Today's Mass intention was again for peace in Myanmar, the Holy Sacrifice being offered in St Columban's Cathedral in Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State.
Being invited to preach at the public Mass at the cathedral, Fr Mawdsley said Calvary shows how suffering perfects love. However it seems the Catholics here already know that inside out, and generally radiate joy.
P.I.M.E. missionaries were active in Upper Burma from the C.19th, many dying from malaria. In 1936 two Columban missionaries from Ireland arrived in Burma. By 1938 there were almost 40 of them, and their influence in Kachin State is obvious.
The minor seminary:
The simplicity of material resources hinders certain potentials being reached, but it does not necessarily limit happiness. That depends on the spirit. St Patrick's parish, opposite the intermediate seminary, still thrives:
Boys at Benediction:
Girls singing the Holy Rosary:
Conditions in the Intermediate Seminary are simple:
...but the view is beautiful. Here The rector shows us the Irrawaddy (one month upstream from Yangon):