Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On April 12, 2017 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Manado, Indonesia, presented by His Excellency Msgr. Joseph Theodorus Suwatan, M.S.C., and appointed as bishop of the diocese of Manado Rev. Fr. Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, M.S.C., former provincial superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart for Indonesia.
Rev. Fr. Benedictus Estephanus Rolly Untu, M.S.C., was born on 4 January 1957 in Lembean, in the diocese of Manado. He attended the Minor Seminary in Kakaskasen and subsequently completed his philosophical and theological studies in the Major Seminary of Pineleng. He gave his perpetual vows on 15 January 1983 in Manado. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1983 in Manado.
After ordination, he held the following offices: Parish vicar of the Cathedral of Manado (1983-1984); Pastor of the Queen of the Holy Rosary parish in Tuminting, diocese of Manado (1984-1985); Diploma in Spirituality from the Adhyatma Vidya Pitha in Bangalore, India (1985-1986); Belgiummember of the M.S.C. novitiate in Karangayar, diocese of Purwokerto (1986-1991); Temporary Master of the M.S.C. novitiate in Karanganyar (1989-1990); Pastor of the St. Joseph the Worker parish in Karangayar (1987-1991); studies for a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Catholic University of Lovanio, (1991-1994); Formator in the M.S.C. Scholasticate in Pineleng (diocese of Manado); Teacher in the Major Seminary of Pineleng; Member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consulters of the diocese of Manado (1995-2005); M.S.C. vice-provincial for Indonesia (1996-1997); Vice-Director of the Higher School of Philosophy in Pineleng (1998-2002); Superior of the M.S.C. Scholasticate in Pineleng (2003-2005); Assistant to the Provincial M.S.C. Superior of the M.S.C. for Indonesia (2005-2011); Superior Provincial of the M.S.C. for Indonesia (2011-2016). (SL) (Agenzia Fides 19/04/2017)