Ex-Thailand YCW chaplain Fr Pitak has died

posted 29 Nov 2010, 16:31 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 29 Nov 2010, 16:45 ]
Fr Pitak Yotharak, former chaplain of Thailand YCW and a long-time active supporter of the movement, has died in Bangkok of cancer.

"Recently I have talked with him about a gathering of former Cardijn's advocates and he fully supported the idea and would have liked to join," writes CCI Asia-Pacific coordinator Rungrote Tangsurakit.

"Also, Bishop Bunluen Mansap is also criticcally ill for some time in ICU of the same hospital," Rungrote notes.

"Please pray for them and pass this information to those who know them."

Fr. Pitak Yotharak was born on 27 March 1950. He was ordained on 24 November 1979 and died at 10.45am on 26 November 2010.

His funeral will take place on 2 December 2010 at 14.00 Parish of Guardian Angel, Khokwat, Prachinburi, Thailand

At his death he was director of Diocesan Social Action Center in the Chantaburi diocese.

He was previously secretary general of Catholic Youth Council of Thailand under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand

"Cardijn Community International (CCI) received the news of the demise of Fr. Pithak Yotharak with deep shock and grief. Accept our heartfelt condolences. May his soul rest in peace," CCI convenor MJ Ruben said.

"CCI had planned for an international general assembly of all Cardijn followers on the 23rd and 24th of July 2011 at Camillian Pastoral Centre, Bangkok and we were hoping for the active support and collaboration of Fr. Pithak in this event. It is unfortunate that we have lost a faithful servant of God and a true friend and guide to all of us.

"As a Chaplain of the YCW, Thailand, Fr. Pithak Yotharak had contributed to the growth of the movement which will be gratefully remembered by all. We thank the Lord for the life of Fr. Pithak and pray that God grant him eternal rest," Ruben said.