Archdiocese of Yangon gets new auxiliary bishop

The Archdiocese of Yangon in Myanmar has a new auxiliary bishop in the person of Bishop-elect Noel Saw Naw Aye.

Bishop-elect Noel Saw Naw Aye was born on Feb. 14, 1969, in Sauk Wai Gyi Village, Taikgyi Township, Yangon Region. 

He is the son of devout Catholic parents U Joachim and Romana Daw Ngwe Hlaing.

The future bishop attended primary school in Sauk Wai Gyi, middle school in Nyaungdon Township and Tawlatee Village, junior high school at Basic Education High School 6 in Yangon, and senior high school in BEHS 4 in Bago Town. 

He studied Philosophy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Major Seminary in Pyi Oo Lwin town and Theology at St. Joseph’s National Catholic Major Seminary in Yangon. 

He obtained a Bachelor of Art in Psychology degree from Yangon University and later pursued graduate studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Yonkers, New York, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology from 2000 to 2002.

He was ordained priest on March 18, 1995, at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Yangon.

Since his priestly ordination, he was assigned as assistant parish priest in various churches of the Archdiocese of Yangon from 1995 to 1997.

He was a missionary Fidei Donum in the Diocese of Kengtung, which is located in the eastern part of the country from 1997 to 1999.

He was Secretary of the Archdiocesan Office of Yangon from 2003 to 2007, a project coordinator of the Archdiocesan Office of Yangon and a director of Pinya Sanyae Institute of Education from 2007 to the present.

He was priest-in-charge of Holy Infant Jesus Church in Hlaingthayar Town from 2008 to 2009, head of the Education Commission of John Paul II Youth and Education Center in Yangon from 2009 to 2013, coordinator of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar Episcopal Commission for Education from 2013 to the present and a procurator of the Archdiocese of Yangon from 2015 up to the present.

His episcopal ordination date is not yet announced.