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Miao Diocese celebrates the release of Fr. Tom with prayer

Miao, 13 September: The people in east Arunachal Pradesh, especially the Christians, responded to the release of Fr. Tom with an expression of gratitude to God on 12 September 2017. The news about Fr. Tom’s release, who was kidnapped by suspected Islamic terrorists 18 months ago in Yemen, was received with great joy. Responding to this great news, the people of Miao Diocese organized a thanksgiving prayer at the Catholic Church in Neotan village on the evening of 13 September. Bishop George of Miao Diocese said this to be a miracle. “Fr. Tom is alive and he has been released. This indeed a great news and it reinstates our confidence in prayers”, he said. This calls for a sincere expression of our gratitude to God. Diocese of Miao has been praying for the release of Fr. Tom ever since he was kidnapped 18 months ago by terrorists, after killing four Missionaries of Charity Sisters at a care home in Aden city in Yemen. 12 others were killed in that terrorist attack on March 4, 2016. Miao Diocese had organized pilgrimage and special prayers for his release.  It also remembered to pray for Fr. Tom during the Chrism Mass this year on 6 April. The release of Fr. Tom increases our confidence in the power of prayers, said Mr. Chomjung Mossang, village Catechist from Neotan. Sr. Alphonsa SH, who hails from the same place as Fr. Tom, and is working at a School in Miao Diocese at present, thanked all the people gathered for the thanksgiving prayers and for all the prayer initiative taken by the Diocese of Miao over the 18 months of Fr. Tom’s captivity. The Diocese of Miao expresses its gratitude to the Government of India and also the King of Omen for securing the release of Fr. Tom....

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KBM Hospital observes a moment of silence for the Health Minister

The staff and management of KBM Hospital, Injan in Changlang  District observed a moment of silence and prayers for the departed soul of Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jomde Kena, on 6 September at the hospital hall. Reacting to the untimely demise, Bishop George Pallipparambil SDB, the patron of the hospital, expressed his grief and said it is a great loss to the State especially to the health department. “We join with the people of Arunachal and offer our deepest condolences and sincere prayers to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace”, he said. Dr. Sudip Bhattacharjee, a veteran doctor of the hospital, led the prayer service and expressed his grief at the passing of one of the young, dynamic and experienced leaders of the state. Fr. Felix Anthony, the Director of the hospital too offered his condolences and invited the staff to observe a moment of silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul of the Health Minister, who passed away on 4 September at a private hospital in Guwahati,...

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Vocational Training and Awareness Programme for dropouts inaugurated

Here in Miao last week we had the inaugural function celebrating new group of vocational trainees at Seva Kendra with the Regional Magistrate Sir Rumi ADC as our guest of honour. Seva Kendra is the social service wing of the Diocese of Miao.  It conducts vocational training courses for school dropout girls and women.  The training is to teach a living to the girls and women who dropout of schooling due to multiple factors; lack of schools and early marriage being the primary reasons. Sr. Rincy SH, the Director of Seva Kendra and her team have a singular aim of helping these dropout girls and women to learn a living. Apart from this Vocational Training Seva Kendra is involved in various women empowerment activities throughout the diocese of Miao. they provide courses and training for women and girls on Formation of Self Help Groups, weaving, carpentry, wood carving, basket making. Sr Rincy and her team also provide courses on women and child care, and conduct medical camps in collaboration with Government medical staff....

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Prayerful celebration of the Feast of St. John Mary Vianney in Miao Diocese

The Diocesan Priests of Miao Diocese had solemn prayerful celebration of the Feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the Patron of all Priests with Adoration and Confession on 3 August 2017 at Kristu Jyothi Niwas, Tinsukia. Bishop George addressing the Priests gathered for the occasion challenged them to follow the role model of St. John Mary Vianney to be men of prayer, and keep the salvation of the people as their daily primary goal. “It is the love for the souls of people that St. John Mary Vianney spent 16 hours at the confessional everyday, skipping meals and rest most of the days”, he reminded. Frs. Joseph Talangani and Rajesh gave short inspiring messages on the life of the Saint. “St. John Mary Vianney did not want even a single person to go to hell and that shaped his life and transformed the people under his care. Though it is difficult, let us at least try to follow his example and make our own Priesthood meaningful”, said. Fr. Joseph. Most of the Diocesan Priests were present for the day’s programme that started with a short Eucharistic Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Joy Manikathan, the President of the Diocesan Fraternity also expressed his gratitude for the active participation of the...

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First Martyrs of Arunachal Pradesh remembered in Miao Diocese

August 2 every year is an important day for the people of east Arunachal Pradesh. On this day the Catholics in the eight districts fondly remember the two French Missionaries, Frs. Krick and Bourry, who were killed by a Mishmi tribal chief in Somme Village near Khibito bordering China. Frs. Krick and Bourry, the 19th century martyrs who sowed the first seeds of Christianity in Arunachal Pradesh, had Tibet as one of their important goals. Back then, the only way to Tibet was through Arunachal Pradesh. It was on their way to Tibet via Arunachal Pradesh, while halting at Somme, a Mishmi tribal village, they were killed by its chief Mr. Kaisha on 2 August 1854. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese, that covers the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, has taken keen interest to promote the cause of Canonization of these two martyrs. “Having read about these two missionaries from the few literatures available, we can say it with confidence that these two are holy men beyond doubt” says Bishop George. In order to make these two holy men known and promote their cause of attaining Sainthood, the Diocese of Miao conducts various events on the day of their martyrdom. In the two centres dedicated to names of Frs. Krick and Bourry at Tezu in Lohit district and Injan in Changlang district, there were Quiz competitions and prayer service conducted to mark their martyrdom this year. Around 20 schools participated in the Quiz Competitions at Krick and Bourry Memorial School, Tezu in Lohit district. In a keen contest, St. Bonaventure School, Dumba won the first prize and Mother Theresa School, Kharsang and Holy Rosary School, Changlang won the second and third prize respectively in the senior level. Holy Rosary School, Changlang emerged winner also in the junior level and Krick and Bourry Memorial School, Tezu won second and Mother Theresa School won the third prizes. The Krick and Bourry Memorial Hospital, the only Hospital run by the Diocese of Miao, at Injan in Changlang district organized a prayer service to remember the two martyrs. Dr. Sudip Bhattacharya, a senior doctor of the hospital expressed his happiness to have known about the two holy men through the prayer service, in which the nurses working in the hospital too prayed for its smooth running and for the canonization of the two martyrs. With Pope Francis adding a new fourth way to possible Sainthood – people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good others, the Diocese of Miao is hopeful that it would soon have two Saints from Arunachal...

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