- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mandalay
General characteristics of the Archdiocese
[http://www.ucanews.com/html/ucan/html/institute/html/images/dps-my_mandalay_map.gif] 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, Bamaw, Lashioand Hakha.
The population of
Mandalayis 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 Min(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 Thibaw Min(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.
Ordinary of Mandalay Archdiocese
[http://www.ucanews.com/html/ucan/html/institute/html/images/dps-my_mandalay_paul_zinghtung_grawng.gif] Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng was born on March 20, 1939. He was ordained a priest on March 27, 1965, and appointed Bishop of
Myitkyinaon 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 Myanmarand 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) 02-33916
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)
As of 2003, Mandalay diocese had 22,371 Catholics in 23 Parishes, representing 0.15 percent of the 15 million people in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magwe Division.
Diocesan and Religious Priests
Diocesan priests: 38
Religious priests: 13
Religious Brothers, Sisters
Religious Brothers: 8
Religious Sisters: 75
Lay Missionaries, Catechists
Catechists: 39 (salaried)
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
St. Thomas' Intermediate Seminary
No. of seminarians: 60
Address: 35th and 69th Street, Mandalay,
Phone: (95) 2-31845
Rector: Father Philip Tin Htun
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
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dmndl.html Catholic-hierachy.org]
* [http://www.ucanews.com/html/ucan/html/institute/html/dps-my_mandalay.html Union Of Catholic Asian News]
* [http://mdy.cym.googlepages.com Mandalay Catholic Youth Commission]
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