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Ledalero: Exporting indigenized religion, priests

  • Duncan Graham

    Contributor

Flores, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  12:20 am
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 rise to the heavens today.(Photo by Erlinawati Graham)

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 rise to the heavens today.(Photo by Erlinawati Graham)The country is a large exporter of Indonesian migrant workers (TKI), and at around 9 million strong most TKI are domestic workers and laborers according to the World Bank. Catholic priests also number among them today, thanks to seminaries like Ledalero in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.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 are not 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.T...