Episcopal Ordination of Rev. Fr. Dennis Panipitchai Sdb took place at Borduria,
Arunachal Pradesh on 20 August 2018. There were 16 Bishops, about 150 priests,
250 Sisters & Other Religious and about 5000 faithful.
was a landmark event in the history of Catholic Church in East Arunachal
Pradesh. It was a triple celebration of the 40th year of the arrival of the
Faith in East Arunachal and more particularly
in Borduria village, Silver Jubilee of the visit of St. Mother Teresa to
Borduria on and the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dennis.
Chief consecrator was Most Rev. Thomas Menamparampil Sdb, Bishop Emeritus of
Gowahati; and co-consecrators were Most Rev. John Moolachira, Archbishop of
Guwahati and Most Rev. Dominic Jala Sdb, Archbishop of Shillong. Among the
other bishops include Most Rev. Remegius Peter, Bishop emeritus of Kottar and
Most Rev. Francis Kalist, Bishop of Meerut.
appointment was made public in Rome
on Friday, 8th June, 2018, at noon local time, corresponding to 15:30 hours,
Indian Standard Time. It was announced at Miao by Most Rev. George
Pallipparambil Sdb, Bishop of Miao, at the Bishops’s House n the presence of
Most. Rev. Joseph Aind Sdb, Bishop of Dirbrugarh and Rev. Sr. Elizabeth George
Fma, Provincial Superior of Guwahati, who were present in Miao for their Golden
Jubilee celebrations of the Religious profession of Most. Rev. Joseph Aind along
with host of Priests and Religious from the Diocese.
Fr. Dennis Panipitchai, SDB, was born in Colachel, in the Diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu, on 27 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 24 May 1980, he made his first profession as a Salesian
Brother. Later he felt the call to priesthood and did his studies in philosophy
at Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik. He continued with
theology at Sacred
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 27 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 (2004-2009);
Principal of Don Bosco School, Kohima (2009-2015).
Since 2015 He was the
Parish Priest of Mary Immaculate Parish, Chingmeirong, in the Archdiocese of
Imphal from 2015 to 2018. Since 2012 he was also Provincial Councillor. At the
time of the announcement of his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Miao, he was
the Salesain Novice Master at Zubza near Kohima, Nagaland.