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Indonesians remember Polish missionary as a 'development priest'

Thanks to Divine Word Father Stanislaw Ograbek, many rural communities are isolated no more

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Indonesians remember Polish missionary as a 'development priest'

Divine Word Father Stanislaw Ograbek worked for more than 50 years in Indonesia. (Photo supplied)

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A Polish priest who passed away recently is being remembered as a father of development for his efforts to build infrastructure such as roads and bridges connecting isolated areas of Indonesia to the outside world.

Divine Word Father Stanislaw Ograbek, who worked in Indonesian villages for more than 50 years, died on Feb. 15 in Surabaya at age 83.

Father Fritz Meko, a colleague in Surabaya, told UCA News that despite his failing health, Father Ograbek carried on with his daily community activities as usual. "He took care of his personal matters without burdening other people,” he said.

Father Ograbek arrived in Indonesia in 1964 with 19 colleagues, a year after he was ordained. After learning Bahasa Indonesia, he was assigned to lead the Queen of Apostles Parish in Todo in Ruteng Diocese in East Nusa Tenggara province. He spent 30 years in the predominantly Catholic area before moving to Kalimantan in 1994.

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