Myanmar - Jesuit seminarians bring joy to disabled, orphans

While many people were welcoming the new year with various celebrations such as parties and gatherings, seminarians from the Jesuit congregation in Myanmar reached out to a church-run disabled center. Young brothers and candidates spent the first day of the year with people with physical impairments and orphans by playing games and other fun activities and preparing food for them. For Jesuit candidates, it’s also a weekly outreach program for the center. 

The Holy Infant Jesus Center for the Disabled and Orphans in Phaya Phyi village, 5 kilometers from Taunggyi town in Shan state, houses 200 people from various religions — mostly Catholics, Baptists and Buddhists — drawn from numerous ethnic groups including Shan, Pa-O, Bamar, Lahu, Akha, Chin and Karen. Some are visually or hearing impaired while others suffer from polio or epilepsy. Several are orphans, while a few have to be physically restrained lest they hurt themselves. Read more…