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Diocese of Kengtung

Dioecesis Kengtunghensis

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  • John Saw Yaw Han, Bishop
  • Abraham Than, Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • Elevated: 1 January 1955
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Taunggyi
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Myanmar
  • Square Kilometers: 45,856 (17,711 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Catholic Church, Kyaingtong 06231, Myanmar
  • Telephone: (084)22.018

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Kengtung
27 April 1927ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Eastern Burma {Birmania Orientale} (Keng-Tung) Prefecture Apostolic of Kengtung (erected)
9 March 1936Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Northern Burma {Birmania Settentrionale} (Shan de Tawng Peng, Hsenwi Septentrionali, Hsenwi Meridionali, and part of Munglun) Prefecture Apostolic of Kengtung
Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung
26 May 1950ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Kengtung Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung
14 June 1951Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Mandalay (Hsipaw except Mong Long) Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung
14 February 1952Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Kengtung (Kayah and area south of 20th parallel) Vicariate Apostolic of Toungoo
Diocese of Kengtung
1 January 1955ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Kengtung Diocese of Kengtung
20 November 1975Territory LostDiocese of Kengtung (North-Eastern Shan States and Northern Shan States)
Diocese of Myitkyina (Northern Shan States)
Prefecture Apostolic of Lashio (erected)
17 January 1998Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Kengtung (from Mandalay)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung
Diocese of Kengtung

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Kengtung
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 19, Page 302, and Page 303
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 28, Page 297, and Page 298
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Kengtung
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 60, and Page 61
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 809
  • Diocese of Kengtung
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 47, Page 263, to Page 266
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 90, Page 307, and Page 308


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