The Shwedagon Pagoda – Rangoon
It’s surprising, isn’t it, to begin an article on the Rosary in Myanmar with a photo of a non-Christian religious building? But how could it be otherwise in a country which has remained closed to the outside world for so long, where traditions are deeply anchored and the huge majority of the population is Buddhist?
The Shwedagon Pagoda overlooks Rangoon, the economic capital of Myanmar, a surprisingly youthful country for a Westerner. Logically, the members of the Dominican family here are also very young. The contrast between the 800 years of the foundation of the Order of Preachers and a recent presence in Myanmar could but be striking.
The Promoter General of the Rosary visited Myanmar between 29 February and 5 March 2016. He was very warmly welcomed by the brothers who are responsible for a house with a whole group of aspirants as well as a parish in a far less central and more disadvantaged zone. The large church that the parishioners have built here is a…Dominican one!
The Dominican parish – Outskirts of Rangoon
Meetings had been organised with the brothers and sisters of the Order, the Dominican aspirants and those of the Sisters of the Consolation, to talk about the Rosary, of course, but also to broach certain fundamental aspects of our Dominican life. The young aspirants are thirsty for knowledge about the Order that they are just beginning to discover.
The exchanges took place in the greatest simplicity. It was also an occasion for the brothers and sisters of this country to be a little more in union with the ensemble of the Order in this Jubilee year and to give thanks for these years of presence in Myanmar…which herald so many more!
Bro. Hilario and the Dominican aspirants
Fr. Louis-Marie ARIÑO-DURAND, OP
General Promoter of the Rosary