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Installation of the 6th Provincial of Dimapur Salesian Province

By Paul Maippan
The new Provincial signs the document of Installation
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Dimapur, Aug. 16. The 7th August 2012, was a historical event in the Annals of the Francis de Sales Province of Salesians, Dimapur as Rev. Fr. Nestor Guria took up the reign as the 6th Provincial. He was installed during the Holy Eucharistic celebration by Most. Rev. Fr. Kanaga Maria Arokiam, the Salesian Regional superior of South Asia.
The Eucharist was concelebrated by Bishop James Thoppil (Kohima), four Salesian provincials Fr. VM Thomas (Guwahati), Fr. George Maliekal (Silchar), Fr. Michael Peedikayil (Delhi), Fr. Thomas Ellicherail (Kolkata), and a host of other Salesian and Diocesan priests. The presence of the Salesian Family members like the FMA, MSMHC, Salesian co-operators, Past pupils and well wishers added solemnity to the celebration.

It was also a day of thanksgiving for Rev. Fr. James Poonthuruthil who led the province for the last six years 2006 - 2012. Confreres and close associates of the Salesians came in great numbers to thank him and wish him well for the new assignment. People from across four states of Assam, Arunachal, Manipur and Nagaland came with gifts and presentations to felicitate the New Provincial Fr. Nestor and to thank Fr. James the outgoing provincial.



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