Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong

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Archdiocese of Shillong
Archidioecesis Shillongensis
शिलांग के सूबा
Church of Shillong.JPG
Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Shillong
Area 5,196 km2 (2,006 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
271,000 (26.8%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians in Shillong
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Dominic Jala, S.D.B.
Statue of Mary Help of Christians on the facade of the cathedral

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong (Latin: Shillongen(sis)) is a Latin Meteropolitan archdiocese in Meghalaya state, northern India. It serves more than 300,000 followers in 34 parishes in the districts of East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi of Meghalaya.



Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, in Shillong, in the city of Shillong. It was built over 50 years ago. Since it also has the “cathedra” – the seat or throne of the Bishop – it is known as a Cathedral Church. This place of worship stands on the very site of the first Church built by the German fathers (Salvatorians from Germany).

The earlier 1913 building – the Church of the Divine Saviour – was a wooden structure. It was destroyed in the Good Friday fire of April 10, 1936. Built by the first Catholic missionaries to these hills, the Salvatorians from Germany, it was the first Catholic Cathedral Church in what was then the Mission of Assam.


(all Roman Rite; so far members of a Latin congregation)

Apostolic Prefects of Assam
Bishops of Shillong
Metropolitan Archbishops of Gauhati–Shillong
  • Hubert D’Rosario, S.D.B. (1969.06.26 – 1970.01.22 see below), previously Bishop of Dibrugarh (India) (1964.07.06 – 1969.06.26)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Shillong – Gauhati
  • Hubert D’Rosario, S.D.B. (as above June 26, 1969 – March 30, 1992 see below)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Shillong

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Apart from the Archdiocese itself, it comprises the following suffragan dioceses:

Sources and External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°34′N 91°53′E / 25.567°N 91.883°E / 25.567; 91.883