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Per aspera ad astra: Inauguration of the Nursing Home of La Saggese in Nggorang, Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

LABUAN BAJO, Indonesia - Per aspera ad astra. This is a Latin phrase meaning “through toil to the stars”. By using this expression, Fr. Arnold SUHARDI, SMM, the Assistant General, in his homily, reflected on the time of illness, suffering and old age as an opportunity to get closer to God. This message was conveyed in a homily during the Eucharistic celebration of the blessing of the nursing home of La Saggese in Nggorang, Labuan Bajo on January 20, 2022...
Fr. Wawan, SMM | 24/1/2022

Rise and Shine Followers of Saint Montfort: The Province of Indonesia launches Continental Mission Year in 3 regions

LAWANG, Indonesia - On January 16, 2022, the echo of the song Rise and Shine as the theme song of the Asia-Oceania Continental Mission Year accompanied the journey of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, members of the Association of Mary Queen of All Hearts (AMQAH) in Bandung, Jakarta, Malang, Solo and so on, as well as other members of the community in Indonesia. Members of the Montfort Youth headed to Lawang as the venue for the Eucharistic Celebration of the opening of the Asia-Oceania Continental Mission Year for the Java Region...
Fr. Yanto, SMM | 21/1/2022

The Asia-Oceania Continental Mission Year launched in Java Region

MALANG, Indonesia - It was on January 15, 2022 at 15.30 WIB when a light drizzle drenched the Montfort Seminary. Invited guests who are members of the Association of Mary Queen of All Hearts (AMQAH) began to arrive. The brothers and the sisters were ready to warmly welcome the guests. Guests were directed to the main entrance which has been used as a "photo gallery room" for the Montfortian missionary activities. There was a display of various documentations of activities, both from formation houses, mission houses, and parishes...

Montfortian Community of Menyurai in Indonesia commits to support flood victims

SINTANG, Indonesia - It has been more than two weeks that the town of Sintang in Indonesia is still flooded. The pathetic situation has been going on since October 21, 2021. So far, the water level has shown no sign of receding, on the contrary, it is rising. Indeed, in the first week, the water level was not too high as to deter residents from working and doing several activities. But, over the past week or so, the water level has risen in some places. Particularly on the banks of the Kapuas River, the water depth is about 1-3 meters. According to people here, these are the worst flash floods seen in Sintang...

Ordination of Fr. Hironimus Edison, SMM in Ruteng Diocese, Indonesia

RUTENG, Indonesia - We received abundant blessings again as a big family of the SMM Province of Indonesia this October. Deacon Hironimus Edison, SMM, 7 deacons of the Diocese of Ruteng and 1 deacon of the CICM congregation were ordained priests on October 14, 2021. The 9 deacons were ordained by Mgr. Sincerely Cyprian at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Ruteng. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the thing to be grateful for is that the Ruteng Diocese is still getting a harvest with the ordination of 9 new priests who happen to be local sons who all come from Ruteng Diocese. We should also be grateful that the Diocese of Ruteng is one of the fertile dioceses for priestly and religious vocations. Without exception for the extended family of the SMM Province of Indonesia, especially with the ordination of Fr. Hironimus Edison, SMM, this has added the strength of the ranks of the Indonesian Province SMM clergy who came from Flores Island, NTT...

Indonesia Province mourns the death of Brother Piet VAN HOOF, SMM: A Missionary who changed his citizenship for the people

BANDUNG, Indonesia - On September 24, 2021, around 5:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIT), Brother Petrus (Piet) VAN HOOF, SMM breathed his last, leaving a sombre- heartbreaking mood in the province. Our confreres in the Bandung Province community held a Requiem Mass led by Fr. Niko SCHNEIDERS, SMM. Two days later, the body was flown from Jakarta to Pontianak then to Menurai for burial...

The Montfortian Mission at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Station in Tanjung Lokang

KALIMANTAN, Indonesia – On Easter Day 2021, in the midst of a resurging pandemic, the Parish priest of the Epiphany Parish sent us to hold a service at the farthest station, which is called the Tanjung Lokang Station. In addition to celebrating the entire Easter mystery, we had the opportunity to have a dialogue and share our faith with several community leaders. From this dialogue and sharing, there are several pastoral concerns that demand real action. First, the dualism between Catholics and Protestants regarding respect for the dead. Second, the limited understanding of the Catholic faith has an impact on the appreciation of the faith which is purely administrative in nature. Again, they are not able to account for the Catholic faith in the face of satire or attacks that are blaming the Catholic faith from Protestant circles. Third, the assistance of early childhood and youth, as well as Catholic Youth, is very minimal. This leaves them with insufficient knowledge of the faith from an early age and lacks interest in being involved in Church activities...

Inauguration of the Parish of Saint Montfort of Monterado in West Kalimantan, Indonesia

WEST KALIMANTAN, Indonesia - New history was created in the pilgrimage of the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Pontianak and also of the Montfort Missionaries of the Province of Indonesia. On July 20, 2021, a new parish was formed in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, precisely in the District of Monterado, Bengkayang Regency, West Kalimantan Province. Present in this celebration were the Regent of Bengkayang, the Chairman of the Bengkayang House of Representatives, the Provincial of SMM Indonesia, and the Archbishop of Pontianak as well as hundreds of parishioners of St. Montfort, Monterado...

New Postulants of Indonesia

FLORES, Indonesia - In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Montfortian Novitiate community in Ruteng, Manggarai, Flores, Indonesia welcomed 15 postulants. These young men were initiated into the life of the Montfortian community during the evening prayer on Saturday, July 10, 2021. This simple celebration was presided by Fr. Lodofikus Ndona, SMM...

Giving Oneself to God Alone

RUTENG, Indonesia - On the Feast of Mary's Visitation to Elisabeth, ten novices in Ruteng, Indonesia joined the Company of Mary by making their First Religious Profession. It was held during the Eucharistic celebration at the chapel of the Montfort Novitiate, Labe, Carep, Ruteng, Manggarai, Flores, Indonesia on the 31st of May 2021. They are Yuvensius BAHARDI (brotherhood), Fransisko SADIANTO, Severinus Savio CIMI, Yakobus SYUKUR, Vinsensius Fererius RATMAN, Videlis GON, Maurinus Reymino NABAN, Herminus Hermino NDAMA, Mario Alexander BETU, and Alkuinus Ison BABO...

New Novices of Indonesia

RUTENG, Indonesia - On the occasion of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Mary this year, 15 young men began their novitiate year. They officially entered in their initial formation in the Company of Mary through a rite presided by Fr. Kristianus Jumi Ngampu, SMM, on behalf of the Provincial Superior of Indonesia, Fr. Antonius Tensi, SMM. It was done during the morning prayer at the main chapel of the Novisiat Montfortan, Labe, Carep, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia...
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