St. Paul Major Seminary in Kentungan, in Yogyakarta’s Sleman district, celebrated its 75th anniversary on Monday with a Mass led by Jesuit Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja. Six bishops, including Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta of Semarang, and two priests concelebrated the Mass held in the major seminary’s chapel and attended by about 500 priests, nuns, seminarians and laypeople. In his homily, Archbishop Pujasumarta thanked God for allowing the institution to reach the milestone and said that in order for the Catholic Church in Indonesia to grow, the seeds of which were sown by the late Jesuit Father Franciscus Georgius Josephus van Lith, more men and women, and laypeople with strong faith and dedication, are needed. “This was seen in Monsignor Paulus Willekens, SJ. That is why he established this major seminary. It was a good visionary decision,” the prelate acknowledged. Concluding his homily, Archbishop Pujasumarta encouraged all priests who have studied in the major seminary to build a good relationship with the Virgin Mary. “Those with a special relationship with the Blessed Mother are free from sins. This kind of relationship should be experienced by priests,” he said. St. Paul Major Seminary was established on August 15, 1936. Related reports: Seminary open house aimed at giving children touchstone for future interest in vocations
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