Indonesians come into contact with the Church in schools and the workplace. Many catechumens are converted by the testimonies of priests and religious.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Each year, hundreds of Indonesian teenagers and adults receive the baptism at Easter. Hence, dioceses across the country prepare to celebrate Easter and welcome with joy the new members of the Catholic community.
Many Indonesian catechumens come into contact with the Catholic Church in schools and the workplace. However, most choose to take the path of baptismal catechesis after meeting with priests and religious, who, through their testimonies of faith, become a source of inspiration and conversion.
In Malang, East Java province, Fr Emanuel Wahyu Widodo performed the baptism of 13 adults during Palm Sunday celebrations. A local parishioner, Laurentius Suryono, told AsiaNews that "The catechumens prepared themselves for months".
Fr Sigit Danang Koesworo, from the diocese of Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, told AsiaNews that during the Easter vigil Mass he will administer the baptism on 12 adults and 3 children. "Many others will be baptised in Meratus and in other parishes," he added. On the same day, Fr Agustinus Suwartana Susilo will baptise 40 adults.
Contacted by AsiaNews, Fr Andrianus Maradiyo, parish priest at St Mary the Virgin Mother of Christ, said that "At Easter we will baptise 16 adults."
Eleven people will receive the Sacrament in Boyolali, Central Java, whilst Fr Murdisusanto said that 25 more people will become part of the Catholic community in Yogyakarta.
PIME missionary Fr Mario Ghezzi serves as pastor in the town south of Phnom Penh that still has no Christian community. Nevertheless, 13 baptisms are scheduled for this Easter, the first in the area since 2014. Although some 50 people attend Sunday Mass, “none of them has been baptised."