Funeral to be held on Oct 23; till then, Archbishop’s mortal remains will be kept in Cathedral Church in state capital Shillong for faithfuls to pay last respects
Shillong: The mortal remains of Archbishop Dominic Jala will arrive at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam at 2.45 pm on Sunday, announced the Archbishop’s house in Shillong.
On the way to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, the mortal remains will first be taken to Guwahati Provincial House, then Byrnihat Parish, Nongpoh Parish, Umsning Parish, and Mawlai Parish. The mortal remains will be kept in his parental home in Mawlai Phudmuri for the night.
From October 21, till the funeral, the remains will be kept in Cathedral Church in Shillong for faithfuls to pay their tributes.
The funeral will take place on October 23 at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian, Laitumkhrah, Shillong at 1 pm.
Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, Most Rev Dominic Jala, was killed in a road accident in California, US on October 10, 2019.
The Archbishop’s house is yet to get an understanding of how many bishops will attend the funeral as the information was sent out on Friday itself to various Bishops in Northeast India. Bishops from outside Northeast India are also expected to attend the funeral.
On the day of the funeral, there will be a mass held at 1 pm. According to plan, the funeral mass may either be performed by either one according to their availability -- Archbishop of Goa and president of Conference of Catholic Bishop's of India, Philip Neri or either Archbishop of Guwahati, John Moolachira who is also the president of Northeast Regional Bishop’s Council.
While addressing the media, acting chancellor of Archbishop’s House, Father Jimmy Marngar, said, “All Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Shillong will be closed on the day of funeral. The Archbishop’s house does not ask for state holiday but nothing like it if they declare it.”
The Archbishop’s house has also sought the help of Meghalaya police to escort the mortal remains of Archbishop Dominic Jala.
Barnabas Nongbah, general secretary of Catholic Association, Shillong, said that they have been in touch with the SP of Traffic and they are still working out a route map and arrangements for parking on the burial day to avoid any traffic in the state.