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