Mission in Maumere, Indonesia Moves Ahead
The mission in Maumere, Indonesia, continues its core work of evangelising young people and working with the poor. Another youth ministry has begun at St Francis Centre on Saturday nights which involves charismatic praise and silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Fr Mat and Fr David have been commissioned by the bishop to care for the Unipa University ministry as well as an Islamic university. All members of the mission, both candidates and priests, made a pilgrimage of mercy to Adonara, the island most affected by the recent cyclone and flooding. They brought a truckload of provisions, which had to be loaded onto the ferry to go from Larantuka to the island. There we helped Christ the King Parish where 100 parishioners perished and 500 homes were lost. The brothers brought much-needed practical assistance and lots of love. Thanks to so many who responded to the appeal. The Corona stoves are very popular with 500 already being distributed. Demonstrations of how to use them are being done in villages throughout the Maumere Diocese, promoted by the local priests and the bishop. They are very popular in remote villages.
The mission residence and retreat centre building is progressing. A second level has been built over the present structure. Another wing is to be finished by April next year. This will bring accommodation of 20 candidates plus five priests. We are grateful to the many people who are making this development possible.