Last week, we witnessed the priestly Ordination of the 32nd Mizo Priest in Aizawl.
In a world where aspirants to the Catholic priesthood appear to be diminishing, it is glad news that we have at present a good number of our local Mizo priests in active service of Mother Church. Fr Henry is the fourth priest from Muthi village in Durtlang parish.
As of now, the total number of Mizo Priests are: Diocesan = 09; Salesians (SDB) = 09; Holy Cross (CSC) = 07; MSFS = 03; Capuchins (OFM) = 03; Jesuits (SJ) = 01
On 27 April, Deacon Henry Laldinmawia was raised to the Altar to be the 32nd Mizo Catholic Priest by his Grace Most Rev. Stephen Rotluanga CSC, Bishop of Aizawl at St. Lawrence Parish Church, Ramthar, Aizawl in the presence of 36 priests, number of religious and faithful.
Rev. Fr. Henry hailed from Muthi village which belongs to Durtlang Parish. He is the eldest of the three children of Mr Calesta Hranghnuna and Mrs Helen Lalṭhazuali.
After his initial studies in his home town, he joined St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Kolasib aspiring to be a priest of the Diocese of Aizawl in 2004. He then did the Spirituality Course in Chabua after the completion of Class XII. He did his Bachelor of Arts and Philosophy studies in Nagpur. He had regency experience in Chhingchhip Parish and in St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Kolasib. He was ordained a Deacon on 23rd June, 2018 at Oriens Theological College, Shillong after the completion of Bachelor of Theology.
The newly ordained priest, the fourth priest from his native village, has chosen as his ordination motto: “For I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5:30)
We wish him God’s choicest blessings in his priestly ministry.