Miao Diocese gets new Auxiliary Bishop
This appointment was made public in Rome on Friday, 8th June, 2018, at noon local time, corresponding to 15:30 hours, Indian Standard Time. Here in Miao it was made public by Dr. George Pallipparambil SDB of Miao Diocese, at the Bishops’s House in Miao in the presence of Most. Rev. Joseph Aind, Bishop of Dirbrugarh Diocese and, Rev. Sr. Elizabeth George FMA, the Provincial Superior of Guwahati, who were present in Miao for their Golden Jubilee celebrations along with host of Priests and Religious from around the Diocese.
Rev. Fr. Dennis Panipitchai, SDB, was born in Colachel, in the Diocese of Kottar (Tamil Nadu), on 27th July, 1958. After attending St. Mary’s Parish School in Colachel, in 1976 he entered the pre-novitiate of the Salesians in Shillong, and there he did his novitiate in 1979. On 24th May, 1980, he made his first profession as a simple brother. Later he felt the call to priesthood and did his philosophy formation at Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik. He continued with theology at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong. He obtained a Master’s degree in Theology and in a civil subject. After making his solemn profession, on the same day he was ordained Priest, on 27th December, 1991. He served in the following ministries: Dean of Studies, Salesian pre-novitiate, Rua Home, Jorhat, Dibrugarh (1992-1995); Administrator of Don Bosco Bible School, Tinsukia, Diocese of Dibrugarh (1995-1997); In-charge of Don Bosco School, Borduria, now in the Diocese of Miao (1998-2000); Principal of Don Bosco School, Miao and Assistant Priest in the same Parish, Archdiocese of Imphal (2001-2004); Parish Priest at Mary Help of Christians Church, Borduria, now in the Diocese of Miao (2004-2009); Principal of Don Bosco School, Kohima (2009-2015). Since 2015 he is Parish Priest of Mary Immaculate Parish, Chingmeirong, in the Archdiocese of Imphal. Since 2012 he is also Provincial Counselior.
Fr. Dennis is currently the Salesain Novice Master in Kohima, Nagaland.
The Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop-elect has will be held on 2 August 2018 at Mary Help of Christians Church, Borduria, the first Church in Arunachal Pradesh, and it is also 25th anniversary of the visit of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata to this village in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Diocese of Miao expresses its heartiest congratulations and prayerful wishes to the new Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Panipitchai SDB.