On the afternoon of July 11 , the perpetual profession of Bro. Matias Ledang and the first profession of nine novices, five of Indonesian nationality and four Timorese, took place in our formation house at Nita, under the motto “Kamu Akan Menjadi Saksi-Ku” Kis 1:8 (“You shall be my witnesses” Act 1:8). Fr. Telesforus Jenti O.Carm, Vicar General of the diocese of Maumere, presided the Eucharist and Bro. Aurelo Arreba received the vows as Delegate of the Superior General. Ten Brothers from the communities of Kupang and Nita, fourteen novices and seventeen pre-postulants accompanied Bro. Matias and the nine novices who made their first profession on this special day.
The choir was composed by twelve of our formandees. The singing was accompanied on the harmonium by Bro. Melkisedek Musi and the pre-postulant Renaldo Daputra. The Pre-postulant Desio Nule sang the responsorial psalm and Petrus Yansen the litanies. Relatives of the professed did the first two readings and brought the offerings.
After the Mass, the main celebrant presented his greetings followed by those of the Brother Delegate of Indonesia and Timor-Leste, the local Superior, a representative from the families, Brother Matias and one of the Brothers who had just made his first profession. The celebration continued with a program of musical performances by the different groups of formandi and with a dinner. The celebration ended with the traditional dances of these islands.