A Catholic Institute has become Indonesia’s first Catholic state college. On April 6th, the Santo Agustinus Pastoral Institute became the State Catholic Institute. The school has had more than 1,250 students graduate. Kalimantan is an island where Christians have experienced persecution for their faith. In November of last year on another part of the island, a radical Muslim attacked a church with a Molotov cocktail, killing one child and injuring three others which were playing outside the church. The Catholic college hopes to add Catholic educators to help spread their faith on the island. One of the main focuses of the Catholic church on the island, is to put “human development” as a top priority in an attempt to address difficult economic conditions.
4/12/2017 Indonesia (Asia News) – Indonesia has its first state Catholic college. The State Catholic Institute (STAKatN) opened on 6 April in Pontianak, the capital of the province of West Kalimantan.
Originally founded in 2006 as the Santo Agustinus Pastoral Institute, the new government-run educational institution began the long process of state accreditation in 2010, which ended this week with the official approval of the Religious Affairs Ministry.
Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saiffudin, West Kalimantan Governor Cornelis M H, Pontianak and Archbishop Mgr Agustinus Agus took part in the opening ceremony.
Andreas, a local Catholic, spoke to AsiaNews about the event. “This milestone was achieved thanks to the great support of important local Catholic figures, such as the provincial governor, the bishop and priests.”