In March 2015, the new apostolate building constructed at the back of the Mission property in Labuan Bajo was opened for residents. The building is U-shaped with a chapel, kitchen, central under croft area, a dispensary clinic and residents’ quarters with bathroom facilities.

One might ask what an apostolate is? The word has been widely used to mean ‘a group of apostles or religious leaders who carry out a form of evangelistic activity or work, quite often in the areas of education or nursing services’. So put simply it is not just a building but it is where the love of Christ is manifested in caring for the poor, sick and rejected.

This newly constructed apostolate will be the home for many disabled, mentally challenged and aged members of the local community whose families cannot care for. Most of the residents in this new centre will be housed and cared for, for life. Building commenced in November 2012 concurrently with the building of the monastery and was finally open to residents in March this year (2015). Residents are now in the centre, all of them physically and mentally challenged and will be looked after by the brothers permanently. These residents will now have a better quality of life with a higher level of medical care and will not be as burdensome on their poor families.

Well done Brothers, what a great job you have done and will continue to do looking after ‘the least’. Watch for next week’s posting, we will switch back to Fr Ho Lung’s visit to Australia, this time to Marian Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Feel free to comment or if you have some questions please ask? Perhaps you would like to visit the mission and get involved at the apostolate, shoot us an email (mopbrisbaneassociates@hotmail.com)

See you next time!

Very first stage of the apostolate (December 2012)
Very first stage of the apostolate (December 2012)
December 2012
December 2012
December 2012
December 2012
First apostolate rooms almost finished (June 2013)
First apostolate rooms almost finished (June 2013)
Rooms are used for a makeshift classroom (June 2013)
Rooms are used for a makeshift classroom (June 2013)
Brother Emmanuel is teaching English today (June 2013)
Brother Emmanuel is teaching English today (June 2013)
English class is over (June 2013)
English class is over (June 2013)
Furniture is made here (June 2013)
Furniture is made here (June 2013)
Cots and table made for the apostolate (June 2013)
Cots and table made for the apostolate (June 2013)
Brother Emmanuel is particularly pleased with the cots for the apostolate (June 2013)
Brother Emmanuel is particularly pleased with the cots for the apostolate (June 2013)
The first wing of the apostolate is taking shape (November 2013)
The first wing of the apostolate is taking shape (November 2013)
Brother Emmanuel, Louis Lamuri and MaryAnn Argall (November 2013)
Brother Emmanuel, Louis Lamuri and MaryAnn Argall (November 2013)
Kitchen is on the right hand side (November 2013)
Kitchen is on the right hand side (November 2013)
Soon to be kitchen (November 2013)
Soon to be kitchen (November 2013)
Completed cots for residents (November 2013)
Completed cots for residents (November 2013)
Right hand side wing of apostolate is almost completed (February 2014)
Right hand side wing of apostolate is almost completed (February 2014)
Apostolate fence is completed (February 2014)
Apostolate fence is completed (February 2014)
Right hand side wing (February 2014)
Right hand side wing (February 2014)
Kitchen just about complete (February 2014)
Kitchen just about complete (February 2014)
Finished cots waiting for to be installed (February 2014)
Finished cots waiting for to be installed (February 2014)
Installing water tank for apostolate (February 2014)
Installing water tank for apostolate (February 2014)
Novices resting after a days work outside the English class (February 2014)
Novices resting after a days work outside the English class (February 2014)
English class finishes with snacks (February 2014)
English class finishes with snacks (February 2014)
Apostolate is almost completed (March 2015)
Apostolate is almost completed (March 2015)
Entrance with kitchen on right hand side (March 2015)
Makeshift entrance to the apostolate (March 2015)
 Entrance with kitchen on right hand side (March 2015)
Entrance with kitchen on right hand side (March 2015)
Apostolate is almost completed (March 2015)
Kitchen (March 2015)
Kitchen is ready (March 2015)
Kitchen is ready (March 2015)
Undercover area with first wing on right (March 2015)
Undercover area with first wing on right (March 2015)
Undercover area for English class (March 2015)
Undercover area for English class (March 2015)
Under cover aea (March 2015)
Under cover aea (March 2015)
English class (March 2015)
English class (March 2015)
English class (March 2015)
English class (March 2015)
This apostolate room is ready for residents (March 2015)
This apostolate room is ready for residents (March 2015)
Keeping things clean (March 2015)
Keeping things clean (March 2015)
Brother Geoffrey (March 2015)
Brother Geoffrey (March 2015)
Undercover area with chapel behind (March 2015)
Undercover area with chapel behind (March 2015)
Bunk bed ready for the first resident (March 2015)
Bunk bed ready for the first resident (March 2015)
Ready (March 2015)
Ready (March 2015)
First resident, Nivren (March 2015)
First resident, Rifan (March 2015)
Brother Emmanuel greets Nivren (March 2015)
Brother Emmanuel greets Rifan (March 2015)
Second resident John, he was later released after his chronic wounds had healed (March 2015)
Second resident John, he was later released after his chronic wounds had healed (March 2015)
Cots ready for yound disabled residents (March 2015)
Cots ready for yound disabled residents (March 2015)
John is 14 years old (March 2015)
John is 14 years old (March 2015)
John must be fed lying horizontally (March 2015)
John must be fed lying horizontally (March 2015)
John cannot walk or sit up straight (March 2015)
John cannot walk or sit up straight (March 2015)
Patrick fed by Michelle Santos from Brisbane with John fed by Br Geoffrey (March 2015)
Patrick fed by Michelle Santos from Brisbane with John fed by Br Geoffrey (March 2015)
Patrick is 4 years old and cannot sit up (March 2015)
Patrick is 4 years old and cannot sit up (March 2015)
Patrick (March 2015)
Patrick (March 2015)
Gusti and Patrick, toys courtesy of the Santos family in Brisbane (March 2015)
Gusti and Patrick, toys courtesy of the Santos family in Brisbane (March 2015)
Ansel (March 2015)
Ansel (March 2015)
Yon is 9 years old and has celebral palsy (March 2015)
Yon is 9 years old and has celebral palsy (March 2015)
Gusti brother of Yon (March 2015)
Gusti brother of Yon (March 2015)
New clinic in the front wing of the apostolate (March 2015)
New clinic in the front wing of the apostolate (March 2015)
Soon to be the clinic (March 2015)
Soon to be the clinic (March 2015)
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