History of Bangladesh Oblate Delegation
The Oblate Delegation of Bangladesh. A new nation was born in 1971 after nine months of war when a river of blood flowed, many precious lives were sacrificed, inestimable wealth and property were destroyed, and consequently an independent country called Bangladesh emerged from devastation and found a space in the world map. It was formerly the East Pakistan. It is a country of 150 million people predominantly Muslims. There are 85% Muslims, 12% Hindus and Buddhists, 0.3% Christians and the rest are from different tribal groups. Islam came here in the 12th century and Christianity was preached by Portuguese Missionaries in the beginning of 17th century. At the request of the late Arch Bishop T.A. Ganguly, CSC, Fr. Jetté, former Superior General agreed to send the Oblate Missionaries to Bangladesh to work among the poor and marginalized people. A group of Oblates, most of them from Canada Ianded in Bangladesh in 1973 under the province of Sri Lanka.  In the beginning some of the Oblates were engaged in teaching theology and philosophy at the new born National Major Seminary and the rest started living in Sylhet, North-East of Bangladesh with the desire of taking spiritual care of the scattered Khasi-Garo, Tea estate people. But unfortunately within the first five years most of the Canadians left due to health problem and other difficulties. Only Fr. Gilles Guathier remained in that group and continued his mission in Sylhet. Then he was joined by Fr. Philip Disanayaka of Sri Lanka and Fr. Henry Van Hoof from Belgium. Later Frs. Angelo Martyn, Andrew Charvét and Emil Moraes joined the Mission from Sri Lanka. Almost after ten years of ministry Fr. Gilles left Bangladesh due to health problem. Fr. Henry Van Hoof laid the real foundation of this new mission.

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