Tuesday 14 October 2014
WHEN Indonesian-born Fr Boni Buahendri
SVD was assigned to Australia as a missionary priest, he dreamed of working
with Indigenous people in a remote location. Instead, he found himself first in
parish ministry and now working in formation of young missionaries. He said he
could not be happier.
‘I love working with these young people,’
he said, ahead of World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on Sunday 19
‘In our society today, only a few people
want to become missionary brothers and priests, so to see these young people so
enthusiastic to become missionaries makes my day.
‘It tells me that God is still there. The
Holy Spirit is still at work. God still calls.’
Fr Boni was born in Flores, a
predominantly Catholic Indonesian island, and says he was inspired to become a
missionary by his parish priest, who was a Divine Word Missionary (SVD). After
finishing high school in the minor seminary boarding school, he applied to join
the Divine Word Missionaries, and was accepted.
He undertook his studies in philosophy
and theology in Flores, making his final vows in 1997 and ordained in 1998.
Mexico, North America and Australia were his three choices for missionary