25 Years in the Lord’s Service

On December 28, 2019, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Superior of the SCJ Philippines Region, together with Fr. Vincentius Sri Herimanto, SCJ, the General Councilor in Rome, have celebrated their 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.

The two of them, together with Fr. Paulus Sarmono, SCJ, and one diocesan priest Fr. Emmanuel, were ordained on November 23, 1994 in Palembang by the Bishop of Palembang, +Most Rev. Joseph Soudant, SCJ.

The celebration was held at 6:00 PM in the Sacred Heart Parish in Metro Lampung, Indonesia, the place of origin of Fr. Lukas. In the past the parish was run by the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ). As of now there are more than thirty SCJ priests coming from this parish.

During his homily Fr. Vincentius stressed the importance of the family in promoting and supporting vocations. He also shared about his personal vocation and the role his father played in it.

The celebration was attended by many SCJs working and coming from the area of Lampung, Palembang and Jakarta, including a long time Polish missionary Fr. Józef Kurkowski, SCJ. The Philippines were represented by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, and Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ. Among the people attending this celebration, especially the second part, were some Muslims.