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Nuns open new center in central Java

Orphanage to house 15 children and new community house sees start of new mission

Jesuit bishop Julianus Sunarka of Purwokerto (center) blesses the cross for the new community Jesuit bishop Julianus Sunarka of Purwokerto (center) blesses the cross for the new community
  • Robertus Sutriyono, Banyumas
  • Indonesia
  • May 9, 2011
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Nuns from the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (JMJ) have started a new mission in Purwokerto diocese, Central Java, with the opening of their first community house and orphanage.

Bunda Serayu Orphanage and the community house, built in the compound of Immaculate Mary Church in Banyumas, were blessed by Jesuit Bishop Julianus Sunarka of Purwokerto during a May 7 Mass.

“I hope all those serving here can show the strength of Christian life to society,” the prelate told around 150 nuns and laypeople at the Mass.

The bishop said the name of the orphanage refers to “Our Lady who has a strong charisma, because she loved Jesus who really cared about suffering people.”

According to Jakarta JMJ Provincial Sister Lusia Tolok, the society has wanted to work in Central Java for a long time.

“We conduct our services according to the diocese’s needs. We will do the best we can,” she said.

Two nuns are in charge of running the newly opened orphanage that will house 15 children of different religious backgrounds.

A similar orphanage exists in Manado, capital of North Sulawesi.

Indonesia Oblate Provincial Superior Father Antonius Andri Atmaka hoped the nuns’ example will also motivate local Catholics to help care for the orphans.

Yustinus Karso Suryosupomo, 70, has high expectations for the future of the children.

“I hope the children served by the nuns will become independent and successful people,” the parish’s pastoral council member said.

Purwokerto is now the seventh diocese served by the JMJ nuns.

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