Brief History of La Salette Mission in Myanmar
Five la Salette missionaries from the United States of America, with Fr. Thomas Newman as the leader, arrived in Akyab (now Sittwe), Burma on November 9,1937. The Holy Cross Fathers who were in the area earlier, handed them the mission territory of Arakan District in the south western section of Burma along the costal area. The la Salette missionaries did tremendous job in the mission and founded Prome ( now Pyay ) Diocese. When the missionaries left the country in 1976 due to increasing pressures imposed upon the foreign missionaries by the military regime, there were nine native priests and a bishop consecrated to look after the Diocese.
It was the effort of Rev. Fr .Bernard Taylor MS, Mother of Hope Province , the collaboration of the Bishop and Clergy of Prome Diocese and some other people involved , the la Salette Missionaries were able to recruit seminarians from Burma and trained them in the Philippines. After several years, on the 9th of November, 2005 the Mission of La Salette Congregation was re-established in the Archdiocese of Mandalay in Myanmar with Fr. Bernie and four other native priests ordained in the Philippines. After 29 years of absence from the country the District of Myanmar came into existence in the ministries of the La Salette Congregation.
The presence of the Missionaries (13 members ) working in different ministries and areas has attracted some young enthusiastic men to join La Salettes. There have been a few candidates joining the community every year and the first seven locally trained young men took their first religious vows as La Salettes during the 75th Jubilee Mass on November 9, 2012. The District is blessed with seven new members brightening the Hope of the District in the process of doing missionary works.
WE, MYANMAR LA SALETTE, ENVISION OURSELVES AS LIVING SIGNS OF RECONCILIATION.
IN THE SPIRIT OF GENUINE LOVE, WE, AS A RELIGIOUS FAMILY OF ONE HEART AND ONE MIND, STRIVE TO BECOME LIVING WITNESSESS OF RECONCILIATION TO THE WHOLE LA SALETTE COMMUNITY AND TO THE CHURCH BY DISCERNING THE MISSION GIVEN US BY GOD THROUGH OUR BLESSED MOTHER AND BY LIVING FAITHFULLY OUR RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT