Indonesian priest recognized for military service

Indonesian Museum of Records presents award to Father Joseph Marry Marcel Bintoro
Indonesian priest recognized for military service

Jaya Suprana, founder of the Indonesian Museum of Records presents an award to Catholic Chaplain Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Marry Marcel Bintoro (right), in Jakarta, on April 15. (Photo by Konradus Epa/ucanews.com)

A Catholic priest has been recognized for becoming the first priest to pass through Indonesia's military academy and for his service as a lecturer at the same institution. 

Lieutenant Colonel Father Joseph Maria Marcel Bintoro was presented with a special certificate in recognition of his achievement on April 15 in Jakarta by Jaya Suprana, a Catholic layman and founder of the Indonesian Museum of Records. 

Father Bintoro, 51, from the Indonesian Air Force, serves as chaplain and lecturer at the Indonesian Military Academy in Magelang, Central Java. 

He was ordained a priest in 1996 and a year later entered the academy and became a military chaplain.

"We gave this award to honor Father Bintoro because he was the first Catholic priest to graduate from the military academy, and now contributes towards nation building," Suprana told ucanews.com after presenting the award.

Father Bintoro said he hoped that he could inspire Indonesian people, particularly young Catholics to commit themselves to working for peace. 

"This award is not for myself but also a recognition for the Catholic Church and the military institution," Father Bintoro said.

Father Bintoro also works as parish priest at St. Michael Church at the Adisutjipto air force base in Yogyakarta.

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