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Couple wins praise for good deeds

Latest project sees consecration of new village church

Couple wins praise for good deeds
U Justin Kyaw Than and Daw Bleta Khin Aye, donor for the new church building is seen in front of the Holy Family church in Phokanbay village, Yangon Archdiocese reporter, Phokanbay

March 22, 2011

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Priests, nuns and even a Buddhist monk in Myanmar are hailing a Catholic couple for their efforts in helping good causes. The latest effort of U Justine Kyaw Than and his wife, Daw Bleta Khin Aye, has resulted in the construction and consecration of a new and bigger Holy Family Church in Phokaybay in Yangon archdiocese. “We just share what we have with the needy and don’t expect anything in return,” said U Justine, referring to the couple’s donation which was the main contribution towards the new church. Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon Archdiocese blessed and opened the church on March 19. About 3,000 priests, religious nuns, brothers, Buddhist monks and laypeople also attended the opening. U Justine, who is in the fishing business, said the old church had become too small due to an increasing Catholic population necessitating the need for a new church. The church, however, is just one of many causes the couple has contributed to. According to Daw Khin Aye, they started a charity foundation for the minor seminary in Yangon archdiocese, contributing 400,000 kyat (US$ 400) to help support seminarians. They supply fish paste and oil to the priests and nuns as well, as well as help children financially to continue their studies Monsignor Anthony Gordon, the Phokanbay village priest, was one of the first seminarians to benefit from the couple’s charity. “I’m really grateful for their support in helping me become a priest and I do believe improvements and development in the village is based on the zeal and works of this holy family,” he said. Sister Lucy Win, from the Sisters of Charity congregation was also full of praise. “The couple is ready to help all those who are in need of their help. They always treat us as part of their own family,” she said. Even Buddhists benefitted from their generosity after the couple donated money to provide a monastery with drinking water facilities. We help each other and our relationship is very strong, said one Buddhist monk. MY13707.1646

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