St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho Kipawlna Phuatzawh Kum (25) Cin Silver Jubilee Pawi

Silver Jubilee of the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa Association in Myanmar (June 1, 2022)

The (25th) Anniversary of the founding of the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa Association was celebrated at the Mother House of St. Theresa Association, Kalaymyo on June 1, 2022. Thanksgiving Mass was presided by His Excellency Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang (Bishop of Kalay Diocese) and (11) priests and around (100) Religious Sisters and Students participated in the Mass.
           In the beginning of the Jubilee Mass, the Papal Blessing sent by His Holiness Pope Francis, and other letters of honor sent by His Grace Archbishop Paul Tschang In-nam (Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar), His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo (President of FABC & CBCM), His Excellency Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang (Bishop of Kalay Diocese) and Sr. Theresa Phe Ling Yah (Provincial of SJA, Myanmar) were read out.

 In his homily Bishop Felix emphasized the amazing grace of God granted to the Sisters and praised the Sisters saying, “I admire the service rendered by the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa in my diocese and I thank His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang (Emeritus), the founder of this Association for his thoughtfulness of founding the Association in response to the need of the situation and his untiring endeavor for evangelization and mission. Now we see the fruits of his work.” 

He urged the Sisters to follow the footsteps of St. Theresa by doing little things with great love as mentioned in the motto.

On behalf of the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa Association, Sr. Maria Van Nei Kim (Superior General) presented words of thanks to God for His Blessings granted to the Association and to His Grace Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang (the founder), Miss Mary Doohan (Co-Founder from England) and Sr. Assumpta Wong (Co-Founder) for their constant care, guiding and support. 

She expressed her heartfelt thanks to His Excellency Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang (Bishop of Kalay Diocese) for presiding Jubilee Mass and accepting them in His Diocese and support for their Spiritual and Material Needs. The Sister exhorted the younger Sisters and Students saying, “Today, we celebrate our Silver Jubilee, and be prepared from now on for the Golden Jubilee as I may not be around by that time. Thus, be ready to carry the yokes given upon us for the greater glory of God.”

At the end of the celebration, breakfast was offered by the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa. The Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa Association was founded by His Grace Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang (the then Bishop of Hakha Diocese) in cooperation with Miss Mary Doohan (from England) in the year 1997.  As the request of His Grace Emeritus Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang, Sr. Assumpta Wong (the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition) changed her habit and led the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa Association as a Co-Founder from the beginning up to now. 

The charisms of the Association are; 1. To make adoration to the Blessed Sacrament at least one hour a day. 2. To pray for all the Priests especially where they are working in the Dioceses. 3. To educate and upbringing of the vulnerable women. 
According to their constitution, the candidate must have experience of taking Matriculation Examination. The young students are separated into four groups such as Aspirants, Postulants, First year of Novices and Second year of Novices.

After receiving four years of training, the students are given Religious Habits and they are called Religious Sisters.  After eight years of receiving their Religious Habits, they are allowed to profess their final or perpetual vows. 

At present, there are altogether (216) Sisters who have received their Religious Habits and among them (161) Sisters have professed their perpetual vows and (55) Sisters are waiting to profess their final or perpetual vows. 

 All the training centers or formation houses and Mother House are situated in Kalay Diocese. Most of their convents (or) communities are situated in Kalay Diocese and Hakha Diocese. At present, (43) communities or convents of the Little Way Sisters of St. Theresa are serving the Church in Myanmar from (5) Dioceses and one community is situated in Philippine for the purpose of their higher education. For the time being, they are applying to obtain the permission of Diocesan Rite in the Church.

 By- Fr. Joseph Zo Mung  

St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho Kipawlna Phuatzawh Kum (25) Cin Silver Jubilee Pawi 
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The Little Way Sisters of St. Therese cih minpua Nungak Siangtho kipawlna a kiphuat zawh kum (25) cinna Silver Jubilee pawipi Lungdamkoh Missa Biakpiakna pen Kalay Diocese hongcing hongkem Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang makaihna tawh May 1, 2022 ni-in Kalaymyo St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho te Sangpi (Mother House) ah kibawlin tua sungah Siampi (11) leh Nungak Siangtho (100) kim kihel hi.

Missa Biakpiakna akipatma in aLianbel Siampipa Pope Francis ii thuphapiakna Laipi leh His Grace Archbishop Paul Tschang In-nam (Apostolic Nuncio to Myanmar), His Eminence Cardinal Charles Bo (President of FABC & CBCM), His Excellency Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang (Bishop of Kalay Diocese) and Sr. Theresa Phe Ling Yah (Provincial of SJA, Myanmar) te ii khak Pahtawina Laipi te siam khiatna ki nei hi.

Bishop Felix in athugenna sungah Pasian tungpan ngahsa thupha te lungdam kohna leh hih kipawlna a phuankhia Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang ii gelsiamna, muhkholhna leh Diocese ii kisapna te tungtawnin aphuankhia ahih na te tungtawnin Pahtawina leh lungdamkohna thu te gen hi. 

Tua banah Nungak Siangtho te nasepna, Pawlpi aa ding a kipiakkhiatnate tung tawnin a pahtak na thu te zong pulaak khia hi. Tua banah amaute ii a etteh ding leh lam alakdinga a teelkhiat uh ahi Misiantho Theresa mah bangin Sepna bawlna khat peuhpeuh ah itna masuan in (itna lianpi tawh) na asep ciat den nading un thapiakna nei hi.

 St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho te  ii Siapinu Sr. Maria Van Nei Kim in lungdamkohna a genan ah “kum (25) sung tawntung eite ahong makaih Pa Pasian tung leh hih kipawlna a phuankhia Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang, England pan huhna a hongpia Miss Mary Doohan, a kipat pan kipan tuni ciang dong eite a hong makaih den Sr. Assumpta Wong te tungah lungdam hi” ci-in lungdam kohna nei hi.

Tua khitteh Kalay Diocese a cing akem Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang tungah  Jubilee Lungdamkoh Missa Biakpiakna a bawlsakna, ama ii Diocese sungah om ding a phalna te leh amau te tungah a kisap bang bang huhna a piakna te tungtawnin lungdam kohna nei hi. 

Tuabanah Nungak Siangtho a neu te tungah tha a piakna in tu-in kum (25) cin na Silver Jubilee ih bawl khin zo hi kum (50) cinna Golden Jubilee pawi bawl hun ciangin kei omkha nawnlo thei ding ka hih manin tua pawipi limtak bawlzawhnang in no tengin hanciamin Pasian minthan nadingin nasem  cit un ci-in vaikhakna nei hi. 

Missa Biakpiakna aman khit ciangin a kikhawm teng Nungak Siangtho te in zing-an vak uh hi. Hih St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho kipawlna pen Mandalay Archdiocese pan a tawlnga khin Archbishop Nicholas Mang Thang in Hakha Diocese Bishop ahih hun (1997) kum in England pan Miss Mary Doohan tawh kipawlin a phutkhiat ahi hi. Tua kum pan kipanin St. Joseph Nungak Siangtho Kipawlna panin Sr. Assumpta Wong in tuni dongin hih Nungak Siangtho te pen pattah in makaih toto hi. 

Hih Nungak Siangtho te ii sep ding Charisms pen 1) Nikhatin a tawm pen nai khat sung Siangtho Pumpi bia ham tang ding. 2) Amaute ii omna Diocese sunga Siampite aa ding thu ngetsak ding. 3) A thanem, a zawngkhal numeite Kha thu leh leitung thu te ah pattah ding cih thu te hi-in nisim in thungetna ngeina teng a nget khit banuh ah hih a tunga nam thum teng sep ding vaipuak nei uh hi.

Nungak Siangtho Sang a lutnuam te pen amaute ii thu khun sunga kum tawh ki zui-in tan (10) Aungsa a hih kei leh tan (10) laivuanna avuan ngei limlim hi ding hi.

 Nungak Siangtho Sang a kah te pen 1) Aspirants 2) Postulants 3) Novice kum khatna leh 4) Novice kum nihna cih bangin khen li-in kikhen uh hi.
Kum (4) sung Laisin ding teng a sinsa te Nungak Siangtho suak thei-in First Profession of Vows a kici kiciamna masa bawl thei uh hi. Nungak Siangtho a suah zawh kum (8) acinkhit uh ciangin Perpetual Vows ci-in Khantawn kiciamna bawl thei pan uh hi.

St. Theresa Nungak Siangtho kipawlna pen tu (2022) kum ciang kum (25) hun sungin Puantual a ngahsa Nungak Siangtho mi (216) omta hi. Tua te sungpan khantawh kiciamna a bawlsa Nungak Siangtho (161) om in kiciamna abawl lai ding mi (55) pha uh hi.

Hih Nungak Siangtho te ii Sangkahna Formation Houses teng khempeuh pen Kalay Diocese sungah a vekpi-in om in amaute ii Convent or Community House te pen a tam zaw Kalay Diocese leh Hakha Diocese te sungah om uh hi. Tu laitakin amaute ii Pasian nasepna Community House pen Kawlgam sungah (43) om in tua teng pen Diocese (5) sungah kikhen uh hi. Tua banah Sangkah na ding ngimna tawh Philippines gamah zong Community House khat nei uh hi. 

Tu laitak pen amaute kipawlna pen “Association” ciangbek kici pan-in Diocesan Rite angah na dingin a hanciam laitak uh ahi hi.

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