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From the plains of Burma

to the plains of Kansas

Pastoral assignment

welcomed by new priest

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

It just may be that nobody has ever heard the call to the priesthood earlier in his life than Father Firmin (pronounced “Feer-min”) Kyaw, the new pastoral administrator of  Holy Rosary, Medicine Lodge, St. John the Apostle, Kiowa and St. Boniface, Sharon.
“The first born male in our family died after three or four months,” said the Burmese priest. “When Mother was pregnant with me, she went to a big Eucharistic feast in the capitol city of Burma -- far from home – and prayed for me. She said, ‘Lord, I offer you my son to the call of the priesthood.’” Father Firmin was born Dec. 11, 1956. Like Kansas, the land in which he was reared was blanketed in plains, and the primary economy was farming. His mother and father owned about five acres of land, which the couple farmed together, each “plowing and working the field” to support Firmin, his brother and two sisters.
There were 200 in his village -- Catholics, Buddhists and other Christians -- with whom he played soccer, basketball and volleyball (soccer being his main love). He and his friends occasionally also enjoyed a spirited game of pinball.
“Now that I’m older,” he said with a chuckle, “I play golf, sometimes.”
“Since I was young, my father pushed me a lot to be pious, to get up early and go be an altar boy,” he said.
At the tender age of 13, he entered a minor seminary about 100 miles from his home.
“Even though it was only 100 miles, in those days it took almost the whole day to reach the seminary,” Father Firmin explained. “You had to get up early, at 3 a.m. -- sometimes at midnight. There was no car. You had to hire some kind of bicycle to ride the seven to 10 miles to the train station. After the train, you would have to take a bus for 30 minutes.”
After he passed his high school exam, he entered two years of study designed to prepare him for the entrance exam to the major seminary.  
Father Firmin was ordained in 1983. He served for four years in a parish in Burma, then from 1988-1991 he studied at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY, where he obtained a graduate degree in theology, following which he returned to his native country.
For many years he worked as an education director. While he enjoyed the work, he said he felt a “longing for pastoral work. Training teachers, looking after children – it is also worth doing. Yet, sometimes I felt empty. I longed to be a pastor; I want to give my life to a parish.”  
Terri Deokaran, pastoral minister for the Barber County parishes, has worked with Father Firmin for about a month now.
“I believe he’s a source of empowerment and joy for the people,” she said. “That’s certainly true for many priests, but that’s really what I see in him. He seems like a good, gentle soul.”
“I feel happy to be here,” he said. “I’m quite content with the present situation.”
When told what his pastoral minister said about him, he laughed a hearty laugh and responded, “Terry will get to know me and my human weaknesses.”
Father Firmin admitted that along his journey to the priesthood, there were times when he had doubts as to his calling.  Then, one day, he attended a retreat with other seminarians.
“The preacher who was hosting the retreat said that if you are called by God to be a priest, and you leave the seminary and go out into the world, you won’t be happy. Once your vocation is true, you’ll be happy always.
“So, now as a priest, I am very happy.”
When asked for any closing comments, Father Firmin responded, “When I was young -- as a young man, especially – I prayed to Our Lady to become a priest. But as a priest, my prayer changed. I now pray to die as a priest.”

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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