Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Today the Holy Father appointed Auxiliary rev. Fr. Dennis Panipitchai, S.D.B., currently Parish priest of Mary Immaculate Parish in Chingmeirong, as Bishop of the Diocese of Miao (India) assigning him the Episcopal seat of Aggersel.
The new Bishop was born on July 27, 1958, in Colachel, diocese of Kottar, state of Tamil Nadu. After attending St. Mary's Parish School in Colachel, he entered the Salesians' Prenovitiate in Shillon in 1976. He completed his philosophical studies in the Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy in Nashik. He also completed his theological studies in the Sacred Heart Theological College in Shillong. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology and Economics. On December 27, 1991 he was ordained a priest.
Since his ordination he has held the following positions: 1992-1995: Dean of the studies of the Prenovitiate of the Rua Home Salesians in Jorhat, in the Diocese of Dibrugarh; 1995-1997: Administrator of the Don Bosco Bible School in Kheti, Tinsukia, in the Diocese of Dibrugarh; 1998-2000: in charge of the Don Bosco School in Borduria; 2000-2001: studies for the Masters Degree; 2001-2004: Headmaster of the Don Bosco School in Miao; 2004-2009: parish priest of Mary Help of Christians Parish in Borduria; 2009-2015: Headmaster of the Don Bosco School in Kohima, in the Diocese of Kohima; in 2012: Short Spirituality course in Rome; since 2012: Provincial Councilor of the Salesians; since 2015: Parish priest of Mary Immaculate Parish in Chingmeirong, in the Archdiocese of Imphal. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/6/2018)