New Bishop named for Bagdogra

He was ordained a priest on April 30, 1984 for Jalpaiguri diocese.

UCAN News: Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Vincent Aind of Jalpaiguri diocese as the new Bishop of Bagdogra.

The appointment was announced Tuesday at 3.30 in India.

Father Aind was born on January 30, 1955 at Kalchini, West Bengal, in the diocese of Jalpaiguri. He was ordained a priest on April 30, 1984 for Jalpaiguri.

He studied at Morning Star Regional Seminary in Barrackpore, Calcutta, and Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore. He holds a Master Degree in English Literature and a Bachelor Degree in Economics besides a Licentiate in Philosophy, from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. He also holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, from Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. 

He speaks and writes English, Hindi, Nepali, Bengali, Sadri, Mundari and Italian. After priestly ordination he was appointed Parochial Assistant for one year at Damanpur, then went to Pune for further studies (1985-1987). 

From 1987 onwards, he has been professor of philosophy at Morning Star Regional Seminary, Barrackpore. He also served as Spiritual Director, Rector and Principal at Morning Star Regional Seminary. 

From 2005-2007 he was Parish Priest of St. Lucy’s Parish – Jyoti Ashram, Chalsa, Diocese of Jalpaiguri. Since 2007 until now he served in various capacities such as professor and principal of Morning Star College, diocesan Consultor and Member of Financial Council. He was also Regional Secretary, Commission for Clergy Religious and Seminaries of the Regional Bishops’ Conference, West Bengal.

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