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Papua's last Dutch pastors

  • Brother Jan Sjerp OFM: One of the three remaining Dutch catholic priests who now lives in Sentani, Papua. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

    Brother Jan Sjerp OFM: One of the three remaining Dutch catholic priests who now lives in Sentani, Papua. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

  • Tidying up: Before becoming a priest, Sjerp was concripted for three years in Europe. After the war, he returned home and worked as a farmer in the tradition of his family, until one morning, when a priest came to help the family with potato harvesting, which impressed Jan and made him desirous of joining the clergy. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

    Tidying up: Before becoming a priest, Sjerp was concripted for three years in Europe. After the war, he returned home and worked as a farmer in the tradition of his family, until one morning, when a priest came to help the family with potato harvesting, which impressed Jan and made him desirous of joining the clergy. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

  • Baptism for the young: Father Lieshout once headed the Teachers Training School (SPG) in Jayapura. Entering retirement in 2007, he returned to Baliem valley. While executing his pastoral duties, he wrote books, including Sejarah Gereja Katolik di Lembah Baliem (History of the Catholic Church in Baliem Valley). JP/Albertus Vembrianto

    Baptism for the young: Father Lieshout once headed the Teachers Training School (SPG) in Jayapura. Entering retirement in 2007, he returned to Baliem valley. While executing his pastoral duties, he wrote books, including Sejarah Gereja Katolik di Lembah Baliem (History of the Catholic Church in Baliem Valley). JP/Albertus Vembrianto

  • Old times: Father Frans Lieshout OFM delivers a sermon in Bilogai, now located in Intan Jaya regency. The church's early entry into Papua was not smooth. A missionary school was burned by locals in Baliem Valley in 1961. Courtesy of  Brother Jan Sjerp OFM, Father Lambertus H Hagendoorn OFM and Father Frans Lieshout OFM

    Old times: Father Frans Lieshout OFM delivers a sermon in Bilogai, now located in Intan Jaya regency. The church's early entry into Papua was not smooth. A missionary school was burned by locals in Baliem Valley in 1961. Courtesy of Brother Jan Sjerp OFM, Father Lambertus H Hagendoorn OFM and Father Frans Lieshout OFM

  • Meet the locals: Father Lieshout shops at the market. He drives a Daihatsu Hijet from 1990's. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

    Meet the locals: Father Lieshout shops at the market. He drives a Daihatsu Hijet from 1990's. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

  • Devotion: Father Lambertus H Hagendoorn OFM, 75, remains active in Yayasan Peduli AIDS (YAPEDA), a foundation in Timika engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

    Devotion: Father Lambertus H Hagendoorn OFM, 75, remains active in Yayasan Peduli AIDS (YAPEDA), a foundation in Timika engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. JP/Albertus Vembrianto

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