I was born in small village Tlogoguwo, Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia. I was baptized when I was 10 years old. During the celebration for my first communion a group of sisters came to my house, distributing a picture of Jesus. Their joy and happiness touched me. Since that day I felt something happening within my heart which led me to dream that one day I would want to become a sister. I was involved in church activities as my faith was nurtured and grew, and later on I lived in a boarding house run by the Sacred Heart Congregation. I came to know Good Shepherd soon before I made the decision to join religious life. I was attracted because of the challenging Mission of Good Shepherd.
I made my perpetual vows 2001. I am grateful to the Congregation that I got a scholarship in memory of Sr. Mary Thomas Aquinas RGS from the Great Britain Province in the year 2004-2007 to study Integrative Psychospiritual Counselling and Human Development. I was also part of the network Talithakum which is the International network for consecrated life against human trafficking. I held the role of Chairperson in Indonesia.
My Ministry experiences included: residential program, shelter for unplanned pregnancy and empowering women and children for several years, part of JPIC (Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation) team in the Unit, community leader and part of formation team. Then for six years I served as a member of the Province Leadership Team in Indonesia.
I served as Province Leader from June 8, 2014 – June 24, 2020. I felt grateful for the trust and support from our sisters, Partners in Mission and Congregation. I was blessed with many enriching experiences listening to Mission Partners and being part of the network or association within and outside the circle of the church.
During my time the Leadership Team was given the mandate to begin restructuring our Mission is part of the direction of the Congregation based on the reality in the Unit. It was a great challenge to journey together with all sisters and Partners in Mission, at the same time listening the signs of the times. My responsibility to keep and hold the vision was not easy, and challenged my leadership capacity.
My heart is full of gratitude and thanksgiving to God who is always guiding and the source of inspiration and wisdom. Sr. Susan Chia RGS (RIP) as link councillor of the Congregation was a great mentor, and inspirational, Her love and passion for Mission was incredible. My leadership team and various committees in my Unit, APC and various core teams, AP MDO, my fellow sisters and Lay Mission Partners: I thank you for your unceasing support, wisdom, love and prayer. I experience God’s strength and love which is beyond myself. I will continue to be humble in listening to the spirit and hoping to enable every person to become an agent of change.
The Province Integration Team has held facilitated capacity building sessions to develop a common vision and mission in their work together
An Integration for Mission session was held from 21-23 August 2017. This continues the work begun at the Integration session held in August 2016 in Sri Lanka
Mission Partners, sisters and lay, planned meaningful activities to mark 90 years since six Good Shepherd missionary sisters from the Netherlands arrived in Batavia (now Jakarta)
Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region