PM Modi, State and Religious leaders mourn sudden demise of Shillong Archbishop Dominic Jala

PM Modi, State and Religious leaders mourn sudden demise of Shillong Archbishop Dominic Jala

SHILLONG | Oct 12, 2019:

The sudden and untimely demise of Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala in a car accident in California, United States of America on October 11 (Indian time) has created shock and gloomy waves across Meghalaya and the Northeast region.

There is an air of sadness all across the state as the people particularly the Catholic faithful across Meghalaya and the region recall the life and contribution of Archbishop Jala to the society.

Condolences have poured in from cross sections of the society including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his tweet, PM Modi expressed anguish over the passing away of Most Rev. Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong. "He will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya's progress. May his soul rest in peace," tweeted the Prime Minister today.

Expressing shock and grief, the priests and clergies of Shillong Archdiocese said "It is really a sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Archbishop passed away, far away from his homeland, far away from us. We are awaiting return of his mortal remains which will take around 4-5 days and after that we can arrange for the date and time of the funeral. As of now, we urge everyone of you to pray for us, to pray for our Archdiocese and especially to pray for the soul of Archbishop."

Shillong Archbishop, Most Rev Dominic Jala

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Similarly, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said, "it is a sad day for our state with the sudden demise of our dear Archbishop, Dominic Jala who passed away in California. He had a close relationship with my family and had always guided me on several issues for the interest of the people. May his soul rest in eternal peace."

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio also joined in extending his condolences and tweeted, "Saddened to hear the passing away of Most Rev. Dominic Jala Archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya. A personality of faith who dedicated his life to the message of the Gospel, his death is a loss to the Church.Condolences to the clergy, religious & laity of the archdiocese of Shillong."

Congress MLA from East Shillong, Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh wrote, "Deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of the most reverend Archbishop of Shillong, Dominic Jala in the United States."

Meanwhile, the North East Regional Bishops' Council (NERBC), through a press communique, stated that after the Ad Limina visit of the Bishops of North East India in Rome, Rev Dominic Jala had gone to the US to attend a meeting of the ICEL (International Commission for English Liturgy) and to meet some of his friends.

"We entrust his soul into the hands of his creator. We the Catholic Bishops of North East India are grieved at his departure but at the moment of pain we turn to the priests, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Shillong who mourn their beloved Archbishop. We offer them our heartfelt condolences. We pray for the eternal repose of the departed soul and for the archdiocese of Shillong. Let us continue praying as we await for further news of the arrival of the mortal remains and the date of the funeral" said Rev John Moolachira, the Archbishop of Guwahati and President of NEIRBC.

As seen in the picture, the Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala besides other Bishops shared a picture with Pope Francis in Rome recently


Officials of the Mary Help of Christians Cathedral informed that as they await the mortal remains of the Acrhbishop to arrive, they will be having a Concelebrated Mass at the Cathedral everyday at 5.30 pm.


Most Rev. Dominic Jala, born on 12th July 1951 at Mawlai in the Archdiocese of Shillong; he was appointed the Archbishop of the same diocese in December 1999. At the transfer of Bishop Victor Lyngdoh to the diocese of Jowai in 2017, Archbishop Dominic Jala was also appointed the apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Nongstoin.

Before being appointed archbishop, he was the provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco of Guwahati Province. He was actively involved in all matters connected with the church in North East India and CBCI. From 2012 to 2019 (September), he was the chairman of the NEIRBC (North East India Regional Bishops' Council); He was also the chairman of the Liturgical commission of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India for several years.

He was a well appreciated archbishop known for his simplicity, scholarship and intellectual acumen.

Rest in Peace Archbishop Rev Dominic Jala

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