The archbishop was travelling with two other priests, Fr Mathew Vellankal and Fr Joseph Parekatt, when the accident occurred at 10.30 am in California on Friday
Shillong: Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala, passed away in a road accident in California, US at 10.30 am on Friday
After the Ad Limina visit of the Bishops of Northeast India in Rome, the Archdiocese of Shillong had gone to the United States to attend a meeting of the International Commission for English Liturgy (ICEL).
The archbishop was travelling with two other priests, Fr Mathew Vellankal and Fr Joseph Parekatt. While the archbishop and Fr Matthew Vellankal died on the spot, Fr Joseph Parekatt was admitted in the hospital with serious injuries and is said to be stable at the moment.
Meanwhile, the formalities are likely to be delayed due to the holidays, and the Archdiocese is awaiting the news regarding the arrival of the mortal remains.
Acting Chancellor of the Archbishop's House, Fr Jimmy Marngar, mentioned in a press release that, "Information regarding the funeral will be communicated later on. There will be concelebrated requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians everyday at 5.30 pm till the mortal remains arrive in Shillong."
While speaking with EastMojo, Fr Jimmy Marngar said, "It is indeed a sad news for all of us, he was very kind and simple man. We are yet to give any further details about the funeral because the autopsy is yet to be done. Once we get more details we will be able to finalise. The date for the funeral."
Rev Jala was born on July 12, 1951, at Mawlai. He was appointed as Archbishop of Shillong on December 22, 1999, and ordained as Archbishop on April 2, 2000.