ASIA/INDONESIA - Fertile land of vocations: 37 deacons ordained in Flores in eight days

Maumere - "The island of Flores, Indonesia, is still a fertile land of religious and priestly vocations. This is demonstrated by the fact that, in the space of only eight days, on Saturday 10 and Sunday, June 18, in Maumere, 37 deacons were ordained", says to Fides Father Luigi Galvani, MI, who lives his missionary commitment on the island. "Of them - continues the religious - 18 belong to the Verbites, 16 come from the four dioceses of the Island of Flores and 3 belong to the Missionaries of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Everyone follows theological studies in the Verbite Seminary in Ledalero, which with its nearly a thousand students from 12 different religious institutes is considered the largest Philosophical and Theological institute in Asia". "The feast was not only in the church, but also in the various families of the new deacons with good food and music. There are still great traditions here!", adds Father Luigi.
"Indeed, here in Flores, the only island with a Catholic majority in Indonesia, there is no vocational crisis. In fact every year there are still hundreds of young people who enter the various religious communities and seminars to begin their formation. Certainly, many of them will one day strengthen the number of Indonesian missionaries already spread around the world", the missionary concludes.