X

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

All you need to know about the Church in the Philippines in one click
Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
www.ucanews.com

Diocese of Sanggau

Report An Error
Diocese of Sanggau
  • Facebook Share
  • Twitter Share

Sanggau is a regency in province of West Kalimantan. It is situated in the middle and in the northern part of the province, with an area of 12,857.70 km and a population density of 32 inhabitants per km in 2010.

Population

As of 2017, a total of 565,600 people lived in the territory. The natives of Sanggau and Sekadau districts in West Kalimantan are the Dayak people (55 percent), but now the districts have Malay (30 percent), Javanese (7 percent), Chinese (5 percent) and others (3 percent).

Forty years ago, the government started so-called transmigration program and built many transmigration settlements for Muslims transmigrants. Due to local people’s rejection, the government quietly stopped the program.

Since the 1980, Sanggau district has become a major oil palm project. Many national and international companies developed huge oil palm plantations covering hundred thousands of acres. It is in the context of these projects that also a lot of outsiders arrived from Java and Sumatra to Sanggau to work in the plantations.

History

Following the Javanese defeat in the World War II, the missionaries collected in Malaysia returned to Kalimantan, and apostolic administrator of Pontianak Monsignor T. Van Valenberg invited more religious congregations to work in Kalimantan.

The presence of the missionaries allowed the decanate of Sanggau to build new mission stations in Sekadau (1950), Jangkang (1952), Pusat Damai and Pakit (1955), and Batang Tarang (1958).

On April 9, 1968, prefecture apostolic of Sekadau was erected under the service of Italian Passionist priests.

On June 8, 1982, it was elevated to a diocese. The decleration of the elevation was received on July 10, but the diocese marks its anniversary on Dec. 5 because it was inaugurated on Dec. 5, 1982.

The diocese of Sanggau included the whole apostolic prefecture of Sekadau and Sanggau decanate. Sanggau parish was chosen as the diocesan center bacause it is the capital of the district.

During the establishment, the diocese was led by Administrator Apostolic Monsignor Hieronimus Bumbun, OFMCap, who was aslo archbishop of Pontianak. Only on June 3, 1990, the diocese had its first bishop, Passionist Bishop Yulis Mencuccini.

The diocese of Sanggau started with nine parishes with 106,878 Catholics, and now it has 25 parishes with 357,017 Catholics.

Transportation

Oil palm plantations have connected the remote villages with roads, but river transportation is the main mode in the diocese.

Economy

The main industries in the diocese are rubber and timber. But now, in most villages of the diocesan territory we find oil palm plantations. Majority of the people now get their livelihood as workers in oil palm companies. Several credit unions are available in the diocesan territory.

Telecommunication

The telecommunication in the diocese is not so good. Not all parts in the diocese can be reached by phone, the Internet, television and radio. But regarding the dominant and most influential media of television, almost every house, even in remote regions, is equipped with parabola antenna and the people have access to more than hundred domestic and foreign channels.

Education

The education in the capitals of the districts is good, but illiteracy is more prevalent in hinterland or rural areas of the two districts due to the limitation of schools and teachers caused by financial problems.The present government tries to offer additional opportunities of education and schooling to the people who live in remote regions. According to the law, all children are requested to attend nine years of basic education: six years elementary and three years secondary level. During the last ten years, however, this target was ‘almost’ met. In many remote villages there are public schools and most children are able to attend elementary or even secondary education.

Culture

Sanggau diocese is rich in Dayak cultures. The Dayak parishioners in hinterlands still live in Dayak traditional house called "betang" built in many cultures. Dayak has many tribes. The Dayak tribes in the diocese are Mali, Budayuh, Desa, Mualang, Ketungau and Kerabat.

Dayak people have some big traditional feasts. One of them is Ganjor’ro or Gawai of Mali Dayaknese, celebrated annually for three to seven days in villages after the harvest of rice. Tuak, a local alcoholic drink, always becomes a part of the feast.

Help us improve the Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory

Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
Support Asian Catholic Dioceses Directory
UCA News
The Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News, UCAN) is the leading independent Catholic news source in Asia.
CONTACT US
Union of Catholic Asian News Limited
P.O. Box 69626,
Kwun Tong,
Hong Kong
[email protected]