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Mgr. George Rajendran SDB Ordained Bishop of Thuckalay

By Fr. George Maliekal sdb, Provincial
Fr. George Maliekal, Provincial of Silchar, congratulates newly ordained Bishop Rajendran presenting him a Khasi shawl.
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Shillong, Sep. 17. 16 September 2012 marked a new chapter in the history of the Church in India and especially for the Syro Malabar Church, when Mgr. George Rajendran, a Salesian of Don Bosco belonging to the Province of Silchar, was ordained bishop of the Syro Malabar Diocese of Thuckalay, in Kanykumari district of Tamilnadu. The Episcopal ordination took place in a glittering ceremony at Sacred Heart Forane Church, Padanthalummoodu,near Thuckalay. In the presence of thousands of faithful gathered from the diocese and from other dioceses of Tamilnadu and Kerala, His Beatitude Cardinal George Alanchery, Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church consecrated and installed the new bishop.
The liturgy reflected the universality of the Church by the presence of several Archbishops and Bishops of Syro Malabar Rite, Syro Malankara Rite and Latin Rite, and hundreds priests, religious and sisters from various dioceses and religious congregations. The liturgy was inspirational, impressive, solemn and well prepared. The whole celebration was very well planned and executed and highly faith stimulating.

Rev. Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga, the Salesian Regional Councillor for South Asia, Rev. Fr. Albert Johnson, Provincial of Tiruchy, Rev. Fr. George Maliekal, Provincial of Silchar, Rev.Fr. Joe Almeida and several other Salesians from Silchar and Guwahati and other provinces of India were present to extend greetings and assure prayerful support for Bishop Rajendran. The presence of some staff members of St. Anthony's Hr Secondary School, Shillong, dressed in colourful Khasi dress drew the attention of many.

The diocese of Thuckalay has 49 Church Centres, which have a strength of about 25,000 Catholics. At present 22 diocesan priests, 25 religious priests, and 190 sisters belonging to 10 Congregations are working in the diocese.
''With God all things are possible'' (Mt.19:26) - is the chosen Motto of the new Bishop. ''I chose it because I want to entrust everything of what I am and what I do in the hands of God. Unless God works nothing will work both in my life as well as in the lives of the people of my diocese'' - said Bishop Rajandran in an interview.

The Episcopal ordination of Mgr Rajendran, a son of the diocese of Thuckalay, is a significant event marking the growth of the church in the region and it holds promises for greater vitality of the church. The Salesian Province of Silchar together with all the Saleisan Family Members rejoice and thank God for the gift of newly consecrated Bishop Rajendran and pray God's choicest blessings upon him and on the diocese.
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