MBK Jakarta

The Carmelite community of Mary Our Lady of Carmel Jakarta is a community whose members are the Carmelites working as pastoral workers at the parish of Tomang Jakarta, the Catholic Church of Mary, Our Lady of Carmel in Jakarta. It is located on jalan Karmel Raya no. 2 Jakarta. At the moment there are four Carmelites living in this community; they are: Fr. Heribertus Supriyadi O.Carm., Fr. Albertus Medyanto O.Carm., Fr. Paulus Kristiyanto O.Carm. and Fr. Andi Priyambada O.Carm. They all serve as the shepherds of the parishioners of Tomang.

Before the Indonesian Province of the Carmelite Order gets a house in Tosiga (Tomang City Garden), all Carmelites working in Jakarta, both at the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference and in the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, lived in the community of Mary Our Lady of Carmel. Among them were Fr. Na Peng Bo O.Carm. who formerly was a professor at the University of Indonesia, Mgr. F.X. Hadisumarta O.Carm. and the late Fr. Antonius Maria Kristiyanto Gunawan O.Carm. who worked for the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.

This community was formed along with the establishment of the Church of Mary, Our Lady of Carmel Jakarta, which was initiated by the archdiocese of Jakarta and the Indonesian province of the Carmelite Order. In 1972, Fr. Thiam Kwee Gie O.Carm., the associate parish priest of the parish of Grogol – Church of St. Christopher, was assigned to start the parish of Tomang (Church of Mary, Our Lady of Carmel). When everything was ready, the prior provincial of the Indonesian province of the Carmelite Order assigned Fr. Hardowidagdo O.Carm. to become the parish priest of the new parish. Though the parish had been set up, the building of the church was not ready yet. Due to this, at that time the parishioner had their parish activities in the building owned by Ir. Firman Alamsjah on jalan Arjuna Selatan Jakarta, while the community lived in the house of Mr. Talieb Halim on jalan Arjuna Utara no. 5-7 Jakarta. The construction of the Church and the priory was completed in mid-1980 and were blessed on September 14, 1980.

This community was formally instituted as a Carmelite community in 2009 by Fr. Ignatius Joko Purnomo O.Carm., the prior provincial at the time, after the 2009 Provincial Chapter decided that the province should form parochial or across-parochial communities so that all Carmelites might belong to certain Carmelite community. The prior of the community at the present time is Fr. Albertus Medyanto O.Carm.

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