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The Winchester Diocese has a mission partnership with the Province of Myanmar in Southeast Asia.


Myanmar is in SE Asia, between India and China. Myanmar gained independence 1948, which was followed by a number of years of civil war.

3x size of UK
population 54m (30% urban, 70% rural)
7 main ethnic groups
15 states/regions
137 languages
average age is 26
life expectancy is 65

  • 88% Buddhist,
  • 6% Christian,
  • 4% Islam

Stephen Than Myint Oo is the Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon.

Stephen has been to prison, suffered torture and released without conviction. The shadow of his prison record followed him for years, even while studying theology. But his faith and a slowly emerging commitment to democracy and civil society were ignited by an experience of angels, which reinforced a mission plan he had as Archbishop of Myanmar for a tiny Anglican minority within a Buddhist country to take their place in the nation.  

We are very pleased to have Archbishop Stephen visiting us the Deanery between Thursday 13th February to Monday 17th February 2020.   Please join us to meet Archbishop Stephen on:

  • Friday 14th February at 6pm at St Johns for a talk followed by tea & cake,
  • Sunday 16th February at the 10am service at St Johns,
  • Sunday 16th February at 7pm there will be a Deanery Celebration in Yateley(St Peters C Of E Church, Chaddisbrook House, Reading Rd, Yateley GU46 7LR) followed by refreshments see. for details.