In 2014, Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo of the Province of Myanmar invited Bishop Morales and the Diocese of Quincy into a sister diocese relationship with of the Province of Myanmar, a member of the Anglican Communion. Since then, Archbishop Stephen and Bp. Morales have developed both a close friendship and a good working relationship, as they have served the Karen congregations in the Diocese of Quincy.
Quincy is now home to quite a few Karen congregations and groups, as well as to the first Karen priest in the ACNA, the Very Rev. Samuel Lynn, Canon for Karen Ministries. The Diocese has had the honor of ordaining Karen deacons and priests to serve throughout the Diocese and has licensed catechists to serve and to help in the disciple-making we are called to do.
Over the last year, Bp. Morales and several of our priests and lay people have visited Myanmar, spending time, listening and learning, and sharing fellowship with the clergy and people there. We are developing partnerships of prayer and support with orphanages and clergy in Myanmar, working with Archbishop Stephen and Bishop Mark Doe. We look forward to hosting Bp. Doe and Fr. Sunday of St. Andrew’s Orphanage this summer.
It is a joy to do Kingdom work with our brothers and sisters from Myanmar, and it is our hope that our relationship will continue to flourish to the glory of God, long into the future.
The Church of the Province of Myanmar was created in 1970, nine years after Buddhism was declared the state religion, and four years after the government forced all foreign missionaries to leave.
Starting in the early 1800s, Anglican chaplains and missionaries worked in Burma (now called Myanmar), which was ruled by Britain from 1824 to 1948. Today the province has an estimated 70,000 members.