Book, souvenir on Archbishop to be released today

Mass and prayers to mark Dominic Jala’s first death anniversary       

Staff Reporter

Shillong, Oct 09: The vacuum left by Archbishop Dominic Jala is yet to be filled as the clergy and the faithful are set to observe his first death anniversary tomorrow.              

Jala was killed in a car accident in Colusa County, California (US) on October 10 last year.

During a visit to the Archbishop’s House, Laitumkhrah, on Friday, a few of the faithful were found decorating a portrait of Jala.

A few visitors were seen taking pictures near his whitewashed tomb close to the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians.

The priests who were present acknowledged the void left behind by the Archbishop.  

The diocesan administrator, John Madur, said the church will observe the first death anniversary of the Archbishop. “We will pay respect to the departed soul with Holy Mass tomorrow and by releasing a commemorative souvenir,” he said.

Protem Chancellor, Jimmy Marngar said the Mass will start at 9.30 am tomorrow followed by releasing of a book on Jala in English and a pictorial souvenir in Khasi. 

“With the prevailing Covid situation, the attendance of the faithful is restricted through invitations. We expect around 270 invitees,” Fr Marngar said.

Eight Bishops from the North East, besides the priests, the religious and the family members will take part. 

Invitations were also sent to the Chief Minister, the Assembly Speaker, some ministers and MLAs.

“The book to be released consists of articles written by eminent personalities, including Archbishops and Bishops. The Chief Minister has also contributed an article for the book,” Fr Marngar said.

The articles are the recollections of persons who had worked with the Archbishop and those who closely associated with him.   

“The pictorial souvenir in Khasi is the brief life sketch of the Archbishop in pictures,” Fr Marngar said. 

The Archbishop Dominic Jala Memorial Award for academic excellence will also be distributed on the occasion.

This will be followed by short prayers at the tomb of the Archbishop. 

“On Saturday at 5.30 pm, Mass for other faithful in memory of the departed soul will be held. We have also encouraged many parishes to attend Mass and offer prayers on Sunday,” Fr Marngar added.