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Cleric Manuel Mardi laid to rest


By Bivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, Mar. 25. The mortal remains of Cleric Manuel Mardi, a 26 year old Salesian of Guwahati province was laid to rest at the Catholic Cemetery, Ujanbazar on March 25, 2014 in a simple and moving ceremony.
Cleric Mardi was doing his second year philosophy at Don Bosco Philosophate, Dimapur. He was diagnosed with Leukemia a week ago and was undergoing treatment at the B. Baroah Cancer Institute, Guwahati. The sudden demise of the young cleric came as a surprise for the confreres of Guwahati Province. The funeral Mass, held at 10:30 am, was attended by number of priests, religious and lay people. The relatives of Cl. Mardi were also present for the burial.

The Holy Mass was celebrated by Archbishop John Moolachira DD, of Guwahati. In his sermon he reminded all those present of the shortness of life and said that only a few days ago there was a reminder of the fact that we are dust and to dust we shall all returned. ''On 5 March when ash was put on our forehead, we were all reminded of the fact that we are only made of dust. The death of Cleric Manuel Mardi is a reminder for all of us of the shortness of our life and that one day we shall be buried into the womb of the Mother Earth. We surrender everything to God and to His divine will'' said Archbishop John.  He also prayed for the departed soul and extended his sincere condolence on behalf of the priests of the diocese of Guwahati to the Salesians at the loss of a young confrere.

Those who delivered the condolence messages were Fr. Thomas Lakra, the Vice provincial of Guwahati, Fr. Cyril Tirkey, the economer of the Salesian province of Silchar, Fr. Tom Karthik, Rector Don Bosco Philosophate, Dimapur and others.

Fr. Tom, the Rector of the philosophate at Dimapur described him as a young and energetic Salesian. He could never believe that he is no more on earth. He regretted the fact that he could not save him inspite of the best effort provided. He said that Cleric Mardi is loved by all the brothers and is sincere in his personal manifestation with the Rector. ''Cl. Manuel Mardi developed a sudden pain in the stomach and was referred to a hospital at Dimapur. Sensing the seriousness of the situation after suspecting cancer, the doctor recommended sending him to Guwahati for better treatment and biopsy. It was the saddest news to hear that he is no more.'' Fr. Tom said. Fr. Cyril Tirkey, the economer of Silchar read out a condolence message sent by Fr. George Maliekal, the Provincial of the Salesian province of Silchar.
 
Fr. Thomas Lakra proposed his special thanks in the name of Fr. VM Thomas, the provincial who is in Rome for the General Chapter to all those who took care of Cl. Manuel Mardi in his last moments on earth. He described the sad news as a great shock to the province. He pictured him as a sincere, hard working and obedient confrere who is always ready to help. ''His soft spoken nature made him accepted by all the confreres and his sincerity is the trademark of Cleric Manuel Mardi,'' he said.

Hearing of the death, messages and words of condolences started pouring in from the confreres of the provinces of Dimapur and Silchar. Confreres from the two provinces too were present to offer their solidarity at the death of a young and promising Salesian.

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