Fr Joachim Walder appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl | Mangaluru News

MANGALURU: Fr Joachim Walder, clergy serving at the diocese of Aizawl, has been appointed by Pope Francis to be the Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl in Mizoram. This provision was made public in Rome on Thursday.
Fr Walder hails from St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Nirkan, near Bantwal, under the Diocese of Mangalore. He was born on April 20, 1956. After his initial studies, he joined St Joseph’s Seminary, Mangaluru, in 1973 and completed his minor seminary studies in 1976. From 1982 to 1986 he did his theology studies at Papal seminary, Pune, stated Rev Fr Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary general, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
He was ordained a priest at St Thomas the Apostle Church, Nirkan, on April 26, 1986. From 1986 to1989 he was given his first appointment as assistant priest at Holy Cross Parish, Silchar, Assam in the diocese of Silchar. In 2005, he was tasked with looking after Sacred Heart Church, Kabuganj. From 2013 to 2018 he was appointed dean of Barak Valley region, Diocese of Aizawl. From 2018 till date he holds the office of Episcopal Vicar of Barak Valley Region, Diocese of Aizawl.
The former name of the diocese of Aizawl was Silchar. The diocese was bounded on the west and south by Bangladesh, and on the south and east by Myanmar. It began in 1952 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Haflong, entrusted to the Holy Cross Fathers of the Canadian province. The Catholic population in Aizawl diocese is 40,892. There are 42 parishes, 78 priests, 68 male religious, 205 religious nuns, and 138 educational institutions.

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