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Fr. Albertus Gondowardojo O.Carm. or Father Gondo was born in Yogyakarta in 1907. In 1922, he joined the Carmelite Order and had his intial formation in the Carmelite Novitiate in Boxmeer. He also had his simple profession in Boxmeer. On July 10, 1938 he was ordained to become a Carmelite priest in Merkelbeek, the Netherlands. After his ordination he was sent back to the mission area in Java. The Vicar Apostolic Malang at that time, Fr. Everardo Antoine Giovanni Albers, O. Carm., appointed him to be the parish priest in Lawang and then in Balearjosari.

During the Japanese occupation when the Dutch Carmelite priests were detained in the concentration camp, only Fr. Gondo and Fr. Isidorus Singgih, the two Javanese Carmelites who could do the ministries. The wide area of the Apostolic Vicariate of Malang was then divided into two working areas, the West and the East. Fr. Singgih served the West area while Fr. Gondo served the East area. Fr. Gondo made the parish of Jember as his homebase.

When he was doing his ministries, on February 7, 1944, he was captured by the Japanese troops. He was accused of being the spy of the Dutch. At that time Japanese troops considered everything related the Church as part of the Dutch. He was sentenced for three years. He was sent to Sukamiskin prison in Bandung. Being detained in the prison, he was sometimes visited by the Indonesian Ursulin sisters (the Dutch sisters were also detained in the concentration camp). He underwent this unjust penalty without complaining. Because of the suffering and hunger, he died in the prison on March 12, 1945. After his death, the sisters took his body and buried him in the Dutch cementery on Jalan Pandu Bandung. At the time he was 38 years old, had his profession for 12 years and served as a priest for 6 years.

Note: Sukamiskin Prison Bandung is a prison built by the Dutch to imprison the intellectuals or political criminals who opposed the authority. The original name of this prison was Straft Gevangenis Voor Intelectuelen (Prison for intellectuals). Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, and many Indonesian national figures had also been arrested in this place.

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