4 Filipino friars attend formators’ meet in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Four Filipino Franciscan friars are attending the Inter-Continental Formators Meeting in Asia of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) in this country from July 2 to 8.
Indonesian friars welcomed Fr. Ireneo Tactac III and Fr. Joan Pader from the Province of San Pedro Bautista, and Fr. Renee Dean and Fr. Neil Badillo of the Custody of St. Anthony Padua.
A concelebrated Mass on the first day commemorated the 97th anniversary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, the church found in the compound of the provincial house where the Filipino friars are billeted.
Minister Provincial Fr. Adrianus Sunarko OFM, the newly-appointed Bishop of Pangkal Pinang, presided over the Mass.
“The liturgical celebration was festive, but its solemn atmosphere prevailed,” shared Fr. Neil Badillo, OFM.
“It was characteristically Roman, but the integration of Indonesian color, rhythm, tunes, actions, and expressions [was] smoothly and successfully woven in the liturgy”, he added.
Dialogue with other cultures
After the Mass, participants got to witness the parish celebration on the church grounds. “The program was informal but jovial, with singing, dancing from different groups and raffle draws, very similar to the way Filipinos celebrate parish programs,” said the priest.
Aside from meeting friars from different countries, Badillo, a Franciscan missionary in Lanao del Norte, was very happy to meet some Indonesian women from the parish, who decorated a big, woven winnow baskets with a special kind of rice at the center with meat, chicken, vegetables, cold cuts, and sea food around it.
“There were many big winnow baskets similarly decorated which were all arranged on a table, very much like the ‘Dulang’ of the Yakans in Mindanao,” Badillo recalled.
According to him, the objective of the conference is to implement the mandate of the recent General Chapter, that is to organize meetings in different conferences for friars working in formation so that the thrust of “accompaniment” in the recruitment and in initial and on-going formation programs will be facilitated. CBCPNews