Pusat Kateketik

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Official name Pusat Kateketik.
Country / Continent Indonesia / Asia
Director of the institute Dr. C. Putranto, S.J.
Legal holder of the institute Yayasan Pusat Kateketik.
Sponsor of the institute Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus.
Year of foundation 1960
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 26
Staff members of your institute 5 priests, 7 lay people.
Contact Jl. Ahmad Jazuli 2

YOGYAKARTA 55222

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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Pusat Kateketik.

Director of the institute

Dr. C. Putranto, S.J.

Legal holder of the institute

Yayasan Pusat Kateketik.

Indonesian Province of the Society of Jesus.

Vision / mission statement

To participate in building up a Church which is engaged in building up an Indonesian society, which should be marked with respect for human dignity, the Institute strives to form quality catechists who are able to serve the Christian communities (parishes, dioceses) as well as to become competent teachers of religious instruction at schools.

Main areas of work

Education and to a small extent, publication.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Mainly young people, graduates from higher secondary schools and also members of institutes of consecrated life.

Year of foundation

1960.

Organisational structure of the institute

The institute is divided in a devision called of "Catechetical study programs" as well as "Institute of Catechetical development".

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

26.

Staff members of your institute[2]

5 priests, 7 lay people.

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

2 PhDs, in Systematic Theology, 1 MA in Catechetics, 1 M.Ed. in Religious Education, 6 MA’s in Pedagogy or Humanities, 2 Baccaulaureates in Catechetics.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

The Institute opts to help building Christian/Catholic communities which are truly Indonesian, rooted in various cultures of the country, animated by truly engaged lay people while remained united under the guidance of the hierarchy.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Catechesis in parishes and religious education at schools.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

The Institute aims at providing good and capable catechists and at the same time looking continuously to develop a catechesis suitable for various situations in Indonesia.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Periodical upgrading and enrichment weeks or weekends for field catechists.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

Our Institute has been known over the years for initiating new approaches in catechesis the so called “Katekese Umat” (“Community Catechesis”) and “Katekese Memasyarakat” (“Catechesis truly orientated towards and engaged in society’s problems”). These are intimately connected since both start from real experiences of people and orientated towards social engagement by finding appropriate responses to the “sign of the times”.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

This approach certainly runs counter the common stream in catechesis which still relies upon the Canisian Catechism and consists mainly in explanation of doctrines. Experience obtains a more prominent role within the overall process of faith deepening through the search of meaning in concrete life.

What notion of God inspires your work?

This implies a dynamic notion of God, who is intimately involved in the processes of the world. No experiences of the world is spared from the active presence of God so the dividing line between “the sacred” and “the profane” is not quite relevant here.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

A strongly determinant influence comes from the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola in which “finding God in everything and find everything in God” is one of the operational mottos. This spirituality affects the way the Institute sees and treats the students as persons who are called towards fulfilment of personhood by way of service to others. Besides the institutes attempts to combine pradnya (which means “wisdom) and widya (which means “knowledge”), so that its graduates will be able to shed guiding light along the path of faith of other people, as nicely depicted in our logo.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

So far we as Institute have not developed an elaborate method of analysing reality. However, in our curriculum we include social approach of which one important step includes seeing society in its antagonistic situation between various interests mostly at the expense of the poor and marginalized. This method is commonly adopted in various pastoral processes going on in the dioceses: Description of situation, mainly in socio-economic and socio-political terms followed by in depth analyses by experts continued by the encounter with a dynamic Christian Tradition and concludes with statements of concrete pastoral actions to be taken

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

The Institute does not pretend to have taken a prophetic approach of its own; it endorses and supports the prophetic stands taken by the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference on various national issues. The annual pastoral letters of the Conference are included in the materials of the lectures.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

It involves courses periodically organized on behalf of the field catechists; it entails publications in collaboration with various parties, especially the Catechetical Commission of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference and Canisius Publishing House. For many years, the Institute has provided ideas as well as resource persons for the quadriennally held National Catechetical Congress. These congresses are known for the strongly social orientation in their final statements and recommendations.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Twice a year the Institute publishes Umat Baru (“New People of God”),  a catechetical bulletin. It also publishes Seri Puskat, a series of consisting of writings on various pastoral issues. It takes part in the writing of school manuals for Catholic religious instruction, a project done in collaboration with other parties and similar institutes, usually financed by the Government, c.q. the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Education and formation of future catechists.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

By the end of every semester we spend two or three days evaluating our work. Included in this process are inputs given by the alumni and our stake holders.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

We are presently dealing most of the time with the increasing etatism with regards to formal education in Indonesia. Through various regulations, the government tends to intervene more deeply into our works, so that we send a lot of time complying with the various bureaucratic requirements such as accreditations, semestrial reports, etc.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

The main difficulty that the Institute has to confront every year is that of financing. The fees from the student afford to cover a little more that 50% of the overhead cost. The rest should always sought from elsewhere. There is little interest among Catholic young people to become catechists. We have to launch a strong promotion campaign every year to attract young people to our school. When they do enrol, we cannot oblige them to pay to high educational fees, since they mostly come from the lower middle segment of society.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

The institute is currently challenged to provide new, fresh ideas in catechesis and to undergo a smooth process of regeneration of the staff members.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We dream of a Catechetical Institute which is well frequented by students, well updated to the current issues of catechetics and able to conduct significant researches for the development of catechesis.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

From the aforementioned description of our vision and work, it is clear that lay people are the focus of our activities. Although there are a good number of religious in our school, the program is primarily designed for lay people.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We mostly rely on our alumni to disseminate our experiences; they are well spread across the country. It is also through our publications that we communicate our ideas to others.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The Institute was established at the request of the Bishops’ Conference back in 1960, before the Second Vatican Council began. Since then, the cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference has been quite good, and not rarely was the Executive Secretary of the Catechetical Commission of the Conference picked up from among our staff members.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

In Indonesia there are other similar institutes established in more recent years. these institutes have formed an association at the national level as a forum of exchange and collaboration. Much is still left to be desired from this association.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

So far we have none of this.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

The presence of various religious faith in Indonesia cannot be ignored in constructing our curriculum. We include in it the general presentation of the main religions in the country, in addition to a course in Islamology, given by a Moslem lecturer. Not quite regularly, but quite frequently, we invited groups of other religions for some sessions of sharing and exchange. We in our turn, also visit their places such as temples, religious boarding schools, seminaries, etc.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

The cooperation with non-Catholic institutes takes the form of exchanging lecturer. Some of our staff teaches at their institute and vice versa.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

We are not affiliated with any theological association in the country, although our theologians are in fact involved in the discussions, meetings, organized by this association. Very recently we were involved in the joint effort of various catholic and non-Catholic theological institutes to design a syllabus on Religions which would meet the need to equip the students with skills to face the realities of religious pluralism in Indonesia. This project is still in progress.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

It is highly desirable that this “Network Pastoral” Project will develop into more permanent structures and build up funds that would be helpful to facilitate intercontinental exchanges. The exchanges we have in mind are not necessarily those of professors or students in the first place, but those of materials and information relevant for catechesis and catechetics. It goes without saying that these materials will have to be worked out further, taking into account our respective contexts. With the development of the Internet, this does not seem to pose serious difficulties. If the exchanges of professors should follow in a not to distant future, we would gladly welcome them.




  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.