Fr. Andrew WONG, the mobile Salesian!
RMG, 26 June 2018 -- After the consultation for the Superior of INA Viceprovince the Rector Major with the consent of his council appointed on 26th June 2018 Fr Andrew WONG as the first Superior of Indonesia for the period of 6 years (2018-2024).
Fr Andrew WONG was born in Santa Ana (Manila - Philippines) on November 30, 1952 and joined the Salesian Novitiate 1971-1972 in Canlubang, made his first profession on May 1,1972 and the perpetual profession on March 23, 1978 in Paranaque-Manila. After his ordination in 1979 he dedicate most of his ministry in formation houses: Paranaque, Canlubang, Bacolod in the Philippines, Jakarta (Indonesia) and in Fatumaca (Timor Leste) - as formator, teacher, superior and also as novicemaster.
Fr. Andrew also earned his MA degree at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome in Youth Ministry and Catechetics and speaks quite few languages (English, Italian, Filipino - Tagalog, Tetum and Bahasa Indonesia). He participated in the General Chapters 25, 26 and 27.
After the erection of the new ITM Viceprovince of St. Callistus Caravario Fr. Andrew was appointed by the Rector Major as the first Superior (1998-2004) during the difficult transition times of Timor Leste Referendum (1999) and Independence in 2002.
Then he was again called by Fr. Chavez as the provincial of FIN - Manila province (2005) where he served until the GC26 (2008), when he was elected as the second EAO Regional Councilor (2008-2014). The newly elected Rector Major Fr. Angel called Fr. Andrew to formation ministry - 3 years term in Ratisbonne Theologate in Jerusalem (Middle East - MOR province) until last August 2017.
Last school year he was assigned by the Rector Major to Paranaque - Manila, the Blessed Steven Sandor international community of Specific formation for Salesian Brothers as Vice-rector and Catechist. And finally upon his renewed availability for the missio ad gentes (January 2018) the Rector Major assigned him recently to the newly established INA viceprovince. In this way Fr. Wong is moving for past 24 years for different tasks and offers an excellent example of missionary availability in the world-wide Congregation as one of the 'mobile Salesians'.
Within the EAO Region we congratulate the 60 Salesians and 12 novices of Indonesia to their first Provincial Superior and promise our prayers and entrust the foundation period to the intercession of St. Louis Versiglia, the Patron of INA Viceprovince.
In the same time we express our gratitude for the enthusiastic, faithful and total dedication to the animating service of the last Delegate of Indonesia, Fr. Lino Belo and his council (2015-2018).
Terima Kasih! Thank you very much!
Profession of Faith of the new Provincial will take place on Wednesday, 1 August, 2018, during the Eucharist celebration in Jakarta.
- AustraLasia 4752: Happy Birthday to INA Viceprovince! (Erection of the Viceprovince)
- AustraLasia 4767 (I) St. Louis Versiglia pray for the new Viceprovince! (Consultation)