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A memorial for Sr. Ritil Tyngkan

In memory of Late Sr. Ritil Tyngkan FMA; a zealous touring sister, a monument was blessed and inaugurated at Monabari ‘A’ village of Garobadha Parish in Garo Hills of Meghalaya state on 15th November 2015. The day also coincides with the Silver Jubilee of the existence of the Catholic faith in the village. The day was made solemn with the Jubilee celebrations of the village. The monument was blessed by Fr. Januarius Sangma SDB, Vice Provincial of Guwahati Province and inaugurated by Sr. Marcellina Sangma FMA, Provincial Economer of Shillong Province.

Speaking on the occasion, Sr. Jomita Sangma FMA the survivor companion of Sr. Ritil on that fateful day of 15th September 2007 relived the experience with much pain, which moved many hearts. Along with them there was also a girl who is now grown and was present for the function. Sr. Jomita apologized to the faithful for not putting visit programmes to the village of Monabari ‘A’ those years after the incident because of the trauma she went through.

This memorial is the initiative of St. Dominic’s Parish, Garobadha in appreciation of the missionary zeal of Sr. Ritil who spent most years of her religious life in the Garo Hills and finally gave up her life while on her mission. She along with Sr. Jomita and another girl were crossing a river on a raft on 15 September 2007, wherein the raft gave way. The Sisters were very conscious to protect the life of the girl and in that situation Sr. Ritil succumb to the river and gave up her spirit. We salute this courageous Sister whom the Lord found ready at her work place.