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Indonesian priest serves 20 years in Poland

Father Heribertus Wea, SVD (Photo supplied)

An Indonesian missionary priest serving in Poland for almost 20 years says that he is happy to work in a Catholic-majority country.

Hailing from Indonesia, a Muslim-majority country in South-East Asia, and working as a missionary in Poland is a missionary call, says Father Heribertus Wea, a Divine Word Missionary. 

On October 25, he was a guest on Radio Doxa, a radio station of the Opole Diocese in Poland.

In an interview with Radio Doxa, he explains the reasons for his decision to come to Poland and also talks about the religious situation in his country of origin. 

Working in Poland was his "missionary choice," he says. "I am happy to work here."

He talks about the sense of ministering in a country mostly inhabited by Catholics and deals with the question of whether missionaries are needed in Poland as well.

Father Wea was born in Mataloko on the Indonesian island of Flores, a predominantly Catholic region. He has been working in Poland since 2002. 

Currently, he is the vice-rector of the Mission House in Rybnik, the Vocations Coordinator in the Polish Province of the Divine Word Missionaries, and the guardian of the APOLLOS Verbist Missionary Volunteering. 


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.