Thursday, April 7, 2022 is a historic day for all of us—the big montfortan family. Because, on this day, as many as 14 people, our brothers and sisters bravely, consciously and humbly dedicate themselves to Jesus through Mary. In AMQAH Malang Self Dedication, class XI, actually the 'original' AMQAH Malang are only 7 people, namely Ignatius Royke Kamu, Marietty Veronika Dua Lembang, Fransisca Wijayanti, Wiwik Murniwati, Elisabeth Lucy S. Pasereng, Theresia Supriyatin and R.A Susiana Dirgarini Yuliastuti. The other seven came from PMRSH Jakarta, Batch II, who had been mentored by Fr. Track via zoom. They are Maria Leonora Linawati, Anastasia Erlin Natalia, Maria Prapti, Juliaty Raharjo, Maria Theresia Dwi Ena Anjar Cahyanti, Alodia Theodora Dina Santoso, Maria Margaretha Ratih Puspa. They spread out in several cities: Sidoarjo, Surabaya, Bali, Solo, Semarang, and Tangerang.
This self-dedication ceremony was the culmination of their pilgrimage for approximately one year with the companion of AMQAH, namely Father Jeje, SMM for the Bandung and Jakarta area, and Father Lorens, SMM for the East Java region. This ceremony became the moment the newly dedicated members had been waiting for. This wait is a wait that is not in vain. Because it has resulted in abundant happiness and joy. Our brothers and sisters seem to be very enthusiastic and happy to do this self-dedication. This graceful opportunity is a special joy for them. They are happy because they dedicated themselves as servants of Jesus in Mary not because of coercion from others, but dedication motivated by love. It is this love that prompts them to trust themselves completely in Jesus through His mother. This love is also the reason, their starting point or motivation, and the spirit that moves them to dedicate themselves.
The dedication ceremony was presided over by Father Wim Pieters, SMM. Exactly at 15:30 WIB, the song Ave Maris Stella began to be sung by the brothers who were members of the choir. As is customary, the participants first take an oath of allegiance in front of the scriptures. After the first stage, they marched into the front of the Montfort chapel to renew their baptismal vows in private. This self-dedication ceremony went safely and smoothly. This happened thanks to the hard work of Father Lorens, SMM, who faithfully trained the prospective members of AMQAH.
began to be sung by the brothers who were members of the choir. As is customary, the participants first take an oath of allegiance in front of the scriptures. After the first stage, they marched into the front of the Montfort chapel to renew their baptismal vows in private. This self-dedication ceremony went safely and smoothly. This happened thanks to the hard work of Father Lorens, SMM, who faithfully trained the prospective members of AMQAH.
Flood of Happiness
The expression of happiness is not enough to be buried and kept in the day. So, at the end of the Eucharistic Celebration, there were a series of emotions from the representatives of the new members, from Father Lorens, SMM as AMQAH companion for the East Java region, and from Father Dwi, SMM representing the Union. One of the AMQAH members who did the AMQAH Malang Self Dedication, class XI, Mrs. Wiwik Murniwati, expressed her gratitude to the SMM priests who had taken the time to share the spiritual wealth taught by St. This Montfort. In addition, he also felt proud and happy because he had been allowed to solemnly dedicate himself to Jesus through the hands of Mary. A brief request from him who represented the other 13 participants was that they still needed the support and direction of the priests to continue to share the spiritual wealth of Saint Montfort with them. From Father Lorens, one thing that is emphasized and very urgent is that AMQAH members must be aware that this self-dedication ceremony is a gift from God and not by our strength. This moment is the perfect time for God. So, this time or moment should be decorated with abundant gratitude and joy. Then, Father Dwi also emphasized two things that were not at the same time important, namely, first, self-dedication is a surrender of ourselves freely without coercion. Second, self-dedication is also an invitation to come back to see yourself and renew yourself more perfectly every day continuously.
Br. Rey Naban, SMM