Indonesian Province 

To fulfil the needs in North Sumatra, Apostolic Prefecture of Padang, Mgr. Mathias Brans and the missionary Capuchin priests who were already in Sumatra, asked our congregation to send Sisters to the mission in Sumatra. So on May 18, 1930 five sisters sailed from Genua harbour in the Netherlands to Indonesia.

After a three week voyage, they arrived safely and with joy in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra on June 4, 1930. Tanjung Balai, a small town located near the eastern coast at the northern end of the island of Sumatra, became the first community of our Sisters in Indonesia. Their ministry was in education and health care. 

1930

Tanjung-

Balai

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1938

Balige

On May 30, 1938 four other Sisters went as pioneers to Balige, Tapanuli - North Sumatra, where they were cordially welcomed into Batakland.  Their ministry was also for health care and education.

Unfortunately, on December 8, 1941, the Japanese declared war on Indonesia, and on December 30, 1941, the town of Tanjung Balai was bombed. At the beginning of 1942, Fr. Wap, OFMCap, parish priest at Tanjung Balai, urged all the Sisters to leave there as soon as possible. The Sisters then went from Tanjung Balai to Soposurung-Balige, together with the children from the boarding school conducted by our Sisters.

1941

War with

Japan

 

 

1942-1945

Interment

camps

But on May 7, 1942, all lay persons as well as all missionaries from the Netherlands living in Indonesia, were placed in internment camps for the duration of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, 1942-1945.  This included eight of our Sisters from the Netherlands.

Through the experience of sacrifices, struggles and difficulties of the missionary Sisters, there were signs of growth.  After 24 years of the Sisters’ presence in Indonesia, the decision was made to start a formation program to accept candidates.  The first 7 Indonesian candidates were received into the postulancy on December 8, 1954.

1954

Beginning of Formation

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Along the journey of becoming a Province, the services related to leadership, formation, and other important areas in the Province were gradually placed in the hands of the Indonesian Sisters. 

1969

1981

1989

Important

steps

Indonesia continued as a mission of the Netherlands Province until 1969.  In 1969 Indonesia became a Region of the Congregation, and in 1981, became a Vice-Province.  The number of Sisters continued to grow and in 1989 Indonesia became an independent Province of the Congregation. 

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Von 1993-2002 nahm eine indonesische Schwester, zusammen mit Schwestern der amerikanischen und deutschen Provinz, an einem Kongregationsprojekt in Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria/Afrika teil.

1993-2002

Nigeria

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2001

Malawi

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Since 2001, some Indonesian Sisters have assisted our German Sisters in the mission in Malawi.  Currently 3 Indonesian Sisters are there, assisting in the kindergarten and school.

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