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Diocese of Manado

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Bishop Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu
Bishop Rolly Untu
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Bishop Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu
Jl. Sam Ratulangi 66,
Kotak Pos 73, Manado 95002,
Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Phone: (0431)863.420; 864.225
Fax :861.543; 864.225
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, M.S.C., was born on Jan. 4, 1957, in Lembean, in the diocese of Manado. He attended the minor seminary in Kakaskasen and subsequently completed his philosophical and theological studies in the seminary of Pineleng. He gave his perpetual vows on Jan. 15, 1983, in Manado, and was ordained priest on June 29, 1983, in Manado.

He holds a diploma in spirituality from the Adhyatma Vidya Pitha in Bangalore, India, and a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Catholic University of Lovanio, Belgium. After ordination, he held the following offices: parish vicar of the Cathedral of Manado (1983-1984); pastor of the Queen of the Holy Rosary parish in Tuminting, diocese of Manado(1984-1985); member of the M.S.C. novitiate in Karangayar, diocese of Purwokerto (1986-1991); temporary master of the M.S.C. novitiate in Karanganyar (1989-1990); pastor of the St. Joseph the Worker parish in Karangayar (1987-1991); formator in the M.S.C. Scholasticate in Pineleng (diocese of Manado), teacher in the major seminary of Pineleng, and member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consulters of the diocese of Manado (1995-2005); M.S.C. vice-provincial for Indonesia (1996-1997); vice-director of the Higher School of Philosophy in Pineleng (1998-2002); superior of the M.S.C. Scholasticate in Pineleng (2003-2005); assistant to the provincial M.S.C. superior of the M.S.C. for Indonesia (2005-2011); and superior provincial of the M.S.C. for Indonesia (2011-2016).

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