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Bishop Robert Deeley has announced that Fr. Elaiyaraja Thaniyel has been appointed as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace Parish (Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Lewiston; Holy Cross Church, Lewiston; Holy Family Church, Lewiston; Holy Trinity Church, Lisbon Falls; Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Sabattus).

The post is effective immediately, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

Elaiyaraja is a member of the Heralds of Good News, a missionary society of apostolic life started in India in 1984. The specific aim of the Heralds is to promote vocations to the priesthood and the training of seminarians. There are nine other members of the society serving in the Diocese of Portland.

A native of Pulavanpadi in southern India, Elaiyaraja knew he wanted to a priest when he was 6 and completed his clerical studies at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Khammam, India in 2014.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 at St. Joseph Church in Narasingapuram, India.

Since his ordination, Elaiyaraja has served as an assistant parish priest in the Diocese of Tura and the Archdiocese of Guwahati, both in India.


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