IEC becomes part of Indonesian seminarian’s formation

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CEBU City, Jan. 29, 2016 – Collecting garbage may not be the most glamorous thing in the world. But Stanislaus Renca couldn’t care less, having better things to say.

“I only pray that more people will be faithful to God [because of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC)],” he noted.

In an interview with CBCP News Wednesday, the Indonesian seminarian went on to stress he doesn’t mind picking trash at all, if doing so will help him bring the presence of Christ to others.

Volunteering to clean up what pilgrims left behind at an event on the level of the IEC makes that task a lot easier as he gets to meet people from all walks of life.

“I want to be here. I want to know better the meaning of the Eucharist … I can see the Eucharist as the presence of God in my life,” he added.

For him, what the Body and Blood of the Lord stands for is nothing but love. And in his own little way Stanislaus wants to be an instrument of that Divine Love.

It is for this reason he is studying to become a missionary, a dream of his since childhood.

“My congregation is the Scalabrinian congregation [Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo] founded by [Blessed] John Baptist Scalabrini because it helps migrants. I am also a migrant. I want to serve them,” he added.

According to him, he felt happy the global religious gathering enables him to rub elbows with people from different countries.

For seven years now, the 25-year old has been undergoing formation to become a Scalabrinian religious. One-and-a-half years of these he has spent living in Cebu City.

As a missionary-in-the-making, he pointed out this is a foretaste of his future life as a religious and priest.

“I’m Indonesian so I have to encourage myself to study many languages because when the time that I become a priest in the future so I have to be able to communicate to others the presence of God in my life,” he added.

Growing up in Flores, a Catholic majority island-province in overwhelmingly Islamic Indonesia, Stanislaus knew early on he wanted to enter the priesthood.

“Many think people in Indonesia … all of them are Muslim. In my place, especially in my place, the majority is Catholic,” he said.

It was a blessing he has a father who is very supportive of the vocation he had chosen.

“My first encounter with Jesus was through my family, especially my father. He is a very faithful man,” he said.

According to him, the presence of his own biological father is the presence of God in his life.

As a missionary he would like to continue sharing that presence with the people he will encounter. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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