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Mass Stipends for Carmelite Priests in Indonesia

With a population of 272 million, Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country on the planet. For years, members of different faiths have lived there, largely in peace, but in recent years, Islamist extremism has become more widespread, and attacks on Christians have increased. Then came the pandemic, which claimed many victims, including priests and religious nationwide, in addition to a succession of natural disasters.

But despite these challenges, there are reasons to rejoice in the Church in this island nation of Southeast Asia. One is that the discalced Carmelite Fathers, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary in Indonesia, have seen a boom in vocations. The Carmelites worked here in the 17th century, but the first two priests in the country suffered martyrdom in 1638. It was not until 1982 that two Carmelite priests returned to Indonesia, both from Kerala in southern India. Just seven years after their arrival, they were able to open their first formation house and admit 26 young men. 

Father Markus Ture, the Superior, is profoundly grateful: “The Holy Spirit is constantly at work, inspiring new people and calling them into his vineyard. By the grace of God, we currently have 55 native born priests, three missionaries from India and the United States, [and] 89 brothers in the various stages of their formation. We now have five formation houses and five pastoral communities working in the various different parishes. And some of the priests are also working as missionaries in Japan, while others are studying abroad in order to specialize.”

He went on to say, “We are convinced that this remarkable growth is also due to the generous and goodhearted benefactors of ACN, who have always taken an interest in us and supported us. Your generosity and love are a sign of God‘s love for these young priests, who will bear witness to and proclaim the Good News to the people of Indonesia.”

In this, their jubilee year, we are once again offering to support 44 of these Carmelite priests with Mass stipends. The stipends have a total value of $22,000, so they can continue their fruitful apostolate.

Can you give to help these Carmelite priests in Indonesia?

We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.

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