The last of our Myanmar mission's 13 Masses was offered today on the Feast of the Holy Family at the national Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in Nyaunglebin: a fitting place to end.
Each February 11th sees 60,000 people gather here for a three-day festival (hence the beginning of the construction of an outdoor sanctuary in the photos below). The huge Marian procession through the town is popular with local Buddhists and facilitated, not obstructed, by the municipal authorities. May the Virgin Mary intercede with God her Son for peace in Myanmar.
Thank you once more to all the benefactors of this mission trip. In total, thanks in particular to German donors, we were able to distribute US$13,133 (!) in alms to such projects as are mentioned in the past fortnight of blogging. May God reward you.