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@example.com Email Personal:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 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.