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Longing and Familiarity in Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram

If it is not done from now, then when? That is one of the basic questions of several changes and developments that make Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram increasingly known and get a great attention from various parties, both from the people who live around Sejiram and from outside the region, and from the Catholic Church to the Government. This is because Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram has become the most valuable heritage in Sejiram which has reconstructed several times, both heavy and light reconstructions. Even so, it does not reduce the value and its meaning to make it as a historical building which has a very important role for the development of Catholics that originated from Sejiram Village, Seberuang District, Kapuas Hulu Regency, West Kalimantan Province.

In 2018, Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram has been reconstructed which focused on the aspects of the initial building structure when the church was first built. Father Yohanes Sukiman, CP as a parish priest strongly supports that reconstruction and together with the support of all the local people have tried their best efforts to finish the reconstruction. Hopefully, this reconstruction will further increase the longing for local people to further enhance the familiarity of Catholics to Jesus Christ. Amen.

Photos by Father Yohanes Sukiman, CP – September 2018


Rain Season Begins

Today is raining, again. Now, it becomes the second day when the rain has been falling all day long in Sejiram. It is believed that some months’ name ending with –ber has meaning rain in my region. So, it starts from September, October, November and December. As the result, some rivers and streets now have been flooded and even in the backyard of my father’s house. It is swamp. So the water could easily flood the backyard.

Therefore, it has been a sign that the rain season has begun in my region.

The Most Valuable Heritage in Future

Every tourism destination has its own potencies. The potency of a tourism destination is very important and needs to be collected or documented to give more specific information widely. The tourism destination that has the potencies can influence public’s interest to visit the tourism object. The church of Saint Fidelis Sejiram, which has been announced as the historical heritage in Kapuas Hulu Regency, also has some specific potencies, and the potencies of the church of Saint Fidelis Sejiram can be divided into some aspects such as:

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It’s about Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram


Few years ago, when Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram has been announced as historical building in Kapuas Hulu Regency by the government, Mr. Matheus Kusai (61 years old), was the first man who selected to take care of the church. He was a catechist in Dangkan Parish House before he moved to Sejiram in 1980’s and worked there.

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The Site of Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram

Sejiram, which is located about 617 kilometers Northeast from Pontianak (the capital of West Kalimantan) and 119 kilometers from Putussibau (the capital of Kapuas Hulu Regency), is the capital of Seberuang Subdistrict where the site of Gereja Katolik Santo Fidelis Sejiram located. The local citizens consist of some Dayaknese such as Dayak Seberuang, Dayak Suaid and Dayak Kantu. The history of the church can be simply described based on the datas in Parish of Saint Fidelis Sejiram.

It was in 1892, on the bank of sungai (river) Seberuang, P. H. Looymans, SJ, who then became the first missioner for the Dayaks in Kapuas Hulu, and some people, who are the local citizens, built a church, which was simply made from some woods as its base. Then, it was named and called the Catholic Church of Saint Fidelis Sejiram. But few years later, the church had been fired. It was known that the church had been renovated for two times since it had been built. Now, the existentce of the church has become the oldest church building in Kapuas Hulu Regency and the Christian’s pride building in Sejiram.

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