Bust of famous priest Khasi unveiled in Laitkor
SHILLONG, November 7: The Socio-Cultural Organization of Saint-Joseph (SSCO), Laitkor Parish, unveiled the bust of (L) Rev. (Dr) Sylvanus Sngi Lyngdoh, SDB at the parish premises on Saturday.
Father Sngi, as he was popularly called, breathed his last on May 28, 2016. A known exorcist, missionary, author and political and social thinker, Father Sngi was born on January 3, 1921 in the Ri Bhoi district.
He professed as a Salesian on January 6, 1948 and was ordained a priest on July 1, 1958 in Turin, Italy.
Graduated from the University of Calcutta with honors and a first class in Latin, he continued his theological and biblical studies in Italy, Israel and Greece. In addition to earning a master’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in scripture, he was proficient in Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and several other languages.
He was a popular editor-in-chief of the weekly Khasi Ka Sur Shipara for almost two decades starting in 1976.
Father Sngi is the author of over 40 books and his outstanding literary contributions include his Khasi-Hebrew, Khasi-Greek and Khasi-Aramaic dictionaries. He co-translated and edited with the late Father Henry Fantin, the Khasi Catholic Bible, a historic literary volume in the Khasi language.
The local deputy of Nongkrem, Lambor Malngiang with Fr. Orphindro Lyngkot, Provincial SDB, Salesian Province, Shillong, Fr. Raphael Maiong, SDB, parish priest and other priest of the church were present on the occasion.
Addressing the assembly, Malngiang recalled the contribution of Fr. Sngi both as a priest and also as a social thinker. On this occasion, the MP also donated computers to St. Joseph’s High School in Laitkor.