Saturday, January 28, 2012

FR PERNIA VISITS SVD TIMOR-LESTE

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

CATATAN HARIAN ANAK BARU

      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 TO 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)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

MANULETE, HATULIA, ERMERA

HATULIA is one of sub-districts in Ermera District, Timor-Leste. In addition to the name of the Sub-district, Hatulia also is the center of the parish of St. Francis Xavier. This parish is the largest one in the District of Ermera. Consisting of four Stations and a dozen of Chapel. Bordered on the Eastern side with Letefoho parish, and on the Western side with the parish of Maliana. Northern side is with the parish of Ermera and Southern side with the parish of Bobonaro. During Christmas days, I was serving the Catholics  in the Stasion of Manulete in Hatulia parish. Manulete located in the middle of the parish and this place is the highest point in Hatulia area, about 900 m above sea level. Distances from Manulete, following the existing highway, almost the same: 15-20 km, well into the center of the parishes: Letefoho, Hatulia, Ermera, Bobonaro and Maliana. When reached by car, 1-2 hours to all parish centers that I mentioned above. So every feast day, the parish priest, Pe. Adriano Ximenes, who working alone in Hatulia parish, always trying to keep Manulete served by a guest priest. 

On the ridge of Manulete, I think, as my palm parallel to the top of the mountain of Tata Mailau or Ramelau, the highest one in Timor-Leste. From the ridge of Manulete, the top of the parish church and the residentials of the population of Letefoho, look like a large group of shining tin exposed to the sun, lining the sponge hull of the "sacred stone" of Ramelau which is always covered with thick clouds. From Manulete, you need 3-4 hours down the slope into the valleys, cross the river and climb a dozen miles, before could reach Letefoho, the parish with the highest position in the Ermera, or even of Timor-Leste. And this what was happened to me for two days in Manulete. Apparently, it was more than five years, I awlays live in the hot coastal areas and suddenly rose to the pinnacle of the "sky" of Ermera, then the night of December 23, I immediately had fever. Heat cloth as thick as anything, I felt like piling ice into my body. I woke up and back and forth to the bathroom many times. While in the rectory living room was in darkness, there were some human snoring. There was aloud, less and soft at all. I began to think all sorts. In it, the chairman of the board of Manulete Stations and three other friends, spent the night there without telling me before. The next night, I respectfully asked them to disperse, because every where, sleeping in the rectory that even there is a grave, I never ask people watching after me.

On December 24, I took some antibiotics capsules without any prescription and then downed to villages in the valley. There were already programs to meet sharing Scripture groups, and I could meet with four groups, from morning time until evening. When I saw people lining up at home page, hit the “gong”, percussion drums, dancing and waiting for me at the gate of the village with prepared shawl, called "tais", my fever seemed to vanish. Their bright smiles, innocent greetings and embracing of peace, made me forgeting my condition (!) What else their words: "Bem Vindo, amo. Ami haksolok tebes tamba amo bele hakat mai ba ami nia hela Fatin, maka simples ne'e de'it. No mos ami kontente la halimar, iha tinan ida nia laran, iha amo sira bele visita ami ... " (Welcome, Father. We're really pleased because you could come to our humble village. Also we jubilate, every year there are priests who could visite us ...)

Before Mass on Christmas Eve, I sat down again more than two hours hearing confessions. After dinner at 24.00, still sitting down with some friends, learning Mambae language. Mambae tongue is the largest language family in Timor-Leste. Used with a variety of dialects in five districts. I did so that night. At the next day, there is no time anymore after Mass on Christmas morning in Manulete. The cars from the center of the parish must have been there, because the parish priest has asked me to preach at the parish center at Christmas Mass at 12 noon in Hatulia city.

December 26, 2011, after celebrating the feast of St. Stephen Martyr in Hatulia chrurch, parish car drove me back to Dili. But our trip stopped for almost an hour because in the middle of the road, there was a "santuku" tree, uprooted and blocking our vehicle. At 14 pm, we arrived at Soverdi Kuluhun, Dili, and after lunch, the driver and his helper back to Hatulia. Manulete is an unique hamlet and I had my Christmas there this year. *** (Prisco Virgo)








PETRUS NOYEN SVD

Fr. Petrus Noyen, SVD, was born in the Netherlands on September 3, 1870. He wa an SVD missionary in China for 17 years. On the beginning of 1911, he left China for Steyl, Netherlands, on behalf of his missionary friends in the land of the red dragon, taking part at the first General Chapter. In that chapter, Fr. Nicolaus Blum, SVD, was elected as the second Superior General of the SVD, replacing St. Arnold Janssen who died in 1909. After the Chapter, other delegates hurried going back to their mission countries, while Fr. Noyen still living some time in Europe for the Chinese mission propaganda. In his journey for this mission, he visited Rome and succeeded meeting Pope Pius X. When in Rome, he received the news that turned his heart very sad. He was not allowed to return to China, because the SVD of Holland determined him to open a formation house in Uden. On September 8, 1911, the first formation house in Uden, Holland, was inaugurated and he became the first rector.

On February 8, 1912, Steyl received a decree from Propaganda Fide stating that SVD was assigned to handle the mission in the “Lesser Sunda Islands”, in Hindia. Again the SVD leaders looked at Fr. Noyen for this task, because he had mission experience during 17 years in China. So on December 9, 1912, Fr. Noyen left Steyl for Marseille in France and on December 12, 1912, he boarded a steamer named, 'Kawi', sailing for the new mission land. The ‘Kawi’ arrived in Batavia (Jakarta during Dutch time) on January 4, 1913. After meeting  Msgr. Luijpen, SJ, the Vicar Apostolic of Batavia and visited a Dutch school in Muntilan, he boarded the van Twist Duijmaar from Surabaya to the island of Timor on January 12, 1913. A week later, the ship arrived in Kupang on January 18, 1913. Fr. Noyen reported his journey to the Resident van Rietschoten, then went on his trip to the East and on January 20, 1913, the ship successfully docked at the port Atapupu. Fr. Noyen went ashore in the new land of his mission, Sandalwood homeland. Fr. Mathijsen, SJ, and Br. Moecle, SJ, was surprised to see Fr. Noyen alone off the boat. For news that they had received previously, the first SVD missionaries that entourage will arrive in Atapupu, there should be five people. Br. Moecle was a bit disappointed because he had set up five rooms and even borrowed some beds from the military barracks. And the more sad was, Br. Moecle had to carry his suitcase back to Lahurus because he could not depart with the same ship. And also the fare well ceremony with the people was carried out before the Fr. Noyen arrived. Apparently, the letter of notification of the delay of the other four SVD missionaries, newly arrived on the same day via ship carrying Fr Noyen.

A week later, on January 27, 1913, Fr. Noyen rode to the mission center of the island of Timor in Lahurus and directly learn Tetun, the native tongue in the region. Two months later, he led the Stations of the Cross firstly, in the new language he was learned. Three months later he was able to hear confessions and on the day of Pentecost, May 11, 1913, Fr. Noyen was first preached in Tetun. Meanwhile, when in China, things like that he could only did after two years. On February 18, 1913, arrived in Atapupu, Br. Kalikstus, SVD from Papua New Guinea, after being a missionary there for 9 years. Prior to PNG, Br. Kalikstus was a missionary in Togo, Africa. Fr. Noyen and Br. Kalikstus were the first two SVD missionaries who received the letter of transfering the mission territory on the island of Timor from the hands of the Jesuit missionaries: Fr. Mathijsen and Br. Moecle, on March 1, 1913. The day of March 1, 1913 was dated as the historic day or the starting point of SVD mission in Indonesia. Two months later, on May 14, 1913, arrived in Atapupu, Fr. Arnold Verstraelen, SVD (former missionary in Togo, Africa, 1907-1912) and Br. Lusian, SVD, the architect of the first permanent church and the building of the SSpS Sisters in Lahurus. May 20, 1913, Fr. Noyen and about 100 Catholics people from Lahurus, ushered Fr. Mathijsen, SJ, into Atapupu port. Fr. Mathijsen, SJ, left Lahurus after serving his missionary work there more than 25 years. At 14 PM, the group has met the dock, but suddenly came a telegram that the expected ship will arrive two days later. "No wonder, because it was", Fr. Noyen wrote in his diary. "Dutch shipping agent, KPM (Koninklijke Maatschappij Paketvaart), should be called: KPM, 'Kom Pas Morgen'(will come tomorrow)". *** (Prisco Virgo)

(Adopted from the Diary of Fr. Petrus Noyen, SVD, as recorded by Br. Peter Laan, SVD and translated into Indonesian by Fr. Herman Embuiru, SVD, and became the book of the History of the Catholic Church in Timor, Volume 2, pages, 796-856).