Today marked the first death anniversary of Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese, late Most Rev Dominic Jala. A Holy Mass led by Archbishop of Guwahati, and president of the North East India Bishop Conference, Most Rev John Moolachira as the main celebrant, was held at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Laitumkhrah remembering and praying for the departed soul of the late Archbishop Jala. A book and a souvenir on Rev. Dominic Jala was released on the occasion at Mary Help of Christians Cathedral Church, Don Bosco in the city.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma along with other Ministers and MLAs of the state attended the holy mass.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted: “Attended the requiem mass in honour of the Most Reverend (L) Dominic Jala on his 1st Death Anniversary. He will always be remembered for the impact he made in our lives through his fellowship and friendship. I am thankful to have known him in this lifetime.”
After the Mass, Archbishops, and Bishops, the chief minister, Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh, the priests family members, and other dignitaries paid tributes to the late Archbishop and laid wreaths and candles at his tomb beside the Cathedral.
Later, a life-size statue of late Rev Dominic Jala (SDB) was unveiled at his parental house in Mawlai Phudmuri in Shillong by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma.
“Unveiled the statue of our dear (L) Archbishop Dominic Jala on his 1st Death Anniversary. We acknowledge his immense contributions to #Meghalaya and we honour his service that has enriched the lives of many. May the life and teachings of His Grace continue to inspire us,” Conrad Sangma tweeted.
Archbishop Jala died in an accident at Colusa County, Oakland, California in the USA after a Toyota Prius he was traveling in along with other priests, was hit by a tractor-trailer truck on October 10, 2019, at around 2.20 pm.