Bishop Wenceslao S. Padilla, CICM, of the Scheut Missionaries, passed away on 25 September 2018 in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) due to heart failure. He was 68.
Bishop Wenceslao S. Padilla was born in Tubao (Philippines) on 28 September 1949. “Wens”, as he was commonly known, joined CICM and made his first profession in 1972. He was ordained a priest in 1976 and sent to Taiwan the following year on his first mission assignment.
From 1985 to 1990 he was Provincial Superior of the Chinese Province of CICM (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore). In 1992, together with 2 other confreres, he started a new mission venture the Vatican had entrusted to CICM, the “missio sui juris” of Mongolia. As he was the Superior of the Mission, he was made Apostolic Prefect of Mongolia in 2003 and eventually consecrated a Bishop on 29 August 2003.
At his invitation, over 60 missionaries (from 22 nationalities and 12 religious congregations) have joined the first pioneers. There are now 6 parishes and the number of baptized Catholics is ± 1200.
Bishop Wens’s funeral will be held in Ulaanbaatar Cathedral on 14 October 2018, 10:30am. A Memorial Mass will be held for him in Singapore on 4 October 2018 at the Church of St Bernadette.
Details of Memorial
Date: 4 October 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: Church of St Bernadette
12 Zion Road, Singapore 247731
We invite you to pray for him in your masses and prayers.
Fr. John-Paul Tan OFM, JCL
Chancery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
#07-01 Catholic Centre, 55 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187954
Email: [email protected]