Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LA BORUS : LAHURUS - April Up Date (1)

Traditional name for Lahurus in Tetun is La Borus, which means: Could not pass through. In antiquity, there was a forest in the region and it was very dense and forbidding. It was a feared forest and no one dared to pass through. It was said that  people who have tried to pass through the forest, never returned. Then the villagers called the place, "Could not pass through" or La Borus. Later, this term became the name of Lahurus village, located at the foot of the mountain of Laka’an, the second highest mountain in Timor-Indonesia. Lahurus basin located in the border between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Now Lahurus included to Belu regency. When the Jesuits missionaries from Holland came to Atapupu, Timor-Holland, at the end of the 19th century to re-pioneer the mission which abandoned by the Dominican Portuguese missionaries, Lahurus was chosen as their mission base. 

In March 1, 2012, at 8 am, I left Atambua, the capital of the Belu regency, with my little red Yamaha Vega motor-bike, and since over the bridge of Fatuk Banao, my head was full of shadows of the name of places which mentioned in the book of the History of the Catholic Church in Timor. Up on the bridge of Baukama river, I stood on the bridge for a long time, contemplating the "sacred" river, as far as my eye could reach, and imagining where was the places Fr. Peter Noyen got down from his horse-back and did his rest, as he wrote in his diary. Getting up close to the slopes of Laka'an mountain, when my bike loud roaring on the road, I recalled the head of the horse Fr. Noyen, grunting tired and thirsty, but kept going with a fiery passion for the children cheered on the horses following the missionary from the rear. So after reaching the center of the Parish of Larurus and finding various preparations of the committee, I told myself that the opening of the celebration of the Jubilee of the SVD in Lalurus, really was a pilgrimage trail.

Babadok (small drums) that beaten rhythmically by the children in a Likurai dancing, welcoming the Bishop of Atambua and the Superiors of the SVD and SSpS Indonleste, after putting necklaces of traditional tais to these honor guests, insistent a beautiful harmony into the ear. It was really heartbreaking and makes hair-raising goose bumps. Census pulcra or the artistic sense of the human being was shaken to contemplate the facinosum One through the census religiosa of the faithful Christian who packed the parish church of Lahurus. The words in the Gospel of Bethlehem, again sounded in my ears, which was applied to the village of the first Timor-born bishop, Mgr. Gabriel Manek, SVD, were: "Lahurus, you are not the smallest in land of the Melus. Today you have been confirmed again to be the rock of the SVD of Indonesia and the Catholic people of Timor". My mouth muttered as I ran back and forth to snap this rare moment. When I returned, I still tried to approach Laka'an to get the best portrait, but the clouds not permitted me to take pictures of that sacred mountain. *** (Prisco Virgo)

THANKS AND HOPE - April Up Date (2)

At 09:30 am, on March 1, 2012, Likurai dancing to welcome the Bishop of Atambua and the SVD-SSpS Provincials, stopped at front of the monument inscription of 100 years of SVD Indonesia, that was erected on the left side in front of the church. The monument was covered with blue cloth. Fr. BATA Simon delivered a brief note of the SVD mission in Atapupu and Lahurus, and the moments of the submission from Jesuits to the SVD, which will turn 100 years, on March 1, 2013. He also mentioned the reason why Lahurus was chosen to be the place for the opening ceremony of the Jubilee year of the SVD in Indoleste. The monument cloth was opened by the Indonesian SVD Provincials and Bishop Dominic Saku, Pr, cutting the ribbon. 100 years monument of SVD Indonesia was built upon the monument of 75 years of SVD Timor that celebrated on January 20, 1988. So, January 20, 1913, the day of Fr. Noyen’s  arrival in Atapupu, celebrated by the SVD in Timor Province as the starting day of the SVD mission in this land of the crocodiles. Meanwhile, March 1, 1913, when officially the Society of Jesus (SJ) submitted  the mission of the Lesser Sunda islands to the SVD, celebrated as the starting point of the SVD in Indonesia. The unification of these two monuments, certainly has its special significance for the SVD in Timor,  SVD Indoleste, and the people of the local church who served by the SVD Congregatin. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Fr. BATA Simon led a prayer of the SVD Jubilee. Belu regency government that invited to participate in this event, represented by the Vice Regency leader of Belu, Ludovikus Taolin.

After the ribbon cutting in front of 100-year Jubilee monument,   the Bishop and the priests went to the rectory to rest for a moment and wearing liturgical garments. Meanwhile, people enter the church. I could not estimate the numbers of people in attendance. The church was packed with the guests, religious men and women, school children, and the representatives from neighbor parishes. Lahurus parish church could not accommodate all people in attendance. So a large tent needed to be set up in the church yard. Even before the Mass, there was an announcement that the people of the host, not to be in the church. They could took place in tent in front of the church or at the side doors of the church. The pews in the church reserved for the guests and the representatives of the neighbor parishes. Elementary school children, took place in the church attic. 

At 10:20 am, a group of priests and the Bishop of Atambua Diocese marched from the front of the rectory to the church accompanied by Likurai dancing. Mass songs sang by mixed chorus of SVD Novices of Nenuk and people of Nela parish, under the care of Fr. TOWARI Salvator, Fr. BHILA Kanis and Fr. SORO Ronny. All the songs were composed in Timor pattern of inculturation. UNIKA choir from Kupang was given the opportunity to sing during the Communion. Acting as the seremoniarius was Fr. LEWAR John. The main celebrant was the Bishop, accompanied by the SVD Provincial of Timor, Fr. BATA Simon and the Atambua diocese vicar general, Fr. ASA Justus. The sanctuary could not accommodate more than 150 priests.   Then all the benches at the front left row of the church, dedicated to 80's SVD and diocesan priests. The Mass celebration went very festively: "God was really PRESENCE". Bishop Dominic preached vividly. Some important points that I noted, did not run away from the theme of the celebration, namely: 1). Thanking the abundant gratitude that God has bestowed upon SVD. 2). SVD’s sublime devotion to God's people in Indonesia during 100 years, is difficult to be measured and calculated. 3). Great hope for the future, which is also a challenge in this modern age to become a missionary for the people who started to fade their faith because of the technology advances. Bishop Dominic said that there are people who start losing their identity and become "foreign" in their own country. 4). Bishop Dominic also mentioned an "irony" of the SVD and the local Church concern in Timor. Apparently SVD and the local Church have worked during 100 years in this land, but poverty of the people in needs  and education are still a big problem to be solved.

Before the Mass was ended, there are remarks by Fr. BATA Simon and the Bishop. Fr. Bata stressed again the importance of the "sacred" water of Lahurus that purified the life of shepherds and the people who served with love. While Bishop Dominic, in a tone of pride as a local church leader, said that SVD has a very special place in the diocese of Atambua. Then he realized that the attendance at Mass, not only the SVD. Then he quickly added that the SSpS nuns also have a special place in Atambua Diocese. Other congregations as well. Although there are nuns of some congregations who came quietly and "stealing"  young women and sent them out of the country as candidates. Let even so, they also have a special place in the diocese of Atambua. *** (PriscoVirgo)


From March 2 to 6, 2012, there was an annual meeting of the Superiors of the SVD and SSpS of Indoleste (Indonesia-Timor Leste) in Kuluhun, Dili, Timor-Leste. The hosts of this meeting were the Regional Superior of the SVD Timor-Leste, Fr. Gabriel Suban and Regional Superior of the SSpS Timor-Leste, Sr. Arminda Maia. Presenting at this meeting includeed the Java SVD Provincial (Provincial Coordinator for Indonleste SVD), SVD Provincial of Ruteng, SVD Provincial of Ende, SVD Provincial of Timor, SSpS Provincial of Java, SSpS Provincial of Kalimantan, SSpS Provincial of West Flores, SSpS Provincial of East Flores, and SSpS Provincial of Timor (Provincial Coordinator for SSpS Indoleste). The main ingredient of this meeting was a routine evaluation of jointly programs that usually determined by the superiors for a period of one year. The meeting also was an opportunity for sharing the grace of work among the provincials and regionals of the sub-zone region of SVD and SSpS Indoleste. At this meeting, Vivat International of SVD and SSpS Indoleste also was to be included. So the superiors could hear the work plan of the commission and explore the possibilities for developing cooperation with other Religious Congregation.  

On the sidelines of the meeting, especially in the third and fourth days, participants also paid a visit to the Quassi Parish of Hera (entrusted by the Bishop of Dili in December 2011 to the SVD), SSpS Novitiate in Hera, Congregation of Putri Reinha Rosary (PRR, founded by the late Bishop Gabriel Manek, SVD) in Aimutin, Dili. At these visits, the Mass was held together and having meals of brotherhood. On March 4, 2012, the  Superiors were making rates sowing pilgrimages to Santa Cruz. A resource person presented to convey some important notes about the event that happened at the largest Catholic cemetery in Dili, in 1991. Then they were proceeding to a site of pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in the western region of Dili and the statue of Chirst the King in the East. The same meeting will be held again in 2013 to come and SVD Provincial of Timor will be the host. According to the agreement between the Superiors, the meeting will occur at the retreat house of the SSpS in Belo, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. *** (Prisco Virgo)


SOVERDI community members of SVD Kuluhun, Dili, Timor-Leste, selected March 24, 2012 for a Lenten recollection. Sister Margaretha Abuk, SSpS of the SSpS community of Sabraka Laran, Dili, Timor-Leste, led the recollection. Asking a companion from outside the community to lead the recollection was a collective agreement of Kuluhun SVD community since June 2011 and it ran since December 2011. At the community recollection in Adventus 2011, Brother Belo, CMM, was the companion. We were all very happy that both of them, Brother and Sister, presenting the reflection materials that were actually related to our every day life in the community, as well as our service to the people. I still remembered one thing that was emphasized by Brother Belo in December 2011. Namely, the community of brotherly love. Often we are proud of our success outside the community, but when we return home, we become strangers in our own homes.

At the recollection of the pre-Easter of 2012, Sister Abuk emphasizes the balance between action and comtemplation. These two things are a breath in our missionary work. We pray not only for the time provided by the community, but pray for we are human persons who have love and compassion. Prayers that flow from love that we have, will unite us with the One Who calls us and our fellow people we serve. So beautiful words of Sister Abuk (former Regional of SSpS Timor-Leste) that I could record in my head and heart. She also said that if people keep busy and always feel there is no time for discernment and prayer, the angels would not be able to do anything, even if they ask God to create a 25th hour in a day in order to be a special day to pray. Because for the members who are excessive and "love" working too much, the 25th hour that prepared for praying, will be used for working as well. The Lenten Season is a time of self renewal and to reform many things that perhaps we already knew and ran in our mission work every day. But we still need time to reflect on and do discernments to fix our activities, so that we know exactly what God wants us to do.

The recollection was followed by religious reverence for the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel and closed with a dinner. The meal was, as well as, to mark the birthday celebrations of Fr. Gabriel Suban (47 years old, March 22) and Br. Albert Erasimy (73 years old, March 10). Br. Albert is a new member of the SVD community of Kuluhun. He just moved from Nenuk, West Timor,  to Dili. The presence of Br. Albert in Dili, increasing the number of the members of us to 14 people: 12 priests, 1 Brother and 1 Seminarian. There were two bottles of Sampagne, a birthday cake and a goat were sacrificed for this event. The goat came from Fr. Gabriel personal efforts in the village of Hera, as an example for community self-reliance. Thanks Sr. Margaretha and parabens Fr. Gabriel and Br. Albert.*** (Prisco Virgo)

MAUBESSI - April Up Date (5)

April 1-9, 2012, I spend my holy week in the far villages of Maubessi. The parish priest assigned me in two villages named Manelobas and Mau-Lau. I celebrated the holy week with the village people. My experiences was very fruitful and faith inspiring. I have to travel two hours from the main parish with worse roads to reach the villages. High Mountain, cold weather and no electricity but yet no worries because I found it good. Close to nature is closer to God. Seeing the people waited for hours for a priest to celebrate the mass, amazes me. Learning that they walked for many miles to reach the chapel, inspires me. Standing still in the entire Eucharistic celebration (since no chapel chairs) despite the cold breeze wind and tiredness, convicts me. It moved my heart witnessing their great faith to God. Faith made them to go beyond. Having cold breeze weather? They still came out from their houses. No cars to ride to go the chapel? They walk miles. The Priest came very late because he celebrated another mass in the other far village. They patiently waited. The chapel is small to accommodate everybody. They had faith to accommodate a big God. Their faith is their expression of their love for God.  

These village people had shown more faith than those who were living in the big cities. They do not need cars, they do not mind if its cold outside. They do not bother if the chapel is too far. They just have Faith. This is the most essential and precious they could carry to God in the Eucharistic celebration. I witness their faith and felt the fire of love in their hearts. They value God most, so they done everything just to be with Him in the Eucharistic celebration. They love God, so they did not let anything hinder them going to Him in the Eucharistic celebration. My holy week was indeed an experience of holiness and faith through the people I ministered in Manelobas and Mau-Lau. They inspired me more than I did. Their faith touched my heart. Their love for God moved my heart. I am thankful to the people from the village of Manelobas and Mau-Lau, because during the celebrating of the Resurrection Sunday, I felt resurrected with Jesus and experienced new life in my holy week ministry. *** (Alan Bondoc)


I celebrated the Holy Week in one of the Uatucarbau’s parish stations, in Afalikai, which is about 13 kilo meters far from the center of the parish. The people are very simple. But they were keen to attend and take part in the celebrations of Masses during the Holy Week. The meditation on the Way of the Cross on the  Good Friday, dramatizied by the school children. It was very nice. Because although they are disenfranchised in the mountains, but they were able to translate the message of the Scripture into their version. We walked on praying and singing for a distance of about 8 kilo meters to the Matebian mountain, one of the highest mountain in the area that is still considered sacred by local people.

One thing that concerned me as long as there is the chapel in the Station, which does not have adequate facilities. The building is quite simple. None of the seats or benches are provided for the people. They were forced standing during the Masses. I myself felt so sorry for the people who are willing to come from afar, and stand along in the chapel during the celebrations. When the nights came, we also carried out all celebrations in the dark, because there are not any electricity power yet. Such a view, not only in Afalikai, because almost all existing chapels in the parish of Uatucarbau, have not equipped with adequate seats and benches. How can we attract people to come into our ceremonies, if there are no any benches and chairs for the people? We, the priests are allowed to sit and stand, while the people stand up and hold all the festivities? But eventually I realized that without any bench or seat, the people remained faithful following the celebrations. And I am very confident, Easter grace remains to stay upon them. *** (Kasmir Nema)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

MAUBERE BUIBERE - April Up Date (7)

Mambae, the spoken language in various dialects in five districts: Aile'u, Ainaru, Ermera, partly Manufahe and partly Lukisa, is the largest local language in Timor-Leste. While Tetun, one of the official languages in this new country, in fact, is only a small clump that used by the residents of Dili (North Tetun), the population of district of Vikeke (Eastern Tetun) and most of the population in Kovalima district (South Tetum). But because of Tetun was to be used as a lingua franca, either by the government of Timor-Portuguese as the language of politics and the Catholic Church as a Liturgical language, the majority of the population of Timor-Leste pre-independence, at least once to know and use Tetun. Although it has been recorded in numerous books on linguistics that, there are about 32 languages ​​and dialects in Timor-Leste, which are still in active spoken by the natives. When Timor-Leste became a sovereign state, members of Parliament of Timor-Leste at the time, unanimously decided to include Tetun as one of the National languages into the Constitution of the Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste (RDTL).

Mambae language that I just knew in December 2011, has also two special expressions for the personal pronouns, beside the major ones. Types of the special pronouns referring to what I meant, is used as subtle greetings to sex-based categories: Mau (for men) and Bui (for women). Roughly, these two Mambae’s special expressions are equivalent to same expressions in the languages of Flores people, such as in Larantuka: No and Oa, in Maumere: Mo'at and Du'a, in Manggarai, Kraeng and Enu, and in Dawan, Timor-Indonesia: Ni' and Bi. But these two phrases of the Mambae’s, Mau and Bui, seemed to me, refer also to the nuances of patriotism. In a “fighting” for human rights for example, a Mambae man will called himself: Maubere, and a Mambae women: Buibere. Because they believed, Bere was the archaic name of their original ancestor. In fact, the shade of meaning has spread to all of the people of Timor-Leste. In my own opinion, the new shade of the meaning, due to the long history of the great struggle for freedom that can only be achieved after hundreds of years. At the official forums of humanity struggle, the Timorese often refer to themselves as Povo Maubere (People of Maubere), which almost means: "The people of Timor-Leste". Several official organizations, whether political or non-political organizations, use the word, Maubere, as a typical name. Security Maubere example, with an antique logo of alligator-timor, or Radio Maubere, and so forth. During the election campaigns of Parliament members or the President of Timor-Leste, Maubere and Buibere become the "key" word which was shouted everywhere by the candidates, who want to win the sympathy of the people. Especially when the candidates were campaigning in the areas of  the Mambaes.

As a missionary who is now working in Timor-Leste, I will never forget the nuances of the meaning of Maubere and Buibere, in order to win the Church of Christ for those whom I serve: "Kolegas Maubere ho Buibere sira, mai ita hotu luta hamutuk, atu Igreja Jesus Kristu, bele hamrik ho di'ak no hakmatek ba nafatin, iha ita nia rai doben Timor-Leste." (All friends of Maubere and Buibere, let us struggle together, so the Church of Jesus Christ would remain upright, secure and peaceful forever, in our beloved homeland, Timor-Leste) Why? The Catholic Church in Timor-Leste during the pre-independence time, was the only spiritual institution that supported people's struggle to achieve the independence. But as a collection of ordinary people, the Catholic Church of Timor-Leste, until this day, can not escape from the attack of the "lion" trials, which could have come to pounce at any time. What else, mundu sempre nakfilak-an kada Loron. Meaning the earth is always changing from day to day. *** (Prisco Virgo)  

Saturday, January 28, 2012


January 7, 2012
SVD Superior General Fr. Antonio Pernia visited SVD Timor Leste Region. Regional Superior Fr. Gabriel Suban welcomed him with Fr. Paul Kerans, Fr. Alan Bondoc, and Fr. Richard Pasang at the Dili International airport. He was greeted by other SVD confreres in Soverdi Culuhun community. Then in the late afternoon, Fr. General accompanied by Fr. Regional paid a visit to the newly installed St. James Quasi-Parish in Hera, which administered by Fr. Kornelius Key, SVD. Despite the rain, the parishioners warmly welcome Fr. General with songs. Afterwards, Fr. General visited the Servants of the Holy Spirit sisters (SSpS) in their novitiate house in Hera and their regional house in Sabra-klaran where SSpS Regional superior Sis. Arminda welcomed him. Arminda, He extended the greetings of their Mother General from Rome. In the evening Fr. General had a dinner with SVD confreres in Soverdi Culuhun community. He said to the confreres that he is happy to be back in Timor Leste since he visited it last 2004. SVD Timor Leste is the newest SVD region so far. ***

January 8, 2012
SVD Superior General together with Fr. Gabriel Suban, the SVD TLS Regional Superior visited the SVD parishes of Balibo and Atabae. Parish priest of Atabae Fr. Sipriano Kakut and Parish priest of Balibo Fr. Andreas Boko welcomed him. He also took time to see the Pre-postulant formation house in Batugade. Fr. Paulus Udjan and Bro. Hans Laden welcomed him together with six SVD aspirants.  Fr. Simon Bata, the SVD Provincial superior of Timor came in Batugade to meet Fr. Antonia Pernia. After lunch, Fr. Gabriel and Fr. Simon showed to Fr. General the 40 plus hectares land of SVD in Debukanko. This donated land will be the future SVD formation and retreat house. Fr. General celebrated the Eucharist in the afternoon at the small chapel in Batugade formation house in Indonesian language. He stayed overnight in Balibo parish. ***

January 9, 2012
SVD Superior General continued his visited at the SVD Bobonaro district. He took time to drop by at SVD Carpentry shop in Maliana and was met by Bro. Hilarius Luan, in-charge of the carpentry. Then Fr. General proceeds to Colegio Maliana where students received him with songs. Colegio Maliana is a diocesan school but administered by the SVD. Presently there are more than 400 high school students enrolled. Fr. Lazarus Mau, the out-going school director welcomed Fr. General. In the afternoon despite the heavy rain, Fr. General met bishop Norberto Amaral, the Bishop of the Diocese of Malian, and had informal meeting where they talk about the situation of the diocese and the SVD contribution in the diocese. *** 

January 10, 2012
SVD Superior General visited bishop Basilio do Nascimento, the Bishop of the Diocese of Baucau in his residence in Dili. They enjoy talking each other in Italian. The bishop happily noted the accomplishments of SVDs in his diocese and especially in their mission in the parish of Uatolari and quasi-parish of Outocarbao. Then later in the afternoon, Father Superior General accompanied by some confreres took time to see the two well-known landmarks of Timor Leste, the Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue at the top of a mountain) and the monument of Pope John Paul II (dedicated place in honor for Pope John Paul II). ***

January 11, 2012
On January 11, 2012, Father General Tony Pernia, SVD, conducting a face to face meeting with all members of the SVD Timor-Leste Region in the convent of SOVERDI Kuluhun, Dili, Timor-Leste. There were two things that were delivered by Father General. The first one was the conditions and procedures for an area can be used as a Region, apart from its mother province. Through this explanation, Father General only confirmed that it was the time for Timor-Leste to be a Region itself. The assertion was to give reassurance to all members of the SVD of Timor-Leste in order to stay motivated to perform their mission in this youngest Region. The second one, Father-General spoke about the mission actuality in Asia. He revealed SVD current membership statistics that dominated by Asian nations as well as the challenge, because Christians are minority in Asia. Father General’s exposure was followed by an enlightening discussion. The entire series of events concludes with lunch. At 17:30 pm, Father General conducted a Masses celebration of Arnold Janssen, the founder of the SVD. The celebration was attended also by the Sisters of the SSpS, CIJ and PRR. The celebration was "accidentally" moved forward from the actual date, ie January 15, because Father-General would leave Dili on 12 January, to attend the celebration of 100 years of the SSpS in the Philippines. As usual, after the Mass there was a dinner together, which was preceded by the opening of the bottle Sampagne. The meal ended with a joint recreation characterized by Tebe-tebe dance of Timor, Ja'i-Bajawa-Ngada-Flores and Dolodolo-East Flores. ***

January 12, 2012
The last day of the visitation of Father Superior General in Timor Leste. He visited bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva, the Bishop of the Diocese of Dili.  The bishop shared to the Father General the SVDs dedicated mission work in his diocese especially in quasi-parishes administered by the SVDs in Oeselo, Baocnana, and Hera. Then after his visitation to the bishop, Father Superior General drop by at Instituto Ciencia da Religiouso (ICR), it is owned by the diocese of Dili but administered by SVD. Father Superior General was warmly greeted and welcomed by students and professors of the Institute. Its present director is Fr. Urbanus Bunga, SVD and has 385 students. ***  
Contributed By
Alan Bondoc.
Prisco Virgo.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


      Segala sesuatu yang baru pasti selalu mendatangkan perubahan sekaligus tantangan. Hal yang baru itu, entah disadari atau tidak sering menjadi alasan mengapa orang mulai termotivasi untuk berbuat sesuatu yang lebih dari biasanya. Ada tugas baru, ada anggota baru, ada situasi baru, ada pengalaman baru, semua yang ‘serba baru’ ini tentu menuntut suatu tindakan baru, di mana orang mesti berbuat sesuatu yang lebih dari apa yang sudah ada sebelumnya. Sesuatu yang lebih itu tidak selamanya ke hal yang positif, ada bahaya lain di mana apa yang sudah dibuat itu ternyata bisa juga menggiring orang ke arah yang negatif demi terlaksananya tuntutan dari sebuah situasi atau pengalaman yang baru itu. Di sinilah nampak bahwa selain mendatangkan perubahan, sesuatu yang baru itu juga bisa menjadi sebuah tantangan.

Hari itu, Jumat 26 Agustus 2011, saya bersama tiga orang teman: Fr. Aloy, Fr. Amandus, dan Fr. Wili, masuk Timor Leste untuk pertama kalinya. Kami menjadi anggota baru dalam komunitas SVD, Soverdi Kuluhun, Dili, salah satu komunitas di Regio Timor-Leste yang baru terbentuk setelah sekian lama bernaung di bawah provinsi SVD Timor. Sambutan yang sangat baik diberikan oleh semua anggota komunitas kepada kami meskipun beberapa di antaranya baru kami kenal pada saat itu. Selama dua hari kami diberi kesempatan beristirahat sambil mulai mengenal situasi baru di dalam lingkungan komunitas. Dua hari berselang, kami diberi kesempatan untuk mengikuti kegiatan orientasi TOP yang dikoordinasi oleh P. Domi Leki Nahak SVD, dengan maksud untuk memberi gambaran tentang situasi, budaya dan karakter masyarakat Timor Leste, dan di dalamnya juga ada pembicaraan mengenai tugas dan pelayanan yang nantinya dijalankan oleh kami masing sebagai frater TOP.

Instituto de Ciências Religiosas São Tomàs de Aquino (ICR) Lahane, Dili, menjadi ladang baru di mana saya sebagai orang baru ditempatkan. Masuk sebuah lembaga pendidikan, berhadapan dengan peserta didik dan para pendidik lainnya, merupakan sebuah pengalaman yang baru bagi saya. Datang dengan kekosongan namun sudah mulai diberi kesempatan dan kepercayaan untuk menjalani hidup dan memikul tanggung jawab di sebuah lembaga pendidikan. Saya menyadari bahwa ini bukan persoalan yang mudah; karena saya harus mulai menghidupi sesuatu yang baru dalam diri saya; berani melepaskan ke-ego-an dan idealisme diri serta mulai belajar, membuka diri dan dengan rendah hati mendengar orang lain. Berdiri dan berbicara di hadapan puluhan mata mahasiswa yang datang dengan label budaya, bahasa dan karakter yang berbeda, ternyata menghadirkan pula sejumlah tanya dalam hati: “Apa arti dari sorotan mata dan anggukan kepala setiap kali melihat saya berdiri dan berbicara?”. “Mengertikah mereka akan semua yang saya katakan dengan menggunakan bahasa dan dengan gaya mengajar yang berbeda?”. Semuanya serba baru bagi saya; semuanya penuh dengan tanda tanya dan tantangan; namun hal itu tidak sedikit pun mengurangi semangat saya untuk terus belajar. Satu hal yang pasti dan yang saya sadari bahwa hanya orang yang berani menemukan hal baru, menjalaninya, dan mau untuk terus belajar, dialah yang mau untuk selalu berkembang dan tidak mau duduk diam saja pada dunia masa lampaunya. Kini, sudah hampir empat bulan lamanya saya berjalan bersama anggota komunitas Soverdi dan komunitas ICR. Ada begitu banyak kesan menarik. Kesan-kesan awal yang muncul begitu memotivasi saya untuk terus maju dan saya mulai merasa at home berada di dalamnya. Pengalaman tiga bulan lebih ini merupakan awal perjalanan yang indah di mana saya mendapat begitu banyak perhatian dan diberi kesempatan untuk belajar menjalani hidup baru bersama nama dan peristiwa yang ada di sekitar saya, yang pastinya selalu baru dari hari ke hari.

Kini sebagai anak baru, saya coba berusaha memberi sesuatu dari apa yang saya miliki dan selalu dengan rendah hati terbuka untuk menerima. Hanya dengan keterbukaan untuk menerima, saya dimampukan untuk memberi. Menjadi anak baru di tempat yang baru tidak berarti harus bisa menciptakan sesuatu yang baru atau yang luar biasa. Apalagi dilakukan hanya untuk mengejar prestise atau pujian dari orang lain, menyombongkan diri atau “gaga-gagahan” dengan status yang diberikan. Ini menjadi satu catatan penting bagi diri saya. Berjalan apa adanya, dan bukan berjalan dengan “ada apa-apanya” (meminjam kata lepas dari Amo Geby dan Amo Urbanus), serta berjuang sekuat kemampuan demi lancarnya tugas dan aktifitas serta pelayanan yang dipercayakan, hal ini akan menjadi catatan tersendiri selama keberadaan saya di tempat ini.

Saya menyadari bahwa saya tidak boleh selalu tampil dan dirasa sebagai orang baru di hadapan yang lain. Saya tentu mempunyai impian ingin berbuat sesuatu, meninggalkan jejak; meskipun tidak banyak, tapi bisa untuk sedikit berbagi dengan yang lain. Apa yang saya miliki, saya akan berusaha untuk membaginya. Saat menulis catatan harian ini, saya teringat akan tulisan dari seorang novelis terkenal namanya Paulo Coelho. Ia pernah menulis: “Satu-satunya jalan untuk meraih impian, adalah perlahan-lahan membuatnya menjadi kenyataan”. Semua perhatian, canda-tawa, diskusi bersama serta semua pengalaman hidup bersama yang terjadi dalam dua komunitas yang saya tempati saat ini, menjadi tapak awal impian saya ini untuk dibuat jadi kenyataan. “Anak baru,… akankah tetap menjadi baru di hadapan yang lain?” Ini pertanyaan akhir untuk direfleksikan dari catatan harianku.***  
Yoseph Mario, SVD


Hera is an out-side Stasion of Becora parish, located about 5 km east of Dili, Timor-Leste. During this time, the Stasion is served by the SVD priests. Last October 30, 2011, Bishop Alberto Ricardo of Dili presided the Holy Mass as he inaugurated the church of Hera as a new Quase Parish of Becora and it was also the day that it was handed to Fr. Kornelius Key, SVD as the first Quase Parish priest. Those who took part of the occasion were the parish priest of Becora, Fr. Guilermino; the SVD TLS Vice-Regional Superior, Fr. John Suban and others SVD confreres and joined by a large number of the parishioners of Hera as a sign of support for the SVD that won this quase parish. What else at the same time the Bishop also gave the Sacrament of Confirmation to the people of the Quase Parish which is patronated after St. James. Parabens Fr. Kornelis. *** (Alan Bondoc)