Early morning at 5 am, on May 3rd 2022 Sr. Yuli, Sr. Meyly, Sr. Regina, Sr. Agnes, and Clara Vivin went to Perawang, the Province of Riau in Sumatera, Indonesia for vocation promotion. We arrived at 5 pm in St. John Parish Church of Perawang. After took a rest for a while, we joined the Rosary and Holy Eucharistic celebration with the Parishioners. Then, we have dinner together with Fr. Dwi Raharjo SCJ (the Parish Priest) and with some sisters from the Order of St. Francis. During our meal, we discussed our planning for vocation promotion.
On May 4th, we started our vocation promotion with the youth. This time was only for FMM, no other congregation. The parish gave us a special chance today to promote our Institute, while other congregation started the day after. It was a precious and enjoyable experience for us. More than one hundred young people were attending and most of them were High School students. They were also enjoy the occasion. Together with them, we sang songs, dancing, and sharing our vocation stories, the history of our Institute, sharing our charism and FMM way of life. They were asking some questions about our vocation and FMM’s life.
Together with other congregations, we divided ourselves to different small Christian communities for 3 days live-in on May 5th- May 8th. In three days live-in, we leaded the liturgy of the Word, Gospel sharing, the Rosary, visited the families, teaching Catechism class for children, etc. We also shared our vocation and of the Institute.
On May 8th, we came back to the Parish Church to join the Eucharistic celebration together with the parishioners and celebrated the vocation day. During the Eucharistic Celebration, after homily, each one of us introduced our own congregation and ourselves. It was a time to attract the young ones to the religious life.
After the Eucharistic Celebration in the Parish Church, we have Vocation Day celebration. Each small Christian community presented the dance, songs, music, etc. Most of the dances were Bataknese traditional dance (the tribe of North Sumatera). As an opening ceremony all the priests, sisters, brothers, seminaries presented Tortor dance from North Sumatera. It was a joyful celebration for all the parishioners and for us too.