Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 8 July 2023, the Holy Father Francis appointed the Reverend Ferdinand Dhkar, of the clergy of Jowai, until now diocesan administrator, as bishop of the same diocese.
Msgr. Ferdinand Dhkar was born in Longkaluh, in the diocese of Jowai, on 26 February 1962. After attending the minor seminary in Upper Shillong, Meghalaya, he studied philosophy at Christ King College and theology at Oriens Theological College in the archdiocese of Shillong.
He was ordained a priest on 23 January for the diocese of Jowai.
He has held the following offices: dean of studies at the minor seminary of Shillong (1994-1995); deputy parish priest of the Annunciation Church, Namdong (1995-2000); deputy parish priest (2000-2002) and then parish priest (2002-2007) of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ummulong; parish priest of the Annunciation Church and head of a high school in Namdong (2007-2009); and procurator of the diocese of Jowai (2009-2021). From 2021 to the present, he has served as diocesan administrator of Jowai. (Agenzia Fides, 10/7/2023)