Brother Nikhil Sandeep Minj ordained as deacon of Ranchi Archdiocese
Ranchi: The Archbishop of Ranchi Archdiocese Felix Toppo SJ ordained Brother Nikhil Sandeep Minj as deacon in preparation for the Holy Priesthood at a strictly private function held here at the Archbishop House on July 3.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, who is in-charge of seminarians had proposed Minj’s name to be ordained as the deacon.The Archbishop in his homily explained the significance of the ordinatioon to the diaconate.
Deacon Nikhil thanked the Archbishop, the Bishop of the Archdiocese and all priests and seminarians for their love and affection towards him. Deacon Nikhil’s will be the fourth priest for the Archdiocese of Ranchi, as three of his companions, who had studied in Mangalore and Bangalore were already ordained priests earlier in the year.
Deacon Nikhil who completed his theology in Ranchi’s St. Albert College and did his regency in Garalodhma will do his diaconate ministry in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Samlong. Nikhil has two brothers. His Mother expired two years ago.
Bishop Theodore thanked his family and the Parish of Samtoli from where Nikhil hails for the gift of Nikhil’s vocation, which is fruit of the faith of his family and the Parish.
Ten priests including Fr. Tobias Kerketta Parish Priest of Samtoli. Fr. Sebastian Tirkey, Vicar General Ranchi, Fr. Deepak Tauro Rector of St. Albert College concelebrated with Archbishop Felix and Bishop Theodore. A few seminarians who are in the Archbishop House due to the lockdown rendered beautiful hymns under the guidance of Fr. Anil Kujur.
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