KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta has appointed popular media priest and radio evangelist Salesian Fr Robin Gomes head of Kolkata archdiocesan Catechetical Commission. The official nominations of the Secretaries for various archdiocesan commissions are listed in the archdiocesan weekly The Herald dated 1st February 2013.
“My immediate priority is to implement Catechetical instruction programme in the diocese, particularly in schools, parishes and families,” says Fr Robin.
He also intends to promote Vatican II lectures scheduled to start soon at Goethals’s Auditorium in St St Xavier’s College Kolkata.
Fr Robin who has served as youth director of Darjeeling and Krishnagar dioceses and originator of popular youth catechetical event Gospel Melody in Darjeeling diocese in the early 1980s is currently co-pastor at Auxilium parish Kolkata.
Serving six years as Rector of Don Bosco Catechetical and Media Centre Kolkata, Fr Robin (62 year old) also a six year term as the head of Calcutta archdiocesan Media Commission till 2011.
Fr Robin’s radio ministry started 22 years ago in 1991 as programme producer and later director of Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Service in Manila, the Philippines. He is currently on air every Sunday morning and evening with his weekly programme entitled: Robibashoriyo (Sunday Affairs) presenting the Sunday Gospel in the popular idiom for the believers of all faiths.
Besides Radio ministry Fr Robin is also a television personality with Christmas and easter programs on DD Bangla, morning inspirational programmes on ETV Bangla, Om Bangla and other channels.