Myanmar Bishop Lucas Jeimphaug Dau Ze (SDB) encouraged the faithful to rely on more God in prevailing times of difficulties.
Bishop Lucas was speaking during a silver jubilee celebration of the missionary Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul (MSP) in the diocese of Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar, on January 25.
The nuns celebrated their twenty-five years of ministry in Pang Mai Jung parish in the Diocese of Lashio.
Father Martin Brang San Awng, the Office of Social Communication (OSC) director in Lashio diocese, said that the prelate urged Myanmar people “not to lose faith in God” in crises.
Sister Euphraesia Ma Yu, MSP, in charge of the convent in the Parish of Pang Mai Jung, says that the nuns experience difficulties in transportation, health and Lisu language. Some nuns have to learn the local language to communicate with people.
And to add to the problematic scenario, Myanmar has been under military coup since February 1, 2021.
According to Sister Ma Yu, “The missionary nuns in the parish of Pang Mai Jung make a living by picking tea leaves in tea gardens, agriculture, and animal husbandry,” Ma Yu told RVA News.
The religious sisters run a boarding house, nursery school, health clinic and general knowledge courses.
“For evangelization, we make home visitation to Catholics, other Christian denomination, and people of other religion, teach catechism to Catholic children, and lead liturgical service when the parish priest is absent and prayer meeting,” Sister Ma Yu said.
Sister Christine Zar Ni, MSP, said that the Lashio diocesan bishop invited the congregation to serve in St. Paul parish in Pang Mai Jung on June 26, 1997.
“In thanksgiving for our mission in Lashio Diocese, Myanmar, a thanksgiving mass was celebrated on January 25, 2022, on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul,” the nun stated.
This parish is composed of 10 villages. Some villages have only one Catholic family in each village.
There are 200 Catholics in Pang Mai Jung parish, with only 12 households in the village of Pang Mai Jung.
Most of the people in the area are Buddhists, speaking the Lisu language. The diocese of Lashio has its border with China.
Cardinal Charles Bo, SDB, founded the Missionary Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul (MSP), SDB, when he was the bishop of Lashio Diocese, Myanmar, on May 25, 1990.
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