Original Research

Liturgical transformation of Diocesan Church in Palangkaraya, Indonesia

Fransiskus J. Hamu, Adison A. Sihombing, Zaenuddin H. Prasojo, Emanuel P.D. Martasudjita, Antonius D. Firmanto
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 1 | a7850 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i1.7850 | © 2023 Fransiskus J. Hamu, Adison A. Sihombing, Zaenuddin H. Prasojo, Emanuel P.D. Martasudjita, Antonius D. Firmanto | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 June 2022 | Published: 06 February 2023

About the author(s)

Fransiskus J. Hamu, Faculty of Theology, STIPAS Tahasak Danum Pambelum Keuskupan Palangka Raya, Palangka Raya, Indonesia
Adison A. Sihombing, Department of Research and Development, Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Zaenuddin H. Prasojo, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Adab and Dakwah, IAIN Pontianak, Pontianak, Indonesia
Emanuel P.D. Martasudjita, Faculty of Theology Wedhabhakti, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Antonius D. Firmanto, Faculty of Philosophy of Divinity, Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Teologi Widya Sasana Malang, Malang, Indonesia


The congregation is challenged by modern times that require various life adjustments, including priestly pastoral ministry. Therefore, this study examined the pastoral ministry style for the parishioner’s rural community of St. Petrus Paulus Ampah Diocese in Palangka Raya. A descriptive qualitative approach was used with data collected using participatory observations, in-depth interviews and document studies. Furthermore, the data analysis involved reducing, displaying and process verification. The participants included parish priests, catechists and station council administrators. The results showed that the congregations did not participate in church activities because the pastoral ministry style did not fulfil their needs, economic factors and lack of Catholic faith knowledge. Therefore, the church authorities in pastoral ministry should create a holistic and transformative congregation based on their needs. The current pastoral ministry practice is based on ecclesiastical organisation building and worship (liturgy) focused service. The church should simultaneously conduct catechism practices and charitable diaconia such as social, economic and spiritual activities. This was an interdisciplinary study that focused on practical and pastoral theology, catechesis and social sciences on Catholics’ pastoral ministry style for rural communities.

Contribution: Importantly, it contributes to the literature on pastoral style reforms focusing on the congregation’s socio-economic life. Therefore, it can improve the congregation’s interests, ecclesiastical activities and independence.


holistic transfornation; liturgical transformation; transformative pastoral; congregation; rural community; diocesan church; paulus ampah; spiritual organisation; conceptual understanding; patoral ministry model.


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