HISTORY

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious country of Southeast Asian with its capital city Nay Pyi Taw which was constructed in 2004 on an isolated site near the city of Pyinmana, some 320 km north of the then capital city of Yangon.

Myanmar has a land area of 676, 577 sq. km. It is bound by Thailand and Laos in the east, India and Bangladesh in the west, China in the north and north- east and the Andaman Sea in the south. Of cially, there are 135 ethnic groups living in the country, of which the eight major groups are Burman, Kayin, Kachin, Kayah, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Among these groups, the Burmans are the most numerous and dominant with approximately 68% of the population of the country, and they are mainly Buddhists.

“As early as 1287, evidence of Christianity was found in the form of frescos containing crosses and Latin and Greek words in some places in Pagan, which was once a ourishing kingdom in what is Myanmar today. After the discovery of the route to India by Vasco da Gama in 1497, Portuguese missionaries set out for the Far East as chaplains to Portuguese soldiers, sailors and settlers...The rst proclamation of the Gospel in the land, dates back to 1511, thanks to the work of the Dominicans, Franciscans and Jesuits, who helped establish the rst Christian communities.”

As of 2002, 89% of the population of the country is believed to adhere to Buddhism and 5.6% practice Christianity. Christians in Myanmar are a minority and they are mainly composed of ethnic minorities, such as Kachin, Chin, Kayin, Kayah, Lishus and Lahus with a limited number of Burmans.

ST. DOMINIC’S HOUSE Yangon

History

St. Dominic’s House in Yangon was officially opened on the feast day of St. Dominic, August 8, 2011. His Excellency Charles Bo, SDB (now Cardinal) personally came to inaugurate the house and announced the presence of the Order in the golden land of Myanmar. The house, however, was bought in 2010 and on the 7th of October of that same year the first community of friars was established there with Fr Fernando Muñoz, O.P. being its first superior. From 2011 onwards, the house becomes the center for the aspirants who want to join the Order.

Mission

At the present, the main ministry of the community is pastoral work and formation. The brothers work in the parish of St. Gemma Galgani, Shwepyithar, which is entrusted to the Dominicans by the Archdiocese of Yangon. Since this house is also the house of formation of aspirants, the brothers dedicate their time to the future candidates for the Order. Aside from these, conducting retreats to different religious and diocesan communities is also an important part of our ministry and service to the local Church.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS’ HOUSE Loikaw
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES’ HOUSE St. Martin de Porres’ Social Center Zawgyi, Mandalay