La Salette Aspirants from Myanmar
|Fr. Philip blesses the new aspirant’s house
Due to many factors, vocation recruitment in Myanmar had been stopped in the 1990s. When the La Salette Missionaries returned to Myanmar after twenty-nine years, the moratorium on recruitment was still in effect. There was a need for rebuilding the formation program.
In spite of the moratorium and our lack of active recruiting, many young men were attracted to our La Salette way of life. Since I had declared an open house at the Marian Shrine in Chanthagone, Mandalay, where the La Salette Missionaries are based, many have come to be close to our Blessed Mother at her “home.”
Just as the Lord invited the first disciples to “come and see,” many had come and stayed with us – some for a couple of days and some for a much longer time. Just like the two disciples at Emmaus, our visitors have been living with the missionaries, eating what is given and doing all the hard work that is needed, especially now that our community is building in a new residence.
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A New Bishop for Morondava
|Bishop Fabien (left) relaxes with Bishop Donald
Pelletier, M.S., previous bishop of Morondava.
Bishop Fabien Raharilamboniana, named bishop of the Malagacy diocese of Morondava, Fr. Fabien Raharilamboniana, was born in Ambohijanahary, a suburb of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, on January 20, 1968
He entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites where he made his religious profession on September 7, 1990, after having studied philosophy and theology at the Catholic Institute in Madagascar at Ambatoroka in Antananarivo, Madagascar, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 5, 1997.
After his priestly ordination, he became a parochial vicar at the parish of St. Paul, at Phoenix, on the island of St. Maurice and served there until 1999 when he was assigned to establish the Order of Discalced Carmelites on the Island of Reunion, where La Salettes also minister.
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La Salette English Camp in Myanmar
|La Salettes ministering in Mayanmar
English has been one of the two official languages in the Union of Burma. In the past, the education in Burma has been very good. The exchange of professors between Rangoon University and Oxford University in London were quite regular.
Burma is composed of five major tribes. Besides these there were smaller ethnic groups. Aung San, the founder of Burma, made a deal with all the heads of the tribes. Since many of these people could not speak Burmese, they used English. But within the past few decades, our situation has changed. Now even graduates with a Masters of Science degree cannot communicate in English. Either they are shy, afraid to make mistakes or just don’t know how to speak English anymore.
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Daily La Salette Ministry in Myanmar
Mary not only wept at La Salette; she also brought the good news of conversion. She invited involvement in her message and gave the mandate to “make this known to all my people.”
Following the message of Our Lady of La Salette, we members of the La Salette community in Myanmar are now in our fifth year of re-establishing the La Salette Mission, celebrtated on Nov. 18, 2005. We presently minister in a wide range of ministries. We are involved in pastoral ministry in four parishes and in formation ministry at three seminaries. Our central facilities are at the Chanthangone Shrine, in the Archdiocese of Mandalay. We also serve as spiritual directors for those in the Pre-Major Seminary in the diocese of Myitkyina.
Parish of Our Lady of Holy Rosary: Since 2005, we have settled here at the Marian Shrine in Chanthagone. Fr. Bernie Taylor, M.S., was the first LA Salette to serve here and others have followed. We are involved here in two ministries: a parish and a Marian Shrine.
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