January 12 – Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung: the first Thai priest to be beatified

Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, the first Thai priest to be beatified (Feast Date: January 12)

Extract from Bl. Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung: “While serving as a parish priest, he assisted the religious of the Salesian Order following their arrival in Thailand in 1927, teaching the priests his native tongue and training the seminarians in catechesis. Father Nicholas later labored in northern Thailand and elsewhere in the country to win the conversions of lapsed Catholics. He carried out his ministry under the shadow of an anti-Christian Thai government, which considered Catholics ‘unpatriotic.’ On the morning of January 12, 1941, Father Nicholas rang the church bell to summon parishioners to Sunday Mass. For this simple act he was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment. While in prison, Father Nicholas catechized his fellow prisoners, baptizing 68 of them. Unable to say his breviary, he found his consolation in reciting the rosary.” See PICTURES of Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung. See also: Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung (EN), BEATIFICATIONIS SEU DECLARATIONIS MARTYRII SERVI DEI NICOLAI BUNKERD KITBAMRUNG (EN), Nicolás Bunkerd, Beato (SP), Beato Nicola Bunkerd Kitbamrung (IT), BienheureuxNicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung (FR).


We at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Bl. Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung on  behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding due to Typhoon Megi in Thailand (October, 2010) (Asia). See World Mission Rosary Intentions – Nov. 8-21, 2010.

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