Brief profile

KAS

The Pastoral Care of the Archdiocese of Semarang covers two provinces in Indonesia, namely the eastern part of Central Java (except for the Regencies of Rembang and Blora, which have entered the territory of the Diocese of Surabaya) and the entire province of the Special Region of Yogyakarta. The outermost parish boundaries of the four cardinal directions are: 1) North, Jepara Parish borders the Diocese of Surabaya; 2) East, Sragen Parish borders the Diocese of Surabaya; 3) South, Batu Parish borders the Indian Ocean; 4) West, Sukorejo Parish borders the Diocese of Purwokerto. In the ecclesiastical region, the Archdiocese of Semarang is a “metropolitan province” with the Diocese of Purwokerto, the Diocese of Surabaya, and the Diocese of Malang as the suffragan. In an area of ​​approximately 19,022, 51 km2, the Archdiocese of Semarang is divided into 4 vicars. One, the Semarang Kevikepan covers the Municipality and Regencies of Semarang, Demak, Jepara, Grobogan, Kendal, Kudus, and Pati. Second, the Kevikepan Surakarta covers the regencies of Sukoharjo, Klaten, Boyolali, Sragen, Wonogiri, Karanganyar, and the Municipality of Surakarta. Third, the Yogyakarta Kevikepan covers all of Yogyakarta’s regencies, namely Bantul, Gunung Kidul, Kulon Progo, and Sleman. Fourth, Kedu Kevikepan consists of the Municipality of Magelang, Magelang Regency, and Temanggung Regency. Pastoral colors in the Archdiocese of Semarang are quite unique and diverse. Kevikepan Semarang is closely related to the pattern of the Pantura (North Coast of Java) with the colors of Javanese, Arabic, and Chinese culture. The Kevikepan Surakarta and Yogyakarta are very close to the Kraton culture so that there is an integration of Javanese cultural values ​​and traditions. Meanwhile, Kedu Kevikepan was more of an agrarian style with an area located in the mountains, far from the influence of the palace, and the Dutch East Indies bureaucracy – in the past – so it was chosen to be the center of mission in Java. In order to facilitate pastoral care for the people from various backgrounds, there are 98 parishes in the Archdiocese of Semarang which are ready to assist the bishop in carrying out pastoral care, serving approximately five hundred thousand people.