An Artist Quits His Job to Paint a Mural at a Parish Church in Kansas, United States

An Artist Quits His Job to Paint a Mural at a Parish Church in Kansas, United States

KANSAS, – In 2020, a defining moment came for Karr, a 2019 University of Kansas illustration graduate. At that time, Karr found herself at the crossroads between a career as a marketing professional and her true calling.

However, the situation changed after Karr met Father Anthony Oulette from the Holy Name of Jesus Christ Parish, Archdiocese of Kansas. During the meeting, Father Oulette expressed his ideas about renovating the parish church and plans to add various works of art to the church.

“He took me to the church, presented his ideas for renovating the church,” Karr recalled.

During the meeting, Father Oulette said he planned to place paintings of Pentecost, the Virgin Mary and St. Michael. Not only that, the painting of St. Joseph who presented Jesus in the Temple will also be made with an Angel Gabriel ornament on it.

In September 2022, Karr left work and began his career in religious art. At that time, Karr worked entirely for the parish church. Her journey, marked by faith and courage, has been a testament to the power of art in revitalizing not only spaces, but also spirits.

“I love Jesus so much and I know that He is real,” Karr said.

Painting by Mattie Karr at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Kansas City. CNA

Finding Mary

But that leap of faith is slowly starting to be proven. When Karr needed visual references for the figures in the art, he and Father Oulette decided to ask parishioners to volunteer.

When they wanted to create an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they thought of the same parishioner, Mary Leticia DeCaigny. Karr asked DeCaigny to be a model when he finished painting the Virgin Mary. Karr took a photo of DeCaigny in costume for reference. He discovered there was a deeper connection with DeCaigny.

DeCaigny and her husband lost their 8-year-old son after a five-year battle with cancer.

“He said, ‘We lost our son to cancer about 10 years ago, so I know what it’s like to walk with our suffering son. I feel very close to DeCaigny and this is confirmation that he sees me and he is with me,’” Karr recalled DeCaigny saying.

This influenced Karr’s view of this art project. He participated in this painting, and collecting models, but Karr realized this work was much bigger than him.

“There’s no way I would have known that, at first, I chose him because I liked his hair (DeCaigny- ed. ). I didn’t know that his past experiences were actually related to Our Lady. So that’s a great blessing.”

With this experience, Karr sees his hard work as not only a work of art, but it is truly something that has an impact on the people involved in it. He also hopes that this experience will have an impact on people who will see the results of his artistic work for years to come.

Mattie Karr shows religious paintings in her office in Kansas City.

It took Three Years

Previously, Karr had big dreams of having a career in Hollywood. However, now he is actually planting spiritual seeds in the work he does.

“I could almost be a Catholic evangelist spy,” he said.

Karr enjoyed his time living in Kansas and loved the parish where he had just completed his assignment. It took three years to complete all the artwork which was then installed in the parish church.

He created two 15-foot paintings that bring color and warmth to both sides of the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ in Kansas City. Apart from that, there are other paintings he made.

“As my faith grew, I couldn’t help it. The art just came out and it’s all religious, mostly Mary. I couldn’t stop drawing Mary,” he said.

A major shift occurred when he made his retreat. Some people also admit that God called Karr to do something. One call he then responded bravely and stepped out.

“It was very clear He wanted me to jump,” he said.

A week later, he did just that, quit his job in sales, and began his full-time career as an artist.

Karr painted and drew sacred and liturgical art and depicted deeply meaningful spiritual themes. Now, after he gave up and decided to become an artist with religious themes, he said that life has become much easier.

“It doesn’t seem that difficult. I respect my religion. It’s much more liberating.”

Karr recalled his encounter with Father Oulette. The priest said he had the ability to paint a Christian icon.

“Your spirituality is like that of an icon painter,” Karr said, imitating Father Oulette’s words.

When the works of art had been completed which carried the theme of the descent of the Holy Spirit and the appearance of Jesus, the installation of these works was carried out before Easter. It is hoped that this moment will attract the attention of the congregation and invite them to reflect on the unique message conveyed by the Holy Spirit to each community.

Admittedly, Karr’s work stands as a bridge between the divine and the mundane, capturing the essence of faith in a way that cannot be expressed in words. Through his brush, Karr allows parishioners to see not only their faces, but also their stories.

The completion of this painting was not only a moment of artistic achievement for Karr, but also a celebration of faith for the parish community. In an often divided world, this project serves as a beacon of unity, showing how art can bring people together.

Pray Before Work

Now, after completing a religious artwork for the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Karr is receiving many requests for artwork on similar themes. As Karr worked to develop a commissioned work, he prayed with them, and asked the Holy Spirit to reveal what the work would look like for them.

One time, Karr got a project from a family where the wife was a mental health counselor. The client had recurring dreams about Mary dressed in work clothes, diligently untying a long ribbon that shone in the light falling over her shoulders.

From that story, Karr started working on it. Karr said that even though the image is created for one client, it often moves others to tears, even if they previously knew nothing about this traditional depiction of Mary.

“I have seen how God can speak through these images. Beauty has the quality of stopping people in their tracks and making them take notice,” he said. (AES)

Tears of Joy and Fruit of Confession

Tears of Joy and Fruit of Confession

PONTIANAK, – I have been doing this confession regularly starting in 2021. Since then, I realized that there were so many struggles going on in my life, giving me the courage to start again after being absent from confession for so many years.

On Tuesday, March 28 2023 before entering Easter week, I went to Church to confess my sins and receive the sacrament of Penance. I came with sins that still stuck to me like worn, unwashed clothes. While waiting in line, I remembered all the sins I had committed. When it was my turn, I entered the confession room where it was just me and a priest who would listen and give me the sacrament of Penance.

During confession, my tears suddenly burst because I remembered how bad I was that my voice became lost and unclear. But I tried to organize my speech so that the Pastor could hear it clearly. After that, I was given advice and given forgiveness with the sacrament of Penance by the Pastor. God gave me relief for the forgiveness I received. I felt born again, renewed by the sacraments I had received.

The tears I felt were so warm, even though they were sobbing like they wouldn’t stop soon. I then entered the church, praying to regret all my mistakes. There was a feeling of emotion, God’s love for me was so good, that He forgave all my sins.

After praying, I felt the burden on my shoulders was reduced and I had new hope to become a better person than before. With this sacrament of Reconciliation, I am strengthened again.

Sacrament of Healing

The Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation is one of the two sacraments of healing (CCC 1423-1424). This sacrament is a sacrament of spiritual healing for sins. Sin is an act that violates the law of love for God and others. Every human being must commit sin, which is done consciously so that it can harm other people and even himself and can damage his relationship with God. Relations with others are also damaged.

The Catholic Church opens up space for people who want to confess their sins in the confession room. People are invited to reflect on themselves and renew their minds by confessing their sins.

For some people, confessing their sins is the most feared thing, firstly because they are ashamed of the sin they have committed. Second, feeling unworthy of forgiveness. Third, people don’t want to know about their sins other than themselves, and there are many other reasons why people don’t want or are reluctant to come to the confession room. There are even those who haven’t confessed their sins at all in a year or have never done so.

However, there are also people who casually come to the confession room with a list of sins they have committed because it is their obligation. Even though by confessing our sins we remember the bad past, at least we can be healed and reborn as new people and better prepared to improve our lives in a better direction.

The Sacrament of Penance is not just a matter of regret and tears, but rather “metanoia” or a change of heart in our entire attitude towards life. We are asked to be aware and have good intentions and the efforts of repentance that we make. God always accepts everyone who wants to repent.

I Forgive Him Too

2 Corinthians 2:10 “For whose trespasses you forgive, I also forgive them. Because if I forgive, – if there is anything I should forgive -, then I do it because of you in the presence of Christ,” continued in Colossians 2:13 “You too, although you were dead in your transgressions and because you were not outwardly circumcised, have been made alive God is with Him, after He forgives all our transgressions”, in this verse it is clear that God forgives our sins.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also found in James 5:16 “Confess your sins to one another”. We just know that James 5:13-16 is the basis of the Sacrament of Penance and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

The World’s First Montessori Sister’s Perpetual Vows, Montessori Educator Closely Bound to the Catholic Faith

Sister Chiara Therese after taking perpetual vows and Novice Sister Lucia Rose shortly receiving monastic robes

Sister Chiara Therese after taking perpetual vows and Novice Sister Lucia Rose shortly receiving monastic robes

NORTH DAKOTA, – In 1950, world-renowned educator Maria Montessori wrote about her dream. One day, a religious community will be formed, to carry out the teachings and spiritual values ​​that he lives by. It only took 74 years for this dream to come true. The first religious community in the world whose main charism was Catholic Montessori Education was founded in Bismarck, North Dakota, United States.

This community is still new, founded about three years ago. Even though currently, the community is only an association of Christians, one day it hopes to become a religious order. There are currently two members of this community, Sister Chiara Thérèse and a Novice Sister, Sister Lucia Rose.

Sister Chiara took perpetual vows and Sr. Lucia Rose received religious vestments at Mass on January 6, 2024. This Mass was a historic event for Catholic education, Catholic religious life, and the Montessori education model.

Sister Lucia Rose receiving religious robes

Sister Lucia Rose receiving religious robes

Founding Inspiration

Sr. Chiara said that the inspiration for the establishment of this new religious community was the Holy Spirit. He said, whenever a need arises in humanity, God often forms a new religious community, to answer this need.

The Community of Montessori Sisters was canonically founded on October 1, 2020, in the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota. Currently, the status of this community is as a Public Association of Christian Believers. Sr. Chiara said the founding of this community was a response to the universal call to send workers into the vineyard to serve Christ.

“This community was founded after a long period of confirmation with the Ordinary of our region (Bismarck diocese-ed),” said Sr. Chiara.

Sr. Chiara said that life as a nun is to be a “bride of Christ”, so the main concern of a nun is a close relationship with her Divine Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, prayer has a primary place in our community, along with the Daily Prayers, the Rosary, Adoration, and Lectio Divina,” said Sr. Chiara.

As their daily apostolate, Sr. Chiara and Sr. Lucia currently works educating children at Christ the King Montessori Catholic School in Mandan, North Dakota. In this place, the two sisters developed the values ​​of Christian education in accordance with the spirituality of Maria Montessori.

In the spiritual life, the Montessori Sisters fill the day with fraternal time in prayer and deepening the Scriptures. In addition to adhering to the gospel’s advice on poverty, chastity and obedience, the Montessori Sisters have a unique fourth vow: respect for Christ in the Son. This is a characteristic that was acquired from the spirituality of Maria Montessori herself.

Special Features of Montessori Education

As a devout Catholic, his entire educational method was imbued with Christian anthropology. Montessori Sisters saw in the child a new creation that was extraordinary, unique and completely belonging to the Creator. With this understanding, there is a close connection between Montessori Sister education and the Catholic faith. Sr. Chiara said that separating Montessori education from its Catholic roots would be the same as hindering the fullness of the method that is embedded, not only in the soul of the Montessori teacher, but also in the child’s soul.

Montessori education gives the child a deep sense of reverence, allowing him to fully become who God created him to be. Maria Montessori said, there is no room in a Montessori teacher’s heart for pride, anger, or impatience.

Maria Montessori, continued Sr. Chiara, has set herself the task of helping children build themselves; to give birth in him to a “fully living man” who would then glorify God. He said that Montessori tutors must be both saints and scientists.

“He should observe the child with a heart full of awe and wonder. He must guide the child to the right materials in a prepared environment, which will help his development, and then purify his soul from everything that is not from God,” said Sr. Chiara.

Sister Chiara Therese taking perpetual vows at the Motessori Public Association

Sister Chiara Therese taking perpetual vows at the Motessori Public Association

The most important thing the world wants to know about the work of Montessori Sisters according to Sr. Chiara Montessori Catholic Education wants to restore the dignity and place of children in their families and communities.

Today’s children, especially the youngest children, are often misunderstood by society as a whole. Sr. Chiara said their place in the world’s social network, led by adults, hinders the development and formation of the soul.

By understanding in detail the various stages of child development, education needs to give children freedom with boundaries and responsibilities. Education needs to teach social graces, providing integral and harmonious methods of formation.

“We, as a religious community, want to be part of this noble work, as Maria Montessori said, Sr. said. Maria.

Now, starting with two sisters, the Montessori Public Association has taken the first steps to expand the value of Montessori education throughout the world. Even though this pioneering “Montessori Congregation” has just started, many educational institutions around the world are already using the Montessori Education model as a guide.

Sr. Chiara said that Montessori education helps children shape themselves into the human beings they hope to be. For him, educators are instruments from God to shape children according to God’s will.  

“We are only instruments in the hands of Divine Providence, which helps the Creator in this increasingly urgent task, namely honoring Him in a child,” said Sr. Chiara.

Retreat Held at Prison in Texas, Bringing Faith to Inmates

Retreat Held at Prison in Texas, Bringing Faith to Inmates

TEXAS, Pena Catholic – Jerry Trzeciak leads several Catholic retreats. However, the participants were not ordinary parishioners, and they lived in places that not many people dared to go.

Well, for the past few years, Trzeciak has worked closely with the Texas Department of Corrections. He works as a volunteer at the Jim Ferguson Correctional Institution, located in Midway, Texas. It has a maximum capacity of more than 2,000 men and mostly houses those who are violent and affiliated with gangs in Texas.

Trzeciak worked with a Catholic lay group called Kolbe Prison Ministries (KPM). Trzeciak and his fellow volunteers were brought into the prison to lead three-day retreats for inmates, about 66 people at a time. These volunteers share their faith through lectures, pray with inmates, and give them the opportunity to attend Mass and receive Communion. After the retreat ended, these volunteers continued to provide assistance to the prisoners, including by holding Bible studies.

KPM’s work with prisoners not only changes the lives of the prison inmates. Changes also occurred in Trzeciak’s life.

“These retreats are always received positively, and it is amazing to see not only the growth of the ministry but also the growth and testimony of how the Holy Spirit works in their lives,” said Trzeciak, a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish. Antinus Padua is located near Houston.

“I cannot tell you how much God rewards those who do works of mercy, and especially those who do prison ministry. It’s not easy to get in there, right? It’s not for everyone.

Of course there is fear, but Trzeciak is trying to develop himself and put his fears aside. When he does this, and does what God wants, then he is sure that he will be rewarded.

“When you set yourself aside for what God wants, He will continue to reward you. It’s just a constant blessing, a gift.”

Security measures in prisons mean the likelihood of harm coming to prison service volunteers is very low. But of course,

Maximum Security Prison

The idea of ​​entering a maximum security prison, let alone with the goal of sharing Jesus with the inmates, can be intimidating and takes some getting used to. Trzeciak found the key, namely to come with a non-judgmental and loving attitude as much as possible.

“In general, society does not have a positive image of prisoners. The majority of the prisons we go to are high security, maximum security units. And for a lot of people, until they’ve done it once or two or three times, they might feel a little uncomfortable,” Trzeciak told CNA.

In this work, KPM was supported by a large donation of study materials from Ascension, a Catholic publisher based in Pennsylvania. Through this donation, work for prisoners can continue and have a positive impact on them.

Perhaps because it is so challenging, Catholic prison ministry across the United States has been a struggle for many years, especially to attract volunteers and, with limited financial resources. It is not easy to provide the materials needed to stir the faith of men and women in prison. Difficulties often make the volunteers leave.

But that changed, at least in Texas, in March 2022, when Catholic publisher Ascension connected with KPM. The partnership coordinated a $338,000 donation of Bible study materials. Thanks to the large donation, Kolbe said there are now nearly 400 inmates participating in “Bible Timeline” Bible studies at prison facilities in Texas and other states.

Trzeciak said prisoners are often interested in talking about forgiveness, both for others and for themselves. Here, this Bible course helps inmates find answers to their questions.

“It’s amazing to see the growth of men and women thanks to Bible courses,” he said.

Ascension, in its press release, added that the inmates have felt much more confident and able to answer questions about faith from fellow inmates of other religions. The retreat provided by KPM is not only intended for Catholic prisoners. Even though the theme is very Christian, every prisoner is welcome to attend. Trzeciak said Catholic inmates are generally the most enthusiastic to participate. Some of the inmates came initially because they were motivated by the free food, but some ended up staying to attend the retreat session.

“From our perspective, if it was food that brought them, praise God, because once again, at the end of the third day, God had performed a miracle,” Trzeciak commented. (AES)



Lord Jesus Christ,

You who healed the sick and comforted the afflicted,
You who showed us the Father’s infinite mercy and compassion,
You who gave your life for our salvation,
hear now our prayer on this World Day of the Sick.

To you we entrust those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
Grant them your grace, give them strength, console them with your peace,
and sustain them with the hope that comes from your resurrection.

To you we entrust those who care for the sick and the elderly.
We remember the doctors, nurses, volunteers and family members who give of themselves that others may find healing and rest.
Bless them for their generous service and selfless love,
protect them from harm and fatigue,
let them know the goodness they bring into the world.

To you we entrust the leaders of nations and those in the scientific community
who work together for the common good of humanity.
We pray that they may work towards a world in which everyone has access to health care:
That they may promote a culture of solidarity and fraternity,
that overcomes the scourges of illness, poverty and violence.

To you we entrust ourselves, through the intercession of Mary.
We pray that we may work to give comfort to the afflicted,
to follow your example of love and service,
to be faithful witnesses of your Gospel in the world,
to share in your glory in heaven.


Society of Jesus Province of Indonesia Past and Present

Society of Jesus Province of Indonesia Past and Present – “From here, we can learn about the formation of a dynamic identity, open to always being challenged, and what must be remembered is that this identity is built on a mission and mission to reach many people …”

It has been FIFTY years since the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus was founded. The presence of the Jesuits in Indonesia has provided many treasures for the development and formation of the Catholic Church. The Jesuit apostolic spirit, which carries Ignatian spirituality developed by Saint Ignatius Loyola, also helps to show every person one way to God.

Province was founded

In the writings of Father F. Suryanto Hadi, SJ and Father Bambang Alfred Sipayung, SJ regarding the history of the Society of Jesus Province of Indonesia (SJ Provindo), it is written that on a special day of the Church, namely the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8 September 1971, the General Leader of SJ who came from Rome, Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ in a simple event at Wisma Syantikara, Yogyakarta, inaugurated the establishment of SJ Provindo. Father Arrupe continued the efforts of his predecessor, Father Johannes Baptista Janssens, SJ, who 15 years earlier, on February 4 1956, separated Missio Javensis from its “mother” Nederland Province into an independent vice-province , this time with the name “Indonesia” instead of the name “Java” and prepared to become an independent province.

It is recorded that since 1967 the leadership of SJ has been held by an Indonesian himself, Father Antonius Soenarja, SJ. He was also appointed the first provincial. In a letter after attending a meeting of SJ provincial leaders in Taiwan in 1970, Father Soenarja wrote this, “We sincerely admit that our province is a province that is poor in wealth, but our hope is in the amazing results of work and in the number of our vocations, which simply guarantees the future.”

Hopefully that’s the case. One of the forces that convinced Father Arrupe to establish this province was the number of members. In 1956, the Indonesian Vice Province had 244 Jesuit members, consisting of 139 priests, 78 scholastics and 27 brothers. Of that number, less than 40% are Indonesian Jesuits, namely 97 Jesuits. In 1971, the newly inaugurated province had 333 members with a composition of 176 Indonesian Jesuits and 157 Missionary Jesuits. Therefore, in the decree establishing the province, Father Arrupe wrote that unlike in many other places where the number of members began to decline, in Indonesia it actually experienced an increase “and of that number, the majority were born in this country.”

The presence of the Society of Jesus in the archipelago can be traced into two parts. First, the arrival of Father Francis Xavier in Maluku in 1546 which was followed by a wave of Jesuit presence from Portugal and Spain until 1677. During those 130 years, there were 81 members of the Society of Jesus who worked in the Maluku Mission. Second, the arrival of Dutch missionaries in 1859 through people such as Father Martinus van den Elzen and Father Joannes Baptista Palinkxs. It was the arrival of Dutch missionaries that later produced the Indonesian Jesuits, and ultimately the Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus.

Searching for Meaning

After being established for 50 years as a province, the Indonesian Province of Jesus Society felt the need to explore the memory, meaning and significance of important events or periods in Provindo’s history which helped shape Provindo’s “character”. Chairman of the Commemoration Committee for the Ignatian Year and 50 Years of Provindo, Father A. Bagus Laksana, SJ said, to support this need, a study and research team was formed involving nine lecturers and 17 Jesuit brothers from STF Driyarkara, Sanata Dharma University, Faculty of Wedabhakti Theology, including brothers from Myanmar and Thailand. “Provindo’s history is a rich reality, where the Spirit of God works not in an empty space but in and through various historical events, social movements, institutional decisions, and the construction of individual and collective consciousness. “This research is almost complete and there are many interesting things from our findings,” said Father Bagus.

Father Bagus explained this interesting finding, for example, as follows. Provindo was once anxious about Indonesian identity, until aspirations for “Indonesianization” emerged which gave rise to tensions between missionary Jesuits from the Netherlands and native Jesuits in the 1960s. This tension did end in reconciliation and change, in which native Jesuits increasingly played an important role. However, this solution also turned out to be temporary. In the next stage, it appears that what is meant by “Indonesianization” is more “Javanization.” Provindo has not yet truly realized its fuller “Indonesianness”.

Furthermore, in Provindo’s mission in East Timor, the identity of “Indonesia” itself became problematic and contested, and the Indonesian Jesuits there had to understand Indonesianness in new and difficult ways. This identity is also enriched by the involvement of Indonesian Jesuits in several regions of Asia, such as Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Japan. “From here, we can learn about the formation of a dynamic identity, open to always being challenged, and what must be remembered is that this identity is built on a mission and mission to reach many people, not like today’s identity politics,” said the priest who was once sent to Timor Timur when he was still a brother.

Apart from great learning, Father Bagus continued, studies and research also found many interesting stories of the Jesuits’ struggle. There are lonely Jesuit missionaries who see no future in Tanjung Sakti, South Sumatra; there was a Jesuit who had to be a truck driver in East Timor; there was a Jesuit who had to move with students on the streets, there were testimonies of Jesuit “martyrs” in East Timor, and so on. In various crisis events in this nation, such as the opinion polls in Timor Leste, the 1998 Reformation, as well as natural disasters in Aceh and the Ambon conflict, the apostolic spirit of the Indonesian Jesuits did not fade. Provindo is always ready to respond to a crisis. Crisis is a field of engagement and learning. “The Society of Jesus’ response may never be perfect, but it is clear that there is always a readiness to respond and then learn,” stressed Father Bagus.

Meanwhile, during research and studies, it was discovered that Provindo has a distinctive attitude called “discretive realism”. This is the attitude behind Provindo’s involvement in difficult events and periods of crisis. With the spirit of discreet realism, the Jesuits look at and grapple with any reality (reality), not being afraid or paralyzed by the complexity and complexity of that reality, but continuing to look for the most realistic way to respond to real situations, while continuing to be open to looking for better, understanding the current situation. constantly changing, and trusting that Allah is working and guiding.

Getting More Involved

History also proves that the involvement of the Society of Jesus, although not dramatic, is very real. Father Bagus explained this as follows. First , dialogue with religion and culture has always bothered Jesuits, starting from missionaries who were influenced by the orientalist approach and carried out textual studies such as Father Petrus Josephus Zoetmulder, SJ and now with a more dialogical, pedagogical and institutional approach and paradigm carried out by many Jesuits and Provindo’s work. Before there were issues of fundamentalism and religious-based identity politics, Provindo already had a commitment in this area.

Petrus Josephus Zoetmulder, SJ

Second , the work of education and formation of young people, development of philosophy-theology, formation of prospective priests and religious, spiritual and pastoral services of the Church, and social services, community and humanitarian empowerment. In all these fields, Provindo is involved with all the creativity that continues to be pursued amidst changing times.

Through services in all these fields, explained Father Bagus, Provindo is more deeply rooted in the journey of Indonesian society than in 1971 when Provindo was inaugurated. However, we also realize that there are many new challenges. Several Jesuit institutions no longer exist, for example the Jakarta Social Institute which was once very well known to the public. Of course Provindo needs to think about new initiatives. Jesuit colleges and schools developed with various initiatives within the framework of Ignatian pedagogy; Likewise, Sanata Dharma University developed as a university with various new faculties and study programs. New challenges to provide more inclusive and transformative education continue to exist. However, this is also accompanied by gratitude for the existence of new initiatives and creativity in other fields, for example forms of service and propagation of spirituality to the laity, pastoral and educational work in Papua and Kalimantan, as well as mission in various regions of Asia. “Furthermore, we will discuss the results of our study in the monthly Webinar series (October 2021-July 2022),” he added.

As a conclusion from the research carried out, Father Bagus explained that there were three important areas to learn from Provindo’s history to move forward, namely identity, mission and reconciliation. Provindo’s identity must become more inclusive and expansive, embracing many new things and elements. Missions must be increasingly collaborative and sensitive to others (those who are different). Ultimately, this identity and mission are directed at reconciliation efforts, namely being involved in building a complete life in a torn and unjust society, and being a bearer of hope for those who seek the meaning of life and who are alienated from the universe as a common home.


Father A. Bagus Laksana, SJ
Chairman of the Commemoration Committee of the Ignatian Year and 50 Years of Provindo
Involving Other People

“I was especially moved by the collaboration and togetherness in responding to God’s call. The mission of the Society of Jesus, which was started by Ignatius and his friends, turned out to be a mission involved by many people, from time to time. The idea of ​​a “shared mission” is very real. The Society of Jesus was once disbanded (1773), but when it was rebuilt the Society grew with a new spirit and way, trying to be more spiritually deep, humble and involve other people, including sending missionaries to the archipelago. Throughout history, the United States, including the Province of Indonesia (Provindo) which was founded in 1971, has shared a vision of God who invites every human being to have friendship with Him, as well as a vision of this life, of the future, and inviting people to consider what they want. we can do something together to respond to the times.

The celebration of the Ignatian Year occurred during the pandemic, where I had more time to reflect and reflect on my personal vocational journey so far. God calls in ways that are often less understandable at the time, but have very real consequences over time. This call places me in the worldwide network of the Society of Jesus. I was invited to combine my limited experiences and involvement in various regions of Indonesia, Timor Leste, the United States and Asia in a life journey that was exciting, expansive and full of grace. I am grateful for the development of the Indonesian Province of Jesus Christ Society which is always looking for creative ways to respond to various challenges in the archipelago, Asia and beyond. I had not imagined all this when I entered the Society of Jesus in 1992.”



Eight international Jesuit scholastics received diaconal ordination from the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Carlos Osoro, on February 5, 2022, at 18.00 local time at the Church of SS Francis Xavier and Aloysius Gonzaga, Mártires de la Ventilla, Madrid. The eight new deacons are Leonargo Angius (Italy), José Castillo (Spain), Savio Fernández (India), Paulus Hastra Kurdani (Indonesia), Antranik Kurukian (Lebanon), Cristiano Laino (Italy), Michael N Manalastas (USA), and Joan Morera (Spain). These eight deacons are studying theology at the Pontifical Comillas University, Madrid. Due to the pandemic, the series of ordination events were held on a limited basis according to the regulations set by the Spanish health authorities. Many family members and relatives of the ordained deacons were unable to attend due to official restrictions and procedures from the local government, including the family of Brother Dani from Indonesia who was unable to attend. Only a few scholastics who were studying there could support and congratulate Brother Dani. The following is a short video link from the series of ordination events.

In his homily, Cardinal Carlos highlighted the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This conversion is a process with four important moments in Ignatius’ life, namely wound, repentance, holiness, and mission. Of all his personal experiences, he made Jesus Christ the center. He truly saw and listened to Him in every situation and served to the best of his ability. Cardinal Carlos recounts the experience of St. Ignatius while speaking with the eight new deacons who have been ordained in the Ignatius family. He invited the eight deacons to love and serve God by becoming closer to His people. When reading from the Gospel of Luke about Peter and his friends who were helped by Jesus while fishing, Cardinal Carlos also encouraged the ordained deacons to dare to go deeper into themselves and go further to serve others. He closed his homily by inviting the eight deacons to dare to listen and live according to God’s word. “Be brave like St. “Ignatius who dared to face all circumstances and obstacles,” he concluded.

The entire celebration of the deacon’s ordination was accompanied by simple but solemn music performed by an Italian scholastic, Andrea Bonavita. The songs and music are arranged in various languages ​​such as Italian, Indian, Indonesian and Lebanese. At the end of the event, Brother Dani expressed his joyful and grateful words to Cardinal Carlos, all the coordinators of this celebratory event, and all the faithful who attended. After deacon ordination, these eight people must complete their studies at Comillas within the next four months. After their studies are complete, they usually return to their home province to carry out a new mission from their respective Provincial Fathers. 



“What will we do during Lent?” This is a question we often ask ourselves. The answer often comes down to simply doing what we did last year or even what we did when we were kids!

Below are some ideas to make Lent different this year.

“In this season of Lent, we are invited to take the opportunity to connect with Ignatian spirituality and deepen our pilgrimage of faith by using the new Jesuit Pilgrimage application,” said Father John Dardis SJ, Director of the Roman Curia’s Communications Bureau. “Week after week, we are invited to revisit different Ignatian places through “Travel Miles.”

“Travel Miles” takes us to a different place each week of Lent. Pamplona, ​​Loyola, Paris, and Venice and Rome. Week after week, we can enjoy an easy-to-use platform that animates the above places with stunning audiovisual and historical content. Let God himself reach us!

The following is an overview.

  • Pamplona. A flashback of Saint Ignatius being wounded by a cannonball fragment changed the course of his life. Where can our lives change for the better? How do we bring new dreams?
  • Loyola. Immerse yourself in a spiritual experience at the Saint Ignatius family home and let God touch you in new ways.
  • Paris. Experience the city where Saint Ignatius learned to better serve God and the Church. What do we need to learn and how can we grow to serve better?
  • Venice. This is where the Jesuits first met and studied together. Who are the friends we can trust and discuss with?
  • Rome. End your Lenten journey by exploring the city where so many Jesuits were sent to apostolate. What is our mission? Where will God lead us?

“The app is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian,” said Father Vivian Richard, SJ, app project director. “We’re working hard to bring out Korean and Vietnamese versions, and who knows how many more will follow. This app is not only a tourist experience but also a modern spiritual practice.”

For that, we can take part in two ways:

a. Sit back and download the app straight away. After that, travel in style, then we share the experience on social media with the hashtag #TravelMiles then tag Instagram @jesuitglobal and @jesuitindonesia.

b. If you’re lucky enough and you’re in one of the places above, take a selfie and share it on social media with the hashtag #LentWithIgnatius. If we have been there before, just upload a photo with the hashtag #LentWithIgnatius then tag it on Instagram @jesuitglobal and @jesuitindonesia.

Please download the Jesuit Pilgrimage app from the App Store or Google Play and special notifications will be sent weekly immediately. We just need to activate the notifications!

Begin your pilgrimage on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Join and let the adventure begin!



Celebration of the 102nd anniversary of Kanisius Printing-Publishing and the 10th anniversary of PT Kanisius

For Kanisius people (the name for employees of the Yogyakarta Kanisius Printing Company) January is a month full of blessings and full of joyful smiles. How not to be full of smiles, January is the moment to celebrate the birthday of Kanisius Printing, which in 2024 will fall on Friday, January 26. There are various series of activities that have been prepared by the committee to enliven the birthday. This year Kanisius Printing Press has entered its 102nd year. Of course, as one of the works of the Indonesian Province of Jesus Society, this is a blessing that must be grateful for, in the midst of the uncertainty of the ‘business’ world of books and printing, Kanisius is still continuing to take steps to collaborate with many parties.


There are several routine events that are always held before the peak of the event, this year there are two routine events that attract the attention of Kanisius people. The evening of reflection and appreciation was an interesting first event to take part in. Accompanied by Father P. Sunu Hardiyanto, SJ, all Kanisius people were invited to look back at the dynamics of life – whether at work or in the family – throughout life. There are three key words taught by Father Sunu to dare to be grateful.

The purpose of reflecting on work is to be grateful, lively, and further build a collaborative spirit. Kanisius people are invited to be grateful for being called to be involved in service through PT Kanisius. In the midst of this uncertain situation, finding work is certainly not an easy thing. Moreover, competition in the business world is far beyond predictions. Kanisius people are invited to remember the purpose of work and be grateful for God’s grace, that they can enjoy working at Kanisius.

Participants were also invited to be grateful for the works at Kanisius as a form of support for Missio Dei collaborators . More concretely, Kanisius was invited by Father Sunu to live an inspiring life. That each Kanisius person has various life experiences, some at the top, some at the bottom. It is precisely from this diversity of experiences that Kanisius people are invited to live increasingly inspiring lives. The key words that the participants taught by Father Sunu were: having a sense of gratitude, if we are able to be grateful, we will become more humble individuals. If we are able to be humble individuals, we will be more generous.


According to the Big Indonesian Dictionary (KBBI) n (action) cooperation n (action) working together to make something. This collaborative action cannot be carried out by just one party. This collaborative action must be carried out together by all parties to create a life that inspires each other. Collaboration can be done internally, synergizing between departments in one workplace. Also done externally, in collaboration with parties outside the workplace, for the same vision.

“Discretion, working together and working with networks are three important perspectives for the way we act today. Because the Union is “an international and multicultural body,” existing in a complex world, “fragmented and divided” (KJ 35). This quote from KJ 35 feels like it remains actual to do and realize, even in the midst of today’s complex world. The process of collaborating does not just come naturally, but through the twists and turns of a long and risky journey. To collaborate requires discretion, cooperation, and networks to act according to the vision.

Reaching Inspiration

At more than 100 years old, PT Kanisius continues to want to share inspiration with more and more people. The word stretch was chosen to describe the seriousness of collaborating with other parties who have the same vision. We continue to echo the inspiration to make a real contribution to the nation and state, in line with the spirit of our founders.

Inspiration will resonate more if we dare to build networks. Networking helps generate new ideas, makes a leader more creative and more able to work together, so that work and tasks can be carried out more effectively. This network is directed to achieve goals, not for the sake of the network itself, so spiritual discernment is needed.



This article is the result of a reflection of our views as ‘interested’ parties. Initially, we came as guests who were ‘forced’ to get involved because of a demand within the organization that houses us, KEMANT UGM. However, it was this interest that ultimately brought us to know a valuable ‘acceptance’ from the Realino SPM family. We feel that this family was formed because of a calling rooted in love and a desire to serve. It is this call that Realino continues to uphold as a principle, obedience and commitment from year to year.

It was no coincidence that the Anthropology Student Family (KEMANT UGM) was introduced to one of the volunteers from Realino SPM. He is the head of our own organization. If it is indeed a coincidence, then this coincidence is worth celebrating. In this article, we will focus on the process of celebrating and being celebrated on activities at the Realino Learning Community (KBR) in Jombor which will take place on Saturday, October 28 2023.

To be precise, it was Youth Pledge Day. KEMANT UGM collaborates with Realino SPM to provide service and contribution to our marginalized brothers and sisters. Our theme is diversity. This theme is then wrapped in an activity that indirectly trains children’s cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills. At kindergarten level, we invite them to color pictures that symbolize diversity. In small elementary school groups, we introduce them to wayang. Meanwhile, in large elementary schools, we share knowledge about various batik motifs. Unfortunately, the children at junior high school level who we planned to introduce to the forms of Indonesian territory, were not present that day.

The activities above seem simple. During preparation, it turned out that the activity plan continued to invite revisions and light debate between us, KEMANT UGM. The concept and rundown that we designed, in the end, could not be used as a guide. We did it without any good plans. Unexpected things, obstacles that arise on the D-day, are quite overwhelming and draining energy. All these feelings and thoughts did not disappear for a moment when we were at the location.

We admit that this is our first experience. It feels very foreign. There are difficulties building relationships and approaching children to interact. We learn to try to understand each person, open ourselves to respect each other. We learn to get used to responding and building emotional relationships with innocent children. The most important thing is to position yourself not to make them feel different from us, but rather friends.

We feel it is worthy of celebration because it is warmly welcomed by the sincerity of the Realino SPM Community who dedicate themselves to humanity. We also feel celebrated because we get strength and happiness from the sincerity of the children in Jombor. We were able to proceed because we received guidance and direction from fellow Realino volunteers. We were able to carry out this plan because we learned from the children’s honesty and openness about how to express their feelings and thoughts. We celebrated this experience with great joy, spreading the mat as a platform for conversation. There are many colors poured in, as well as laughter that is painted as sweet.

Our initial interests and the sincerity of our meeting succeeded in being united, synergizing and chatting for one common goal, love that humanizes others. Initially, we felt that this activity was limited to the responsibility of the organization. But then, this turned into a feeling of empathy and wanting to do the best for the children in Jombor. We realize that they have the same rights and worthiness to achieve their dreams as other children.

It’s definitely not an easy matter to keep innovating so you can attract children’s interest every week. It’s not an easy matter to keep communicating in the midst of personal and college activities. Realino has managed to survive in Jombor and we hope it will thrive for a long time. This is the celebration that we want to convey through writing. We hope this can provide relief and strength for all who read, and can also feel the emotional bond that we felt while dynamic in Jombor.


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