The mission

In 1998, MOP Founder and Superior General, the Very Rev Fr Richard Ho Lung, MOP, was invited to the Archdiocese of Ende, Flores, Indonesia, by the now late Archbishop Longinus Da Cunha.  Fr. Ho Lung visited Indonesia that same year however circumstances did not allow further progress.  It was not until 2008 when Fr. Charles Maria Susai, MOP and Bro. Augusto, MOP visited the Diocese of Ruteng at the invitation of the also now late Bishop Eduardus Sangsun, SVD who saw the increasing demands of the many poor and suffering people in Ende Flores.  Two years after this, Fr. Brian Kerr and Bro. Roshan Beck visited and identified Labuan Bajo, Flores as a location for the MOP monastery and apostolic work.

On June 3, 2010, the MOP pioneer team of Bro. Emmanuel Kagaba, MOP, Bro. Nerlito Dioneda Jr, MOP and Bro. Ronel Babida, MOP set out to establish the mission.  They arrived at Labuan Bajo on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 6, 2010.  On January 29, 2011, the founding members were joined by Bro. Joey De la Cruz, MOP and in April 2012 by Bro. Simon Soreng.

The MOP brothers in Labuan Bajo have been living in a rented house since their arrival in 2010.  In January 2013 they moved into their much awaited first wing of their monastery.  Follow the building of the monastery on recent postings.

Pioneer brothers, L to R - Nerlito Dioneda Jr, Emmanuel Kagaba (Superior), Jr, Joey De la Cruz (27 March 2011)
Pioneer brothers, L to R – Nerlito Dioneda Jr, Emmanuel Kagaba (Superior), Jr, Joey De la Cruz (27 March 2011)
First group of candidates (2010) for the mission (3 July 2010)
First group of candidates (2010) for the mission (3 July 2010)
Two of the 2010 group of candidates entering aspirancy (27 October 2010)
Two of the 2010 group of candidates entering aspirancy (27 October 2010)
Aspirants (2010 group) entering postulancy 26 March 2011
Aspirants (2010 group) entering postulancy (26 March 2011)
Postulates (2010 group) 27 March 2011
Postulates (2010 group) (27 March 2011)
Two of the 2011 group of candidates entering aspirancy (2 November 2011)
Two of the 2011 group of candidates entering aspirancy (2 November 2011)
Aspirants 2011 group (2 November 2011)
Aspirants 2011 group (2 November 2011)
Remaining aspirants 2011 group (21 March 2012)
Remaining aspirants 2011 group (21 March 2012)
2012 first group of candidates (26 June 2012)
2012 first group of candidates (26 June 2012)
Aspirants 2012 group - three professed brothers at back with Br Simon Soreng at front centre (18 December 2012)
Aspirants 2012 group – three professed brothers at back with Br Simon Soreng at front centre (18 December 2012)
The candidates of 2012, now postulants (19 March 2013)
The candidates of 2012, now postulants (19 March 2013)
Postulates from 2012 with candidates and aspirants of 2013 with the four professed brothers (7 June 2013)
Postulates from 2012 with candidates and aspirants of 2013 with the four professed brothers (7 June 2013)
Candidates of 2010 welcoming visitors (26 October 2010)
Candidates of 2010 welcoming visitors (26 October 2010)
At the local markets (27 October 2010)
At the local markets (27 October 2010)
Teaching candidates (28 October 2010)
Teaching candidates (28 October 2010)
The brothers' daily chores (26 October 2010)
The brothers’ daily chores (26 October 2010)
Recreation time for the brothers (26 October 2010)
Recreation time for the brothers (26 October 2010)
Shopping in the grocery store (27 October 2010)
Shopping in the grocery store (27 October 2010)
Itemising supplies from suitcase delivery (25 March 2011)
Itemising supplies from suitcase delivery (25 March 2011)
Buying supplies - 28 October 2011
Buying supplies (28 October 2011)
Aspirants of 2012 welcoming visitors (12 December 2012)
Aspirants of 2012 welcoming visitors (12 December 2012)
Making Christmas stars (14 December 2012)
Making Christmas stars (14 December 2012)
Hanging Christmas stars (16 December 2012)
Hanging Christmas stars (16 December 2012)
Making the crib (16 December 2012)
Making the crib (16 December 2012)
Buying rice at the markets (6 June 2013)
Buying rice at the markets (6 June 2013)
Shopping downtown (6 June 2013)
Shopping downtown (6 June 2013)
Bringing the supplies home (6 June 2013)
Bringing the supplies home (6 June 2013)

MOP-INDONESIA MISSION UPDATES (June 2011)

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