11/20/2014, 00.00
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Indonesia's Year of the Consecrated Life celebrates the "beauty and dignity of vocations"

by Mathias Hariyadi
In a pastoral letter, the country's Catholic bishops highlight the example of priests, religious or nuns. A children's book with information about all the religious orders and congregations is planned. The country has at least 6,800 seminarians.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Church is getting ready for the Year of Consecrated life, which will be inaugurated tomorrow. To do so, it will focus on showing the beauty of the consecrated life to young Indonesians, with priests, religious and nuns talking about their own practical experiences.

Many activities are in the works, starting with those by Koptari, the association religious of congregations and orders. "Our plan is divided into three parts based on reflection, action and celebration of the Catholic faith," Sister Carolina Nuryati CB told AsiaNews.

"The first one is to publish a book in which we present all religious orders and congregations. The book will be full of pictures and comics, so that we can appeal even to the young."

As for "action", Koptari wants to push its members to organise events and meetings, engaging the wider Catholic community in festive activities to mark the important moments in the life of consecrated persons.

With the latest project in mind, the association has called on the country's bishops to disseminate the letter they issued for the Year. In it, the Catholic Bishops' Conference (KWI) highlights the dignity and beauty of the consecrated life, "the perfect model of Christian life given by God and his Church to all men and women."

The bishops have set three goals for the next 12 months: maintain a high number of new vocations, face the future with hope, and boost morale among the religious, priests and nuns, to help them remain steadfast in their choice.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation. Catholics number only seven million or 3 per cent of the population, rising to 3.6 per cent in the Archdiocese of Jakarta.

Overall, the local Church can count on at least 6,800 seminarians studying in the 37 minor seminaries around the country.

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