Bishop of Pathein in Myanmar marks 38th year as priest

An estimated 600 lay people, priests, nuns, and religious attend the celebration of the 38th priestly anniversary of Bishop John Hsane Hgyi of the Diocese of Pathein in Myanmar on March 8.

Bishop John Hsane Hgyi of the Diocese of Pathein in Myanmar celebrated his 38th priestly anniversary on March 8 at Pyinkadoe Chaung, his village in the parish of Kyaitlatt.

The day, which was highlighted by the celebration of the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Confirmation, was attended by priests, religious brothers, nuns, and about 600 lay people.

"From birth and childhood until now, we have received so many graces from God that we should be thankful for," Bishop John said in his homily.

"There are so many things that we have to be grateful to Him," he added.

The prelate, however, added that people also commit sins "in thoughts, words and actions," including "sins of omission and commission."

"We have to end our day by saying thanks to God for His graces and sorry to Him for our sins," said Bishop John.

During the day, the prelate administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 81 children in the parish of Kyaitlatt.

On March 8, 1982, the late Bishop Joseph Mahn Eri ordained Bishop John Hsane Hgyi to the priesthood with the late Father Anselm Maung Maung and Father Felix Soe Win, parish priest of Pathein.

Father Zuzel, parish priest of Kyaitlatt, Father Alexander, parish priest of Theinlar, and Father Stephanus, parish priest of Kyontalote, also celebrated their 21st anniversary as priests together with Bishop John.

The wedding anniversary of seven couples was also celebrated during the day.

- Fr. Raymond Kyaw Aung