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Two missionary Nuns from Mizoram decide to stay in war-torn Ukraine to serve the people

Aizawl, 4 March 2022: Two Missionaries of Charity (MC) Nuns from Mizoram have decided to stay in war-torn Ukraine to serve the people in the midst of full-scale invasion by Russia.  The two MC sisters from Mizoram in Northeast India, Sisters Rosela Nuthangi and Ann Frida have expressed their decision to stay on in Ukraine, risking their lives to serve people fleeing the war and the injured. Mother General of the MC, Sister Prema established contact with the two nuns on 2 March, asking them to move to safer place by road. But the two preferred to remain where they are to help the people in whichever way possible. The sisters have informed their relatives of their safety in spite of the challenging times. Sister Rosela Nuthangi MC, daughter of (Late) David Laiawrha and (Late) Monica Lalbuangi, hails from Sihphir village. She is the second MC sister among the Mizo community. She made her first religious profession in 1984 and was sent to the then USSR as a missionary. She worked in Moscow’s St. Petersburg for 10 years. Having mastered Russian language, she also worked in Latvia, Astonovia and in 2017 she moved to Ukraine and is still serving there as a missionary sister. Sister Ann Frida MC is daughter of (Late) Joseph Rothangpuia and Elizabeth Lalremi. She is from Mizoram’s capital city Aizawl. She made her first religious profession in 1998. After working in India for a few years, she was sent to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine and is serving there for the last 10 years. Appreciating the sisters for their heroic courage, Archbishop John Moolachira, the President of the North East Regional Bishops’ Council, said, “I am not surprised that two religious women Sisters of the missionaries of Charity who are working in the war-ravaged Ukraine are not leaving the country in spite of the great danger to their lives and the interest of the Govt of India to evacuate all its citizens. I am proud of them”. Adding what the two nuns have done is a small example of what the Church really stands for, Moolachira said, “Every consecrated person cares more for the lives and comfort of their fellow men and women than that of their own. They would consider it cowardice and unbecoming of their noble call to flee when the people under their care need their help, prayers and support the most”. Father Robert Faustin, a Salesian priest from Mizoram, said that the anxious relatives of these two Mizo Nuns are in constant touch with them for the past few days. “We hope for the safety of these two heroic nuns and let us also pray that peace and normalcy return in Ukraine, Russia and rest of the world”, Father Faustin...

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Miao Synodal Discussion Concludes

Miao, 11 January: The Diocesan phase of Synod 2021-2023 came to a solemn conclusion at Sacred Heart Parish, Neotan on 7 January 2022. Nearly 200 delegates from all the Parishes and mission centres of Miao Diocese came for a three-day diocesan level synodal discussion at Newman School Neotan in Changlang district from 5 to 7 January. Addressing the delegates at the inaugural function, Bishop George reminded the delegates that the church in Arunachal Pradesh has come a long way. “We have a history written in blood”, Bishop George said. “From not being allowed to enter the State to nearly a lakh of Catholics in the Diocese is a strong example for the outstanding growth of the diocese”. “But we should never forget that this growth was possible only because the church in this part our country has always had a synodal nature, one that was participatory and in strong communion for the mission of the Church and it was always ready for any challenges and faced persecutions silently but courageously”, Bishop George highlighted. Inaugurating the event, Somlung Mossang, Hon’ble MLA of Borduma-Diyun Constituency, requested the parents to be aware of the children’s mobile addiction and substance abuse. “The society and the Church grow where the youth are strong. We need to encourage our children to take active part in society building activities to strengthen the church, family and the society”, the Catholic leader said. The delegates from across the Diocese were accommodated with the families of Neotan village and the Fathers and Sisters adjusted in Christ the Light Minor Seminary, Bishop’s House, Miao and convents of MSMHC Sisters, Miao, FMA Sisters in Namphai II, CM Sisters, Neotan and SH Sisters in Injan and Kharsang. The delegates were formed into seven groups to discuss on the questionnaire prepared the diocesan core team of Synod led by Auxiliary Bishop Dennis. The secretaries of each group presented the report of the discussion and core team members Frs. Joy, Manoj and Joseph recorded the report of the group discussions. Various committee led by youth, women, men, Catechists, Fathers and Sisters of Sacred Heart Parish Neotan played active roles to ensure a smooth conclusion of the diocesan phase of Synod...

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Happy Christmas

The Diocese of Miao wishes all its friends the peace and joy of Christmas that will last through out the New Year...

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OSMDL Gets Three Priests and a Deacon

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao Diocese ordained four candidates of Opera Sancta Maria Della Luche (OSMDL) as Priests and Deacon on 15 December at Namgo village. Deacond Agnel George, Amaralapudi Vinod and Antony Merash were ordained Priests and Polimetla Ravi Teja as Deacon at Rosa Mystica School, #Namgo. Father Shobychan Mathew, the Indian Superior of OSMDL presented the candidates. Addressing the candidates, Bishop George said, “We live at a challenging period of our lifetimes. You are called to give good witness to the Gospel and Church”. Cautioning them against mediocrity, Bishop said, “Away from Holy Mass and your spiritual duties as Priests will lead you to fall. History is a testimony to this fact. Be a Priest and not a social worker. Held at Rosa Mystica School Campus, Namgo, the ordination was attended by Chiefs of Singpho villages around. The kids led the entrance procession and the felicitation held after the Ordination Ceremony. “In the midst of so many bad news, may people hear the Good News from you and about you”, said Bishop George. The FMA Sisters working in Bordumsa led the Choir during the Ordination, which was attended by Priests and Sisters from neigbouring communities. Namgo is one of the small villages of Namsai district. The mission is manned by OSDML, or simply Congregation of Our Lady of...

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Silai School Teachers Training for dropouts concludes in Miao

Namphai, 12 December: The valedictory function of Swavalamban Silai (Self-help Sewing) School Teachers Training was held today at the Seva Kendra Arunachal East (SKAE) training centre, Namphai in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The free 10-day residential training was organised by the social service wing of Miao Diocese under the sponsorship of Usha International and Small Industrial Development Bank of India. Speaking at the function, Sister Sunita Parmar, the Director of SKAE, said “This is not merely a training but empowering the school dropout girls from the last villages of Arunachal Pradesh. This is also a community empowerment as the trained students are to train two more dropout girls in their villages within a year”. A total of 25 dropout girls and women attended the 8-hours per days training. The trainees showed remarkable interest in the training. “Most of the trainees had never touched a sewing machine in all their life but now they can also repair one”, said the Carmelite Missionary Nun. The trainer from USHA international, Rumpi Handique Phukan, was totally impressed with the trainees’ grasping ability. “These dropout girls from the interior villages of Lohit, Namsai and Changlang districts, joined us as kachha (untrained) students without any prior knowledge of sewing. But they can stitch most of the basic clothing” Phukan said. Within ten days of training, the trainees are able to cut and stitch kurti, basic block, plated pants, patiala pants, plazo pants, platted skirt, petticoat and hand embroidery and block painting. Father Deepak Kannade, the President of the SKAE told the trainees, “Let your training continue. Do not stop at this. Make this training as a foundation for a higher goal in life and do not stop till your goal is achieved”. As part of the valedictory function, free sewing machines and certificate of completion were distributed to all the...

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