The Commission of Permanent Formation of the Provincial Custody of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. conducted an annual formation meeting of parish priests which was held over three days.

Eight parish priests were present: Simon KEMIT – Delitua, Andreas GURUSINGA – Padangbulan, Paskalis SURBATKI – Tungtungan, David BARUS – Bandarbaru, Yohanes PADIYANA – Tigajuhar, Joseph PANDIA – Tigadolok, Fransiskus PURBA – Sukoharjo, Jakub BARUS – Jakarta. Three priests were absent: Titus LIMNGARDI – Sasi Kefamenanu, Antonio RAZZOLI – Nunukan, and Augusto NUNES – Passabe.
The meeting was held in Ambarita Samosir, an island in the middle of the Danau Toba-North Sumatra volcanic lake. The friars arrived on the Sunday evening of September 2, 2018 and started the meeting on the morning of the following day. The meeting concluded on Wednesday, September 5.
Fr. Peter Aman OFM led the meeting in the main hall with lectures and discussions both in small groups and in the entire assembly. Afterwards, he ended by leading the various concluding reflections. In addition to the eight parish priests, the members of the Permanent Formation Committee and the Definitors were also present.
The theme of the meeting was: “The friars responsible for the parishes are sent to the Church as a true evangelical community”.

Friar Maximilianus SEMBIRING