Sister Anastasia Lindawati, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-China
Sister Anastasia Lindawati was born in Jombang, Indonesia, the oldest of two sisters and a brother. She attended Catholic schools from her youth through high school and became a Catholic in 1989. Her home parish is St. Joseph, Mojokerto, Indonesia. Anastasia attended Bogor Agricultural University, earning a B.A. in Animal Husbandry. Having worked in several small businesses in Jakarta, Tulungagung and Surabaya, Sister Anastasia returned to Narotama University and earned an M.A. in Financial Management.
She heard about Maryknoll from Father Agustinus Surianto, a diocesan priest in Bogor Diocese. Then she met Father Ridwan Amo who had been taught by Sister Dorothy McGowan, M.M. in Indonesia. He also recommended Maryknoll. Finally she searched the Maryknoll Sisters website and learned about the Sisters work in mission in different countries.
Sister Anastasia entered Maryknoll August 11, 2007, after completing a live-in experience in various houses of the Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines. She spent two years in our Orientation house in Chicago, studying part time at the Catholic Theological Union and doing part-time ministry in Bonaventure House, Aid for Women, University of Chicago Hospital and the Chinese American Service League.
Sister Anastasia made her first profession of religious vows at Maryknoll, NY and on Mission Sunday, October 18, 2009, Sister Anastasia was assigned to China region.
Sister Anastasia studied Putonghua in Guangzhou and worked part time with the Indonesians both in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. After finishing language study, Sister Anastasia continues to visit inmates at two institutional centers in Hong Kong and starting to be a volunteer at Holy Family Church Shenzhen and Maryknoll Society House Hong Kong. Sister Anastasia was a volunteer for financial literacy program at Pathfinders from January 2013 till April 2014.
Click here to visit Sister Anastasia’s blog where you can follow every step of her mission journey.