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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Mawlamyine

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Bishop Raymond Saw Po Ray
Bishop Saw Po Ray
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Bishop Raymond Saw Po Ray
Holy Family Cathedral,
Upper Main Road, Mayangone Quarter,
Mawlamyine, Mon State, Myanmar

Phone: +95 57- 24018, 23187
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Raymond Saw Po Ray was born on Aug. 11, 1948 in Henzada, Irrawaddy Division. He was ordained a priest on April 13, 1975 in Thagyet village, Myeik Parish, and was appointed auxiliary bishop of Yangon on July 3, 1987. His episcopal ordination was on Dec. 8, 1987. Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Mawlamyine on March 22, 1993. He was installed on May 27, 1993 in Mawlamyine.

Before his episcopal ordination in 1987, the local ordinary served as parish priest of Hpa-an from 1975-1976. He was Rector of St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Pago, from 1976-1979. From 1979 - 1982 he conducted further studies at St. Joseph Seminary, New York. After his returm to Myanmar, he was Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph Catholic Major Seminary, Yangon from 1982-1987.

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