Archdiocese of Mandalay

Archdiocese of Mandalay

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Bishop Nicholas Mang Thang was born on May 18, 1943, at Theinlawng Village in Mindat Township, Southern Chin State. He has undergone his intellectual and spiritual formations at St. Peter's High School in Mandalay from 1954 to 1957, at St. Albert's High School in Pyinoolwin from 1957 to 1963, at St. Aloysius' Minor Seminary in Pyinoolwin from 1964 to 1965, at St. Joseph's Catholic Major Seminary, Yangon from 1966 to 1973. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Aloysius U Ba Khin on April 28, 1973. He was appointed as parish priest of Matupi from 1973 to 1978 and parish priest of Mindat from 1978 to 1980. From 1981 to 1983 he continued his higher studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, New York and obtained a Master's Degree on Dogmatic Theology.

Appointed by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) he served as a professor of Dogmatic Theology at Major Seminary, Yangon from 1983 to 1986 and as Spiritual Director at Major Seminary, Pyinoolwin from 1986 to 1988. CBCM again sent him to Yangon Major Seminary to take the responsibility of a Rector which he took charge from 1988 to 1989. While he was assuming that responsibility, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Mandalay Diocese. He received episcopal ordination on Jan. 15, 1989. He became the first Bishop of Hakha Diocese on Nov. 21, 1992 and was installed on March 21, 1993. His coat of arms has the motto "One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism" (Eph. 4:5).

Degree                                                    :                    M.A (Hist), M.A (TH) New York, D.D (Rome)
Coat of Arms                                           :                    One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Eph. 4:5)
Birth Place                                              :                    Thing Lawng, Mindat, S. Chin State, Myanmar
Date of Birth                                            :                    18th May 1943
Feast Day                                               :                      6th December
Priestly Ordination                                   :                    28th April 1973
Episcopal Ordination                                :                  15th January 1989
Appointed Bishop of Hakha Diocese          :                21st Nov. 1992
Enthroned Bishop of Hakha Diocese          :                21st March 1993
Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Hka Dio.:           30th Nov. 2011
Co-adjutor Archbishop of Mandalay Archdiocese:       30th Nov. 2011
Taking over/possession of Co-adjutorship    :               15th March 2012
Archbishop of Mandalay Appointment        :                   3th Apr. 2014
Installment                                              :                     19th June 2014
Address:               Archbishop House,
                             Corner of 25th & 81st Street
                             Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Tel: (Office)            02-31852
Cathedral:             Sacred Heart Cathedral
                            Mandalay, Myanmar


Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng was born on March 20, 1939. He was ordained priest on March 27, 1965, and bishop on April 3, 1976.  His installation was on July 9 1976. In 2003, he was transferred to Mandalay and installed Archbishop on June 16 2003. On June 29 of that year he went to Rome to receive pallium from Pope John Paul II together with Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon. Within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, he is Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Family and of Myanmar Institute of Formation for Formators. 

  Date of Birth 20.03.1939
Ordained Priest 27.03.1965
Ordained Bishop of Myitkyina 03.04.1976
Installed Bishop of Myitkyina 09.07.1976
Installed Archbishop of Mandalay 16.06.2003
Tel: 02-33916/ 09-2020476
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Fr. Patrick Soe Htun,

    Archbishop House
    Corner of 25th & 82nd Streets
Tel: (Office)         02-33916
Tel: Reception     02-31852

"We are Witnesses of the Risen Lord" (Acts 2:14-36)

An Evangelizing Community of active and mature believers, built on Gospel values, striving together towards a holistically developed society in harmony with different faiths and cultures.

The motivating force of the Archdiocese of Mandalay is to be disciples and witnesses of Christ and to live the fullness of life. Therefore, we, the Archdiocese of Mandalay, commit ourselves to do the following for the benefit of the people of the Archdiocese:
1. Living the Word of God by a life of prayer that is nourished by the Sacraments;
2. Providing integrated human and religious formation programmes for clergy, religious and laity;
3. Creating opportunities for collaboration and dialogue with other faiths and cultures so as to promote mutual understanding and harmony and an inculturated way of life;
4. Providing formal and informal education and animation in all areas to the needy;
5. Uplifting the quality of life, especially of the poor, in collaboration with all people of good will.
General Statistics:
Catholic Population :           23,617
Parishes :                 31
Diocesan Priests : 45
Religious Priests : 37
Religious Congregations : 14
Religious Brothers : 4
Religious Sisters : 125
Minor Seminarians : 62
Pre-Major Seminarians : 36
Major Seminarians : 30
Priests working at RVA : 2
Catechists : 39

Brief History
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, after the formal capital, Yangon. Mandalay is remarkable for being at the heart of Burmese - Buddhist & Burmese culture. Catholic Christianity has always struggled to flourish in an enviroment that is so strongly Burmese and so strongly Buddhist. Even today the Archdiocese of Mandalay has only about 23,617 Catholics in an overall population of about 15 million people.
Even so, traces of Christianity in the greater Mandalay area can be traced back as far as the 1280's. In Bagan, then a flourishing kingdom, there are frescoes containing crosses and some Latin and Greek words. It was only in the 1500's, with the opening up of trade between Europe, especially Portugal, and the various kingdoms of Myanmar, that Christians -both clerical and lay- began to arrive in any numbers. Many of the present Catholics in Mandalay trace their heritage back to this period. Successive generations of missionaries arrived, sometimes welcomed, sometimes rejected.
In the 1700's it was mostly the Barnabite Priests who came to the Mandalay area. They were remarkably creative in their efforts to reach out to the local population, some of them excelling in their study of the Burmese Language and the religious language of Buddhism, Pali. In the 1800's there was brief period where the mission in the Mandalay area was entrusted to the Oblates of the Blessed Virgin Mary. By the mid-1800's there was quite a strong French political influence around Mandalay. At the same time the Paris Foreign Mision Society (M.E.P) assumed responsibility for Mandalay area.
This French political and economic interest in the Mandalay area generally, and the royal Court in particular, was one factor in the British invasion and annexation of Northern Burma in the 1850's. For the British, Mandalay was administered from India. Today many Catholics in the Mandalay area are of South
Asian descent, their ancestry mostly dating from this period. ( It also acconts for a sizeabble Muslim population.)
By 1870 Mandalay was a separate vicariate, led by successive Bishops of the Paris Foreign Mission Society. Various Religious Congregations of both men and women also began to assist in the mission of the diocese - mostly in education and health care and, the case of the Salesian Fathers (from the
1930's) and Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, in parochial as well as in formation work.
The area of the Mandalay Vicariate suffered greatly during the Second World War, especially from the Japanese invasions. In 1942 the city was devastated by bombs. Together with all the people of Mandalay the Catholic Church and its institutions suffered enormously. Out of the ashes emerged new life. In 1954, Monsignor Joseph U Win was the first of the indigenous Priests to be ordained a Bishop.
On January 1, 1955, the Vicariate of Mandalay became an Archdiocese, as did Yangon, marking the beginning of an indigenous hierachy in Myanmar. Various Suffragant Dioceses and Vicariates were to develop. The 1960's were to see further drastic changes in the local Mandalay Church. As foreign missionaries were sent home and "their"enterprises confiscated or nationalized, the local clergy and laity were to assume full responsibility for the local Church. The local Church was also unavoidably isolated from much contact with the wider, international Catholic Church. Only very resently has the local Mandalay Archdiocese been able to communicate more freely with the wider Catholic world. More recent Religious Congregations are beginning to arrive, lay leadership is developing among newly developed pastoral plans and the social development projects for the local people, especially the poor, are gradually able to be implemented. Any development in this diocese will always have to be in the context of an interreligious dialogue, since, even as far back as those Bagan historical roots of the 1280's,this diocese is embedded in the heartland of Burmese - Buddhist culture.
Former Bishops of Mandalay:
Vicariate of Mandalay
Bishop Bourdon 1872-1887
Bishop Simon 1888-1893
Bishop Usse 1893-1902
Bishop Cardos 1902-1906
Bishop Foulquier 1906-1930
Bishop Faliere 1930-1959
Aux. Bishop Joseph U Win 1954-1955

Archdiocese of Manddalay (January 1, 1955)
Archbishop Joseph U Win 1959-1965
Archbishop Aliysius U Ba Khin 1965-1978
Archbishop Alphonse U Than Aung 1978-2002
Archbishop Charles Bo 2002-2003
Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng
Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang
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