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Father Jose Kuruvachira SDB installed as Provincial of the Salesian Province of Dimapur

By Anthony Christudoss
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Dimapur, Aug. 6. DIMAPUR, AUGUST 5: On 5th August Salesian Father Kuruvachira Jose was installed as the 7th Provincial superior of the Salesian Province of Dimapur (comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, upper Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, headquarted at Dimapur) during the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop George Palliparamabil of Miao Diocese in Arunachal Pradesh.
Present on the occasion were the outgoing Provincial Father Nestor Guria and his council, Bishop Dennis Panipitchai (Auxiliary Bishop of Miao), Father Kanaga Maria Arokiam  (Regional Councillor for South Asia), Father Nirmal Gomes (Salesian Provincial of Kolkata Province), Father Alex Benny (Financial Administrator of Guwahati Province), Father George Maliekal (former Provincial of Shillong Province), Sister Elizabeth George (Provincial of the FMA Province of Shillong), many religious and diocesan priests, men and women religious as well as members of the Salesian Family.

Father Kuruvachira was born on 7th March 1958 in Kerala. He officially joined the Salesian (Don Bosco) Society on 24 May 1978 and was ordained priest on 29 December 1988. From 1989 till 1997 he was posted in Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE), Dimapur. From 1997 to 2002 he was in Rome and obtained Ph.D. degree in Vocational Pedagogy. From 2002 to 2019 he was back in SCHE, Dimapur. From 2010 till date he was Professor of Indian Philosophy in the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome. In  April 2018 there was an election to choose the successor to the outgoing Provincial of Dimapur Province, Fr. Nestor Guria sdb. In June 2018 Rev. Fr. Angel Fernandes Artime sdb, Superior General of the Salesian Congregation, headquartered in Rome, declared Fr./Dr. Jose Kuruvachira sdb as the successor to Fr. Nestor Guria.

During the installation of Father Kuruvachira as the new Provincial of Dimapur province, Father Kanaga Maria Arokiam, representing   Father Angel Fernandes, wished the new Provincial God's blessings and success in guiding the destiny of Dimapur Province for the next six years. The new team to assist Father Kuruvachira consists of : Father Nazarius Lakra (Vice Provincial), Father Nebu Mathew (Financial Administrator), Father Alex Pulimoottil, Father Kottarathil Mathai, Father Kreni Salew Peter, Father Paul Panii and Father Selvaraj Stanislaus (Provincial Council members).
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