Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Taunggyi

Coordinates: 20°46′49″N 97°02′20″E / 20.7802°N 97.0388°E / 20.7802; 97.0388
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Archdiocese of Taunggyi

Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi
Country Myanmar
Ecclesiastical provinceTaunggyi
Area26,850 km2 (10,370 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
7,389 (0.5%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established21 March 1961 (As Diocese of Taunggyi)
17 January 1998 (As Archdiocese of Taunggyi)
CathedralSt. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi
Current leadership
ArchbishopBasilio Athai
SuffragansDiocese of Kengtung
Diocese of Loikaw
Diocese of Pekhon
Diocese of Taungngu

The Archdiocese of Taunggyi (Latin: Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis) is a particular church of the Roman Catholic Church located in the Shan State of Myanmar. The dioceses of Kengtung, Loikaw, Pekhon and Taungngu are suffragans of the archdiocese. The cathedral of the archdiocese is St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi.

The diocese of Taunggyi was created on March 21, 1961, by splitting from the diocese of Taungoo, and was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Yangon. When the diocese was elevated to become an archdiocese and metropolitan see on January 17, 1998, Kentung (from Mandalay) and Loikaw and Taungoo (from Yangon) were assigned to the new ecclesiastical province. The Diocese of Pekhon was created on December 15, 2005, by splitting off the southern part of the archdiocese.

After the split, the archdiocese has 7,350 Catholics out of a total population of 1.5 million. It is subdivided into 12 parishes, and has a total number of 25 priests. It covers an area of 26,850 square kilometres (10,370 sq mi).


Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • Peter Hla, auxiliary bishop from March 13, 2001, till December 15, 2005 (became bishop of Pekhon)
  • Basilio Athai, auxiliary bishop since July 1, 2008


  1. ^ "Archbishop Matthias U Shwe [Catholic-Hierarchy]".

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20°46′49″N 97°02′20″E / 20.7802°N 97.0388°E / 20.7802; 97.0388