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Catholic Nuns celebrate 20 years of unification with Italian Congregation

Myanmar Catholic Nuns celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their Congregation’ unification with their Italian counterpart on January 4.
Sisters of Divine Providence in Myanmar are attending thanksgiving mass on January 4. (Photo: FB of Muphrai, SdP)

Myanmar Catholic Nuns celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their Congregation’ unification with their Italian counterpart on January 4.

Sisters of Divine Providence (SdP) in the Kyaingtung diocese offered thanksgiving prayers to commemorate twenty years of their unification with the Italian Sisters of Providence.

The anniversary coincided with the Independence Day of Myanmar.

Sister Rose Mary, SdP, told RVA News that the unification of the sisters of Divine Providence, Myanmar, with Sisters of Providence in Italy was recognized by Pope Saint John Paul II on January 4, 2002.

"Monsignor Bonetta chose young, humble, and pious girls to help him do God’s mission in the diocese of Kyaingtung in the Eastern part of Myanmar in 1928," Sister Rose SdP stated.

Sister Rose SdP said that at first, the chosen girls were known as catechists until 1937. Later, the candidates were renamed as the daughters of Ma Ma Mary. The candidates were fully incorporated as the sisters of Divine Providence in 1971.  

Immaculata Buzar, an old student who attended Bonetta’s school run by Sisters of Divine Providence from sixth to eight standards, was a special invitee for the 20th anniversary of the Unification of Divine Providence Sisters.

“I received happiness, warmness, knowledge, and skills from the school during my academic years,” Buzar expressed gratitude for the nuns who invited the former students to participate in the event.

Bishop Emeritus Abraham Than of Kyaingtung diocese says Divine Providence Sisters in Myanmar could serve local people in education, health, and spirituality for 20 years in accordance with their motto, “Charity, Charity, Save Souls, Save them with charity.”

“Despite the diverse cultures, the fruits of unification between local and foreign missionary communities blossomed in Myanmar. The different cultures became prosperous,” Sister Mary Rose, SdP, recalled the words of Sister Imma Rosa SdP, the former Superior General from Italy.

Today the congregation has 72 nuns, three postulants, and 6 Aspirants in Myanmar. The nuns serve the Church in the different parts of the country and abroad, with 52 in Myanmar, 4 in Thailand, and 16 in Italy.

The message from the congregation honored and thanked Bishop Emeritus Abraham Than, Theresa Lay, Cecilia Daw Daw, Sister Laurentia Pe Pe in Myanmar, Sister Irma Rosa, Sister Ester, Sister Sandra, Sister Annaliza, and Sister Concecao in Italy for their outstanding effort in unifying two congregations and for those nuns who signed the document on the recognition of unification with their consent.

The Sisters of Providence are currently serving in the Archdiocese of Yangon and dioceses of Kyaingtung and Taunggyi in Myanmar.

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