Catholic priest of Myanmar's Pathein diocese dies

A Catholic priest of the Diocese of Pathein in Myanmar died of cerebral ischemia on May 20 at the age of 63.

The Office of the Episcopal Commission for Clergy in Myanmar announced the "untimely loss" of Father Joachim Naing Moe.

“Father Joachim was very hospitable, loved by many people, thoughtful, and eager in sharing his knowledge,” said Father Jimmy Ei Taw.

At the funeral service, Bishop John Hsane Hgyi of Pathein shared with the faithful what Father Joachim said when he met the prelate.

“I grew up in a poor family and was very poor in my life. For that reason, I saved money without extravagance to help the poor and those in trouble,” Bishop John recalled.

Father Joachim was born on Sept. 11, 1958, in the town of Kyon Ma Ngae in Ayeyarwady Region. 

He was the youngest child of Joseph Ni Cor and Clara Daw Shan Tay. He had ten siblings.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry degree. He was ordained in 1980 and was assigned as assistant priest in the Parish of Maungmya in Pathein diocese from 1986 to 1987. He was parish priest of St. Teresa in Yangon from 1987 to 1989.

In 1989, he took up Biblical Theology and Spirituality in Rome.

After his studies, he worked as assistant priest in the Parish of Palermo in Sicily with the permission of the local Ordinary from 1992 to 2019.

In 2019, Father Joachim came back to Myanmar for medical treatment. - 
Raymond Kyaw Aung/RVA News