Important Events for the Year 2020

DOWN LOAD--- Bishop's Circular, Bishop's Programme,

Sharing January to March 2020 , Education Commission, MSW College, St.Joseph University, CBCI


Kohima is the capital of Nagaland. The Diocese is named after the capital of the State. Nagaland is in the Northeastern corner of India, bordering Myanmar. There are 16 principal tribes. Collectively they are known as Naga Tribes. They have linguistic and dialectal variations that are different from one another.

Till 1973, Nagaland and Manipur were part of the Diocese of Dibrugarh. In 1973, the Diocese of Kohima-Imphal was carved out of Dibrugarh, with the Most Rev Abraham Alangimattathil sdb, as its first bishop. The heroic beginnings produced tangible results, which witnessed the creation of separate Diocese for the State of Nagaland in 1980.

Most Rev Abraham left for his heavenly abode on 18 November 1997. On 9 December 1997, Most Rev Jose Mukala was appointed as the second bishop of the Diocese of Nagaland and was consecrated on 15 March 1998. Bishop Jose Mukala resigned on 30th October 2009 and the diocese was vacant for almost two years. During this period Most Rev. Domininc Lumon was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese. On 8th September 2011, Most Rev. James was consecrated as the Bishop of Kohima by Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India.
Bishop Meets with His Holiness Pope Francis
Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, the bishop of Kohima, was born in Neezhoor, Kerala, on March 02, 1959. His father, Uthuppan Charalel, died 1962 in an accident. His mother, Anna, who is still alive and in good health, brought him up with other five of his siblings (one brother and four sisters). He completed his elementary education in his native place, completing his Matric in 1974.

The Bishop began his priestly formation in 1974 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dibrugarh. He did his Philosophical Studies at Christ King College, Shillong while at the same time doing B.A at St. Antony’s College, Shillong. He did Regency at St. Joseph’s Church, Tseminyu from 1980 to 1982. He completed the Theological studies (B. Th) at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong, under the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, from 1982 to 1986. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kohima on Jan. 12, 1986 at St. Joseph's Church, Arunoottimangalam, Kerala. He did his licentiate in the Field of Dogmatic Theology under Pontifical Urban University, Rome, from 1994 to 1996 and completed his Doctorate in the same field and under the same university from 1996 to 1998. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Towards an Asian Ecclesiology”.

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