Bangalore 15 February, 2020 (CCBI): His Holiness Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation of Most Rev. Joseph Aind, SDB (75) from pastoral governance of the Diocese of Dibrugarh.

He will be succeeded by Most Rev. Albert Hemrom (51), currently Coadjutor Bishop of Dibrugarh. This provision was made public on Monday, 15th February 2021.
Bishop Joseph Aind was born on 5 November 1945, in Nahorani in Dibrugarh diocese in Assam. He was ordained a priest on 27 November 1976, in the congregation of Salesians of Don Bosco. He was appointed Bishop of Dibrugarh on 11 November 1994 and was ordained Bishop on 19 March 1995. He was the Chairman of the Social Communication Commission in the North-Eastern Regions Bishops’ Council. He is a priest for 44 years and Bishop for 25 years.
Bishop Albert Hemrom was born in Konapathar, Diocese of Dibrugarh, on 27 February 1969. He joined St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Dibrugarh, and then studied at Christ the King College, Shillong, and at Oriens Theological College, Shillong. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dibrugarh on 25th April, 1999. He obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Peter’s Pontifical College, Bangalore (in 2003) and a Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (2014).
He served the Diocese in the following ministries: assistant parish priest, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Rajabari (1999-2001); Prefect of Studies at St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Dibrugarh (2003-2006); Parish Priest, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Rajbari, and Visiting Professor at Oriens Theological College, Shillong (2006-2011). From 2011 to 2013, he studied at the Lateran University in Rome. Since 2014 he is the Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal and Rector of St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Dibrugarh. He is a Member of the College of Consultors and of the Priests Council, as well as Secretary of Laity and Family Commission, Vocation Promoter, and Visiting Professor of Canon Law at Oriens Theological College, Shillong. He was appointed coadjutor Bishop of Dibrugarh on 2 December 2018 and ordained Bishop on 24 February 2019.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Alathara
Deputy Secretary-General, CCBI

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