Started on August 14, 2004
The first OAD seeds were sent to Indonesia through an oil businessman. A lot of our stampitas with the prayer to the Holy Spirit have been handed over to Him. But seeds need time to grow. An other tentative was done with Fr. Jandir Bergozza, OAD who visited the Island of Flores. The right opportunity came with Fr. Harold Toledano. Bandung came the seedbed of OAD. From one house to the other and finally at St. Joseph’ s hill, in Cisarua.
It was for a long time that the novena to St. Joseph was going on in the last house, with a permanent burning candle, asking the saint, special Patron of the Order, to grant as a stable place in Bandung. It was a surprise, when we visited for the first time the property in Cisarua, that he was already there, a frame representing St. Joseph at the entrance of the existing family house.
At this time: 4 priests, 2 coadjutor brothers, 11 simple professed brothers, four of them ready for the solemn profession and the ordination, five postulants and a dozen of aspirants. Several OAD Missioanries have already been assigned in the mission: beside Fr. Harold, Fr. Arselito Sayago, Fr, Alex Rubio, Fr. Jay Amamampang, Fr. Joel Sumooc etc.
In 2003 - our then Superior Delegate now Provincial Superior, Fr. Luigi Kerscbamer, OAD proposed that I should try exploring the possibility of extending our mission in Indonesia.
June 7, 2003 – arrival in Jakarta
July 2, 2003 – arrival in Ende, Flores fetched by Fr. Vincentius Sensi Potokot (now actual Bishop) lived in Pusat Pastoran
Feb. 18, 2004 – met Cardinal Julius and his Secretary Fr. Padmo at the Bishop’s House in Jakarta who indicated me to visit Bandung
Feb. 24, 2004 – 1st time to set foot in Bandung
Feb. 25, 2004 - met and welcomed by Bishop Alexander
July 19, 2004 – 1st time to live in our rented house in Jalan Kembar VIII, 22 with one seminarian
July 27, 2004 – arrival of the first group of seminarians from Flores, one of which was Fr. Elpidius Surya.
July 29, 2004 – 1st mass at the rented house to launch the formation and vocational program of OAD Indonesia and dedication to Fra. Luigi Maria Chmel
July 31, 2004 – Composition of my Consecration prayer for the OAD community in Bandung
August 14, 2004 - Thanksgiving Mass and blessing of the formation house on the occasion of the 65th death anniversary of our Servant of God Fra Luigi Chmel by Bishop Msgr. Alexander Soentadio Djajasiswaja, Pr.
July 23 to August 11, 2010, the Prior General, Fr. Luigi Pingelli, with Fr. Emilio Kisimba Canonical visit in Bandung, Indonesia
On August 7, 2010, Msgr. Johannes Maria Pujasumarta, re-affirmed/confirmed our presence with the Visit of the Superior General, Rev. Fr. Luigi Pingelli, OAD
Friday 22 October 2010, approved the erection of the "Fra Luigi Chmel" house in Bandung, Indonesia
On December 26, 2010, the community, moved to the land purchased to build the future convent dedicated to the Servant of God "Fra Luigi Maria Chmel” at “ St. Joseph Hill” Cisarua Lembang, Bandung.
The construction of the seminary in Bandung concluded on October 2013, the centennial date of the birth of its patron "Servant of God Fra. Luigi Maria Chmel".
In 2015 the Indonesian community under the Philippine Province of Nicholas of Tolentino found a new mission apostolate, extending its pastoral service for two years, in administering to St. Joseph parish, Kota Baru, Banjarmasin, Capital of Southern Kalimantan, (Borneo island).
Prepared by Rev. Fr. Harold Maurin Niῆo Maria Toledano, OAD