His Holiness Pope Francis on Dec. 2 appointed Father Albert Hemrom as the coadjutor bishop of Dibrugarh diocese in Assam state, eastern India. The bishop-elect was born in Konapathar in Dibrugarh diocese on February 27, 1969. He joined St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Dibrugarh, and then studied at Christ the King College, Shillong, and at Oriens Theological College, Shillong.

Fr. Albert was ordained priest for Dibrugarh diocese on April 25, 1999. He obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Peter’s Pontifical College, Bangalore in 2003 and a Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University 2014. Since 2014 he is Judicial Vicar of the Diocesan Tribunal and Rector of St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Dibrugarh. He is Member of the College of Consultors and of the Priests Council, as well as Secretary of Laity and Family Commission, Vocation Promoter and Visiting Professor of Canon Law at Oriens Theological College, Shillong.

The appointment was announced at noon in Rome and at its corresponding time 4:30 pm in India.