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Fr. John Larrea SDB passes away at Shillong


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Shillong, Apr. 17. Fr. John Larrea SDB of the province of Silchar passed away at 3.20 am on 17th April 2013. He was 92. He was ailing for sometime due to old age and was admitted to Nazareth Hospital, Shillong a few days back.


The Salesian Congregation deeply mourns the passing away of Rev. Fr. John Larrea SDB, aged 92, at the early hours of 17 April, 2013. His mortal remains are kept at the Don Bosco Technical School Chapel. There will be a concelebrated requiem mass at the grotto chapel at 6 pm on 17th and the funeral mass will take place at 2 pm on 18th April at the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Laitumkhrah, Shillong.
Fr. John Larrea left Spain for the Salesian missions of Assam and arrived in Shillong in 1946. He had made his first profession in 1940, and was ordained a priest in 1948. He had been a pioneering missionary in Assam and Nagaland, paying particular attention to the training of lay catechists for the evangelization of the tribal people. For the last 35 years he has dedicated himself to diffusing the 'Word of God' through numerous publications in several languages. He has also been helping countless number of people for their education, health care, employment, family settlement, etc. without neglecting his availability for priestly ministry on a regular basis and whenever needed. His contribution to the growth of the Church through his apostolate of the written word has benefitted not only North East India, but also several other parts of the world. Zeal for the Word had consumed him.

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