Seminary Foster Movement of laity completes 13 years
Commemorating Gotaus’ 13th anniversary, members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference recently celebrated the Eucharist at a ceremony in Jakarta led by Bishop Dominikus Saku of Atambua.
Gotaus, an association of laity organised to support minor seminaries across Indonesia, has been for the last 13 years providing opportunity for many seminarians to study and train.
Gotaus (Gerakan Orang Tua Asuh Untuk Seminari), the Seminary Foster Movement, was formed with the mission of “instilling responsibility on the basis of self-awareness, conscience and free will in the development of seminary education.” It collaborates with the Bishops’ Commission for Seminary and supports priestly vocations through raising money from among Indonesian Catholics to fund the basic activities of seminaries and their students.
Commemorating Gotaus’ 13th anniversary, members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference recently celebrated the Eucharist at a ceremony in Jakarta led by Bishop Dominikus Saku of Atambua, Chairman of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference Commission for Seminary.
Former seminary administrators and local Church officials were also present at the function, where Bishop Saku told the many members of Gotaus, “Your vocation is to bear witnesses of the faith in the Church in Indonesia and help the seminarians to make the most of their vocational journey.”
“Your excellent work in raising funds is certainly a significant part of the faith, as well as a testimonial to others. Seminaries are the heart of each diocese and that is why your work is at the heart of the life of the country’s Catholic community,” he said.
Over the years, Gotaus has become essential to the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference, by supporting and helping seminaries at the financial and organisational levels.
Gotaus has made its presence felt in various Indonesian dioceses and has a large membership in Jakarta. Many prelates take part in the group’s initiatives, to provide practical support and promote fundraising.
In November of each year, the leaders of the Indonesian Church gather in Jakarta to celebrate Gotaus’s work at a special function in the presence of all the country’s bishops.