Five American La Salette missionaries ventured to the unknown land of Myanmar (Burma) eighty years ago and started their mission in Arakan State, following the mandate of Our Lady of La Salette to make the message of reconciliation known. Subsequently, they founded Prome Diocese with Bishop Thomas Newman, MS as the first bishop of the Diocese. The missionaries left the country when the situation in the country turned unlivable for foreigners. Nevertheless, the growth of the Church continued under the diocesan clergy.
The La Salette Missionaries returned to Myanmar and reestablished the mission in Mandalay Diocese in 2005 with Myanmar La Salette priests trained in the Philippines. The mission and vocation continue to grow in the country.
To further the growth of the missionaries in Myanmar and of the entire congregation, the District of Myanmar has been elevated to the status of Region by the 2017 Council of Congregation in Bangalore, India.
Through the intercession of Our Lady of La Salette, may God continue to bless the newly erected Region of Myanmar as well as all the La Salette Missionaries working in different corners of the world.
ks. Philip Mahka Naw Aung MS