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Myanmar Loikaw Diocese receives its new shepherd

Monsignor Celso Ba Shwe, Bishop Elect (Photo supplied)

Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Celso Ba Shwe as the Bishop of  Loikaw Diocese, Myanmar, on March 29.

On December 21, 2020, Msgr. Celso Ba Shwe was elected as the Diocesan Administrator after the death of Bishop Stephen Tjephe, Bishop of Loikaw.

He served as the General Procurator of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) from 2000 to 2009.

Msgr. Celso Ba Shwe was the pastor of “Christ the King Cathedral” and Vicar General of Loikaw Diocese in Myanmar from 2010 to 2020.

He was born on July 22, 1964, in the village of Momblo, in the Taungngu Diocese, Myanmar.

He was ordained priest on April 16, 1994, in the Diocese of Loikaw.

Monsignor Celso Ba Shwe asks the Police to spare the guiltless people (Photo supplied)

Educational background

1970 – 1982: Primary, Secondary, and High School in Demoso in Loikaw Diocese;

1982 - 1986 : “Teachers Training college” in Bogalay and Yangon University

1986 – 1988: St. Theresa’s Minor Seminary, in Taunggyi;

1989 – 1994: St Joseph’s Major Seminary, in Pyin Oo Lwin and Yangon

Pastoral Services

1994 – 1995: Assistant Pastor in Doungankha Parish;

1995 – 1999: Diocesan Director of “Zetaman” (Volunteer evangelizers) and the Youth Sector, Loikaw Diocese

1999 – 2000: Diocesan Co-Procurator, Loikaw

2000 – 2009: General Procurator of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM), Yangon

2009 – 2009: Pastor of “Sacred Heart Church,” Phasaung, Loikaw Diocese

2010 – 2020: Pastor of “Christ the King Cathedral” and Vicar General, Loikaw - By Hubert Saw


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