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Ledalero: Exporting indigenized religion and priests

Duncan Graham

The Jakarta Post

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Flores, East Nusa Tenggara  /  Sun, August 18, 2019  /  01:58 am
Ledalero: Exporting indigenized religion and priests

Standing tall: Ledalero college's Church of St. Paul was destroyed in the 1992 earthquake – along with the college's lecture rooms, admin facilities and accommodation – but it was rebuilt, and its three spires rises to the heavens today. (Erlinawati Graham/-)

The Bible was brought to Indonesia by thousands of European missionaries across the centuries. While there are restrictions today on how and where foreigners can preach in Indonesia, there aren’t too many who are keen to come. By contrast, Indonesia's Catholic graduates are now taking their version of the word of God to the West. The top Catholic institute in Indonesia is the Ledalero Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Katolik (STFK Ledalero), a college of Catholic philosophy that is run by the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) – the Society of the Divine Word. The college is located just outside Maumere in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. “We’re now the largest provider of SVD apostles (also called Verbites) to the world,” said counselor Bill Burt, an Australian. “We have about 300 young men studying. This year’s gra...