Myanmar Catholic Church 2007

Myanmar Catholic Church 2007
Catholic Bishops' Conference Myanmar.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


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
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
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
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.
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.

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