CMC Sanjo Province Dimapur Celebrated the 1st Profession

Bishop of Nagalaland Rt.Rev.James Thoppil solemnized the first religious profession of ten Novices in the congregation of the Mother of Carmel during a ceremony held at St.Joseph Parish Chumukedima on 26th April. The Newly professed sisters are Priscilla Elis, Kaine Theresa, Monica Kerketta, Pavana Cecilia, Rosina Mary, Faustina Toshila, Lisha Euphrasia, Dona Therese, Fathima Leishina and Rita Tigga.

Bishop James congratulated the newly professed siters for their courage to be a counter witness to the world that glorifies and glamorizes unbridled materialism and excessive consumerism through their religious vows of poverty, obedience and chasitity.


The blessing and inauguration of the newly built Sanjo Novitiate House Medziphema, (SABS), was held on Wednesday, 19th March 2014, on the feast day of St. Joseph, its patron. Bishop James Thoppil blessed the new building, which will also be a home for the elderly Sisters of the Congregation, and presided over the Eucharist. The foundation for the building was laid on 22nd January 2012. Sr. Sibia, the Provincial Superior welcomed all the guests and well wishers and thanked many people who helped in the project from its very beginning in many ways: Superior General Rev. Mother Rose Kate and her team for their great financial contribution, the MSFS Fathers, Fr. Sabu Chenackal, Mr. Madan, the contractor, Mr. Jose, the artist, Mr. Bonic, the electrician, Mr. Shandar, the Painter, the land owners, Mr. Reuben, Mr. Philip, Mr. Pius, Miss Agnes from the parish.



Laid Foundation for the Ave Maria Retreat Centre, Zhadima

The diocesan dream of having a Spiritual Renewal and Retreat Centre took a concrete shape with the laying of the foundation for the first building on Thursday, 3rd April 2014 at Zhadima by Bishop James Thoppil, in the presence of Rev. Fr. Paul Puthuva VC, the Provincial Superior of the Marymatha Province of the Vincentian Congregation, Rev. Francis Naduviledath VC, the Assistant Provincial Superior, Fr. Sony Puthiyedan VC, theDirector, Rev. Fr. Carolus Neisalhou, the Vicar General of the diocese, many Fathers, Sisters and faithful from the village and Kohima. The bishop in his address expressed his hope that the work that is beginning will be brought to its completion by the grace of God and that the centre will truly become a place where many hearts will turn to God and a place where God is experienced tangibly through sincerely repentance and conversion. Fr. Sony, the Director of the Centre, welcomed all the people who had gathered for the occasion and thanked all for the support he received during his stay in the diocese. Let us continue to pray for the success of this mission.

All Nagaland Catholic Schools Sports Meet Held


All Nagaland Catholic Schools Sports Meet was held at St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Chumukedima from 13-15 March 2014. Twenty two Catholic schools from all the districts of Nagaland took part. Matches were held for Basket Ball and Volley Ball for boys and girls. Rev. Fr. George Rino, Secretary, Commission for Education Diocese of Kohima (CEDOK) accorded a warm welcome to all the participants. He stated that previously teaching consisted merely of imparting the basic skills of 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic). But true learning is much more than that; it is the all around development of the person.
Bishop James Thoppil graced the occasion as Chief Guest and he unfurled the flag and declared the sports meet open. The Bishop, in his speech, applauded and thanked the students and management, who had travelled even from the farthest districts of Nagaland, to participate in the tournament. Sports meet like this brings together students from different school to forge a sense of unity and oneness, community spirit and brotherhood despite many differences. Sports and games, he said, have become an integral element of present day Education and he urged every participant to strive to get the trophy and in failures to accept it gracefully. He hoped that every participant will carry home fond memories of the event. The students of the host school mesmerized the gathering through their prayer dance, duets and aerobic. We congratulate and thank Fr. George Rino and his team for the successful holding of the event and we look forward to more of such diocesan competitions in the future.


Blessing and Inauguration of the New School Building - Chiephobozou
The new Don Bosco school building at Chiephobozou was inaugurated and blessed on Thursday, 6th March 2014. In the absence of the Chief Guest, Shri Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, due to the announcement of the General Elections, Shri K. Phesao, Director, Higher Secondary School Education, Government of Nagaland, cut the ribbon and inaugurated the building. Rev. Fr. Mathew Keemattam, the Parish Priest and Principal welcomed all the guests, parents and children. Mr. Mhalezolle Meth, member of the School Managing Board spoke on behalf of the public and parents. Bishop James Thoppil blessed the new school building and spoke on the occasion. He said that over 92 lakhs was already spent and much more works are to be done still. He emphasized that the Catholic Church is committed to quality education in loco than taking students out for quality education and will endeavor to provide the best facilities and ambience for study. Rev. Sr. Rose Abiliu, the Headmistress proposed the vote of thanks. The school will be functional from the new site after Easter. I am also happy to inform that Rev. Fr. Vemedo Kezo has been temporarily appointed Assistant Priest at St. Dominic’s Church Chiephobozou during his period of exclaustration from the Society of Jesus. We wish him all the best in his new ministry.


The Campus Church at St. Joseph Children’s is Blessed and Inaugurated

Blessing and Inauguration of the Campus Church, St. Joseph Children’s Home On Saturday, 15th March 2014, a new Campus Church at St. Joseph Children’s Home was blessed by Bishop James Thoppil in the presence of the many Fathers, Sisters, Children and people from in and around Dimapur and Kohima. Mr. Kheheto Sema, Society Director, I.C.P.S., was the Chief Guest, who spoke on the occasion lauding the mission and service rendered by St. Joseph Children’s Home and hoped and promised that the government should and will come forward to help such humanitarian service. During the program, Miss Annie Petecrinuo, the first child of St. Joseph Children’s Home received her appointment as an assistant teacher. Rev. Fr. O. C. Abraham, the Director welcomed and thanked all the guests, friends and benefactors and acknowledged the role played by the diocese and many individuals towards building up the Children’s home with all the necessary facilities.
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