Sister Bernadette Rini Dwi Astuti (Rini) was born in Jakarta City, Indonesia, in 1969. Before she entered our Community in 1996, she worked as a secretary for several years and participated in the parish activities with youth, the elderly and the sick. She made her First Profession of Vows in 1999 and her Final Vows in 2005. From 1999 to 2003, Sister Rini served on the staff of an organization devoted to micro socio-economic development, focusing on family economic management. She then studied at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in the Philippines in preparation for formation work.
In addition to serving as formation coordinator for Medical Mission Sisters in Indonesia, Sister Rini has been active in peace and justice work. In 2013 she attended an Ecological Spirituality Retreat, led by our Sister Elly Verrijt, an especially meaningful time for her. She says, “We experienced this retreat as a precious moment…it was not only to give new knowledge about the web of life, but in the silent atmosphere we were invited to enter our inner self where our body, mind and spirit experience the energy of the earth…”
Sister Rini has served in several leadership roles in the Medical Mission Sisters including as a District Assembly member and as Sector Coordinator for East Asia. Last year she was elected one of the five members of our new International Leadership Team in London. She is a special link to our Sisters who are involved in the formation and integration of our newest members.