Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Taunggyi
|Archdiocese of Taunggyi
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi
|Area||26,850 km2 (10,370 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||21 March 1961 (As Diocese of Taunggyi)
17 January 1998 (As Archdiocese of Taunggyi)
|Cathedral||St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Matthias U Shwe|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Kengtung
Diocese of Loikaw
Diocese of Pekhon
Diocese of Taungngu
|Auxiliary Bishops||Basilio Athai|
The (Roman Catholic) Archdiocese of Taunggyi (Latin: Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis) is 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 the 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 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).
- Matthias U Shwe, since December 18, 1989, had been auxiliary bishop since December 20, 1979
- Giovanni Battista Gobbato, P.I.M.E., March 21, 1961 - December 18, 1989 (retired)
- Peter Hla, auxiliary bishop from March 13, 2001 till December 15, 2005 (became bishop of Pekhon)
- Basilio Athai, auxiliary bishop since July 1, 2008