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Reverend Father Aplinar Senapati, CM was appointed its first Bishop, and will receive episcopal ordination and then be installed as Bishop at a date or dates in the near future to be determined. According to the Vatican's news release about the erection of the new Diocese, Bishop Senapati was born in Surada, India, in 1960. Bishop Senapati professed his religious vows with the Congregation of the Mission in 1989, and then was ordained a priest in 1990. He holds Master's degrees in economics and in philosophy, and has served in a number of roles including parochial vicar, teacher, parish priest, and as Master of Novices. He is currently the Pastor of St. Vincent De Paul Parish, and President of the English Medium School in Derapathar, Guwahati.