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Youths mark 50 years of Church hierarchy

Nearly 1,000 youths gather for special camp of celebration

Camp attendees plant a tree during the scheduled week-long program Camp attendees plant a tree during the scheduled week-long program
  • Albertus V. Rehi, Kupang
  • Indonesia
  • July 11, 2011
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A week-long celebratory camp run by St. Joseph the Worker Church in Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, has gathered about 1,000 youths from all the country’s 12 mission stations.

“It’s to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Indonesian Church’s hierarchy and to give  young people some fun during their school holidays,” said Father Kristoforus R. Muda, the parish youth moderator.

The July 9-16 event titled “May They All Unite” features various activities such as charity work, tree planting, organic fertilizer making, cookery classes, sports competitions and a singing contest.

The Indonesian Church as an institution was made official with the issuance of “Quod Christus Adorandus” by Pope John XXIII on January 3, 1961, nine months after the Bishops Council sent its petition letter.

Since papal approval 50 years ago, the institution has developed into a mature community and has been able to have local pastoral workers (clergy and laity) that support the growth as a “true Church of Christ.”

“Young people are the future leaders of the Church,” Father Muda said.

Parish priest Father Maximus Un Bria said although the camp is meant to be a celebration, he reminded everyone not to ignore its spiritual message.

“Do not just see this event as an opportunity to meet others. Instead, see it as an effort to boost brotherhood and togetherness and to deepen our love of the Church and the nation,” he said.

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