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The Diocese of Kohima welcomes its new Priest, Father Thrilongchum Hubert Sangtam, May 5, 2022
Deacon Thrilongchum Hubert Sangtam was ordained as a Priest by Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, the Bishop of Kohima on May 5, 2022 at Saint Joseph Church, Sitimi Town, making him the second Catholic Priest of the Sangtam community. After a gap of 20 years, the Sangtam community recorded its second Catholic Priest. The first priest to be ordained was Rev Fr James Thsipongkiu Sangtam from Phelungre village in the year 2002. Father Hubert is the eldest among the nine children of Ikuto Sangtam and Hozheli Sangtam. He belongs to the congregation of Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap).

The ordination was attended by many Priests from the Diocese of Kohima and from other Religious congregations, Religious Sisters, the Catholic Association of Nagaland, the Nagaland Catholic Women Association, the Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement, and delegates from the villages and towns of Kiphire region. In his homily, Rev. Thoppil shared that it is not the Bishop who makes the Priest but the Almighty God, working through His Holy Spirit, in His Holy Catholic Church, which is the Body of Jesus Christ. The Bishop also thanked his parents and relatives for offering him to God and to the Church. In conclusion, he prayed that the ordination of Deacon Thrilongchum be a blessing to the Catholics and non-Catholic communities of Sitimi and to the Church in Nagaland.

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