug. 16, 1952. Fr. Ganguly made his Final Vows in 1955 in Dacca.

He began teaching at Dhaka’s Notre Dame College, which is still directed by Holy Cross. He was made the school’s dean of studies in 1954 and assistant principal in 1958. He was appointed principal of the school upon the death of Rev. James I. Martin, C.S.C., on March 21, 1960. Pope John XXIII nominated Fr. Ganguly as auxiliary bishop to Archbishop Lawrence L. Graner, C.S.C., in the Archdiocese of Dhaka and was ordained on Oct. 7, 1960. As Auxiliary Bishop, Fr. Ganguly served as pastor of a parish, archdiocesan treasurer, administrator and eventually co-adjutor bishop. Bishop Ganguly was named archbishop of Dhaka in 1967 after Archbishop Graner’s retirement.

He died of a heart attack on Sept. 2, 1977.

Archbishop Ganguly’s Cause for Sainthood was opened by the Archdiocese of Dhaka in September 2006, thereby declaring Ganguly a Servant of God. Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka serves as the postulator of his cause and will oversee a reconstruction of Ganguly’s life on the basis of eyewitnesses and documents to arrive at a judgment on his holiness.