Umswai Parish
 

On January 25, 1914, led by Mr. Lantuk Hanse, a group of six Karbis from Marjong, close to the present parish of Umswai, trekked across to Umtyrkhang in Khasi Hills beyond the river Umiam, to be baptized by Christopher Becker Sds. Thus the first Catholic community of Umswai and of Karbi Anglong was born. From 1922 this nascent Catholic community that grew up later on was part of the parishes of Laitumkhrah, Mawlai and Nongpoh successively.

On March 31, 1975 Br. Macarius, Cmf, and Bro. Cuthbert, Cmf, who had been staying at Umsohlait, took up residence at Umswai. The Brothers must have had a truly difficult time. As they did not have a vehicle of their own, they had to buy the required provision at the weekly market of Mawhati. This had to be done on foot, and it required that they spend one night at Umsohlait. The present Umswai market was non-existent at that time.

When Michael Balawan, sdb, was appointed to Nongpoh, he took special interest in Umswai, particularly the Tiwas and their language. Besides being thec first priest to learn Tiwa, he is the first one to write and publish anything at all in Tiwa. The first Tiwa book, a hymnal and a prayer book called “Mindei Khrum” was published in 1962. His translation of the New Testament into Tiwa (Khorong Kodal, 1972) is the jewel in the crown of a suite of books that he published to promote literacy and to sustain Christian faith.

Fr. Albano D’Mello, sdb, Umswai’s first parish priest, reached Umswai accompanies by Fr. Balawan on 12 October, 1976. Umswai was erected as a parish, dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, by a Decree of Archbishop Hubert D’Rosario dated April 24, 1977.


The Franscan Brothers continued to stay at Umswai for some time, after which they shifted to Langerdang. After several years of hard work, on December 31, 1998, the Brothers handed the place over to the Capuchin Fathers. However, the physical difficulties that confronted the Capuchins proved insuperable. The place was closed down in Janury 1999.

With the establishment of the parish, things brightened up for Umswai. Over the years the necessary infrastructure was provided for the school and the Parish; the church was enlarged. The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians arrived on 24 October 1985, under the leadership of Mary Edatukaran, fma. Today the parish has a catholic population of 2300.  In 2004 Don Bosco Umswai became the one of the only tow Catholic Higher Secondary School in Diphu diocese, the other being in Diphu opened the same year. Considering indispensability of mother-tongue primary education for healthy socio-cultural integration as well as for the conceptual and logical formation of a child, Don Bosco Umswai took the momentous and trail-blazing decision to convert the existing English medium L.P. School to Karbi and Tiwa media from 2006, separately for Karbi and Tiwa children. The saga of committed service amidst trying circumstances to a deprived people marches on. For Umswai, a place away from all places, the Parish and the School have been a guiding star on the horizon, a light set on a hilltop, an oasis of succor and consolation.
Names of the Villages
No.
Name
Family
Distance
1.
Amkhalam    
03 Kms
2.
Amsobra
03 Kms
3.
Asukhunji
18 Kms
4.
Khumkhunji
04 Kms
5.
Marjong
12 Kms
6.
Mokhoidorom
25 Kms
7.
Moro
04 Kms
8.
Orlongluri
07 Kms
9.
Pantalu
07 Kms
10.
Pundurimakha  
01 Km
11.
Rongkimi       
04 kms
12.
Sapali
10 kms
13.
Shikdamakha
01 kms
14.
Similikhunji  
05 kms
15.
Sondrophali   
06 kms
16.
Thawlaw  
05 kms
17.
Tipali  
35 kms
18.
Trairit  
02kms
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parish Priest
Bro. Benjamin Induar,
Sdb 
Bro. Benjamin Kathar, Sdb
 
Parish Priests
01.
Fr. Albano D’Mello Sdb

1976 - 1986

02.
Fr. Abraham Kanattu, Sdb

1986 – 1991

03.
Fr. Davis Arikatt, Sdb
1991 – 1996
04.
Fr. Johny Eapen, Sdb

1996 – 1999

05.
Fr. U.V. Jose, Sdb
1999 – 2009
06.
Fr. Quarenius, Sdb
2009 -
 
Assistant priests:
01.
Fr. E.P. Augustine, Sdb         

1999 – 2002

02.
Fr. Zepherinus Baxla, Sdb

2002 – 2002

03.
Fr. Abraham Kanattu, Sdb
2002 – 2003
04.
Davis Arikatt, Sdb

2004  - 2006

05.
Mathew Kadavunkal, Sdb
2006 –        
06.
Fr. Johny Eapen, Sdb  
07.
Fr. Quirinus Syiemlieh, Sdb  
08.
Fr. U.V. Jose, Sdb  
09.
Fr. Joseph Pazhekadavan Sdb  
10.
Fr. Anthony Thekkel, Sdb  
11.
Fr. Ronald Venadt, Sdb  
12.
Glorius Syiemlieh, Sdb  
 
Salesian lay Brothers
01 . Bro. Romanus Tirkey, Sdb
02. Bro. Benjamin Kujur, Sdb
03. Bro. Reggie Cherukunnel, Sdb
04. Bro. Benjamin Kathar, Sdb
05. Bro. Benjamin Induar, Sdb
 
Mass Timings
Sundays:

9.00 Am Tiwa

1st Sunday

9.00 Am Karbi

Week Days 6.30 Am Karbi, Tiwa,English
 
Address Postal Address

Catholic Church
Umswai 782 410, Jagi Road (Via) West Karbi Anglong
Assam

Catholic Church
C/o Provincial House Don Bosco,
Guwahati – 781 001 Assam

Diphu Diocese, Copyright@2008
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