Church cheers first tribal Tripura priest
Tripura, November 7, 2011: The first priest from the tribal Tripura group was ordained in southeastern Chittagong on November 4.
Holy Cross Bishop Moses M. Costa of Chittagong ordained Gabriel Lawrence Tripura to the priesthood at Holy Rosary Cathedral in the port city earlier Monday.
About 800 Catholics including three bishops and 25 priests attended the event.
According to local Church sources the program was shifted to Chittagong from the priest’s home parish at Thanchi in Bandarban district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts for security, political and financial concerns. However, the home parish was set to offer a reception to the newly ordained priest yesterday.
The local Church sees the ordination as a milestone in more than 50 years of evangelization among the tribal people in Chittagong Hill Tracts.