Father Peter Paul (Fr Petru, also affectionately known as Fr PP) was born in Pekhon, Myanmar in 1965. He was raised in the Catholic village of Hwarikhu and joined the Minor Seminary after completing his high school SAC 5 at Taunggyi at the age of fourteen. After this, he enrolled in the Major Seminary in Yangon and was ordained a Priest in 1993.
He served as an Assistant Priest in the Holy Mother of God parish in Mobye from 1993 to 1995, and at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pekhon, from 1995 to 1997. He was appointed to be Parish Priest at Holy Family Church at Aung Ban from 1997 to 1999, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pekhon, from 1999 to 2001, and Our Lady of Sorrows, Hwarikhu, from 2001 to 2005. He then was posted to St Theresa's Little Way Missionary Institute of Philosophy as a Chaplain and taught Catechesis from 2005 to 2006.
Fr PP was assigned to serve the Myanmar Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Singapore in 2006. He first resided at the Church of the Holy Spirit for a year and in 2007, while being Chaplain to the Myanmar Community, also accepted the responsibility of an Assistant Priest at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr PP had been very dedicated to his priestly services for nine years at Nativity Church. He visited the sick and elderly regularly to offer anointing and Holy Communion. He was also spiritual director to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and the New Life Rosary Prayer Group.
Two years ago, he contracted cancer and underwent various treatments. He had gone back to his home diocese in December 2016, and returned to the Lord on 30 January 2017 at 6.30am Myanmar time, surrounded by his family members and priestly fraternity. His funeral will be in Hwarikhu, his village, on Thursday at 9am.
In Singapore, there will be vigil prayers on Tuesday 31 January and Wednesday 1 February at 8pm in English, followed by prayers in Teochew and Mandarin, at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1259 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534795. There will be two requiem masses, on Monday 6 February in Latin and on Wednesday 8 February in English, both at 8pm, also at the Nativity Church.
The Archdiocese extends condolences to the family of Fr Peter Paul at this time of loss and assures them of our fraternal prayers and support.
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