Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan

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Official name Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan Agung Ende, Flores, Indonesia (Pastoral Center of Archdiocese of Ende, Flores, Indonesia)
Country / Continent Indonesia / Asia
Director of the institute Fr. Aleksander Tabe.
Legal holder of the institute The institute has no legal holder but the Archdiocese of Ende as the formal institute in the country.
Sponsor of the institute Local Church (the diocese) and several intermittent donors (Propaganda Fide, Missio, Misereor, Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia etc).
Year of foundation 1980
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 17
Staff members of your institute 8 priests and 9 employees (2 nuns, 7 laypeople)
Contact Fr. F.X. Deidhae

Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan Agung Ende

El Tari Atas, Ende 86318, NTT

Fax: ++ 6238121606


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Pusat Pastoral Keuskupan Agung Ende, Flores, Indonesia (Pastoral Center of Archdiocese of Ende, Flores, Indonesia).

Director of the institute

Fr. Aleksander Tabe.

Legal holder of the institute

The institute has no legal holder but the Archdiocese of Ende as the formal institute in the country.

Local Church (the diocese) and several intermittent donors (Propaganda Fide, Missio, Misereor, Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia etc).

Vision / mission statement

Vision: The local church of the Archdiocese of Ende as biblical, self reliant, solid and evangelic communion of all the Basic Christian Communities.

Mission: To promote the word of God and sacraments to be the source and guidance of the BCC’s lives. To enhance the spirituality, knowledge and skill of the pastoral ministers and strategic groups. To develop BCCs to be an organism and evangelic community. To increase the role of local church in economic development and social involvement (ad extra ministries). To improve and utilize the whole resources in the diocese.

Main areas of work

Coordinate and support the pastoral programs (activities) in the diocese (at the level of Episcopal vicariate, parish and BCCs).

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

All the participants are the members of the commissions and the parish council in the dioceses. Most of them are laypeople (members of the councils or lay ministers) and the priests (parish priests and chaplains).

Year of foundation

1980.

Organisational structure of the institute

Next to the Director the Pastoral Center has a Documentation and Publication Section, a Research and Publication Center as well as various committees and other subdivisions on topics like Liturgy, Catechesis, Bible Apostolate, Family Apostolate, Youth Apostolate, Pontifical Mission Society (PMS), Lay Apostolate, Economic Development, Health Promotion, Justice and Peace, Interreligious Dialog.

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

17 personnel (not including hundreds of volunteers in the parishes).

Staff members of your institute[2]

8 priests and 9 employees (2 nuns, 7 laypeople)

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

The 8 priests are master/licentiate graduates in spirituality, theology, pastoral, mass communication, sociology and psychology. While most of the lay employees are bachelor degrees or senior high school graduates in various major fields.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Since 1987, the diocese has a 5 years term semi-synod called musyawarah pastoral (In Ende, instead of using the term synod, we use the term musyawarah pastoral. It means a gathering of a group of people to talk about certain issues and draw conclusion based on common good (not majority based)). instead of using the to coordinate, evaluate, and plan the 5 years programs. Since 2000 the focus of the diocese is to empower the basic Christian community (In Indonesia, the term BCC and BEC are used with different notions. BEC refers to categorical group of people such as those who work together in a certain field (generally used in other parts of Indonesia where Catholics are minority; while BCC is used for a territorial community, particularly in Flores where the Catholics are the majority)). Therefore as staff members we are obliged to support and develop the BCCs.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

For the past 10 years the focus areas are two i.e. the training of the facilitators (the pastoral agents in all levels of the diocese: diocese/commission, parish and BCC) and the efforts to induce the activities in the BEC.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To support all pastoral efforts in forging the BCCs to be an organism.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Coordinating the five years term musyawarah (the synod) and the annual meeting to coordinate the all levels of pastoral programs (Diocese, Episcopal vicariate, parish and BCCs). Training program for the pastoral agents. Providing material for the pastoral agents in the parish and BCCs.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

We just ended up our musyawarah in July 2010 and followed up with a meeting to set up the five years strategic plan (October 2010). This coming December 1-3, 2010: There will be an annual meeting to coordinate implementation of the annual plan.

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

All the programs impinge these areas. For the next five years, our focus will be on six issues i.e. evangelisation, lay ministers, value education for children, youth and young couples, pastoral ad extra, developing BCC’s and improve/utilize all the assets in the diocese.

What notion of God inspires your work?

We are useless servants, we have done no more than our duty (Luke 17: 10b).

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

We belive that our strength to serve the people is in God’s hand. Therefore, the spirituality becomes the source and guidance in our service.

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?

The institute has its research centre since ten years ago. For the past ten years we have conducted several surveys to get the notion of social reality. Aside from the survey, we orchestrated the meeting in BCCs to discuss (most likely as a focus group discussion) on a social issue/topic. The feedback from BCCs discussions were analysed to come up with conclusions about social reality.

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

In Flores Island, the local church is the majority (although in Indonesia, Muslims are majority and Catholic Church is minority). Therefore, the local church is very influential in supporting the government programs though in some senses, the church can be very critical or even oppose the government policies. The institute even coordinated the people to go on rally against the government policy.

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

The institute involves formally in economic development, health issue, inter religious dialogue, social justice. Aside from the formal collaboration, the staff personally involve in seminars, giving lectures, spiritual guidance or in certain government that relates with the proficiency of the staff.

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

Aside from the catechetical materials the institute publishes a bi-monthly journal “Penyalur”, monthly newsletter “Kobar” (but for the last 9 month Kobar has stopped due to the internal difficulties). However until now we do not have radio broadcasting station though it is very practical for a mountainous area and where the communication infrastructures is minim as Flores.

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

To support the priests and lay ministers in the diocese in serving the people.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

We have annual meetings to evaluate the whole pastoral program in the diocese. And in every five years we conduct a five year term evaluation with survey and focus group discussion in all level. The pastoral management in the diocese has been improved from time to time. I myself realize that there are a lot of improvements in managing the local church activities. Hopefully in turn the effort will benefit the people in particular their communal lives in BCCs.

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

The new way of Christian’s lives in BCCs as a community. After 10 years focusing in developing BCC. In the past BCC became only a spiritual association with regular meeting for praying. But now many BCCs have become a real community where people show solidarity in their daily lives.

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

The main difficulty is the finance, since we rely only on the local budget.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

As a minority and a poor part in the country we realize that the economic-political power which sometimes orchestrated by the majority power can raise the tension and conflict in Flores (Ende). We have experienced a lot of conflicts between ethnics or religious groups in the country triggered by economic or political interests. Luckily until now it does not happen in Flores.

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

To empower our people in building the kingdom of God hand in hand with the other religions. The diocese of Ende should be a model for the Christian solidarity in a majority Muslims country.

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

The institute has designed a lot of programs to train and to support the laypeople to be effective witnesses.

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 have regular meetings with the respective local church and with the neighbouring local churches in Nusa Tenggara (Lesser Sunda Islands). The communication is also done via correspondence news, publication and personal contact. It is a fortune for the church in Nusa Tenggara that most of the priests there were graduated form the same major seminary at Ledalero, Maumere. The tie that was built in the seminary becomes the base for our pastoral collaboration.

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

There is a formal linkage with the Bishops’ Conference. Aside from the regular meetings for the bishops, all the commission under the Bishops’ Conference are related to the commissions in the dioceses. The commissions have their own programs for the regional and national levels.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Aside from the Bishops’ Conference, there is no significant linkage at national level. There were several association but they do not perform significant influence.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

Right now the institute has no special linkage at international level. Since the early nineties, the institute became the member of Catholic Biblical Federation but since several years ago, due to the absent of contact person the network has been dormant.

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

In Flores particularly in the diocese we have a good cooperation with the non Christian. All the church programs particularly in social development are done in cooperation with the non Christian. Interestingly they even more trust the Catholic institution than the others.

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

The non-Catholic churches in Ende are very few (less than 3%). There is no formal ecumenical cooperation in the diocese except the agreement on mixta religious marriage issue. However personally the Catholic leaders build a good relation with the leaders of non-Catholic churches.

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

There is a division at Bishops’ Conference for theological association and several priest from the dioceses become the member. I myself am not includes since my major is in sociology.

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

We do not have any specific idea yet on the intercontinental exchanges but we may suggest for a coordinating body for the exchange information among the dioceses in the world. You have initiated a promising service for that. Thank you.




  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.