Obituary Notice – Rev Fr Thaddeus Foo Yu Sen (Chancery Notice CN/2018/005)

Fr Thaddeus Foo

Rev Father Thaddeus Foo Yu Sen
Born: 28th October 1935
Ordained: 20th December 1970
Departed: 22nd August 2018


It is with profound sadness that we announce the demise of the late Rev Father Thaddeus Foo Yu Sen (aged 83) at approximately 12noon on 22nd August 2018 at Graceville, MAJODI Centre, Plentong, Johor Bahru, Johor, having being diagnosed with 4th stage Cancer of Oesophagus in September 2017.

Father Foo was born in Kuang-tong Province, China into a family of four brothers and two sisters of whom he is the youngest.

He received his primary education in Khoon Aik Chinese Primary School, Kangkar, Perlis; and continued with the Secondary education in St. Xavier’s Institute, Penang and Chung Ling High School, Penang.

Having read Law and attaining a Bachelor of Law, (LLB) from Cheng-chi University, Taipei, Taiwan (1959-1963), he subsequently proceeded to the Seminario de Vocacion Tardio (Seminary for Late-vocation) in Salamanca, Spain in 1965. Thereafter, he continued with his seminary formation at the Seminario Conciliar, Madrid, Spain (1966-1971). He was ordained in Madrid, Spain in 1970.

Academic Qualifications:
Bachelor of Law (Taiwan),
Candidate for Doctorate (Spain)

Languages Spoken:
Mandarin, English, Spanish, Bahasa Malaysia, Hakka, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew

Record of Ministry since Ordination:

15.09.1971 – 12.03.1972 Assisted at Roman Catholic Mission, Limbang, Miri, Sarawak
12.03.1972 – 01.10.1974 Assisted at Roman Catholic Mission, Miri
01.10.1974 – 1975 Assisted at Roman Catholic Mission, Seria, Brunei
Jan 1976 – 31.03.1978 In charge of Holy Family Church, Ulu Tiram, Johor
31.03.1978 -14.01.1981 Parish Priest of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pontian, Johor.
15.01.1981 – 03.04.1983 Assisted at St Theresa’s Melaka.
04.10.1983 – 08.04.1988 Parish Priest of St Mary, Ayer Salak, Melaka.
09.04.1989 – 15.12.1991 Parish Priest of Christ the King, Kulai.
05.01.1992 – 05.06.1995 Parish Priest of St. Andrew, Muar and
Administrator of St Henry’s Batu Pahat, Johor
05.06.1995 – 2004 Parish Priest of St. Philip, Segamat and surrounding areas; Cha’ah (1999), Labis (2001) & Jementah in Johor.
15.04.2004 – 2010 Parish Priest of St Simon, Labis & Administrator of St Anthony, Cha’ah, Johor.
2010 – 01.09.2017 After the retirement age of 75 (2010), he continued as Parish Priest of St Simon, Labis, Johor.


After his retirement from active service, Father Foo spent some months visiting his relatives before taking up residence in Graceville on pt March 2018, and being lovingly cared for by the nurses and care-givers there until his demise.

The details of the wake and funeral are as follows:

  • Wednesday, 22nd August 2018: Wake with Mass at 8pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral JB.
  • Thursday, 23rd August 2018: Wake with Mass at 8pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral JB.
  • Friday, 24th August 2018: Funeral Mass at 10am at Sacred Heart Cathedral JB. After mass, the cortege will leave for Church of St Simon, Labis to allow parishioners there to pay their last respect to Father Foo, followed by burial there.

His Lordship, Right Reverend Anthony Bernard Paul, the Bishop of Malacca Johore Diocese and the clergy of the Diocese, extends their deepest condolences to the family and the parish communities of the late Rev Father Thaddeus Foo Yu Sen, in this time of loss and assures them of our fraternal prayers and support.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Rev Fr Christopher James Lee
Malacca Johore Diocese