A Brief History

Oriens Theological College was started in 1979 as a study house for the diocesan students of Theology from the dioceses of Northeast India. In 1986, the College began to hold lectures on its own premises, and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples raised it to the status of an Inter-diocesan Seminary, with all the Bishops of Northeast India as members of the Governing Body. In 1990, it became a full-fledged Theological College offering the four year Theology programme for candidates to priesthood. On 4th December of the same year, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples approved its statutes. On 7th December 1993, Oriens Theological College was formally affiliated to the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, with the decree (Vide No. 442/93/7) of the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. Since then, the B. Th. (Bachelor of Theology) Degree has been conferred on students who fulfil the prescribed requirements.

Aims and Objectives

In keeping with its motto “To Give Light” Oriens Theological College aims to provide an integral Christian and Priestly Formation and to promote Theological Studies through scientific research primarily, but not exclusively, for candidates of the ecclesiastical provinces of Northeast India.


It seeks to form committed Christian leaders who will continue the mission of Jesus, a mission rooted in the experience of God’s love, striving to bring all “people of good will” into fellowship of love and service, carried out in collaboration with the religious and the laity in a Christian community which reflects the cultural, religious and socio-economic realities of the region and the country.

Governing Body

Moderator: Most Rev. John Moolachira (Archbishop of Guwahati)
Episcopal Delegate:  

Most Rev. KATTRUKUDIYIL John Thomas (Bishop of Itanagar)

Members: Most Rev. LUMON Dominic (Archbishop of Imphal)
Most Rev. LYNGDOH Victor ( Archishop of Shilllong)
  Most Rev. MONTEIRO Lumen, CSC (Bishop of Agartala)
  Most Rev. PULLOPPILLIL Thomas (Bishop of Bongaigaon)
  Most Rev. ROTLUANGA Stephen, CSC (Bishop of Aizawl)
  Most Rev. PALLIPARAMBIL George, SDB (Bishop of Miao)
  Most Rev. LUMON Dominic (Archbishop of Imphal)
  Most Rev. MARAK Andrew R. (Bishop of Tura)
  Most Rev. TOPPO Michael Akasius (Bishop of Tezpur)
  Most Rev. THOPPIL James (Bishop of Kohima)
  Most Rev. MATTEKATT Paul (Bishop of Diphu)
  Most Rev. HEMROM Albert (Bishop of Dibrugarh)
Most Rev. MARWEIN Wilbert (Bishop of Nongstoin)
   Most Rev. DKHAR Ferdinand (Bishop of Jowai)

Most Rev. PANIPITCHAI Dennis (Auxiliary Bishop of Miao)

Most Rev. CHIRACKAL Jose (Auxiliary Bishop of Tura)

Most Rev. WALDER Joachim (Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl)

Honorary Members:  Most Rev. MENAMPARAMPIL Thomas SDB (Archbishop Emeritus, Guwahati)
Most Rev. MAMALASSERY George (Bishop Emeritus, Tura)
Most Rev. AIND Joseph, SDB (Bp. Emeritus, Dibrugarh)
Rev. Fr. CHINLIANKHUP Stanislaus (Rector, Oriens Theological College)

Former Staff

Most of them held multiple offices simultaneously during their tenure. Only some portfolios held by them are mentioned below.

  • Fr. KOZHUPPATHADAM Gervasis, SDB (1979-82)
  • Fr. ALUCKAL Jacob (1982-1987)
  • Bishop KATTRUKUDIYIL John Thomas (1987-1993)
  • Fr. MACHERIL Thomas (1993-1996)
  • Fr. MATHAVADIAN Christudhas (1996-2001)
  • Fr. POOVATHUMKUDY Kuriakose (2002-2008)
  • Bishop THOPPIL James (2008-2011)
  • Fr. CHIRACKAL Jose (2011-2014)
  • Fr. NELI Linus (2014-2017)
  • Fr. POOVATHUMKUDY Kuriakose (2019-2023)
  • Fr. CHINLIANKHUP Stanislaus (2023- )
  • Fr. MACHERIL Thomas (1987-1990)
  • Fr. ALUCKAL Jacob (1990-1994)
  • Fr. MANAR Henry (1994-1996)
  • Fr. HAOKIP Peter (1996-2012)
  • Fr. S. Joe Francis (2012-2014)
  • Fr. Xavier Topno (2015-2016)
  • Fr. Graviour Augustine (2016-2018)
  • Fr. CHINLIANKHUP Stanislaus (2019- 2023)
  • Fr. YANTHAN M. Thungbemo (2023- )
  • Fr. MANJALY Thomas (1984-1990)
  • Fr. KOCHUTHARA Thomas (1990-1995)
  • Fr. HAOKIP Peter (1995-1999)
  • Bishop THOPPIL James (1999-2005)
  • Fr. KAROTEMPREL Sebastian (Jr.) (2005-2009)
  • Fr. PALELY Tomy (2009-2013)
  • Fr. PADINJAREKUTTU Isaac (2013-2019)
  • Fr. KAPANI Samuel (2019-2021)
  • Fr. R. R. Graviour Augustine (2021-)
  • Fr. KHYRIEM Cornelius (1979-1981)
  • Fr. MANGALASSERY Thomas (1981)
  • Fr. THATTAMPARAMPIL Luke (1982-1983)
  • Fr. MACHERIL Thomas (1983-1986)
  • Fr. PALAMATTAM Paulose (1987-1988)
  • Bishop KATTRUKUDIYIL John Thomas (1988-1990)
  • Fr. MATHAVADIAN Christudhas (1990-1993)
  • Fr. KARIKKATTIL Thomas (1993-1995)
  • Bishop PULLOPPILLIL Thomas (1995-1997)
  • Fr. KHARPAN Francis (1998)
  • Fr. S. Joe Francis (1999-2001)
  • Fr. KAROTEMPREL Sebastian (2002)
  • Fr. PALELY Tomy (2002-2004)
  • Fr. MARWEIN Wilbert (2005-2008)
  • Fr. SUNN Michael (2008-2011)
  • Fr. SYNGKLI Zacheaus (2011-2013)
  • Fr. THAOLI Solomon (2013-2016)
  • Fr. LYNGDOH Teiborlang (2016-2017)
  • Fr. KAPOOR Raj (2017-2022)
  • Fr. KUTTAPPASSERIL John (2022- )
  • Fr. MANJALY Thomas (1984-1987, 1989, 1995-2004)
  • Fr. THUNDATHIL Mathew (1987-1988)
  • Bishop PULLOPPILLIL Thomas (1990-1992)
  • Fr. HAOKIP Peter (1992-1995)
  • Fr. T. S. Dominic (2004-2010)
  • Fr. S. Joe Francis (2010-2015)
  • Fr. LYNGDOH Teiborlang (2015-2016)
  • Fr. R. R. Graviour Augustine (2016-2017)
  • Fr. KAPANI Samuel (2017-2019)
  • Fr. R. R. Graviour Augustine (2019-2021)
  • Fr.  Yanthan Paul (2021-)
  • Fr. Uguet, SDB (1981-1982)
  • Fr. KATTAKKAYAM Alexander, CMI (1984-1985)
  • Fr. THANNIPPARA Alex, SJ (1985-1990)
  • Fr. D’SILVA Albert, SJ (1998-2002)
  • Fr. ORAPANKAL Abraham (2001-2003)
  • Fr. QUADROS Tom, SJ (2003)
  • Fr. THEKKEKUTTU Abel, OFM, Cap (2004-2010)
  • Fr. NAMBIAPARAMBIL Francis (2007-2010)
  • Fr. POOVATHUMKUDY Kuriakose (2010-2017)
  • Fr. NIRAPPEL Abraham (2011-2018)
  • Fr. CHANIKUZHY Mathew (2017- )
  • Fr. NEDUMARUTHUMCHALIL George (2018- )