Indonesian Catholics welcome 14 new priests in 3 dioceses
Indonesia’s 14 new priests were ordained this year in different parishes of the dioceses of Manado, Sibolga and Bandung, in the presence of thousands of faithful.
What made these ceremonies a “rare opportunity” for local Catholics was that they occurred in parishes. Contrary to usual practice, whereby ordinations are performed in seminaries and episcopal sees, this group of deacons received their consecration among their people, including family and friends.
The country has a lot of seminaries, where most ordinations take place. However, for many Catholics this can be a disadvantage due to the great distances and their limited capacity to host visitors.