On Saturday 20th September the sisters in Yogyakarta welcomed a hundred and seventy five people to Sarasvita FCJ Centre, for a special Eucharist to mark the beginning of our bicentenary celebrations. The whole occasion was planned, prepared and overseen by FCJ sisters, Companions in Mission, and Sarasvita staff.
We gathered to welcome our guests: neighbours, friends old and new, family members, local religious and priests, colleagues, as well as students and representatives of the schools we help to sponsor. The choir could be described as a choir of friends; it was formed of members of our two closest Basic Ecclesial Communities. The singing was both beautiful and joyful, it suited the celebration perfectly. The celebrant was Fr Andreas Sugijopranoto SJ. He spoke beautifully of Marie Madeleine’s life and he brilliantly captured the essence of the founding experiences. After communion Fr Andreas blessed some of the two hundred trees we were due to distribute to several schools. The final hymn sent us out to be light of the world and salt of the earth. A delicious meal and good conversation awaited us in the grounds of Sarasvita.