History of the Cause

Bishop Rene-Marie-Joseph Perros (1870-1952), M.E.P., missionary and apostolic vicar of Bangkok beginning in 1947, buried his remains in a crypt under the main altar of the Cathedral of the Assumption. Starting in 1992, Catholics in Bangkok pushed for his beatification. The process was begun on January 27, 2000, by Pope John Paul II (decree on martyrdom), and concluded on March 5, 2000, by Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) at Saint Peter‘s Square, Rome, Italy

On January 13, 2001 a shrine was dedicated by Cardinal Michael Meechai Kitboonchu to Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung. The construction was completed in May, 2003. The shrine is located near the place of his birth in Tha Kham sub-district, Sam Phran district, Nakhon Pathom province, about 30 kilometers from Bangkok. The shrine contains the Blessed´s relics, along with a museum commemorating his heroic life, in memory of his great contribution to Thailand’s Christian society. At the shrine, on October 11, 2012, Cardinal Kitbunchu blessed the statue of Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, erected for the “Year of Faith” to remember the life of the priest, “an example and witness of the faith” in Thailand.