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Burmese missionary priest, Father Pius T’caw dies

Father Pius Mahn T’caw, a Burmese missionary priest who served in the Diocese of Dodge City, died May 16, 2012, in his homeland.
Father Pius was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Mondee Village, Myaungmya, Burma (Myanmar). He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. George Maung Kyaw, bishop of Bassein, for the Diocese of Pathein on March 12, 1967. He came to the United States to serve in the Diocese of Dodge City in 1996. During a period of orientation at St. Joseph’s Parish, Ellinwood, he celebrated the 30th anniversary of his priesthood.
He was assigned parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, Great Bend, July 1, 1997. While in Great Bend he had pastoral responsibilities to the patients at Center Kansas Medical Center and in the extended care facilities there.
On Nov. 10, 1998, he was assigned parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City, with pastoral responsibilities to the patients at Western Plains Medical Complex and the extended care facilities in Dodge City and the region. He assisted at Sacred Heart, Larned, for three months in 2000, during the sabbatical leave of the pastor. Father Pius returned to Myanmar in the fall of 2001.
The funeral Mass for Father Pius was celebrated by Bishop John Hsane Hgyi with 40 concelebrating priests on May 18, 2012, at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Pathein. Burial was in the cemetery at Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Mayanchaung Village, Myanmar.

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