(Tilburg, Netherlands) The desire of the Indonesian Redemptorists to get a relic of Blessed Peter Donders finally is answered. On the 23d of July 2019, the Redemptorists and the people from the Kirchhellen community (Germany) and 14 Redemptorists from Indonesia traveled by bus to Tilburg (Netherlands) to visit the native place of Peter Donders. In a ceremony, Mrs. Claudia Peters, as vice-postulator, gave the relic of Blessed Peter Donders to the Indonesian CSsR and said, “Bring this relic to Indonesia and ask for the intercession of Blessed Peter Donders”. As you know, Blessed Peter Donders is “Leprosorum Apostulus” in Suriname.
Suriname is emotionally closely connected with Indonesia because thousands of the inhabitants of Suriname are from Indonesia, especially from Java island. They were sent to Suriname as workers during the Dutch colonization period. May the presence of the relic strengthen Indonesian CSsR to follow Jesus, the Redeemer, and to follow the spirit of Peter Donders to service the poor and the abandoned.
Blessed Peter Donders pray for us!
Mateus Mali, CSsR