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Two new priests for IND; both Marams of Manipur

By Fr. Tarcisius Toppo
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Dimapur, Jan. 30. It was a moment of grace, blessing and celebration for the Marams of Manipur, as Deacon Hingba Michael from New Maram and Deacon Anthony Rang from Maram Khullen, the biggest and ancestral village of the Marams, were ordained priests of God by Archbihsop Dominic Lumon of Imphal on January 29, 2012 at St. John Bosco Parish, Maram.
Welcoming the dignitaries, special invitees, guests and the faithful, Fr. Joseph Kindo, Parish Priest, in his speech reminded those present, of the words of St. John, ''A priest is the greatest gift God can give to a family and every priest as another Christ, becomes a perennial source of God's abundant blessings to the whole community.
''Priesthood is a great gift and a vocation which God gives to people of His choice,'' said Archbishop Dominic, during the homily. Priesthood is not claimed by any individual person. A priest is a channel of blessing for the people, he further noted. The priestly ordination of the two sons of the soil, he reiterated was the visible and concrete expression of God's love for the people of Maram region. Emphasizing on universal character of Priesthood, he pointed out that since a priest is a man of God, he should rise above his tribe and culture and be a person for all people and cultures. He should be a person ready to serve all.
The event was solemnized by the presence of Fr. James Poonthuruthil, SDB, Salesian Provincial of Dimapur Province, Fr. Jose Palely, Provincial Economer, Fr. T.S. Dominic, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Imphal and more than 80 priests and Sisters and around 3000 faithful. To add to the grandeur of the celebration there was a total of 111 children from the various villages of St. John Bosco Parish, who received first communion.
Fr. Hingba Michael, was born on 10 October 1982, at New Maram. His did his High School studies at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Maram and His Higher Secondary at Jorhat. He did his Novitiate at Sunnyside, Shillong, and joined the Don Bosco Society in 2002. He completed his BA and philosophical studies at Warrangal, Andhra Pradesh and his theological studies at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong.
Hailing from Maram Khullen, the ancestral village of the Maram, Fr. Kangba Rang Anthony was born on 21 July 1981. His did his High School studies at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Maram and His Higher Secondary at Jorhat. He did his Novitiate at Ngarian, Imphal and joined the Don Bosco Society in 2001. He completed his BA and philosophical studies at Salesian College, Dimapur, finally his theological studies at Crocetta International University, Turin, Italy.
It may be noted that Fr. Thalu Phuba James, hailing from the Maram ancestral village, Maram Khullen, is the first Catholic Priest from the tribe. He was ordained in 2010.
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