Father Inosensius Hetu, C.J.D. is from Flores Island in Indonesia. He completed his seminary studies cum laude, with a major in Scripture and Development. He has taught Theology and had visited a number of orders before deciding that the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord was the best fit.
Fr. Ino was ordained a priest on August 15, 2013 and now serves as the Superior for the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord in Surabaya, Indonesia. He is currently speaking about vocations to young men throughout the region and telling them about our order. He is also working to attract seminarian sponsors in Indonesia and is overseeing the development of our community there.
Brother Ariel Acompañado, C.J.D.
Brother Ariel was born in 1993 on the 27th of January in Cebu, Philippines. Of the six kids in the family, he is the youngest. In our community he again gets that distinction. He is calm about it, maybe becoming more philosophical during his college studies of Philosophy. But hot blood begins to show itself when there are questions of Theology, because he is ready to defend his position to the last! We love him for his jealous guardianship of the Faith. We hope that he will keep his youthful convictions forever, and that he will become an honest and fiery preacher of the Good News.
Brother Mark Joseph Lorenzo, C.J.D.
Three saints in one name? It’s Mark Joseph Lorenzo! Brother Mark was born on the 16th of October 1990 in Quezon City. Two years later, the family transferred to Lucban, Quezon, a place that is well-known for its San Isidro Pahiyas Festival. This is held every year as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. He is the younger of the two children in his family. He and his brother were sent to a Catholic parochial school where the vocation for priesthood was planted in his very young heart. Twelve years later, the family moved to Majayjay, Laguna, a place where you can find one of the older churches in the Philippines. His name reflects on the person he is. Like St. Mark the evangelist and St. Joseph the worker, he tirelessly worked for the church and school. He was active in the parish for eight years in youth ministry especially in theater arts, student Catholic Action, and Focolare Movement. He had the chance to have an apostolate in Tarlac Diocesan Commission on Indigenous People, especially to the Aeta tribes in Mt. Pinatubo. Brother Mark got his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology. During his college years, he became the editor-in-chief of the school paper and later became president of the student body organization. He also played badminton and basketball. He loves to paint different scenes of nature on canvas. He enjoys camping and hiking too. Br. Mark speaks English, Filipino, and knows basic American Sign Language. What a talented man!
Brother Nikita Kushnaryev, C.J.D. is from Rostov-on-Don, the capital of the South Federal District of the Russian Federation. He is the only Russian Brother so far in the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord. He was born on September 3, 1983 and has an older sister. He completed his Master of Theology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. He has worked as a bartender, barber and parish staff member. Brother Nikita’s hobbies are gardening, reading and listening to Baroque music. He is a very hard worker. He is currently taking driving lessons to assist the priests in their work. The Catholic Church in Russia is in need of priests, especially priests who are from Russia, because the harvest is great but the laborers are few. After his ordination, Brother Nikita will become a great help in evangelizing his fellow Russians and sharing God’s love with them.
Brother Dindo Calvo, C.J.D.
Who knew that a junior high school teacher would be a canon someday? Well, both Brother Dindo and God knew. An English teacher by profession, Brother Dindo Calvo was born on August 5th in 1983 in the southern part of the Philippines, Surigaodel Sur–one of the best surfing places of the country. He is the youngest of the three siblings of his family. In 2011, he had a chance to teach English to Myanmar refugees in Ranong, Thailand. After a couple of years, he earned an Associate in Philosophical Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. Brother Dindo loves to play basketball, football and table tennis. He speaks several foreign languages, such as English, Fijian and Italian. Benissimo! Молодец!
Brother Reminus Hambur, C.J.D. is polite, kind, and friendly. He also has the initiative and resourcefulness to do new and useful things. If someone has a problem, he is the first to work on it and find a solution. He also knows how to amuse people. He enjoys explaining what he knows, and he can work diligently at whatever job is at hand. He quietly observes his surroundings. He is from Manggarai, Flores Island, born in 1984, and spent some time in Pontianak, Borneo. He loves the Bible, and tells how his grandfather used to tell him the Bible stories when he was a boy, about Moses in Egypt, Joseph, Abraham and all those great figures. He attended the minor seminary, and then tried life as a monk, which didn’t satisfy him, as he wanted to go toward the priesthood. He got his Master’s Degree in Theology, and decided to join us because he is interested in working as a priest in Russia.
Brother Yakobus Hubertus, C.J.D., or “Brother Hubert” as we call him, is from Maumere, Indonesia. He was born on November 27, 1989. He is the youngest of four siblings, a sister and two brothers, all of whom are married. His father Ignatius Lengo is a city officer in Maumere. His mother Hensiana is a teacher. What can we say about Brother Hubert except that he is a very kind person, always smiling to everyone he meets. What doesn’t meet their eyes will surely meet their ears, as Brother Hubert is a pianist and composer. Now he is taking organ lessons. He wrote his own music for the Commons of the Mass, and everyone likes it. The music is very melodic and creative, so we are glad he has a strong vocation to be a priest, and hopefully his music will be useful in whatever country he will compose for. He wants to become a good servant of God, and we encourage him to continue toward that goal.
Brother Jacob David Branco, C.J.D. is from Dili in East Timor, but he grew up in Atambua in Indonesia. Maybe there isn’t an April Fools’ Day in Indonesia, but Brother David was born on April 1 in 1990, the second of five kids—two brothers and two sisters. He has finished his Philosophy degree in the St Paul’s Major Seminary in Maumere, Flores Island. His hobbies are musical classics and singing, so he always enjoys a sing-along and, really, any community activity is his cup of tea. Spiritually, he is a frequent prayer and enjoys any spiritual activity. He is also instantly available when anyone needs help. Maybe he should eat more, as he is on the thin side, but that doesn’t keep him from being the first to laugh at something funny.
Brother Patrick Napal, C.J.D. is from Davao, Philippines. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier Seminary in the Philippines. He spent his year of novitiate (2011) in Vladivostok, then spent a year doing vocation talks in schools in the Philippines. Br. Patrick is especially gifted with languages as he speaks English, Tagalog, and Italian. Plus, everyone at the parish in Vladivostok was surprised at how quickly he was able to speak and understand Russian.
Br. Patrick is a great cook and while in Vladivostok, became everyone’s favorite pastry chef. He also won many hearts during his year in Russia. As a regular visitor to the orphanage, he quickly became a favorite with the children. “At first the kids were afraid of me” he says, “but love conquers all.” At the hospice facility, he was known for his helpfulness and gentle ways with the patients. According to Fr. Myron, Br. Patrick always has a human touch for whomever he meets, not excluding even the neighborhood dogs and cats.”
On March 8, 2014, Brother Patrick took his final vows. After his ordination to the priesthood, he plans to serve as a priest in Russia.
Brother Edwin Intan, C.J.D. comes to us from Cebu, Philippines. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from San Carlos University, Cebu, Philippines. He is one of four children, but lost both parents in an automobile accident when he was very young. So, although he wanted to be a priest since childhood, he delayed his vocation in order to help his siblings. Meanwhile, he worked for 10 years as a factory foreman and translator. He speaks not only Tagalog and Cebuano, but also Korean, Japanese, Russian, and English.
During his year in Vladivostok (2011-2012), it became clear that his maturity, 10 years of work experience, and natural talents had formed him into a very good leader. He should be an excellent pastor one day. While studying at the university in Vladivostok, Br. Edwin made a number of friends among the Chinese students. As it turned out, he was a great evangelizer, telling them about Christianity and the love of God.
Currently, Br. Edwin is studying Theology at the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay, Philippines. He took his first vows with the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord on December 8, 2012. He plans to serve as a priest in Russia following his ordination.
Brother Harben Forte, C.J.D. is from Quezon City in the Philippines. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Religious Education.
He began his novitiate with us in May of 2013. He actually had experience with the Benedictine monks, but decided that a more active apostolate was better for him. Br. Harben is another good cook who often treats the priests and staff to some of his favorite dishes from the Philippines. He is also very talented in other ways. When he saw the used and worn altar the Sisters were using on Russian Island, he asked if he could take a look at it. Not long after that, the Sisters had a beautifully refinished altar for their chapel.
Br. Harben speaks Tagalog, Indonesian, English, and Russian. He took temporary vows on May 9 of 2014, and is now studying Theology at the seminary in Tagaytay, Philippines. Following ordination, he hopes to serve as a priest in Russia.
Brother Augustinus Brusen, C.J.D. is from Maumere, Indonesia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Divine Providence Seminary. He began his year of novitiate in Vladivostok in May of 2013.
He has worked as a music teacher in a Catholic high school and is also an excellent choir director. In Vladivostok, he quickly became a popular soloist for community gatherings and he also sings in our choir. Br. Augustinus is very quiet and very likeable.
He speaks Indonesian and his English is excellent. After further studies and ordination, he may assist Fr. Ino with the recruitment and organization of additional Indonesian seminarians.
Brother Jacob Dambe, C.J.D. is from Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. He completed studies at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and has a degree in Philosophy. He also served as a catechist in parishes in Papua and Borneo.
Br. Jacob’s hobby is gardening. While he stayed with us in Vladivostok, he kept the grass trimmed around the church and monastery. He was a very hard worker and took an academic approach to his hobby. Quite often, the mornings found him standing outside, assessing the wind, the temperature, and the humidity and their effects on our outdoor plants.
Br. Jacob is a strong baritone and enjoyed signing in our choir. He is currently attending the seminary in Pontianak, Indonesia, and anticipates ordination in 2016.
Brother Yohanes Marinus, C.J.D. is currently our oldest novice. Originally from Maumere, Indonesia, he also lived in the Philippines for 2 years. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Br. Yohanes spent 5 years as the general administrator of a hotel business in Jakarta. His boss told him that, although it would be a sacrifice to lose him, he should return to the seminary. He also told Fr. Myron that it was obvious Yohanes had a religious vocation, and that he should be a priest.
Br. Yohanes is a good organizer and his English is excellent. Fr. Dan comments that everyone likes him and he’s the “best PR man in the world.” He is great at soccer and has helped organize kids’ soccer teams at the orphanage. He is good at noticing what needs to be done and quietly taking care of it.
Br. Yohanes will soon finish his studies at St. Paul’s Seminary in Maumere Diocese, Indonesia, and will be ordained shortly thereafter.
Brother Ignatius Rino, C.J.D. is from Jakarta, Indonesia, and has studied Philosophy at the Divine Word Seminary in Maumere.
He says that as a child, he first considered a vocation to the priesthood when he was unexpectedly given Holy Communion from the Cup. He formerly worked with the Passionist order, but now is planning his future with the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord. Br. Ignatius plays the piano and keyboard. Coming from Indonesia, Br. Ignatius has many Catholic and Muslim relatives.
He enjoys sports and music and hopes to one day evangelize through the use of music. He recently received his B.A. in Philosophy in Maumere, Indonesia, so now is continuing in the seminary’s Theology Program.