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Happy Birthday Bishop George

The Diocese of Miao wishes a blessed Birthday to our dear Bishop, Most Rev. George Pallipparambil sdb on his 67th Birthday on 15 May 2021. Due the special situation we are in, the celebration of the day was mostly prayers for the Bishop. We wish our Bishop good health and long...

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Arunachal’s Apatani Tribe gets its First Religious Nun

Ziro, 22 April 2021: Sister Dulley Yakang became the first Religious Nun from the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh when she made her First Religious Profession as the member of the Congregation of the Mother Carmel (CMC) at Mount Carmel Parish, Dimapur on 17 April 2021. “It is indeed a matter of pride for all of our Apatani community that one of our own became a religious sister”, said Nani Yase Teresa, the President of Apatani Catholic Women Association of Itangar Diocese. “I used to pray for her daily during my family prayers and I pray that many more youth from Arunachal Pradesh become fathers and sisters like Sister Yakang”, she added. Sister Yakang is the daughter of Dulley Buda and Dulley Adii of Hapoli Parish. She is the third among the nine siblings and started her formation for religious life after completing her bachelor degree. She made her religious profession together with four others in the presence of their Provincial Superior, Sister Emilin, and Bishop James Thoppil of Kohima Diocese. Congratulating Sister Yakang, Bishop John Thomas of Itangar Diocese said, “It is a matter of joy for the young Church in Arunachal Pradesh to get a vocation to religious life. We are very proud of her and we wish her happy and fruitful religious life”. Sister Yakang is the tenth religious nun of indigenous origin from Itangar Diocese.  “I hope she will be a source of inspiration for many more young people to come forward to offer their lives in the service of the people”, said the Bishop. Sister Celine CMC, superior of the community working in Ziro too expressed hope that the first Apatani Sister will become a shining example for many Apatani youth to take to religious life. The Apatani are a special tribal group of people living in the Ziro valley in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. Unlike the other tribes, they are a non-nomadic in nature. They practise permanent wetland cultivation in hilly terrain by slicing the hills. According to 2011 census there are 43777 Apatanis living in the...

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Arunachal Missionary Priest Elected Superior General of Vincentian Congregation

Longding, 16 April 2021: The Vincentian Congregation (VC) elected Father John Kandathinkara, a missionary priest working in Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh as their new Superior General during a general chapter gathering in Edappally, Kochi on 14 April 2021. Father John Kandanthinkara, working as the Rector of the De Paul Mission in Tissa, Miao Diocese, will succeed Father Sebastian Thundathikunnel as the new head of the 100 years old Vincentian Congregation. Father Kandathinkara came to Arunachal Pradesh in 2017 after the completion of his term as the Provincial Superior of St. Thomas Province Delhi for eight years. He has been serving in Tissa, one of the last centres of Miao Diocese since then.  Congratulating Father Kandanthinkara, Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese said, “Father John is a humble and able leader. With his academic excellence in pastoral counselling and with his years of working in a humble mission in Arunachal Pradesh, I am sure he is the right person to lead the VC’s across the world. I wish God’s blessing upon him and his congregation”. Father Kandanthinkara, born on 25 November 1954 and ordained Priest on 9 April 1984, has a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Baltimore, USA. He has served as a professor and spiritual director at the De Paul Institute of Religion and Philosophy, Bangalore and as Rector of St. Ephrem’s Theological College, Satna before his election as a provincial superior of Delhi, one the three provinces of Vincentian Congregation. “We are very happy to hear the news of his election as our new Superior General. Having worked under his spiritual leadership in Tissa mission, we can say that he is the right person to lead our congregation. We thank God together with our people for his election”, said Father Paul Thekkanath VC, the Parish Priest of Tissa mission that caters to the Wancho and Nocte tribes of Longding district. Started in Kerala in the year 1904, the Vincentian Congregation, based on the rules of St. Vincent De Paul and on the model of the Congregation of Mission founded by him in 1625, has spread across the country in 19 States and is serving in more than 15 countries across the world, including Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and USA. We have been praying for the right superior general to take our congregation further on the right direction and God has heard our prayer – Father John Kandathinkara is the right person in the present day context, said Father Shaji John VC, the Rector of Divine Renewal Retreat Centre, Margherita, Assam. Preaching the Word of God as main charism, the VC has 51 Retreat Centres across the world. The famous Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor, Kerala is manned by the VC. The North East India has six, with Arunachal, Assam and Manipur having two each. As Superior General, Fr. Kandathinkara will be heading the strong body of 564 Priests and 197 professed members. He will discharge his duties from the Vincentian Generalate, De Paul Nagar, Edappally, Kochi,...

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NE Regional Secretaries Meet to Evaluate the Contribution to the Society

Guwahati, 9 April 2021: The Secretaries of the various departments of the Church in North East Region came together to evaluate their contribution to the society in Covid context over a two-day meeting held at the Regional Secretariat Building, Guwahati on 8 and 9 April 2021. “It is a historical meeting as we meet together for the first time as regional secretaries of various commissions of the Church in our region”, said Archbishop John Moolachira, the President of the North East India Regional Bishops’ Council (NEIRBC). Introducing the purpose of the meeting, the Archbishop said, “The Church has been at the forefront of development of the people. It has always worked for their progress, safeguarding their rights and preservation of their culture. This meeting is to take stock and to evaluate what we have done for the people and the society and to take appropriate measures to serve the people even better.” Presenting the report, Father Varghese Velickakam, the Director Social Forum highlighted its contribution to the people especially during the locked down caused by the pandemic covid19. “The Church in every state of North East has always rendered a yeoman service to the society and it was visible during the lock down as it led its relief efforts to reach out to the last, the least and the lost”, he said. Dr. Thomas Manjaly, the first Deputy Secretary of NEIRBC, addressed the 23 regional secretaries present for the meeting and gave a brief historical background to the formation of various regional commissions. Speaking on behalf of the Legal Wing of the Church in the region, Father Owen Chourappa highlighted the need for extra vigilance in the present day atmosphere of hate and polarisation. “It is important to have proper documentation and total legal compliance to avoid all legal complications in future”, he advised. Father Kuriakose, the Rector of Oriens Theological College, the north east regional major seminary, focussed on the need for forming the future leaders of the Church with an awareness of the importance of promoting and protecting the environment. “To help the Seminarians understand the importance of water, we are planning to start ‘a bucket of water a day’ scheme where a seminarian will be provided just bucket of water to manage the whole day”, said Father Kuriakose, who is also the regional secretary for Vocation and Formation of Priests and Religious. Speaking on behalf of the Prison Ministry, Sister Jobina UFS said their intervention and regular visits to the inmates of the prison has had huge positive results. “Our visits to the prisons across the region, prayer meetings, cultural programmes and competitions to mark important days of the years have effected  lasting positive changes to the lives of many of the inmates. We also celebrated International Women’s Day with the women inmates of the Central Prison in Guwahati this year”, said the Ursuline Sister. All the regional commission secretaries presented their report of the work they have done for the people throughout the year especially in the context of covid19. Father Vincent Carmel presented a report on the Regional Social Communication department, Father Sabu Joseph Chenackal on Catechetical Commission, Father Athnas Kerketta on Canon Law and Legislative Texts, Father K. C. George spoke on the Health Commission , Sister Esco on the concerns of the...

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World Health Day marked with Inauguration of Dental Care Unit in Miao Diocese

Injan, 8 April 2021: The World Health Day (WHD) was marked with the inauguration of a modern dental care unit at the church-run Krick and Bourry (KBM) Memorial Hospital, Injan in Changalang District, Arunachal Pradesh on 7 April 2021. “Proper health care is big concern in Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in Changlang district”, said Somlung Mossang, MLA of Borduma-Diyun Constituency”. Inaugurating the facility, he said, “People often are compelled to travel to the towns in Assam for their basic medical treatments. Due to the long journey undertaken many have lost their lives on the way to the hospital. It also results in huge expense of money.” The dental care unit was inaugurated to mark the World Health Day 2021. With this dental care wing in KBM hospital, the simple and agrarian people of nearby areas like Miao, Jairampur, Nampong, Manmao, Bordumsa, Diyun, Nampahi, Balinong and Kharsang can now avail hassle-free and affordable round the clock dental treatment, saving both money and time, said Mr. Mossang. The KBM hospital was established in the year 2016 as a response to the people’s request for a better health care facility within Arunachal Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, the patron and founder of the hospital Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese congratulated the Doctors and the Community of Sacred Heart Sisters of Pala Province, Kerala and the nurses at the hospital for their dedicated healthcare service to the people. Echoing the theme of WHD 2021, Bishop George said, the dental care unit will now make this hospital serve the people around even better to help build a ‘fairer and healthier world’. The inauguration event was attended by the Sub Divisional Officer of Kharsang, Rakesh Kumar Rai, Zilla Panchayat Member, Chomjung Haidley, Dental Surgeon Shradha Ginodiya and visiting Doctors Rohit Pasari and Munmoon Debnath and a few local public leaders from around the town. The KBM Hospital is the only church-run hospital in the State, with a Gynecologist and Pediatrician and few visiting doctors from Assam. The 20-bedded hospital has all the medical facilities like, digital X-Ray, Ultrasound, computerised laboratory, ECG, pharmacy, Emergency Care Unit and round the clock ambulance service, and now a modern dentistry. The hospital has a well-equipped Operation Theatre. Due to the lack of anesthetist, the hospital is not able to perform surgery and often patients are referred to hospitals in Assam. Oftentimes, the long distance between the hospitals causes fatal medical complications. The hospital management hereby appeals to all its kind friends to help them with an anesthetist to help them serve the people in the remote corner of Arunachal Pradesh even...

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