CBCB Centre

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Official name CBCB Centre.
Country / Continent India / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Subroto Boniface Gomes.
Legal holder of the institute Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh.
Sponsor of the institute missio, Propaganda Fidei and other funding agencies for the activities of the Commissions programs. The Centre was built with the financial assistance from Propaganda Fidei.
Year of foundation 1996.
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 10 (all lay people).
Staff members of your institute 14 (10 priests, 1 religious brother and 3 lay people).
Contact 24/C Asad Avenue


Dhaka 1207




Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

CBCB Centre.

Director of the institute

Fr. Subroto Boniface Gomes.

Legal holder of the institute

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh.

missio, Propaganda Fidei and other funding agencies for the activities of the Commissions programs. The Centre was built with the financial assistance from Propaganda Fidei.

Vision / mission statement

To be of service to the country at large. It acts with a view to promoting the greater good which the Church offers to all peoples, especially through forms and programs of the various apostolate.

Main areas of work

Formation, organizational planning, meeting, seminar, workshop of the Episcopal Commissions and other Organizations, Commission meetings and programs are being held regularly.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Priests, Religious, Laity and People form other Churches and Religions organized by the Episcopal Commissions and non profitable organizations. Many lay people being trained here are active in the parish level. Some others get ‘lost’ on the way. So far the participation in the Church is satisfactory.

Year of foundation


Organisational structure of the institute

The Centre is being managed by the Management Committee, Director, Manager and other staff. For smooth running the Centre is self-reliant but for programs of the Commissions we seek financial help from funding agencies. For development work of for infrastructure of the Centre we still seek financial help form the funding agencies.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

10 (all lay people).

Staff members of your institute[2]

14 (10 priests, 1 religious brother and 3 lay people).

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Post Graduate, Masters Degree/Licentiate Degree, Doctorate Degree holder, Commission secretaries are resource persons for their commission activities. Other qualified resource persons are also invited for the programs.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Formation of the laity: lay leader, youth, family counselling, children, animation, Bible sharing, dialogue, mass media and communication etc. Activities of the Commissions are clustered as follows: Episcopal Commissions Related to Apostolate; Episcopal Commissions Related to Persons; Episcopal Commissions Related to Organizations.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

See 1.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Integral development of human person, faith formation, Scripture, morality etc.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

Faith formation, New Evangelization, Re-evangelization.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

The Methodology of YCS: See, Judge and Act.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

Study the reality, make objective judgement and act according to the needs and keeping in mind the signs of the time.

What notion of God inspires your work?

God is Almighty revealing Himself in and through all things. “Where there are two or present in my name, I am present there”.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Spirituality is to know and to live according to the knowledge that God is present to us in grace who brings transformation in life. Christian spirituality is to do with our way of being Christian in response to the call of God. Our work is shaped by the Christian spirituality and hence our activities are not confined to the Catholic or Christian only but for all who believe in God, the Creator.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

The Centre uses the methodology of YCS: See, Judge and Act to analysis reality and to respond to the need. In order to motivate people or to train them for the betterment of the Church, the whole process is participatory.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

Justice and Peace, Women empowerment, Human Rights etc.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

More on lectures. We have also publications of the Episcopal Commissions.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Newsletter on activities such as SBCB Newsletter, Oikotan, Shantir Dut.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Awareness building among the laity and training various groups of the Church to be aware of their responsibilities.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

In general the work of the Centre is satisfactory. Facility of the Centre is being very much used by the groups and Commissions. However steps should be taken to make the Centre more functional for the activities of the Church than activities of the non profitable organizations.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

As CBCB Centre and CBCB Secretariat are in the same premise, we are now coordinating the activities of the Church performed by the Commissions as well as making them more resourceful.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Fund constraint for the activities of the Commissions, Participants repeating for the same programs, Sometimes lack of coordination among the Commission activities. Some commissions are not so active. There is lack of accommodation facilities at the CBCB Centre.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

No Common understanding of the Centre. Some considers it as income generating project, some others consider as a venue for formation and some others want all services free of costs.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

To make it a self reliant centre in all aspects including organizing long term program for the laity with distribution of certificates.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

Most of the programs are being organized for the lay people. Although the priests or religious organize the programs but the participants are the lay people. It’s contributing a lot for the servant leadership of the laity, making them aware of their role in the Church or in the society through training programs. Thus making the laity agent of evangelization in the Church and in the society they live in.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

This centre is not affiliated with any other centre or institute. Our activities are shared in the Annual Assembly of the meeting of the secretaries with the Bishops. A spiral booklet is prepared with the activities of each commissions and report of the Centre. Most of the activity reports are published in the CBCB Newsletter.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

There is a full cooperation of the Bishops’ Conference as this Centre belongs to the Bishops’ Conference. When the Commission organizes national programs, the participants attend from all dioceses. There is a good relationship and understanding of this Centre with other dioceses and Diocesan Centres.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

This Centre is well known in the country both by the Catholic Church as well as by the non Christian groups. As many Muslims non profitable organizations organize programs here, CBCB Centre has become a venue for inter religious dialogue and also of ecumenism.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Not networks at international level except reporting to the funding agencies of the activities of the respective commissions.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

As stated above, CBCB Centre is playing a great role in the field of inter religious dialogue. Many Muslims come to this place for programs either organized by the Episcopal Commission for Inter religious Dialogue or by non profitable organizations. They appreciate our Centre management, food hospitality, cleanliness, environment etc. very much. Conversion of heart is taken place here indirect way.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

There are not so many ecumenical programs here at CBCB Centre. Emphasis is given more to inter religious programs. However last year a forum has been established among the Churches as United Forum of Churches, Bangladesh and two programs were already held here.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

No affiliation yet.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

Continuation of funding the Commission activities, providing training materials, training up the resource persons to be more resourceful, Publications can be also shared for building up close relationship.

  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.