𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝑹𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒐 – We welcome the newly appointed parish priest of Railaco, Fr. Roberto Madeira Encarnacão, SJ. He will be installed as parish priest next Sunday 7th January 2024 by Most Rev. Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, DD, Cardinal of Timor-Leste.
“We are providing not only education, but holistic formation to youth where their values, culture and spirituality are grounded,” said Fr Erik John Gerilla SJ, Regional Superior of Timor-Leste, in reference to the Jesuit education institutions there which are forming thousands of students and trainee teachers to be the next leaders and change-makers of their country.
“And that is made possible because of you. We’re able to create change slowly, not rapidly because of all of you. So on behalf of that, I would like to say thank you sincerely, for everything, and for your generosity, for Timor-Leste.”
Gratitude to our generous donors –
First of all, on behalf of NOSSEF Catholic Secondary school of Railaco, I wish to express our gratitude to our generous friends and benefactors. We have received subsidies from various donors through Jesuit Mission Australia. In particular, the Jesuit parish of St Canice, Sydney, has always shown generous forms of solidarity with us through constant prayer and donations via Jesuit Mission Australia.
I enjoin all the Jesuits and collaborators in the Region to seek for continued support from our friends and benefactors. The mission continues despite the chain reactions of changes that we need to put in place as a result of shifting leaders. We thank you all for the support and care you have shown all these years and we hope we still merit your enthusiasm to champion the mission entrusted to the Jesuits here in Timor-Leste. The needs are still very vast in terms of access to education, necessities of life, health care and pastoral-spiritual ministries. We remain committed and resolved to carry on with you by our side. The Lord will be merciful and gracious to us.
Steve, Your bare footed idiosyncrasy and your prayerful silences tell us that you and we are in converse with the loving God. You have not allowed the awkward new Order of Mass to dispel the intimacy of our divine communion. Gerard Brennan