Myanmar Catholic Church 2007

Myanmar Catholic Church 2007
Catholic Bishops' Conference Myanmar.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Myanmar Catholic Church 2007


Archdiocese of Taunggyi
Archdiocese of Taunggyi
Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis
Country: Myanmar
Rite: Latin
Area: 26,850 km²

1.5 million (2004)
7,350 (0.5%)
Bishop: Matthias U Shwe

The (Roman Catholic) Archdiocese of Taunggyi (Latin: Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis) is located in the Shan State of Myanmar. The dioceses of Kentung, Loikaw, Pekhon and Taungngu are suffragans of the archdiocese. The cathedral of the archdiocese is the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi.

The diocese of Taunggyi on March 21 1961 by splitting from the diocese of Taungngu and was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Yangon. When the diocese was elevated to become an archdiocese and metropolitan see on January 17 1998, Kentung (from Mandalay) and Loikaw and Taungngu (from Yangon) were assigned to the new ecclesiastical province. The diocese Pekhon was created on December 15 2005 by splitting of the southern part of the archdiocese.

After the split the archdiocese has 7,350 catholics out of a total population of 1.5 million. It is subdivided into 12 parishes, and has a total number of 25 priests. It covers an area of 26,850 km².


  • Matthias U Shwe, since December 18 1989, previously was auxiliary bishop since December 20 1979
  • John Baptist Gobbato, P.I.M.E., March 21 1961 - December 18 1989 (retired)
  • Peter Hla, auxiliary bishop from March 13 2001 till December 15 2005 (became bishop of Pekhon)

External links

Information underconstruction..............


Established: The history of the Diocese of PYAY (Prome) dates back to the early times when the Portuguese introduced Christianity to the Rakhine (Arakan) State. Dominicans and Jesuits were the first pioneers who worked hard in these areas. There were also the Augustinian Fathers and the Theatine Fathers who spent much of their zeal and energy but without much success. From 1785 to 1852 no missionary work was possible and very little hope was left. In 1834 West Bengal was erected into a Vicariate and it included Rakhine (Arakan). In 1850 Rakhine (Arakan) was restored to Myanmar (Burma) Ecclesiastically under Bishop Balma, the Vicar Apostolic of Ava and Bago (Pegu). In 1870, Rakhine (Arakan) came again under Indian territory as part of the diocese of Dacca. The Holy Cross Fathers worked in Rakhine (Arakan) from 1870 to 1875. In 1918, with the end of the World War I the Holy Cross Fathers resumed the Rakhine (Arakan) apostolate. Sandoway (Thandwe) was opened about 1922 and Gyeitkaw in 1928. In 1927 Chittagon became a separate Diocese from Dacca. Ten years later in 1937, the mission was handed over to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette from the United States.

In 1940 the Prefecture Apostolic of Akyab (Sittwe) was erected with Fr. Thomas Newman appointed as its first Prefect Apostolic. Later on with the approval of Rome the La Salette Missionaries took charge of the Prome (Pyay)- Thayet area and in 1958 Prome (Pyay) became the center and the name also was changed into the Prefecture Apostolic of Prome (Pyay). In 1961, Prome (Pyay) became a Diocese and Msgr. Thomas Newman became its first Bishop. He was consecrated by Pope John XXIII in Rome on the 21st of May 1961.

The La Salette Fathers withdrew from the Mission in 1976 and the administration of the Diocese was handed over to the diocesan Clergy with Bishop Joseph Thaung Shwe as the head of the Diocese. In 1985, Fr Gregory Taik Maung was consecrated as Bishop and became the Administrator of the Diocese.

General Statistics:
Area in sq.kilometers : 80,937.5=31,250 sq. miles
Civil Population : 9,037,000
Catholic Population : 24,100
Parishes & Quasi Parishes : 20
Priests : 30
Religious Congregations : 6
Men Religious : 3
Women Religious : 72
Catechists : 80


His Excellency
Bishop Joseph Thaung Shwe
(Bishop of Pyay)

Date of Birth 10.10.1935
Ordained Priest 11.01.1961
Consecrated Bishop 02.02.1976
Address: St. Francis' Church Sandaw Quarter
Tel: 053-22467

His Excellency
Bishop Gregory Taik Maung
(Apostolic Administrator)

Date of Birth 19.12.1946
Ordained Priest 15.03.1975
Ordained Bishop 01.11.1985
Address St Paul's Cathedral
Meegyaungyeh Qrt.
Pyay. Myanmar.
Tel: 053-24100

Vicar General
01. (For Riverine) Msgr. Cornelius Kyaw Khine
Address St Mary's Church
Thayet, Myanmar.
Tel: 068-21050

02. (For Maritime) Msgr. Thomas Htun Myint
Address Sacred Heart Church
Rakhine State
Tel: 043-21074

Financial Administrator: Fr. Martin
St Paul's Cathedral
Pyay Myanmar Tel: 053-24100

Diocesan Center:

Address St. Francis' Church
Sandaw Quarter
Pyay Myanmar
In Charge Fr. David Ba Thein
Tel: 053-22467/24480

Laity Council Centre:

St. Francis' Church
Sandaw Quarter.
Pyay. Myanmar Tel: 053-22467
(Director) Fr. Richard Ye Myint

The College of Consultors:

01.Msgr. Thomas Htun Myint
02. Fr. Peter Maung Yin
03. Fr. Alexander Pyone Cho
04. Fr. Michael Kyi Lwin
05. Fr. Paul Htun Khine
06. Fr. Nereus Tun Min

Diocesan Finance Committee:

01. Msgr. Thomas Htun Myint
02. Fr. Peter Maung Yin
03 .Fr.Alexander Pyone Cho
04. Fr. Michael Kyi Lwin
05. Fr. Paul Htun Khine
06. Fr. Paul Than
07. Fr. Richard Ye Myint
08. Fr. Nereus Tun Min


Clergy Msgr. Thomas Htun Myint
Karuna Pyay Social Services Fr. David Ba Thein
Laity Fr. Richard Ye Myint
Liturgy Fr. Zachary Zaw Win Aung
Social Communications Fr. Augustine Nyan Tun
Youth Fr. Daniel Htay Yee
Evangelization Fr. Richard Ye Myint
Ecumenism Fr. Vincent Win Myint
Family Fr. Michael Kyi Lwin
P.M.S. Fr. Nereus Tun Min
Health Fr. Paul Htun Khine


01.St. Paul's Cathedral Meegyaungyeh Qrt.Pyay.
Tel: 053-24100
e-mail> (Pastor) Fr. Peter Maung Yin
(Procurator) Fr. Martin
( Bishop's Office) Fr. Conrad Moe Kyaw Htoo
Fr. Francis Aung Myint Oo

02. St. Francis' Church Sandaw Quarter
Tel: 053-22467
(Pastor) Fr. David Ba Thein
(Medical Leave) Fr. Peter Kyaing Shwe

03. Thayet St. Mary's Church
Tel: 068 - 21050
(Pastor) Fr. Simon (Associate Pastor) Fr. Augustine Nyan Tun
(Medical Leave) Msgr. Cornelius Kyaw Khine
Fr. Stephen

04. Shwepandaw Village St. Mary's Church
Aunglan Township Magwe Division
(Pastor) Fr. Nereus Tun Min
(Associate Pastor) Fr. Humbert Min Naing

05. Nyaungwon c/o St. Paul's Church, Pyay
(Pastor) Fr. Vincent Win Myint

06. Paukkhaung St. Mary's Church
c/o St. Paul's Church, Pyay
(Pastor) Fr. Jacob Mya

07. Sittwe Sacred Heart Church
Tel: 043-21074
(Pastor) Msgr. Thomas Htun Myint
(Associate Pastor) Fr. Gabriel Aung Lin Sein

08. Paletwa St. Peter's Church
Southern Chin State
(Pastor) Fr. Paul Htun Khine
(Associated pastor) Fr. Joseph Aung Kyaw Zwa
Ext.122 (01)333-2527/8/9/2530

09. Thandwe Church of Our Lady of La Salette Thandwe
Tel: 152
(Pastor) Fr. Michael Kyi Lwin

10. Kyaukpyu St. John the Baptist'sCatholic Church
Tel: 151
(Pastor) Fr. Daniel Htay Yee
(Associated Pastor) Fr. Paul Than
11. Oatshitpin St. Theresa's Catholic Church
Tel: 053-25652/231-007
(Pastor) Fr. Richard Ye Myint

12. Chaungtha St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Kyein-ta-lee P.O.
Gwa Township
(Pastor) Fr. Titus Nyan Win

13. Uttalinwa St. Mary's Church
Southern Chin State
(Pastor) Fr. John Ne Win

14. Minbya C/O Catholic Church
Sittwe, Rakhine State
(Pastor) Fr. Michael Than Aung

15. Semee C/O Catholic Church
Southern Chine State (Pastor) Fr. Zacharias Zaw Win Aung


Parishes Addresses In charge
01.Hmattine Catholic Church St. Francis Xavier Srs Hmattine P.O Paungde TSP 02.Minson Catholic Church Sisters of Our Lady of the Mindon Missions 03.Taunggok Catholic Church Sisters of Aloysius Taunggok Tel: 043-62500 04.Myebon Catholic Church Xaverian Brothers Myebon, Rakhine State


01. Karuna Pyay Social Service C/O St. Francis Xavier Diocesan Centre
Pyay Road, Pyay.
Tel: 053-24480
e-mail Karuna_pyay @ myanmar. com. mm

02. Leper Colony 1
Address St. Theresa Lepers'Colony & Orphanage
Mindon Road, Thayet
Tel: 068-21099

03. Orphanages 3

04. Boarding Houses (boys/ girls) 5



1. Name of Congregation Little Brothers of St. Francis Xavier
No. of House: [One] Myebon, Rakhine State

Woman Congregation

1. Name of Congregation Sisters of St. Francis Xavier
No. of Houses: [three] (1) Paukkaung
(2) Nyaungbintha
(3) Hmattine

2. Name of Congregation Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (F.M.M.)
No. of Houses: [one] (1) Nyaungwon Village
Paukkhaung Township

3. Name of Congregation Servites Sisters
No. of Houses: [one] (1) Aunglan
Magwe Divison
Tel: 069. 21720

4. Name of Congregation Sisters of St. Aloysius
No. of Houses: [two] (1) Taunggok,Rakhine State
(2) Lay-Ein-Su Village
Paukkhaung Township

5. Name of Congregation St. Paul Sisters
No. of Houses: [two] (1) Natshinchaung
Rakhine State
(2) Paletwa

6. Name of Congregation Our Lady of the Missions No. of Houses: [eight] - Pyay (3) Houses - Oatshitpin - Sittwe - Mindon - Thandwe - Shwepandaw -


01. Priesthood: St. Paul's Minor Seminary Aungchantha Quarter.
Tel: 053-25618
(Rector) Fr. Alexander Pyone Cho

02. Religious: Congregation of Our Lady
of the Missions Novitiate Aungchantha Quarter
Tel: 053-24483


Archdiocesan Officials

A. Ordinary of Yangon Archdiocese

Archbishop Charles Bo was born in Monhla Village, Shwebo District, Mandalay Division on Oct. 29, 1948. He is the son of U John and Juliana Daw Aye Tin. He studied at "Nazareth" Salesian Aspirantate, Anisakan, in Pyin Oo Lwin from 1962-1976. He made his first profession on May 24, 1970, and his final profession on March 10, 1976. He was ordained a Salesian priest at Lashio, Northern Shan State, on April 9, 1976. After ordination, he was parish priest of Loihkam from 1976-1981 and in Lashio from 1981-1985, he was posted to Anisakan as a formator/rector of Anisakan Salesian Seminary. He served as Apostolic Administrator in Lashio from 1985-1986 and as Apostolic Prefect from 1986-1990. He was ordained Bishop of Lashio in Shan State on Dec. 16, 1990. On May 24, 1996 he was transferred to Pathein diocese in Ayeyarwaddy Division, and was installed as Bishop of Pathein on Aug. 25, 1996. While being Bishop of Pathein, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Lashio diocese from May 1996 to November 1998 and of Mandalay archdiocese on April 3, 2002 to June 2003. On May 24, 2003, he was appointed Archbishop of Yangon and was installed on June 7, 2003.

Archbishop Bo is now Secretary General & Treasurer of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar (CBCM), and is in charge of the Commission for Inter-religious, Commission for Liturgy, Commission for Consecrated Life, Commission for Formation of Formators, Commission for Culture and Commission for Theologate.
Address: Archbishop's House, 289, Theinbyu Street, Botahtaung Township P.O.11161, Yangon, Myanmar
Phone: (95) 1-392517, 245467
Fax: (95) 1-379059
Email Office:
Email Personal:

Previous Ordinaries
Rt. Rev. Sotero Phamo, Apostolic Administrator (2002-2003)
Archbishop Gabriel Thohey Mahn-gaby (1971-2002), Address: c/o Church of Epiphany, 18, Chit Yeik Mon Lane, Kaweichan, Mayangone Township, Bayintnaung P.O. Phone: (95) 01-662112
Most Rev. Dr. Victor Bazin, M.E.P., Vicar Apostolic of Yangon (1955-1971)
Rt. Rev. Dr. Federico Guiseppe Provost, M.E.P., Vicar Apostolic of Yangon (1931-1952)
Rt. Rev. Felix Perroy, Vicar Apostolic of Lower Burma (1921-1931)
Rt. Rev. Alex Cardot, Vicar Apostolic of Lower Burma (1893-1926)
Rt. Rev. Paul Bigandet, Vicar Apostolic of Burma (1856-1894)

B. Other Archdiocesan Officials

Vicar General: Monsignor Gordon Anthony
Address: St. Augustine's Church, 64, Inya Road, University P.O. Yangon.
Phone: (95) 1-534620

Secretary: Father Noel Saw Aye
Address: Archbishop's House, 289, Theinbyu Street, Botahtaung P.O.11161, Yangon, Myanmar
Phone: (95) 1-392517
Fax: (95) 1-379059

Procurator: Fr. Justin Saw Min Thide
Address: Archbishop's House, 289, Theinbyu Street, Botahtaung P.O.11161, Yangon, Myanmar
Phone: (95) 1-392517
Fax: (95) 1-379059

  • Monsignor Gordon Anthony (Vicar General)
  • Father Ephrem Saw Po Paing (Chancellor)
  • Father Justin Saw Min Thide (Procurator)
  • Father Edward San Thein
  • Father Hyginus Myint Soe
  • Father Victor Nyan Myint
  • Father Simon Tin Mg
  • Father John Paul Zaw Min Aye
  • Father Victor Maung Thit

  • Statistics

    A. Catholic Population
    As of 2003, Yangon diocese had 81,565 Catholics, representing 0.54 percent of the 15 million people in Yangon.

    B. Archdiocesan and Religious Priests
    Diocesan priests: 88 (all Myanmar nationals)
    Religious priests: 4 (3 Myanmar nationals, 1 foreigner)

    C. Religious Brothers, Sisters
    Religious Brothers: 35 (all Myanmar nationals)
    Religious Sisters: 230 (all Myanmar nationals)

    D. Minor and Major Seminaries, Houses of Formation
    Major seminary: St. Joseph's National Catholic Seminary
    Address: 14, Malikha Road Mayangone P.O. Yangon, Myanmar
    Phone: (95) 1-662771, 660182
    Seminarians: 35
    Minor seminary: St. Joseph's Minor Seminary
    Address: 2, Thanatpin Road, Bago, Bago Division
    Phone: (95) 052-21330
    Seminarians: 88
    Houses of Formation: Sts. Peter & Paul Bible Training School
    Address: 2129 B.O.C. Station Road, Nanthagone Insein, Yangon, Myanmar
    Phone: (95) 1-643781

    E. There are 49 parishes in the diocese

    Archdiocesan Activities and Organizations

    A. Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations
  • Counselors
  • Presbyterial Council
  • Finance Committee
  • The Tribunal
  • Board of Management
  • Buildings & Constructions Commission
  • Catechist Commission
  • Cemetery Commission
  • Culture & Evangelization Commission
  • Ecumenism & Inter-Faith Commission
  • Education & Teacher's Association Commission
  • Episcopal Commission for Clergy Commission
  • Family Commission
  • Health Commission (Doctors/Nurses)
  • Karuna Yangon Social Services
  • Laity Commission
  • Legion of Mary Commission
  • Literature & Archdiocesan Library Commission
  • Liturgy Commission
  • Migrants & Tourism Commission
  • National Shrine & Pilgrimage Commission
  • Peace, Social & Racial Justice Commission
  • Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) & Animation for Children Commission
  • Public Relations Commission (Embassies)
  • Public Relations Commission (Government)
  • Religious Communities Commission
  • St. Vincent De Paul
  • Seminary & Sending Priests & Seminarians Abroad Commission
  • Social Communication Commission
  • Transfers of Priests & Division of Parishes Commission
  • Commission on Visiting Priests, Houses & Activities of Other Dioceses in Yangon Archdiocese
  • Vocation Promoter Commission
  • Women's Affairs Commission
  • Youth Commission -- Apostolate Youth Association (AYA) & University Catholic Students Association (UCSA)

  • B. Catholic Educational Institutions
    Education Centers:
  • Hope Centre (Computer and Foreign Languages Training Centre)
    Address: 39(C), Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Bahan Township, Yangon.
    Phone: (95) 1-554297
  • Pope John Paul II Youth & Education Centre
    Address: 64, Inya Road, Kamayut P.O. Yangon.
    Phone: (95) 1-534620 (office); (95) 1-542794 (residence)
  • Lasalle Computer Centre
    Address: c/o 16(B), R-3/4, San Yeik Nyein Lane(2), Kamayut Township, Yangon.
    Phone: (95) 1- 660726

  • C. Catholic Social Welfare
  • Homes for the elderly: 1 Address: Home for The Aged Poor, 539 Theinbyu Street Kandawgalay P.O. Yangon. Phone: (95) 1-243983; (95) 1-243984
  • Boarding Schools/Orphanages: 19
  • Youth Center: 1 Address: John Paul II Youth & Education Centre, 64, Inya Road, University P.O., Yangon. Phone: (95) 1-710493

  • The boarding School at Kyaiklatt

    Archbishop Charles Bo celebrates the Year of the Eucharist with villagers

    D. Social Communications
    Fr. Benedict Htay Lwin (Head)
    Mahn Joe, Mahn Paul (co.)
    Office: Ss. Peter & Paul's Bible Training School, 2129 B.O.C. Station Road, Nanthagone Insein, Yangon.
    Phone: (95) 1-643781 (Office); (95) 1-525808 (Residence)

    Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

    A. Religious Institutes of Men (click here for details)
  • De La Salle Brothers ~ FSC
  • Little Brothers of St. Francis Xavier
  • Salesians of St. John Bosco ~ SDB
  • Society of Jesus ~ SJ

  • B. Religious Institutes of Women (click here for details)
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) ~ FMA
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary ~ FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters Of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
  • Good Shepherd Sisters ~ RGS
  • Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa
  • Missionary Sisters of St. Paul
  • Servite Sisters of Mary ~ OSM
  • Sisters of Charity ~ SCCG
  • Sisters of Infant Jesus ~ IJ
  • Sisters of Our Lady Of The Missions ~ RNDM
  • Sisters of Providence
  • Sisters of Reparation
  • Sisters Of St Francis Xavier ~ SFX
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition ~ SJA

  • General Characteristics of the Archdiocese

    Yangon is the capital city of Myanmar. There are altogether 14 states and divisions. Yangon archdiocese comprises the whole of the Yangon (Superior) Division, parts of Bago Division, Ayeyawaddy Division, and Kayin and Mon states. It shares a common boundary with Thailand. The archdiocese covers an area of 77,355 square kilometers with hills, mountains and fields. The total population in the whole archdiocese is about 15 million and Catholics numbered 81,565 in 2003.

    Buddhism is the dominant religion in the archdiocese. There are about 600,000 Catholics in Myanmar, of which 81,565, or 1.4 percent, are in Yangon archdiocese. There are 49 parishes and subparishes comprising around 400 villages.

    In 1954, the Catholic Hierarchy of Burma (Myanmar) was established by Pope Pius XII, and the Vicariate of Southern Burma was divided into two sections. The larger eastern portion of the vicariate became the Archdiocese of Rangoon (Yangon). The western portion, comprising the three districts of Bassein (Pathein), Myaungmya and Henzada, became the Diocese of Bassein.

    Archbishop Victor Bazin was appointed head of the Archdiocese of Rangoon on Jan. 1 1955. On June 19, 1971, Archbishop V. Bazin retired and returned to France the same year. Archbishop Gabriel Thohey Mahn-Gaby succeeded him as the Archbishop of Rangoon. On Sept. 28, 2002, he retired and Bishop Sotero Phamo (Bishop of Loikaw) was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Yangon. On May 24, 2003, His Holiness Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Charles Bo Archbishop of Yangon. He was installed on June 7, 2003 by Archbishop Adriano Bernardini, the Apostolic Delegate to the Union of Myanmar.

    The website of Yangon Archdiocese is available at:


    Archdiocese Officials

    A. Ordinary of Mandalay Archdiocese

    Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng was born on March 20, 1939. He was ordained a priest on March 27, 1965, and appointed Bishop of Myitkyina on April 3, 1976. His episcopal ordination was on July 9 that year. On June 16, 2003, Bishop Grawng was installed Archbishop of Mandalay. He is now president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar and chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Family and Philosophy Department, National Catholic Major Seminary. He is also chairman of Animation.
    Address: Archbishop House, Corner of 25th and 82nd Streets, Mandalay
    Phone: (95) 2-33916

    Previous Ordinaries
    Bishop Charles Bo (Apostolic Administrator, 2002-2003)
    Archbishop Alphonse U Than Aung (1987-2002)
    Archbishop Aloysius U Ba Khin (1965-1987)
    Archbishop Joseph U Win (1955-1965)
    Bishop Joseph U Win (1954)
    Bishop Foulquier (1906-1930)
    Bishop Cardos (1902-1906)
    Bishop Usse (1893-1902)
    Bishop Simon (1888-1893)
    Bishop Bourdon (1872-1887)

    B. Other Archdiocesan Officials

    Vicar General: Monsignor Canute U Lun Aung
    Address: Sacred Heart Church, Military Hospital Road, Pyin Oo Lwin
    Phone: (95) 85-21689

    Procurator: Fr. Marco Tin Win
    Address: Priests Centre, Corner of 81st & 25th Street, Mandalay
    Phone: (95) 02-39531

    Secretary: Fr. Peter Sein Hlaing Oo
    Address: Signis Office, Priests' Center 81st & 25th Streets, Mandalay
    Phone: (95) 02-34621


    A. Catholic Population
    As of 2003, Mandalay diocese had 22,371 Catholics, representing 0.15 percent of the 15 million people in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magwe Division.

    B. Diocesan and Religious Priests
    Diocesan priests: 38
    Religious priests: 13

    C. Deacons
    Transitional: 2

    D. Religious Brothers, Sisters
    Religious Brothers: 8
    Religious Sisters: 75

    E. Lay Missionaries, Catechists
    Catechists: 39 (salaried)

    F. Seminaries, Houses of Formation
    Major seminary:
  • St. Joseph's National Catholic Major Seminary (Philosophy Department)
    No. of seminarians: 87
    Address: (National Seminary) Institute of Philosophy, 22 Cherry Road, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-21013
    Rector: Father Martinus Myint Soe

  • Minor seminary:

    Mandalay Archdiocese's St. Aloysius Minor Seminary in Pyin Oo Lwin.
  • St. Thomas' Intermediate Seminary
    No. of seminarians: 60
    Address: 35th and 69th Street, Mandalay, Phone: (95) 2-31845
    Rector: Father Philip Tin Htun
    Staff: Father Peter Sein Hlaing Oo
  • St. Aloysius' Minor Seminary
    No. of seminarians: 108
    Address: 75, Circular Road, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-22296
    Rector: Father Cyprian Aung Win
    Staff: Father Christopher

  • Houses of Formation:
  • Nazareth Salesian Seminary
    Address: Anisakhan, Pyin Oo Lwin Township. Phone: (95) 85-22990 ext. 26, mobile (95) 95150758
    Rector: Father Edward Sein Myint, SDB
    Vice Rector: Father Bosco Ze Ya Aung, SDB
    House Bursor: Father Camillus Gin Go Suan, SDB
  • St. Joseph's Noviate and Studentiate (SDB)
    Address: Anisakan P.O, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-22990 ext. 25, mobile (95) 95150758
    Novice Master: Father Francis Dass, SDB
    Rector: Father Charles Saw Thi Han Lwin, SDB
    Vice Rector: Father Andrew Yan Naing Win, SDB
    House Bursor: Father Michael Tu Ling, SDB
  • St. Joseph's Noviate (SJA)
    Address: 75, Circular Road, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-21204
  • St. Aloysius' Noviate (FSAG) Address: Nawaret Road, Paday Tha Myo Thit, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-21686
  • Sacred Heart Noviate (FMM)
    Address: 75, Circular Road, Pyin Oo Lwin. Phone: (95) 85-21305

  • G. There are 28 parishes in the diocese.

    Inside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay

    Participants at a Bible refresher course

    Archdiocesan Activities and Organizations

    A. Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations
  • Animation and Peace: Father Nicholas Pyone Cho
  • Caritas and Capacity Building: Father Cyril Myint Soe
  • Catechesis: Father Augustine Tin Mg Htun
  • Disaster and Emergency Response: Father George Khin Mg Htwe
  • Education: Father Cyprian Aung Win
  • Evangelization and Ecumenism: Monsignor Canute U Lun Aung
  • Family: Father Peter Hla Shwe
  • Health: Father John Mg Nee, Priests' Center, Mandalay
  • Inter-religious and Inculturation: Father Marco Tin Win
  • Laity: Father John Mg San
  • Livelihood and Agriculture: Father Philip Ba Shwe
  • Migration and Tourism: Father Anthony Mg Mg Khin
  • Social Communication: Father Peter Sein Hlaing Oo
  • Social Economics and Saving: Father John Aye Kyaw
  • Vocation and Formation: Father Philip Tin Htun
  • Worship and Liturgy: Father Raphael Kyaw San
  • Youth: Father Louis Soe Lwin

  • Diocesan officials at an interreligious prayer event

    Diocesan Eternity Fund Association activity

    B. Catholic Educational Institutions

    New school building in Mon Hla village
    John Education Center (JEC Computer and Foreign Languages Training Centre)
    Address: Corner of 81st and 25th streets, Mandalay.
    Phone: (95) 2-39653

    C. Catholic Social Welfare
  • Clinics and dispensaries: 2
  • Orphanages: 2
  • Centers, hostels for youth: 1

  • D. Social Communications
  • Social communications office
    Director: Father Peter Sein Hlaing Oo
    Address: Signis Office, Priests' Center, 81st and 25th Streets
    Phone: (95) 2-34621
  • Diocesan newsletters and magazines: Shepherd's Voice (In Burmese) and Beloved of Christ (In English)

  • E. Other Church Organizations and Associations
  • Caritas
  • Catholic Literature Association
  • Ex-seminarians' Association
  • Fundraising Foundation
  • Legion of Mary
  • Religious Commission
  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes (Click here for details)

    A. Religious Institutes of Men
  • Brothers of St. Francis Xavier
  • Christian Brothers (De La Salle)
  • Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette
  • Salesians of Don Bosco

  • B. Religious Institutes of Women
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
  • Sisters of Charity
  • Sisters of Reparation
  • Sisters of St. Francis Xavier
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition

  • General Characteristics of the Archdiocese

    Mandalay archdiocese is located in the central part of Myanmar. It covers about 76,774 square kilometers and comprises the southern part of Saging division, almost the whole Mandalay division and the eastern part of Magwe division. The archdiocese has the suffragan dioceses of Myitkyina, Lashio and Hakha.

    The population of Mandalay is 8,634,600. Mandalay is not only the second largest city in the Union of Myanmar, but also the principal city in upper Myanmar. It was also a historically significant kingdom at the time of the ending of the Myanmar Royal Dynasty. Mandalay is the historical old capital, a capital of Myanmar culture, Buddhist Sanana and Myanmar traditional arts and crafts, a city which abounds in historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist edifices.

    Its original name, given by King Mindon (AD 1853-78), was "Yadanabon Naypyidaw" which means "The Treasure Heap City." But it has come to be known as Mandalay as it lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Only two kings resided at Mandalay, King Mindon and his son King Hsibaw (AD 1878-85), who was the last Myanmar king. Mandalay is the Myanmar city in which Buddhism flourishes to the highest degree.

    Most of the Myanmar people are Buddhist. A few are Muslims and Hindus. Ethnic groups in the city include Myanmar, Kayin, Karen, Tamil and Chinese. The language used in the diocesan territory is Myanmar.


    Diocesan Officials

    A. Ordinary of Myitkyina Diocese

    Bishop Francis Daw Tang was born on Dec. 19, 1949, in Bum Dum village, Panghkak parish. He was ordained a deacon on Dec. 4, 1979, in St. Joseph Catholic Major Seminary, Yangon. He was ordained a priest on March 25, 1979, at Pangkak parish, by Bishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng. He then served in Nanghling parish for 14 years. From 1993 to 2002, he was Phakant parish priest. On April 11, 2002, he was episcopally ordained and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Myitkyina. He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Myitkyina diocese indefinitely on June 11, 2003. On Dec. 3, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Myitkyina. Bishop Francis Daw Tang is chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Laity and a member of the Philosophate of Episcopal Commission for Seminaries.
    Address: St. Columban's Cathedral, Aungnan Yeiktha, Myitkyina, Myanmar 01011
    Phone: (95) 74-23016
    Fax: (95) 74-23016

    Previous Ordinaries
    Bishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng (1976-2003)
    Auxiliary Bishop Philip Lasap Za Hawng (1994-1998)

    B. Other Diocesan Officials

    Secretary: Sister Mary John Paul G. Bawm Win, SFX
    Address: St. Columban's Cathedral, Aungnan Yeiktha, Myitkyina, Myanmar 01011
    Phone: (95) 74-23016
    Fax: (95) 74-23016

    Procurator: Father Patrick Zinwa Brang Di
    Address: St. Columban's Cathedral, Aungnan Yeiktha, Myitkyina, Myanmar 01011
    Phone: (95) 74-23017
    Fax: (95) 74-23016

    Vicar General: Father Francis Lum Dau
    Address: St. Columban's Church, Kokko Taw, Banmaw, Myanmar 01011
    Phone: (95) 74-50771

  • Father Patrick Zinwa Brang Di
  • Father Francis Lum Dau
  • Father Joseph Kum Htoi
  • Father Stephen Lau Mun
  • Father Thomas Gumrai Aung
  • Father Joseph Labnag Tu
  • Father Michael Myint Aung
  • Father John Naw Lawn

  • Statistics

    A. Catholic Population
    As of December 31, 2004, Myitkyina diocese had 102,235 baptized. At that time, the diocese had 27 parishes.

    B. Diocesan and Religious Priests
    Diocesan priests: 50

    C. Deacons
    Transitional: 5 (to be ordained to priesthood)

    D. Religious Brothers, Sisters
    Religious Brothers: 7 (Myanmarese in 3 houses, diocese congregation)
    Religious Sisters: 138 (133 Myanmarese, belonging to 8 congregations and 32 convents, 5 foreigners).

    E. Lay Missionaries, Catechists
    Catechists: 738 (560 salaried, full time 499, part time 239)
    Volunteer teachers: 71

    F. Minor and Major Seminary, Houses of Formation
    Minor seminary: 42 seminarians
    Address: St. Columban (Minor Seminary) Aungnan Yeiktha, Myitkyina, Myanmar
    Pre-Major seminary: 18 seminarians
    Address: St. Patrick (Pre-Major Seminary) Sitapur, Myitkyina, Myanmar
    Major Seminarians: 18
    Houses of Formation: 2

    G. There are 27 churches / parishes in Myitkyina region

    Diocesan Activities and Organizations

    A. Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations
  • Catholic Education Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Committee for Finance and Property
  • Men and Women committee
  • Youth committee
  • Parish Elders' Committee

  • Diocesan Offices
  • Social communications
  • Youth
  • Men & Women association
  • Finance and Property
  • Catholic Education
  • Radio Veritas
  • Basic Bible Sharing (B.B.S)

  • B. Catholic Social Welfare
  • Nurseries: 40
  • Marriage counselling and family life centers: 1
  • Boarding school: 35
  • Mission school: 12
  • Vocational Training school: 3

  • C. Social Communications
  • Jinhpaw Kasa Printing Press

  • Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

    A. Religious Institutes of Men
  • Little Brothers of St. Francis Xavier

  • B. Religious Institutes of Women
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary ~ FMA
  • Sisters of St. Francis Xavier
  • Sisters of Reparation
  • Sisters of St. Joseph's Apparition
  • Good Shepherd Sisters
  • Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette
  • Sisters of St. Paul
  • Missionaries Sisters of St. Columban ~ SSC

  • General Characteristics of the Diocese

    Myanmar (Burma) is divided into (14) states and division. The diocese of Myitkyina is composed of the Kachin State and in the north tip of Myanmar. It is bordered by India on the west and north west, China on the north and east. Myitkyina is the largest diocese of the Catholic Church in Myanmar, because it included not only the Kachin State, but also Upper Sagaing Division (Katha, Bhamank, Lashi, Khamti, Lahe and Nam-Yung townships) and northwest Shan State (Mobing township). The area of Myitkyina diocese is 78,000 square kilometers, includes the (27) parishes. There are Myitkyina, Sitapur, Waing Maw, Chipwi, Namsan Yang, Tanghpre, Sumprabum, Durip, Kachyihtu, Putao, Tanai, Shingbwi Yang, Khamti, Hpankant, Kamaing, Mohnyin, Mogaung, Banmaw, Nanhlaing, Mainghkat, Momauk, Sinlum, Pangkhak, Zaubung, Tingsing, Namlim Pa and Prang Hkudung. The greatest part of the diocese is mountainous and vast stretches are not habitable. The mountain ranges run north to south along the Chindwin and the Mali and Nmai river in the northern part and along the Ayeyawaddy river in the southern part. Some of the highest mountains of Myanmar, like the Khkaborazi at 5,888 meters can be found here. The bulk of the lowland can be found around the towns of Putao in the extreme north; Myitkyina, the capital of the Kachin State in the central part; Banmaw in the south; Mogaung and Monyin along the railway consider southwest of Myitkyina; and the Hukaung valley in the northwest.

    The total civil population of the territory is 2,000,000 + and includes mainly the Burmese, the Shans and the Kachin. Catholic number about 102,235 baptized at the end of 2004. The other Christians brethren are mainly Baptists, Anglicans, Church of Christ and the Assemblies of God.

    Rice is the staple crop in the Kachin state, as of the country. Secondary crops include corn, potato and ground nut. There is a rich variety of fruits and vegetables almost the whole year round. Citrus fruits like oranges, grape fruit, star-apple, mangoes, lychees, pineapples, jack-fruit, damson, pear, guava and papaya. Banana can be found everywhere and in all seasons.

    The forest yields, valuable wood like teak, and hardwood as well as herbs and roots, bamboo and flowers and species of insects and animals. Then there is a jade, gold, ruby and minerals. Those who inhabit the land near the rivers profit by the great variety of fish and prawns that the river streams abound with. But a wise plan for keeping ecological balance is urgently needed.

    Farming is the main work of the people. The state tries to introduce more productions farming methods, high yielding varieties of paddy and crop rotation. It opens agricultural and farming centers both to train form workers and to show to the people how farming and gardening should be done.

    The percentage of the population estimated to be literate is 85 percent in the country and 78.5 percent in the Kachin state. The laudable effort of the government to provide schooling and education for all is having a measure of success in areas where communication is open.

    There are five levels; Nursery School, elementary, middle; High School; College, University. Elementary (5 years), middle (4 years) and High School (2 years). There are (2) types of College University education. Distance University and Day University. For the Distance University the subjects are limited. For Day University the subjects are not limited. Day or Distance, depend on the High School marks.

    The Church tries to promote education in (4) ways. First, the Church opens Nursery Schools in the remote area and in the town, and every year gives training to the teachers from different parishes. There are (40) Nursery School in the diocese. Secondly the Church opens Mission schools where there are no schools. These are called State affiliated schools. Thirdly, every parish keeps hostel or boarding houses where the Church provides food and lodging and religious instruction and formation of boys and girls who otherwise would not be able to attend school. Fourthly, the Church subsidizes the education of needy students in college, University or Vocational training Schools. Young people who are no longer in schools are trained on carpentry, sewing, embroidery, weaving, knitting, decorations, gardening and farming etc. There are (3) vocational schools, about (35) boarding school for boys and girls and (12) mission school in the remote area.

    Sisters, Catechists and youth Volunteers are active in boarding school and remote communities. There are associations of men, women and youth in every parish. They are also actively involved in the parish festivities and projects. The Radio Veritas Asia has Kachin broadcast that reaches remote areas. Catholics and non-Catholics listen to it and are spiritually very much encouraged by it.

    Transportation and Communication: There is regular plane service to Myitkyina, Banmaw and Putao. It is the State priority to repair and maintain the roads connecting the main towns of the Kachin State. There is also daily train service to between Myitkyina and Mandalay. Boats can come up from Mandalay as far as Banmaw and small boats ply between Banmaw and Myitkyina during the low- water seasons. There is telecommunication between Myitkyina and some major towns in the State with the rest of the country.

    Historical Development Local ordinary: The early works in the Diocese of Myitkyina dated back to the time of the great legendary missionary Bishop, Paul Ambrose Bigandet, M.E.P., who was then the Vicar Apostolic of Ava and Pegu. Bishop Bigandet himself visited this far-flung northern territory in 1856. When Bishop C. Bourdon was consecrated Vicar Apostolic of Northern Burma in 1873, the first thing he did was to send Rev. Fr. Biet to Banmaw (Bhamo). Rev. Fr. Liyet and Rev. Fr. Lecome followed within a short space of time. The start was good but unfortunately cerebral malaria (black water fever) was rampant and for thirty years the work did not progress much. From 1873 to 1901, a total of 14 priests either died or returned wrecked in health.

    In 1903, Fr. Charles Gilhordes founded Hkudung village, 30 miles North-east of Banmaw. From here the Catholic missions among the Kachins was destined to grow. The two outstanding missionaries in this period were Fr. Gilgordes (+1945) among the Kachins and Fr. Roche (+1941) among the Shan-Chinese. But the great missionary endeavour of the early M.E.P. Fathers was hampered by malaria that infested the region.

    The arrival of the first Columban missionary priests from Ireland gave great joy to the veteran missionaries. Divine Providence was there once again to spearhead the entire work of evangelization with new vigour and fresh hopes. The first Columban Missionaries set foot in Banmaw at the end of 1936 and the number increased to 38 barely two years after the arrival of the first batch. In 1939, the Holy See formally erected the districts of Banmaw, Myitkyina and Katha into the Prefecture Apostolic of Banmaw and Rev. Fr. Patrick Usher was named the first Perfect Apostolic. The Second World War disrupted the growing mission activities of Banmaw. The dauntless and courageous Msgr. P. Usher died in 1958; consoled by the splendid recovery of the missions after the devastating war years, a good hope for the future of the Church in Banmaw-Myitkyina area. The Vicar Delegate and Pro Prefect Rev. Fr. John Howe succeeded Msgr. Usher and a magnificent church was built in Banmaw under the supervision of Rev. Fr. James Cloonan. Archbishop J.R. Knox, who was then the Apostolic Delegate for Myanmar, blessed the Church in 1960.

    In 1961, the Prefecture Apostolic was erected into the Diocese of Myitkyina and in the same year Msgr. John Howe was consecrated Bishop of Myitkyina by His Grace Archbishop J. U Win of Mandalay. On March 27, 1965, Msgr. Howe and the Church in the Prefecture had one of their greatest joys in ordaining the first Kachin Priest in the person of Paul Zinghtung Grawng. Soon after the turn of events in 1965, the Columban Fathers began to concretely prepare for handing over the care of the Diocese to the local clergy and people. They chose and trained priests, religious, catechists and the faithful for the seminary, catechist school, the liturgy and religious instruction and formation.

    On April 3, 1976, Bishop Howe, with the mandate and blessing of His Holiness Pope Paul VI, ordained Fr. Paul Zinghtung Grawng as his Auxiliary Bishop. The following year he handed over the diocese to the indigenous clergy who then numbered 10 and left for home. The rest of the Columban Fathers withdrew completely in 1979, gratefully acknowledging the merciful love of God in planting His Kingdom in the hearts of the people and entrusting it to Him who they know will bring to completion the work that they strived to do with His love.

    The Diocese of Myitkyina like any other diocese in the country did not simply enjoy a smooth-sailing ride as far as her missionary activities are concerned. Rough and tough situations often paved the way and the little band of young and energetic clergy found enough courage to blaze the trail and carry the Gospel message to remote and critical areas. Today after all those hard years of worries and anxieties, pain and toil, suffering and anguish, the Diocese has increase in the number of clergy and faithful.

    History of the Church in Brief: A Jesuit priests, in the middle of 18th century, was the first missionary to have ever passed through the Kachin State on his way to China. Then, Bishop Begandet of Missions Estrangeres de parish (MEP), residing in Yangon, made the first missionary journey to Bhamo to make survey of the Kachin State in 1856 for the future possibility of propagation of the faith. The first MEP sent to Bhamo area as residential missionary arrives there in 1872. This was the beginning of the church in the present Kachin State. Up to 1939, the first batch of Irish Columban missionaries arrived in Bhamo to take charge of area. In 1939, the Kachin State became a separate Prefecture Apostolic having Bhamo as its center.

    Though the conversion into the Catholic faith was slow during the first few decade of the missionaries' life there, the growth in the Catholic faith increased rapidly during the time of Columban missionaries as more mission centers and schools were expelled in 1966 and schools, hospitals and dispensaries were nationalized. Only a few elderly missionaries and two native priests remained in the diocese at the time. But slowly the native priests and sisters increased. Today, there are almost 50 priests and over 100 native sisters. There are also Salesians priests, Marist priests, Columban sisters, Lasalette sisters and a Maryknoll sister. The population of the Catholic is over 100,000 today.

    Burmese, Kachin, (Jinhpaw, Lhaovo, Lachit, Lisu, Rawang, Zaiwa and many dialects), Shan, Naga, Chinese, Indian, Nepali, and other tribes with their own dialects.


    Diocese of Taungngu

    Brief History

    1868 - Arrival of PIME Missionaries, took charge of the Eastern Burma, stationed in Taungngu.
    1870 - Erected Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Burma.
    1890 - Erected Vicariate Apostolic of Taungngu.
    1950 - Kyaingtong was divided from the Vicariate Apostolic
    of Taungngu and raised to that of Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung (Kyaingtong).
    1955 - Erected Diocese of Taungngu.
    1961 - Division of the Diocese of Taungngu and Diocese of Taunggyi.
    Bishop Bigandet's first tour of the country brought him to Taungngu on 17 January, 1857. Fr. George D' Cruz had been there about a year as chaplain to soldiers established there. Apart from soldiers, there was hardly a catholic in the town.
    When Fr. D' Cruz was relieved from his post as chaplain in 1858, by Fr. Guerin, MEP. He entered upon a ten years Apostolate of the Karens of the high-land of Taungngu area.
    The first priests of the Milan foreign Missions Society, PIME, arrived in 1868. They found a station with two catechists at Leiktho and about 150 Catholics in the town and country side, apart from the soldiers. Fr. Eugene Biffi, Fr. Rocco Tornatore, Fr. Carbone and Fr. Conti were the first missionaries. The area originally given to them for work was the territory East of Salwin, but the penetration of the area was impossible. They were therefore asked by Bishop Bigandet to take care of the hills, west of Salwin as well as the mountains to the East and offered Moulmein or Taungngu as head-quarters. Taungngu was chosen as a more covenient center.
    In 1870, this enlarged territory agreed upon with Bishop Bigandet was erected into the Prefecture Apostolic of Eastern Burma with Msgr. Biffi as its first Prefect. The tremendous work done by these and subsequent Italian Missionaries would require volumes to discribe.
    List of the PIME Bishops who ruled the Prefecture of Eastern Burma:
    Msgr. Eugene Biffi, PIME 1870 - 1881
    Msgr. Tancredi Conti, PIME 1882 - 1889
    Msgr. Rocco Tornatore, PIME 1889 - 1908
    In 1890, Taungngu was raised to the status of Vicariate Apostolic and Msgr. Rocco, the Prefect was consecrated by Bishop Bigandet on the occassion of the solemn opening of the Cathedral of Mandalay.
    On 26 January, 1908, Bishop Rocco died in Yado and was buried in Leiktho. On 24 January, 1909, Bishop Emmanuele Sagrada was consecrated and he suceeded for about 30 years, resigned at the age of 76, and died in 1939. At the resignation of Bishop Sagrada, Bishop Alfredo Lanfraconi who was consecrated in 1937 to succeed as Vicar Apostolic of Taungngu and raised to that of Vicariate Apostolic of Kyaingtong and Fr. Guercillena was chosen as its first Vicar Apostolic.
    On 1 January, 1955, the Vicariate Apostolic of Taungngu was raised to the status of a Diocese with Bishop A. Lanfraconi as first residential Bishop. In 1959, Bishop A. Lanfraconi was pursuaded to return to Italy for medical treatment and died there in November 1959. From 1959 to 1961, the diocese was ruled by Vicar Capitular Msgr. Pasquale Ziello, PIME.
    In March 1961, the Diocese of Taungngu was divided, the Southern part as the Diocese of Taungngu, entrusted to the indigenous clergy and, the Northern part as the Diocese of Taunggyi. Bishop of Taungngu, Msgr. Sebastian U Shwe Yauk was consecrated on May 21 by Pope John XXIII in Rome. He ruled the diocese for 27 years.
    On June 4, 1984, Fr. Isaac Danu was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese and consecrated on January 17, 1985 at Leiktho Takone by Bishop Sebastian U Shwe Yauk. He was the Titular Bishop of Bonusta.
    Bishop Sebastian U Shwe Yauk died on 13th July, 1988. Bishop Isaac Danu was appointed Administrator of the Diocese on July 18,1988. On September 20, 1989, he was nominated Bishop of Taungngu Diocese.
    Vision, Mission and Goal of Taungngu Diocese
    A diocese of evangelized and unity led by model and competent leaders in practicing deep spiritual Life and promoting holistic development in communion with others.
    We the people of Taungngu Diocese, commit to:
    - Mature and prayerful life, self-sacrificing and witnessing our faith to be model to others under the guidance of the Church and obedience to civil laws.
    - Proclaim, preach and teach the Good News of salvation of mankind with perseverance and redemptive love of Christ.
    - Unity among ourselves by adapting to local cultures and harmonious relationship with other religions in sharing our faith and common beliefs.
    - Spiritual, technical, social and leadership formation relevant to our program, services and relative to Church social teachings.
    - Uplift the living standard of the poor and needy through education and promoting abilities in using and sustaining community resources.

    General Statistics

    Area of the Diocese : 49,600
    Total population : c..3,320,140
    Catholic Population : 41,400
    Other Christians : c. 35,800
    Parishes : 21
    Sub-Stations : 3
    Priests : 60
    Religious Congregation : 2
    Men Religious : 4
    Women religious : 120

    Tribes and Nationalities in the Diocese

    Gheba Kayins, Ghekho Kayins, Sgaw Kayins, Bwe Kayins, Sokhu Kayins, Burmese, Indians, Chinese, Few Kayahs, Few Kayaws and Few Shans.


    His Excellency
    Bishop Isaac Danu
    (Bishop of Taungngu)

    Date of Birth 04.03.1948
    Ordained Priest 06.04.1975
    Ordained Bishop 17.01.1985
    Nominated Ordinary 20.09.1989
    Address Catholic Diocesan Center
    Catholic Church Compound
    Khay Mar Street
    Tel: 054-24297

    Vicar General : Msgr. John Saw Gawdy
    Address: St. Paul's Minor Seminary
    C/O Catholic Church
    Tel: 054-24297

    Financial Administrator: Fr. Xavier Win Maung
    Address Catholic Diocesan Center
    Catholic Church Compound
    Khay Mar Street
    Tel: 054-24297
    Diocesan Councils
    College of Consultors Msgr. John Saw Gawdy Rev. Fr.Carmelo Ai Chit Maung Rev. Fr. John Pho Min Rev. Fr. Gregory Htun Tin Rev. Fr. Xavier Win Maung
    Rev. Fr. Denis Ba Maung
    Presbyterial Council:
    Bishop Isaac Danu (Ordinary)
    Msgr. John Saw Gawdy (Vicar General)
    Fr. Xavier Win Maung (Financial Administraor)
    Fr. Carmelo Ai Chit Maung
    Fr. John Pho Min
    Fr. Gregory Htun Tin (Vicar Forane/ Yado Zone)
    Fr. Peter Kyaw Tint (Vicar Forane/LeikthoZone)
    Fr. Abraham Tin Soe (Vicar Forane/Taungngu Zone)
    Fr. Doro Than Tin (Vicar Forane/Momblo Zone)
    Fr. Daniel Akho

    Pastoral Council: Bishop Isaac Danu
    Msgr. John Saw Gawdy
    Fr. Basilio Aung Khin Soe
    Fr. Boldrino Anawh
    Fr. Doro Than Tin
    Fr. Ermilio Milio
    Fr. Richard Ah Kho

    inance council: Bishop Isaac Danu
    Msgr. John Saw Gawdy
    Fr. Carmelo Ai Chit Maung
    Fr. Gregory Htun Tin
    Fr. John Pho Min
    Fr. Damiano Aye Ko
    Fr. Xavier Win Maung

    Tribunal: Bishop Isaac Danu
    Msgr. John Saw Gawdy
    Fr. Carmelo Ai Chit Maung
    Fr. John Pho Min
    Fr. Ubaldo Ah Tit
    U Hla Maung

    Diocesan Center: Catholic Diocesan Center
    Catholic Church Compound
    Khay Mar Street
    TAUNGNGU- 01801.
    Tel: 054-24297
    Diocesan Center in-charge Fr. Xavier Win Maung


    Pontifical Mission Society Fr. Abraham Daniel Tin Soe
    Commission for Liturgy Fr. John Pho Min
    Commission for Laity Fr. John Zaw Wahn
    Commission for Ecumenism Fr. George Win Myint
    SIGNIS/TAUNGNGU Fr. Ubaldo Ah Tit
    Commission for Youth Fr. Basilio Soe Lin Aung
    Commission for Health & Family Fr. Cyrilo Than
    Commission for Dialogue &Peace Fr. Sebastian Thein Maung
    Episcopal Commission for Clergy Fr. Peter Kyaw Tint
    Commission for Bible Apostolate Msgr, John Saw Gawdy
    Karuna Taungngu Social Service Fr. Zacharia Ai

    Parish Communities

    Catholic Diocesan Center Catholic Church Compound
    Khay Mar Street
    TAUNGNGU- 01801
    Tel: 054-24297
    (Ordinary) Bishop. Isaac Danu
    (Procurator) Fr. Xavier Win Maung
    (Retired) Fr. Gabriel Chit
    Fr. Abraham Ai
    Fr. Artonino Shwe Nu

    01. Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic Church
    Bohmu Pho Kun Street
    TAUNGNGU - 01801
    Tel: 054-21147
    (Pastor) Fr. John Pho Min
    (Assistant & Chaplain) Fr. Bartholomeo Poloqwe
    (Chaplain ) Fr. Anthony Thein Aung
    Ouktwin Sub-Station Fr. Benjamin Than
    Yedashey Seminary Extention Fr. Cyrilo Than

    02. Catholic Church PYINMANA
    (Pastor) Fr. Sebastian Thein Maung
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Noel Kyaw Sein Win
    YENI Sub- Station Fr. Abraham Tin Soe

    03. Catholic Church CHIN YU
    (pastor ) Fr. Boldrino Anowh

    04. Catholic Church BUTTALET
    Pastor Rev. Fr. Pio Mya Tha

    05. Catholic Church NEWTHANDAUNG
    (Pastor ) Fr. Ubaldo Ah Tit

    06. Catholic Church SHWEDAZAUNG
    (Pastor) Fr. Urbano Maung Maung Tin

    07. Catholic Church THANMODAUNG
    (Pastor) Fr. Basilio Aung Khin Soe
    Training center LANGU
    (Pastor) Fr. Abele Phoi

    08. Catholic Church MYATHA KONE
    (Pastor) Fr. John Zaw Wahn

    09. Catholic Church LEIKTHO TAKONE
    (Pastor) Fr. Carmelo Ai Chit Maung
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Basilio Soe Lin Aung

    10. Catholic Church MINELUNN
    (Pastor) Fr. Stanislaus Kyaw Lwin Oo

    11. Catholic Church METHELEDAUNG
    (Pastor) Fr. Ermilio Milio
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Carlo Lot

    12. Catholic Church BAWIDE
    (Pastor) Fr. George Win Myint
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Ernest Tin Aung

    13. Catholic Church KYEGADA
    (Pastor) Fr. Damiano Aye Ko
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Luciano Ai Thein Wan

    14. Catholic Church Momblo
    (Pastor) Fr. Doro Than Tin
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Matthew Ne Win

    15. Catholic Church THAUKYEKHAT
    (Pastor) Fr.Gregory Htun Tin
    (Associate Pastor) Fr.Peter Maung Hla
    (Retired ) Fr. Celestine Pheqwi

    16. Catholic Church HTITHASAW
    (Pastor) Fr. Sixtus Myint Thein
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Sylvester Chit Hlaing
    17. Catholic Church YADO
    (Pastor) Fr. Gregory Thai Shwe Hla
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Mattia Ai

    18. Catholic Church BICIKONE
    (Pastor) Fr. Carlo Lot
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Acardio Thai
    PYNSAUNG Fr. Egidio Kyaw Win

    19. Catholic Church PRADON
    (Pastor) Fr. Linus Than Lwin
    ( Associate Pastors) Fr. Andrea Than

    20. Catholic Church TAUNG MYINTGYWER KYAT (Pastor) Fr. Henry Tin Aung

    21. Catholic Church GYWER KYAT
    (Pastor) Fr. Dennis Ba Maung
    (Associate Pastor) Fr. Fermo Win Maung


    I. St. Paul's Minor Seminary LEIKTHO PWEGONE
    c/o Catholic Church TAUNGNGU8
    (Rector) Msgr. John Saw Gawdy
    (English Instructor) Fr. Francis Zan

    II. Minor Seminary Extention YEDASHEY ( Sub- station)
    (Rector) Rev. Fr. Cyrilo Than

    III. St. Peter's Catechistate LEIKTHO OUKPHO
    (Rector) Fr. Peter Kyaw Tint
    (Disciplinarian) Fr. Ernest Tin Aye

    IV. St. John Baptist's Course Centre
    Fr. Abele phoi

    V. Sisters of Reparation, Mother House & Novitiate
    St. Joseph's Convent & Novitiate
    Bohmu Pho Kun &
    Khay Mar Street Corner
    TAUNGNGU 01801
    Tel: 054-23260
    (Provincial Superior) Mother Lucy Thein
    (Chaplain of Novitiate) Fr. Bartholomeo Poloqwe

    VI. St. John's Postulantate YGN-MDY - Main Road HTEENIKONE Qrt.
    TAUNGNGU 08101
    Tel: 054-24693
    (Chaplain) Fr Anthony Thein Aung

    VII.Total Number of Reparation Sisters Convents
    in the Diocese.... (14)

    VIII.Holy Apostles Brothers Institute
    Catholic Press
    Catholic Church Compound
    Khay Mar Street
    Tel: 054-21095
    (Superior) Br. Mario Chit Than

    Diocesan Pastoral Works: :Legion of Mary
    St. Vincent de Paul
    St. Anne's Association
    Daughters of Mary Association
    Catholic Action
    Elders Association
    Children Association

    Karuna Taungngu Social Service
    Catholic Church TAUNGNGU
    Tel: 054-21147 (Director) Fr. Zacharia Ai
    St. Anthony's Orphanage St. Anthony's Convent
    Phaya Street, TAUNGNGU
    ( In- Charge) Sr. Luiga Butha
    (Chaplain) Fr. Xavier Win Maung

    Educational Boarding Houses :in 20 Parish Centers.

    Dispensaries :in 13 Convents

    Rural Educational and Health Care
    :in the Villages where Zetamans are.