CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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A winding path to Maryknoll

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Anastasia Lindawati made her final profession as a Maryknoll Sister at St. Teresa’s in Kowloon on the afternoon of October 1.

It was an exciting day for the young sister from Indonesia, as her two sisters and her mother were able to make the trip from their home to be with her for the big occasion.

Sister Lindawati was born Jombang. Blessed with two younger sisters and a brother she was educated at Catholic schools prior to receiving baptism at the parish of St. Joseph in Mojokerto in 1989.

A graduate in animal husbandry, she worked in several small businesses in Jakarta before deciding to go back to university, where she finally studied for and received a master’s degree in financial management.

A diocesan priest in Bogor, Father Agustinus Surianto, first introduced her to Maryknoll, before she discovered Father Ridwan Amo, who had been taught by Maryknoll Sister Dorothy McGowan.

From there it was onto the Internet and finally into the congregation formation programme in 2007.

Beginning with a live-in experience in The Philippines, Sister Lindawati spent two years in Chicago, the United States of America, studying at the Catholic Theological Union, while also being involved in a ministry at Bonaventure House (residential recovery for AIDS victims), Aid for Women, the University of Chicago Hospital and the Chinese American Service League.

Sister Lindawati made her first profession at Maryknoll New York in 2009 prior to coming to the China region.

She studied Putonghua in Guangzhou and worked part time with the Indonesian community, both in Hong Kong and the capital of Guangdong province. 

She has since been involved in visitation work at two institutional centres in Hong Kong and is currently beginning an experience as a volunteer at Holy Family Church in Shenzhen.

In Hong Kong, she has worked with the Pathfinders organisation, a support service for migrant workers in the city, especially in cases of pregnancy, but has been involved in the financial literacy programmes it runs for migrants.

Speaking at her profession, Maryknoll Father Brian Barrons said, “Today we are gathered here to witness and to celebrate the final vows of a woman who I can best describe as a person of joy.”

He continued, “Sister Anastasia, since I first met her a number of years ago has been for me and for so many others, many of whom are here today, a person of joy. Real Joy!!”

He added that he believes that the founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, Mother Mary Joseph, would be proud of how this good sister has made God’s love visible in the world.

“She has made God’s love visible here in Hong Kong… with prisoners, with migrants, with people attending seminars, with those who are suffering and those who are in need,” Father Barrons said.

“She has made God’s love visible in the mainland… in Shenzhen and in other places. She has made God’s love visible to all she has met,” he concluded.

The Sunday Examiner wishes Sister Anastasia Lindawati many blessings in her life and ministry.

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