夏經義神父 (聖言會) Rev. Heribertus Hadiarto, SVD

我的聖召始於孩童時

我是夏經義神父,一九八一年二月廿二日,出生於東印尼弗洛勒斯的一個天主教家庭。童年時,透過我的堂區神父Fr.Alan,他來愛爾蘭,他對教友非常好,特別是對窮人。我經常看到他騎著電單車到不同的地方探訪,臉上總是帶著笑容。從他簡單的生活中,我心裡有一種別所未有的感覺。其後我進入聖言會主辦的中學並完成中學階段,在那裡加深了對聖言會的認識。當時年輕的我,感到上主召叫我做一個傳教士,二零零一年八月我決定加入聖言會,二零零三年八月十五日宣發初願。在二零零三年至二零零七年進入印尼聖保祿大修院攻讀哲學及神學。

來港的使命

從不曾想過來有一天我會到香港修讀海外培育課程,二零零八年一月廿三日第一次踏足陌生的香港,心裏感到既興奮又緊張。因為我對香港一無所知,首要工作是學習語言,我先於香港英國文化協會進修英文半年,繼而在香港中文大學修讀為期兩年的廣東話課程。我明白學習語言,特別是廣東話,對我來說就像小孩子學習走路一樣;藉這方式,開始建立起與他人溝通的信心。我意識到學習廣東話是間接尋找中國文化的另一途徑,其後到了彩虹邨聖家堂作牧民實習。

我可以說逗留在香港是一種禮物,讓我多樣地體驗到不同國籍、文化的信眾。本地信徒都十分欣賞修會的工作,其後,我進入了香港仔聖神修院完成神學課程。二零一二年八月六日,在聖言中學小聖堂宣發永願。衷心感謝聖言會接納我成為會士,又很感激聖言會中華省,特別是沙田區團體一直給我的支持。二零一三年七月一日我在聖安德肋堂領受執事聖職並於聖葛達二聖堂實習,二零一四年一月五日,我在港島區的基督君王堂晉鐸。隨後獲教區委任為印尼藉人士專職司鐸和印尼藉人士監獄專職司鐸,服務至今已有五年。我常以「為他們獲得生命」(若10:10) 作為我鐸職的助佑銘。二零一七年九月一日,再被委派成為聖愛德華堂助理主任司鐸,我雖然在這裡只是兩個月時間,我非常感恩及多謝這裏的教友給予的支持及關懷。

反思

我衷心真誠地感謝上主給我奧秘的生命和聖召的恩賜!首先聖召是什麼?去年我參加聖神修院的學習營,當時的演講者,聖言會會士Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD曾說,聖召是上主的呼喚……為我……為他人……以及其他人。我十分相信這是非常有力的反思,因為上主是那個呼召我們成為他愛的門徒。作為一位司鐸和傳教士,與他人和其他人一起,我被稱為祂的福音喜訊見證人。瑪利亞的生活是一種典範,永生的慶祝,神聖的獻身並降服於上主,就是她的“願意”。

其次,教宗方濟各說,傳教工作是“無限的愛”。我服務於兩個團體: 中國(香港)和印尼傭工。我會說,當教會需要我們時,我們必會提供機會,因為使命的定義是“發送”。最大的挑戰是克服恐懼並面對你未來不知道的事情。年輕人,消費主義和過度的物質生活,作為一位傳教士,我們以謙遜作工具等待香港教區的派遣。對我來說,這是回應教宗方濟各的在他的通諭中“教會的出路”作呼籲。

第三,要成為快樂的傳教士,與他人在一起的快樂是上主的恩賜。喜悅必須分享。聖若望說:“我們將所見所聞的傳報給你們,為使你們也同我們相通;原來我們是同父和祂的子耶穌基督相通的。我們給你們寫這些事,是為叫我們的喜樂得以圓滿。”(若望一書1:3-4)。無論遇到甚麼困難,都不要忘記與他人分享快樂。信仰的神聖召叫目的是為了快樂,不管是甚麼擲向你,讓我們分享這種快樂的福傳生活。希望我的存在對這次的使命有所裨益。我非常期盼你的祈禱。

願主祝福你們!

聖言會夏經義神父

MISSIONARY: LOVE WIHTOUT LIMITS

 Fr. Heribertus Hadiarto, SVD

My Childhood Vocation

 I am Fr. Heribertus Hadiarto, SVD, born on February 1981 in Flores, East Indonesia. When I was a child, I felt the love to the SVD (Societas Verbi Divini or Society of the Divine Word) through my parish priest Fr. Alan Nasraya, SVD. Fr. Nasraya was from Ireland. He was so good to all the parishioners, especially with the poor people. I always see him after the visitation to the different places with the big smile in his face riding motor bike. From his simple life, I felt something in my heart. Then I went to SVD Secondary School and started to know more about SVD. After I finished my Secondary School, as a young man when I felt that God was calling me to be a missionary, so I entered the SVD noviciate on August 2001. I professed my first vows August 15, 2003. In 2003-2007 I studied Philosophy and Theology at St. Paul Major Seminary Ledalero, Indonesia.

 Mission to Hong Kong

I never had a dream that one day I would be in Hong Kong to do my OTP (overseas training program). When I came here on 23 January 2008, I was excited and nervous as I knew nothing about Hong Kong.  I studied English at British Council of Hong Kong for six months and went to Chinese University of Hong Kong for two years Cantonese course. I understand that studying languages, especially Cantonese is like becoming a little child learning to walk. Through this way, I have built confidence to communicate with people. I realize that learning Cantonese is another way indirectly to search for Chinese culture. I did my pastoral exposure at Choi Hung Holy Family Parish.

I could say that my stay in Hong Kong is a gift. I could experience the diversity and internationality of the congregation so vividly. The people here are so grateful for the mission. In addition, I also completed the Theology at Holy Spirit Seminary College, Aberdeen. On 6 August 2012, I professed my perpetual vows at Sing Yin Secondary School (Divine Word Mission Chapel). It is the great pleasure that I offer my heartiest gratitude to SVD who accepted me as a member of this society. I really appreciate the great support of our SVD Hong Kong – Macau District members. On July 01, I was ordained a deacon at St. Andrew’s church and did my deaconate exposure at St. Cosmas and Damian parish, Tsuen Wan. My priestly ordination was held on 5 January 2014 at Christ The King Chapel (St. Paul’s Convent).  Right after my ordination, I was appointed to be the chaplain for the Indonesian migrants. I am pleased to have the chance to serve the migrants nearly for five years now. On September 01, 2017, I was appointed as the Assistant Parish Priest in St. Edward’s Parish. I am grateful to the Lord and the Parishioners to give me support and care. Now, while I am the chaplain for the migrants, I am also serving in St. Edwards parish. Well, I am not body, I am just a servant of His love to serve wherever He asks me to do His will, because “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. (Jn10:10), that is my priestly motto. 

Reflection

To what extent do I sincerely thank God enough for the mystery of my life and the gift of my vocation!  First, what is vocation all about? When we had Study Day at Holy Spirit Seminary last year, our speaker, Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD said Vocation is God calls… Me…For Others…and Through Others. I truly believe that this reflection is really powerful because God is the one who calls us to be the disciple of His love. As a priest and missionary, together with others and through others I am called to be the witness of his Gospel.  The life of Mary is a model of vocation and an eternal celebration of life that was dedicated, consecrated and surrendered to God with her “YES”.  

Second, Pope Francis, missionary work is ‘love without limits’. I am serving two communities: Chinese and Indonesian migrants. I would say that when the church needs us, we have to open the opportunities because the definition of mission is “sent”. The biggest challenge is to overcome fears and to face what seems to be unknown to you. Young people, consumerism, and a materialistic life of excess. As a missionary, we have to respond to the challenges that await the mission of the Church in Hong Kong with being humble instruments. For me, it is a way of responding to the call of Pope Francis: “Church in Exit” in his encyclical Evangeli Gaudium.

Third, be missionaries of joy. The joy of being together with others is a gift from God. Joy has to be shared. Saint John said: “What we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; we are writing this so that our joy be complete (1 Jn 1:3-4). Whatever the difficulties we face, don’t forget to share the joy to others. The purpose if religious vocation oi to be joyful, no matter what is thrown at you. Let us share this joyful missionary life. I hope my presence will be beneficial to the missions here. I very much count on your prayers.

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