St. Antonius Parish, Mbeling

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, a new chapter in history took place at St. Church. Antonius Padua, Mbeling, Ruteng Diocese, Borong District –East Manggarai. The parishioners of st. Antonius Padua Mbeling opened themselves up to the changes that occurred when the parish was handed over to the missionaries of the Company of Mary of Montfort. This parish has been running without a head priest since 2009 but is served by Father Mus, Pr and Father Stef, SVD. And on August 24, 2014, Father John, SMM was 'accepted' as a parish priest and assisted by Father Frans Borgias, SMM. Rom. Mus, Pr handed over the task of this relay to P. John Suri, SMM in a parish celebration of the Eucharist with the parishioners. The parish has eight stations with a total congregation of 7691 people. P. John Suri, SMM in his speech during the handover ceremony said “If you ask me, where is your wealth? So I will answer by quoting the words of Saint Deacon Laurensius, that this is the wealth I have while pointing at the people. This Eucharistic celebration was led by Father Vikep Borong, Fr. Simon Nama, Pr. As a representative of the local Church, Fr. Simon expressed his gratitude to Father Stef, SVD, and Father Mus, Pr who have guided the pastoral work in Mbeling parish even without a parish priest. Father Simon also congratulated the Maria Montfortan Society, especially Father John, SMM who was sent to become the parish priest of Mbeling. Meanwhile, P.Stef Seli, SMM who represented the leader of the Maria Montfortian Union at that time, conveyed a message of gratitude from the Provincial Father of the Union of Maria Montfortian to the parishioners of Mbeling parish who were willing to accept the presence of the Union of Maria Montfortian, in particular, Father Mission of the Company of Mary of Montfortian Father Simon, Pr who was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration that morning was accompanied by several other priests from the Montfortan Mary Society, such as Father Fidelis, SMM, Father Marshall Lobi, SMM, Father Marshall Ngebu, SMM, Father Jack, SMM. SMM as parish priest and apologies for the absence of Father Provincial in the handover ceremony of Mbeling Parish to become the place for the mission of the Union of Maria Montfortian. Father Simon, Pr who was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration that morning was accompanied by several other priests from the Montfortian Mary Society, such as Father Fidelis, SMM, Father Marshall Lobi, SMM, P. Marshall Ngebu, SMM, Father Jack, SMM. SMM as parish priest and apologies for the absence of Father Provincial in the handover ceremony of Mbeling Parish to become the place for the mission of the SMM. Father Simon, Pr who was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration that morning was accompanied by several other priests from the Montfortian Mary Society, such as Father Fidelis, SMM, Father Marshall Lobi, SMM, Father Marshall Ngebu, SMM, Father Jack, SMM.

Priests that have been and are currently serving at Mbeling Parish:

  1. Father Yohanes Suri, SMM until 2015 (He left the parish at the end of 2015 due to illness and had to be treated in Bandung)
  2. Father Fransiskus Borgias, SMM (2015-….). Since 2016 he has been a parish priest
  3. Father Rikardus Nsalu, SMM (August 2016-….)
  4. Father Yohanes Baptista Waja, SMM (2015-2016)