Diocese of Hpa-an

DIOCESE OF HPA-AN,

HIS EXCELLENCY

BISHOP JUSTIN SAW MIN THIDE (BISHOP OF HPA-AN)


Date of Birth                      25.03.1951
  
Ordained Priest                   09.03.1984
Ordained Bishop                  02.12.2007
Installed Bishop of Hpa-An    03.12.2009
Tel:                                  +95-58-21252, 
                                        011291324, 011290403
Email (personal)                  justinsminthide@gmail.com
Email (office)                      hpaandiocese@gmail.com
  


SECRETARIAT
    Secretary 
        Rev.Fr. Patrick Saw Aung Lwin
        Address Bishop’s House
        Thukamein Street
        Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar.
        Tel: +95-58-21252, 011291324, 011290403

DIOCESAN CURIA
    VICAR GENERAL 
        Rev. Msgr. Martinus Myint Soe
        St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
        Thukamein Street
        Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar
        Tel: +95-58-21252, 011291324, 011290403
       
Procurator 
    Rev. Fr. Patrick Saw Aung Lwin

Address  Bishop’s House
            Thukamein Street
            Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar
            Tel: +95-58-21252, 011291324, 011290403

Project Coordinator 
    Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nyan Htoo

Address  Bishop’s House
            Thukamein Street
            Hpa-An, Kayin State, Myanmar
            Tel: +95-58-21252, 011291324, 011290403

Rev. Msgr. Martinus Myint Soe
Rev. Fr. Gilbert Saw Eh Gay
Rev. Fr. Paschal Tha Lune
Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Min Ko
Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nyan Htoo

PRESBYTERIAN COUNCIL
    Rev. Msgr. Martinus Myint Soe
    Rev. Fr. Gilbert Saw Eh Gay
    Rev. Fr. Paschal Tha Lune
    Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Min Ko
    Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nyan Htoo

General Statistic of the Diocese of Hpa-An (30 th December 2011)

 
Area Sq. Kilometer:30,164
Civil population:               1,160,000
Catholic population:20,781
Parishes:12
Priests:20
Men religious congregation:2
Women religious congregation:3
Religious Brothers:2
Religious Sisters:30
Major Seminarians:5
Minor Seminarians:2
Catechists & home missioners:81

Brief History

The diocese of Hpa-An was the evangelization works initiated by MPE missionary fathers in the 1906s. The missions were taken up by the indigenous priests in 1967 up to the present. It has been for many years way back that the plan for the division of the Hpa-An Diocese, kayin state has been originated in the hearts of the respective Archbishops,  Bishops clergy, religious men and women and the people of God in the archdiocese of Yangon. It was in the time of Archbishop Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon that Hpa-An Diocese was born.

To extend the mission works and give close pastoral care and attention to the those poeple living in hilly and mountainous areas, to work for the development, especially in the areas of educationand health care of the people, to give more attentio to Kayin refugees in Myanmar-Thai border and cooperate better with local poeple for the social development works, the Archdiocese of Yangon was subdevided into the diocese of Hpa-An, Kayin State.

 
The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has created the Diocese of Hpa-An with territory detached from the Archdiocese of Yangon on the 24th of January, 2009 and had appointed His Excellency Bishop Justin Saw Min Thide, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Yangon as its first Bishop. He was installed on the 3rd of Decemvber, 2009 as the first Bishop of Hpa-An by HisGrace Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolate Delegate to the union of Myanmar.
 
Location and general statistics
Hpa-An is the capital city of Kayin state and the center of the Diocese. Hap-An Diocese was mainly divided from the Archdiocese of Yangon by Seiktaung River. It includes the whole of Kayin State and parts of Mon state. In the East, it is bounded with Thailand and the border towns are Myawaddy and Phayathonsu. In the West, it is bordered by Bago Division and the Archdiocese of Yangon. In the North, it is bordered by the most upper part of Kayin State and Taungngu Diocese. In the Northeast, it is bordered by Kayah state and the diocese of Loikaw. In the South, it is bordered by Mon state and the diocese of Mawlamyine. 
Hpa-An diocese covers an area of (30,163.71) square kilometers with civil population about (1,160,000) intercultural living with diverse ehtnic people such as Kayin, Pa-O, Mon, Myanmar, Shan, India and other tribes with their own dialects. The total number of Catholic in the Diocese of Hpa-An is about (20,781). There are (12) parishes with (20) Priests, (32) religious men and women, (81) Catechists & home missioners, (5) Major seminarians, and (2) minor seminarians in Hpa-An Diocese.