One of the great figures of Indonesian Carmelites is Mgr. Francis Xavier Hadisumarta O.Carm. He was born in Ambarawa (Central Java) on 13 December 1932. After his Primary and Secondary School in Magelang and Yogyakarta, he joined the Minor Seminary of Malang and graduated in 1952. In the same year he began his novitiate in Batu, and on July of the following year he pronounced his first profession in the Carmelite Order. He received further Carmelite formation and followed study of philosophy and theology in the same house until 1959. On July 12, 1960 he was ordained into priesthood in the Cathedral of Malang after which he was sent to Rome to study Theology and Scriptures for higher degree, and he got his licentiate in 1963. In the following year he had an opportunity to study Scriptures in Jerusalem.

In 1965 he returned to his home country Indonesia and became a lecturer in the Carmelite Seminary of Malang, and later in the joint Carmelite and Capuchin Seminary in Siantar up to 1970. During the provincial chapter in the same year he was elected Prior Provincial. Before completing his office as provincial he was appointed Bishop of Malang Diocese on April 12, 1973. His ordination took place in the Cathedral of Malang on July 16, 1973. Mgr. Francis had served the Diocese only 15 years as he was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be the Bishop of Manokwari Sorong diocese on June 1, 1988 at the time of his office as chairman of the Indonesian Bishops Conference. His canonical inauguration as Bishop in the new Diocese was held on August 28, 1988. He served this pastoral office until his retirement on June 29, 2003.

Mgr. Francis Xavier Hadisumarta O.Carm is outstanding for his personality, bright and assertive. He was entrusted to become chairman of the Bishops Conference for three terms, from 1979 up to 1988. Besides carrying out other tasks in the Bishops Conference such as Chairman of the Catechetical Commission, member of the Presidium, and delegate for the Indonesian Biblical Institution, he was also entrusted to hold various offices in the Vatican area: member of the Pontifical Secretariat for Non-Christian / Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue, member of the Board of Propaganda Fide, participant in various Synods of Bishops.

The passion of Mgr Francis to serve the Church continues until his retirement. His agenda during the year is full of arrangements to serve spiritual exercises and conferences for groups of religious as well as of priests throughout the country, since many people see this humble Carmelite as a figure of deep spirituality.

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