Most Rev. Victor Lyngdoh (64), currently Bishop of Jowai, was today appointed as the Archbishop of Shillong.
The appointment was made by Pope Francis in Rome at 4:30 pm Indian Standard Time.
Bishop Victor Lyngdoh was born on January 14, 1956, at Wahlang Village, East Khasi Hills District, and Meghalaya.
He entered St. Paul’s Seminary in Shillong pursuing his studies at St. Gabriel’s Higher Secondary School.
He then studied Philosophy at Christ King College in Shillong, subsequently spending his Regency at St. Francis Xavier Church, Mawsynram.
He then entered Sacred Heart Theological College in Mawlai and was ordained priest on January 25, 1987.
From 2005-2006 he was the Parish Priest at Mary Help of Christians Cathedral, Shillong and from 2006-2016 he was the Bishop of Nongstoin and from 2016 he was appointed as the Bishop of Jowai till his appointment as the Archbishop of Shillong.
It may be mentioned that the Shillong Archdiocese has been without an Archbishop after Most Rev Dominic Jala (SDB) died in a road accident in California in the United States on October 10, 2019.
A press communiqué issued by Diocesan Administrator of Shillong Archdiocese, Fr John Madur, congratulated Bishop Lyngdoh for having been appointed as the new Archbishop.
“With great joy, we announce that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Victor Lyngdoh as the Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese,” Fr John said.
“We send our prayerful greetings and best wishes to Archbishop-elect Victor Lyngdoh. We entrust the Archbishop’s new ministry to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” the communiqué, signed by Fr. Jimmy Marngar, pro-tem chancellor, Archdiocese of Shillong read.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma took to Twitter to congratulate Bishop Lyngdoh on being elevated to Archbishop of Shillong Archdiocese.
“Congratulations Your Grace, Most Reverend Bishop Victor Lyngdoh for being appointed as the new Archbishop of #Shillong Archdiocese. I believe that His Grace will continue to serve the Lord and share his wisdom & knowledge for the greater good of [email protected] @VaticanNews,” Sangma tweeted.