The purpose of NCBAC is to bring together all Burmese Catholics who are residing in the United States and to provide opportunities for growth, prayer, worship and community building. Burmese American Catholics include those who entered the United States with a Visa and those who have been settled here through a relief organization such as, World relief, Catholic Charities, Refugee Resettlement etc... Our goal consists of but not limited to spiritual awareness, leadership training, especially for the youth, communication (for social and leadership purposes), mutual support, and development of responsibility. Members are encouraged to participate as much as possible.
Where we started
"The Harrisburg group and Maryland group soon became a small Burmese community. Together,we celebrated various religious celebrations such as: Christmas, Easter, and Assumption either in Pennsylvania or Maryland."
"After hearing how refugees had started moving to the U.S, I started to think of ways to get Catholic refugees from Thai and Malaysia Refugee Camps to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Emily, from Maryland, suggested taking my concerns to the office of Harrisburg Catholic Charity."
From the meeting with USCCB, "I became aware of how Vietnamese Catholic National Gathering was held once a year and once every two years for Laos. I began to work on bringing Burmese Catholic Community up to the national level so that we can have our unions too."
"On January 10th, 2010, we held a community meeting in which I presented the plan to have a gathering of Burmese Catholics from all over the States in PA during the Labor Day weekend along with the celebration of the Virgin Mary."
"On September 5th, Fr. Mahn Tha Pwa, Fr. Jerome, and Fr. Philip Aung Nye selected five members for the official council, and with that, the official National Conference of Burmese American Catholic (NCBAC) was formed."