ASIA/INDONESIA - Resignation of Bishop of Malang, appointment of successor

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 28 June 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Malang (Indonesia) by His Exc. Mgr. Herman Joseph Sahadat Pandoyoputro, O. Carm., in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Fr. Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan, O. Carm., Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' in Malang as Bishop of the Diocese of Malang.
The new Bishop was born on July 13, 1955 in Malang. After attending the local Minor Seminary, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' in Malang. He was ordained a priest on February 7, 1982 in Malang. He obtained a licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Institute Biblicum (Rome) in 1986 and a doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Angelicum (Rome), in 1990.
Since his ordination he has served the following academica and pastoral roles: since 1986: Professor of Sacred Scripture in the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana'; Vice-Rector of Indonesia Biblical Society (1991-1996); Vice-Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' (1991-2000); Member of Carmelitan Institute in Rome (1996-2000); Director of the Indonesia Biblical Society (1996-2004); Pastor of 'St. Andrea Tidar' in Malang (1999-2000); Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' (2000-2004); Member of the Spirituality Committee of the Carmelitan Institute in Rome (2001-2007); Director of the postgraduate program of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana' (2004-2012): since 2012: Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Higher Institute 'Widya Sasana'. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 28/06/2016)


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