St. Francis of Assisi Church, Byrnighat

His Grace Tarcisius Resto Phanrag, Archbishop of Shillong, in his letter dated 30 Oct. 1998, invited us officially to do some pioneering missionary work in Byrnighat Mission which falls under Nongpoh Parish in the Archdiocese of Shillong. Unfortunately, just before the inauguration of the Parish, Archbishop Resto expired in 1999, and the contract between the Archdiocese and St. Joseph Province, Kerala, could not be signed. However, Br. Sebastian Manayanickal was functioning as the Parish Priest. His Grace Dominic Jala SDB, the new Archbishop of Shillong, who was consecrated on 2 April 2000, in his letter dated 5 Sep. 2001, has given us the assurance that he will honour the commitment and hand over the Parish to our Order. Br. Thomas Jacob Thekkumkattil, Provincial Minister, has already redrafted the contract with the changes proposed by the Archbishop.

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