A NEW HOUSE OF FORMATION AT SURABAYA, INDONESIA

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HOUSE OF FORMATION AT SURABAYA, INDONESIA
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The apostolate of the Province in Surabaya, Indonesia has seen marvellous fruits in many aspects, especially in the spiritual enrichment of its growing Catholic population. Because of this, many young men and women have been inspired to help out in this apostolate. And thanks be to God, many have expressed their desire to join the Dominican Order. The past year saw the arrival of five young men. Thus far they have excelled in their spirituality and that of the Order.

To accommodate then the increasing number of young men entering the Order, a new, larger and more conducive place has to be built. Fortunately, a Catholic family allowed their home to be rented and used for two full years for the Order. And this new house was blessed by the Provincial, Br. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, III, on January 23, 2014, in the presence of community of the Rumah Santo Tomas Aquinas and even Rumah Santo Dominikus in Pontianak.

Present too were some Lay Dominicans with their coordinator Mrs. Josephine Widjaja, (novice OP). The house has been fully renovated with rooms to accommodate about 14 people at a time. It has a huge garden, a place for study and research, a newly built classroom and of course a chapel. This shall be the home of the aspirants and formator Br. Nilo A. Lardizabal, up until a new building is built by the Diocese of Surabaya for the Province. The aspirants were fortunate enough to have a very special guest as well. On January 30, 2014, the bishop himself joined in the evening prayers and had dinner with the aspirants.

By: Br. Nilo A. Lardizabal, OP

(9 February 2014)