20th October 2019
Your Eminence, Your Excellency, Your Grace, Your Lordship,
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) thanks Shri K J Alphons, BJP, Rajya Sabha, for facilitating the process so that prayers could be offered to the mortal remains of Archbishop Dominic Jala, Archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya at the Cargo Terminal, Delhi.
Shri Vincent Pala, Congress, Lok Sabha Shillong and three priests accompanied the body of the Archbishop from San Francisco, USA to Shillong, via Delhi and Guwahati.
The body of Archbishop Dominc Jala reached Delhi International Airport by 5.30 am on 20th October Sunday 2019. Fr Jervis D'Souza, Deputy Secretary General, CBCI and Fr Ajeet Kumar, Secretary, Archbishop of Delhi Archdiocese (deputed by Archbishop Anil Couto) welcomed the body at the Cargo Terminal, Delhi and briefly offered prayers for the repose of the soul our dearly departed Archbishop on behalf of the CBCI and the Delhi Archdiocese. Two wreaths were placed near the coffin. It was a touching and a very moving scene as all the security and cargo terminal staff present joined in this moment of sadness, prayer and grief.
On behalf of the CBCI, we thank Shri KJ Alphons, the airport authorities consisting of the Civil Aviation personnel, Cargo Terminal staff and CISF personnel for all the help in making this possible.
We also thank Shri Vincent Pala, for flying to USA to make all the arrangements and to accompany the body. We thank all the Church and Civil authorities in USA for all the help rendered in this tragic moment.
The body was taken to Guwahati where a Requiem Mass was offered by Archbishop John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati Archdiocese at St Joseph's Cathedral at 4.00 pm.
The mortal remains will be taken then to Bymihat, Nongpoh, Umsning and Mawlai Parishes. They will be kept in Archbishop's parental home, Mawlai Phudmuri for the night.
From 21st to 23rd October, the mortal remains will be kept in Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Laitumkhrah, Shillong for the faithful to pay their homage. The funeral mass will be on 23rd October at 1.00 pm at the Cathedral, Shillong,
Eternal rest grant unto his soul O Lord and Let perpetual light shine upon him.
Fr Jervis D'Souza
Deputy Secretary General, CBCI.