Multitude of tearful mourners bade adieu to mortal remains of Archbishop Most Rev. Dominic Jala of Shillong Archdiocese


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Shillong, October 22, 2019 (MMP): Clergy belonging to different Catholic congregations, leaders of Christian denominations, along with with a multitude tearful Catholic faithful today bid adieu to the mortal remains of Archbishop Most Rev. Dominic Jala of Shillong Archdiocese in Meghalaya. Rev. Dominic Jala and a Roman Catholic priest from Kerala, who was working in the U.S, were killed in a car accident in California on the 10th of October 2019. A third Indian priest, Father Joseph Parekkatt was injured in the accident. Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong and Fr. Mathew Vellankal, a pastor in the Diocese of Oakland, died when the Toyota Prius in which they were traveling was hit by a tractor-trailer on a highway near Wilbur Springs. Fr. Vellankal was driving the vehicle. Both men died at the scene. The mortal remains of Rev. Jala were laid to rest, after the Requiem Holy Mass held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians at Laitumkhrah, Shillong at the premises of the Cathedral, which lasted for three and forty-five minutes. Various priests and speakers at the funeral service eulogized Rev. Jala as one of the intellectuals of the Catholic Church, who knew the Greek, Latin, French, Italian and  German languages. He learned all these languages while he was studying in Rome. Rev. Jala was also known, as an apostle of Catholic faith, simplicity and most of all, for his concern for the poor and the downtrodden.

              Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. who on the occasion informed the Rev. Jala was a close friend of his family, who would inspire everyone. Sangma said, adding that people could learn from the teaching of Rev. Jala. “May Most Rev. Jala confidently rest in the arms of Lord. Jesus” Sangma added. The Leader of Opposition of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Dr. Mukul Sangma said the untimely demise of Rev. Jala is big loss to the people of North East and Meghalaya. He lauded him for his dedicated service in bringing development in the state. Speaking on the occasion, the Member of Lok Sabha, who represents the Shillong Parliamentary Constituency in Meghalaya, Vincent H. Pala who involved with other priests in bringing the body of Rev. Jala to Shillong from California to Shillong via New Delhi informed that it was due to Centre’s intervention including assistance of former Union Tourism Minister, Alphons Joseph Kannanthanan that the body of Rev. Jala could be brought to Shillong within twelve day.

          Pala informed that in the normal circumstance, bringing the body from the United States of America to Shillong usually takes more than two week, but due to divine providence and cooperation from US authorities and kind intervention of Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma the body of Rev Jala could be brought to Shillong within twelve days. People queued for long hours to have their last glimpse of the mortal remains of the departed spiritual leader, Rev. Most Dominic Jala before it was revered covered with wreaths, flowers, rosebuds, petal, and burning of cables.     MMP


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