Thursday, February 9, 2023

RCDN holds first convention

The three-day, first Rongmei Catholic Dimphuam Nagaland (RCDN) convention was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Diphupar –A, Chümoukedima from January 19-21 under the theme “Christian chapriak khou lung riak sinsu gutmei” (Inculturation of Faith).
The main celebrant was Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima and Johnny Ruangmei, president of Catholic Association of Nagaland, joint CEO NSDMA GoN, as the special guest.
In the homily, Rev. Dr. Bishop said inculturation was the process of the Church’s effort to make the message of Christ penetrate a given socio-cultural context, calling on the later to grow according to all its particular values, as long as these were compatible with the Gospel.
Johnny Ruangmei in his speech said the Rongmeis should not be afraid to showcase the traditional customs and attires as Mary and Joseph were not afraid to reveal Jesus to people.
Rev. Fr Tinglung Francis SDB, the first Rongmei Catholic priest, in exhortation said, Jesus Christ was the most high and mighty priest and the sacrifice He offered was once and for all. It may be noted that the Rongmei Catholic Dimphuam was a lay movement with one of the main purposes to strengthen the faith of the Rongmei Catholic community.
Exhortation and valuable talk on Christian values and principles was shared by Rev. Fr Gabriel Gaikhangdim Gonmei, Rev. Fr Liangkamang Innocent Panmei SDB, Rev Fr Gaisinpou Romeo Gangmei SDB, Rev Fr Jangsinlung Joshua Gangmei SDB, Rev. Sr Rose Abilu MSMHC and Rev. Sr Magdalene Dimlu Gonmei FMA.

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