Indonesia, Flores Island, NTT. Church of Saint Mary Immaculate, Habi, Maumere, the mission was started in 2003.
The nuns try to share the life of the people, to embody the Gospel and to act as the witnesses of the charism of their Founder. They work in the local parish church and in far distant chapels, walking for about three kilometres to get there since five in the morning. They are in charge of liturgical animation and teaching catechism. They distribute the Eucharist to the sick and the elderly who live in the most remote villages on the mountains and visit each house to meet families, as they are happy to bring Jesus as a relief to the sufferings of the people. Furthermore, they offer courses of human formation, lead spiritual retreats and go wherever their services may be needed.
Many families live in the most absolute poverty and children do not go to school. Thanks to the initiative of the Mother General and the support of some Italian benefactors, since October 2008 the nuns have been able to help about 50 children. Some of them have parents who do not work while others are orphaned whose custody was given to grandparents or relatives. At the beginning of the school year, the nuns pay for their school enrolment and buy books, exercise books, pencils, colour pencils, uniforms, etc. for them.
On October 7th, 2012, the “House of Joy” (Casa della Gioia) was opened for the sponsored children, which is meant to welcome everybody, including adults and where several activities are carried out: spiritual retreats, courses on human formation and Bible instructions, parties and different events such as birthdays, end of the school year parties, etc.
A house of formation was opened in September 2003 in Indonesia for aspiring nuns and postulants. The nuns share a life of prayer, their charism and their work with the local Church with the aim of being witnesses of the Gospel.
On January 18th, 2007, the House of Novitiate was opened. After a month, 10 postulants became novices to start their path of formation.
In 2007, as the Mother General and her Counsellor were coming to visit the mission on the island of Flores, the community thought that a house should be built in Bali to accommodate the sisters who arrived at Denpasar International airport after a long journey.
A plot of land of 1,500 sq. m. was therefore bought next to the church, nearby the airport and the market. On April 21st, 2010, the day celebrating the birthday of the Founder Father Domenico Masi, the Bishop of Denpasar, His Excellency Father Silvester San, blessed the first stone at 11am, before the priest Father Hubert Hady Setiawan.
On April 30th, 2011, on the occasion of the visit of the Mother General to the Indonesian mission in Bali, the “Rumah Don Masi” (the House named after Father Domenico Masi) was opened. The Bishop Father Silvester San was invited, who was glad to accept the invitation and to celebrate the Holy Mass on May 4th, 2011.
The five nuns who live in the house carry out their pastoral action in the local parish, teach catechism and distribute the Eucharist.
As the house is near Denpasar International airport, the nuns also provide accommodation to tourists or people who cannot afford to pay for more expensive accommodation. They only provide for overnight stays and this allows them to have a modest economic independence.
Since their arrival, the nuns have always wished to be able to build a preschool, a dream they could fulfil which helped to solve the problems of those families who work and do not know with whom they can leave their children.
Four Sisters of Mary Immaculate, who are qualified teachers, teach at the school thus carrying out their mission with dignity. The school, which is named after the Founder Father Domenico Masi just like the house where the Sisters live, performs an educational as well as charitable function. It is a place for living and learning where the rights of children are respected and promoted.