12/06/2011, 00.00
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Semarang: evangelisation course in St Theresia Parish proves a success

by Mathias Hariyadi
About 70 people signed up for the course, including people in their 80s, happy to share their faith in Christ. The programme, which took almost three months to prepare, focused on proclaiming the Word of God. The courses ended in a day of retreat.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Evangelisation courses organised by the St Theresia Parish Church in Bongsari (Semarang Diocese), Central Java province, proved a great success in terms of participation and enthusiasm. Attracting people of all ages, including some in their 80s, the programme, called Kursus Evangelisasi Pribadi (KEP) in Indonesian, proved a winner so much so that its promoters could not hide their satisfaction.

At least 70 people took part in the latest seminar, led by Fr Maryono SJ, evidence of the vigour of the initiatives promoted by the Indonesian Catholic Church.

The first KEP was held in 2010. Since then, it has been offered on a regular basis throughout the year.

The last course in Semarang was almost three months in the making. Its focus was on proclaiming the Word of God to the faithful. This task, the clergyman said, falls on every parishioner in St Theresia Parish.

Speaking to AsiaNews, Martin Teiseran, a Catholic from Bongsari, confirmed that the evangelisation course was “a great success”, unlike the past when it was difficult to attract many participants.

Some of the logistical problems associated with the course, such transporting people in their 70s and 80s, were solved this time, Teiseran said. “The results went beyond expectations”, including fund raising.

“What surprised me the most was the joy people in their 80s showed in taking part in the programme, which included an exam on what was studied and analysed previously.” All those who attended showed a “lot of enthusiasm”.

The evangelisation course ended with a day of retreat at a facility run by the Sisters of Abdi Kristus.
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