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 Email:email@example.com
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 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Fr. Peter Sein Hlaing Oo Address: Signis Office, Priests' Center 81st & 25th Streets, Mandalay Phone: (95) 02-34621 Email:email@example.com
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
D. Religious Brothers, Sisters
Religious Brothers: 8 Religious Sisters: 75
E. Lay Missionaries, Catechists
Catechists: 39 (salaried)
F. Seminaries, Houses of Formation
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
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
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.
The Roman Catholic Church in Myanmar is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome. The church is overseen by an Apostolic Delegate. As of 2006 the delegate is Salvatore Pennacchio, who is also the Apostolic Nuncio of Thailand.
There are around 450,000 Catholics in Myanmar - approximately 1% of the total population. The country is divided into thirteen dioceses including three archdioceses. Each of the archdioceses is also a metropolitan.