Monday, November 26, 2007


Before this, I have met few Catholic Bishops. I still remember during my childhood I attended a holy mass celebrated by Archbishop of Medan Mgr. Pius Datubara, OFM Cap. in Kisaran. I received my confirmation sacrament from Bishop of Jakarta Mgr. Leo Sukoto, SJ. I also met with Mgr. Herman Joseph Pandoyoputro O. Carm. during his installation ceremony as Bishop of Malang in Malang, during which I also met his predecessor Mgr. F.X. Hadisumarto, O Carm. In fact I considered myself lucky because Mgr. Herman Joseph Pandoyoputro celebrated a mass to bless my cabinet when I was elected Branch Board President of Catholic Union of University Student (PMKRI) in Cathedral of Malang 1989. I also attended a mass celebrated by the then Bishop of Sibolga Mgr. A.B. Sinaga, OFM. Cap when he visited Malang few years back. I've also received a holy communion from Bishop of Padang Mgr. MD. Situmorang, OFM. Cap. in Jakarta in 1994. I have also met Archbishop of Merauke Mgr. Nicolaus Adi Seputra in Merauke February 2007. And for the last ten years I have met in many occasion with Bishop of Pangkalpinang Mgr. Hilarius Moa Nurak, SVD. I and my family felt the great joy when we hosted him a meeting dinner at my house in Tanjung Uban early 2005 in conjunction with the construction of church of St. John Don Bosco Tanjung Uban Bintan Island in which I was the Chairman of the Construction Committe.

I have also met the then Father Nicholas Chia of Singapore, who now is the Archbishop of Singapore and translated his homily when he celebtated a holy mass before the congregation of one chapel in the outskirt of Bintan Resort during his personal visit to Bintan Island in 2000. But I really felt special and grateful when I met the Nuncio Apostolic, the Ambassador of the Holy See Vatican, to Indonesia Archbishop Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli during his visit in Tanjungpinang to attend the celebration of the Jubilee of 75th Anniversary of the construction of curch of Heart of St. Mary Immaculate Tanjungpinang and ordination of two new Catholic Priests of Diocess of Pangkalpinang i.e. Father Andreas Poldo Situmorang, Pr. and Father Yosef Carolus Setiawan, Pr. in the curch of Christ The King (Kristus Raja) Tanjungpinang. The church of Christ The King has replaced the church of Heart of St. Mary Imaculate (Hati Santa Maria Tak Bernoda) as the parish church since 1996.

I even felt more blessed when the organizing committee asked me to be the Moderator during his dialog with the parishioner in Bintan Permata Hotel Tanjungpinang on Friday 23 March 2007 evening. Although I had been speaker or moderator in many seminars or convention, chairing many big conferences, but being moderator to the Holy See Ambassador was really special one, a memorable one for me indeed.

I really feel lucky and blessed as Catholic. Praise the lord for have choosen and baptised my late grandfather Paulus Sitohang as member of His Church in Samosir Island almost 70 years ago.

Long life the Holy Father, all his bishops and all his priests all over the world. May they all blessed with good health, strenght and always be with the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli (in golden robe) accompanied by the newly ordained priest Father Andreas Poldo Situmorang give out the holy hosts to the congregation.

From left, Father Benny, Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli, Mgr. Hilarius Moa Nurak and Father Manse the head Priest of Parish of Heart of St. Mary Immaculate Tanjungpinang

Mgr. Hilarius Moa Nurak SVD put his arm on deacon Andreas Poldo Situmorang head to officially ordain him as new priest of Catholic Church.

Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli put his arm on deacon Yosep Carolus Setiawan head to officially ordain him to become a new priest of Catholic Church.

The two deacons perform another procession of holy ordination as the new priest of Catholic Church before the Bishops and seniors priests.

Before their ordination the two deacons lie face downward as a sign of total loyalty to their Bishop in keeping with old tradition in Roman Catholic church.

Choir From Bintan Resorts Catholic commuity led by Felix Soureka came all the way from Bintan Resort for the occasion.

Guests of honor of the Function for the celebration of the Jubilee were Mayor of Tanjungpinang Mdm. Suryatati A. Manan (left) and Mr. Tagor Napitupulu, one senior official in the Kepulauan Riau Province government, who came as representative of Governor Ismet Abdullah.

Posing with Bishop of Pangkalpinang Mgr. Hilarius Moa Nurak, SVD (left) and Nuncio Apostolic to Indonesia Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli (center) at the end of his dialog with parishioner of Church of Heart of St. Mary Immaculate Tanjungpinang at Bintan Permata Hotel Tanjungpinang 23 November 2007.


Adrin said...

Thank you for the news Bang. Can you share to me a little what's the dialog about? All photos are great.

PMS said...


Thanks. The dialogue is about encouragement to Indonesian Catholics to play more active role to promote sound interrelegion dialogue. He also calls Catholics in Tanjungpinang to show solidarity to Catholics in other part of Indonesia or other part of the world when in they time of need. He also shared his experience when visiting various cities and places in Indonesia from Aceh, Sibolga, Flores, Kalimantan, Papua and Jave which give him a better perspective about Indonesia. He also shared the how Italian facing the increasing number of moslem in Italy.

It was really a good and inspiring dialog.

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