St. Joseph's Catholic Major Seminary, Yangon
In 1769, Bishop Giovanni Maria Percoto, a Barnabite, started an educational institution in Monhla which aimed at training catechists and, if possible, priests. It was then moved to Nabet in the year 1780. There was no record of any success in the courageous effort of this distinguished Barnabite.
Another Barnabite, Fr. San Germano, founded a college for boys in Yangon. By 1783, three priests were ordained for the Church in Myanmar. These were Fr. Joseph Maung Gyi of Chaung U, Fr. Andrew Ko of Chanthaywa and Fr. Ignatius de Britto of Yangon. These priests were the first and the last to graduate from this college.
Since then up to 1957, priests from Myanmar were all trained at the General College of St. Joseph in Penang, Malaysia. The Bishops of Myanmar had read correctly the signs of the time and under the leadership of His Grace the Most Rev. Victor Bazin, M.E.P., the first Archbishop of Yangon, decided to open a Major Seminary in Myanmar itself. This decision proved to be providential a few years later, when sending of seminarians to Penang became impossible.
The foundation of the National Major Seminary was laid by His Eminence Valerian Cardinal Graciàs, Archbishop of Bombay, on February 4, 1956. Originally, it was set up to offer courses in Philosophy as well as in Theology. In 1983, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Myanmar received a directive from Rome allowing the separation of the two sections due to lack of proper accommodation.
1984-85 was the first academic year of this Institute as “Institute of Theology”, of the National Major Seminary.
The National Major Seminary, Institute of Theology, was founded for the exclusive purpose of educating candidates for the priesthood of the Catholic Church. Its responsibility, therefore, encompasses the spiritual, intellectual, human and pastoral formation of its students. The academic courses comprise of four years of professional study with almost total concentration on Theology and allied disciplines. The Congregation for the Catholic Education has conceded the Affiliation to this seminary on 20th March 2006 to the Faculty of Theology of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Vatican City. The Affiliation is been granted by the above mentioned ministry " ad quinquennium esperimenti gratia". Those students who have completed the courses required and have passed the examinations will be offered Bachelor Degree in Theology. The students, after four years of formation in this Seminary, are supposed to have undergone adequate training which is broadly classical in scope and scientific in method.
At the end of the four years of professional study, the students return to their respective Archdioceses and Dioceses, where their Ordinaries will decide on the questions of their vocation and priestly ordination. (http://www.sjcms-mm.urbaniana.edu/pages/present.htm)
St. Joseph's Catholic Major Seminary
Tel: +95 1 662771
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Rector: Rev John Saw Yaw Yan