Archbishop Sirkar, founder of two religious institutes in India, dies

Archbishop Emeritus Lucas Sirkar of Calcutta and founder of two religious institutes, died April 18. He was 84.

“Dear confreres, this is to convey another sad news, that of the passing away of Most Rev. Lucas Sirkar SDB, archbishop emeritus of [the] Archdiocese of Kolkata, at 1 p.m. on Sunday April, 18, 2021, at Aradhana Mandir, Krishnagar due to cardiac arrest,” said a message from Calcutta Salesian provincial secretary Father Jacob Iruppakaattu.

His funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on April 20 at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Redeemer at Krishnagar.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1936, at Barisal in Bangladesh. He was ordained a priest for the Salesian congregation on April 20, 1968. He was priest for 52 years and bishop for 36 years.

Archbishop Sirkar founded the Adoration Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sadhan (prayerful or ascetic) Brothers.

He was the Metropolitan Archbishop of Calcutta from 2002 to 2012 and the bishop of Krishnagar from 1984 to 2000.

Pope St. John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta on April 14, 2000. He succeeded Archbishop Henry Sebastian D’Souza of Calcutta who retired on April 2, 2002.

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