October 12, our newest formation house in
was blessed and dedicated.
Two of our priests from our Indian mission, Fr. Jaison
Abraham Kuttikkattu and Fr. Jacob Alackal have diligently worked to
see this latest endeavor become a reality.
The quote above is drawn from the following recently received
update on the new mission and their
hopes for the future.
September 26, 2009:
“On behalf of all here, I want to thank you for your prayers and
good wishes. We do
appreciate very much your kindness and generosity shown to our
community in Indonesia which has helped make our
dream into a reality in a short time.
May the good Lord bless you.
Fr. Jaison and Fr. Jacob with several of the Indonesian students.
Construction nears completion on the House of Formation in
The community of
The Misionaris Hati Terkudus Yesus dan Maria, as it is known here
began its journey in August 2006.
Our first 4 students were recruited and brought here from
Manila, Philippines, bringing the dream and
vision of our Superior General, Fr. Salvatore Izzo to reality.
Within a period of three short years, we were blessed with
many good vocations and at present there are 30 students; 10 in
various levels of their philosophy studies and 20 in the initial
year of formation. The future
appears to promise that this wealth of vocations will grow.
We are in a small city called Kupang, the capital city of the
province of Nusa Tenggara Timor (N.T.T.), one of the 33 provinces of
Indonesia. This province has
a population of 6 million, of which 60% are Catholic.
This is the only province in which Catholics are the
majority. Indonesia is the largest Muslim
populated country in the world.
It is a country of islands….17,000 islands.
Our province is comprised of 6 major islands and hundreds of
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