“Sister, please allow me on behalf of the Church to ask, what do you expect from God and from His holy Church?” asked Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. And Sister Maria Alberta OP answered, “Bishop, I hope that I may be allowed to follow Christ by living as a nun in the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Dominic in Indonesia which I have chosen.”
The question of bishop, who also serves as the bishop of congregation, was delivered during Oct. 15 Thanksgiving Mass for Solemn Vow Profession of Sister Maria Alberta OP, and the 50th Anniversary in Religious Life of Sister M Assumpta OP and Sister M Yohana OP, the 40th Anniversary in Religious Life of Sister M Chatharina OP and Sister M Christa OP, and the 25th Anniversary in Religious Life of Sister M Charlie OP, Sister Mariana OP, and Sister M Vianita OP in Christ the King Cathedral of Purwokerto, Central Java. But, Sister Assumpta failed to attend the ceremony due to the death of her older brother the day before.
Sister Alberta professed her solemn vow in front of her congregation general Sister Anna Marie Dwiyanti Suprihastuti OP. Bishop Subianto, 13 concelebrant priests, her father, mother, brothers and sister as well as her cousin, Provincial of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Indonesia Father Johny Luntungan MSC, her other Dominican sisters and lay Dominicans witnessed the profession. About 400 people, including the sisters’ relatives, a dozen of them are Muslim, attended the Mass, themed “I am a servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me according to your word.”
After having the holy cross and ring blessed by Bishop Subianto, Sister Alberta asked for blessing from her after and mother, while more than 60 Dominican sisters surrounded the altar. With the blessing of her parents, a religious sister invited Sister Alberta to join them in the circle, and Sister Anna Marie voiced out: “I hereby declare that Sister Maria Alberta was definitively accepted in the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Dominic in Indonesia.”
During the reception in the cathedral hall, the seven sisters cut the top of yellow rice planter of an inverted cone and offer it to Bishop Subianto.(paul c pati)