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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This website is our personal journal dedicated to the brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor in Flores and Timor Leste who established missions in Labuan Bajo, Flores in 2010 and in Saburai, Timor Leste in 2015. The website aims to show Labuan Bajo and Saburai and their people, and the brothers’ work and mission in assisting the many impoverished people of Flores and Timor Leste.