Indonesian Jesuits get new provincial

Father Sunu will assume office as provincial on July 15, 2014.

April 28 2014, 1:59 PM
Indonesian Jesuits get new provincial
Father Petrus Sunu Hardiyanta

Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás has appointed Father Petrus Sunu Hardiyanta to succeed Fathr R B Riyo Mursanto as the head of the Indonesian Province of the Jesuits. 

Father Sunu will assume office as provincial on July 15, 2014.

Born to two secondary school teachers who also farmed their own land, Fr Sunu grew up familiar with teaching as a profession and farming, hence his interest in biology and teaching. 

Currently he is finishing his doctoral studies in System Ecology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he did his Master’s degree in 2007. 

He was inspired to join the Society after reading a book about Fr Pedro Arrupe’s experiences in Japan during the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. His desire grew stronger when he encountered urban workers, pedicab drivers, and street boys during the oppression of the Suharto regime.

He was ordained on July 31, 2001 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and pronounced his final vows in 2009 when Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ visited Indonesia to celebrate with the Indonesian Jesuits the 150th anniversary of the Society of Jesus in their country.

Father Sunu has held several assignments working with novices and scholastics at various stages of their formation. 

He participated in the 70th Congregation of Procurators 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya as procurator for the Indonesia Province.  And he was a biology lecturer at Sanata Dharma University where he was involved in the creation of the university’s Centre for Environmental Study, a project that involved many of his Muslims friends.