The Salesian Archbishop of Rangoon in Burma, Charles Bo SDB DD, has recently visited Australia for various meetings. While being in Melbourne, the Archbishop visited the Salesian Province Centre at Ascot Vale for a meal with the community. Archbishop Charles Bo presented the provincial with a beautiful tapestry of a scene from Mandalay. The provincial, Fr. Frank Moloney, thanked him and offered any assistance for him and his diocese in return.
On Saturday, 25th July, Archbishop spent time with the local Burmese community with traditional celebrations including Mass and prayer. He gave a speech to the people of Burma who are living in Australia to keep up their faith and tradition, and to continue to support who are less fortunate specially those who are still in their home country.
Archbishop celebrated the vigil Mass with Fr. Paul and Fr. Lum of St. Leo the Great parish together with Fr. William Matthews SDB of Adelaide on 25th June. He then joined a local Ka Yah family for rosary and dinner.
On Sunday 26th June, Br. Michael Lynch SDB, the Salesian Missions Office Director, took the archbishop to a local parish in Glen Waverley for a Sunday Eucharist. It is a parish that supports regularly to the missions in Burma. While at this parish, the Archbishop was so surprised and glad to meet up with two of his old school friends from Burma.
He was then taken to the Salesian community at Chadstone for a quiet, yet very enjoyable lunch with the Salesians.
One of the main reasons of the Archbishop’s visit to Australia was to give a speech at Melbourne University on Wednesday 29th June. It was well attended by many interested individuals.
Archbishop Charles has been one of the main driving forces in the recovery and rehabilitation programs for the people of Burma who were badly affected by the cyclone Nargis in May 2008.
Archbishop left Melbourne on Thursday 30th June.
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