Two new bishops for Odisha. One for Assam

July 29, 2013 by  
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Diocese of RourkelaVatican City, July 28, 2013: Pope Francis on Friday appointed new bishops for the dioceses of Sambalpur, Rourkela in Odisha and Diphu in Assam.

Father Niranjan Singh of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese would take over as Sambalpur bishop. Fr. Kishore Kumar Kujur of Sambalpur diocese would be the new Rourkela bishop and Fr. Paul Mattekatt of the clergy of Diphu would be the bishop of Diphu diocese.

Father Singh, who replaces Divine Word bishop Lukas Kerketta who retired, is currently the professor of Theology and Moderator of the seminarians in the archdiocese.

The priest was born on July 20, 1961, in Berhampur diocese, Orissa holds a Masters in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. He was ordained a priest on 29 April, 1991 for the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese.

Father Kujur, the new Rourkela bishop, is currently the professor of Sacred Scripture at the Regional Seminary of Orissa. The diocese was vacant since Feb. 11, 2011 following the transfer of Bishop John Barwa, SVD, as the Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archbishop.

Father Kujur was born Jan. 6, 1964 in Gaibira in Rourkela, Orissa. He completed his theological studies at Khristo Jyoti Mohavidyaloyo Regional Theologate of Sason. He has a Bachelor of Arts, a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture.

He was ordained a priest on Feb. 7, 1993 and incardinated in Sambalpur diocese. He was appointed as the member of council of priests in 2010.

The new bishop of Diphu, Father Paul, is presently serving as the Pastor and Director of the Catholic school in Japrajan. The diocese was vacant since April 9, 2011, following the transfer of Bishop John Moolachira as Coadjutor Archbishop of Guwahati.

Father Paul was born in Kerela on June 1, 1961. He completed theology at the Papal Seminary in Pune. On Dec. 31, 1988, he was ordained a priest of Diphu diocese, recently erected by the division of the Archdiocese of Shillong-Guwahati.

– vaticana radio

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