Live In: Together Serving Others in Humility

Live-in is a program that is planned for the eleventh graders. In this program, students are expected to improve their compassion to others. Students are requested to stay with the society and experience firsthand how the society contemplates their life. With real-life experiences, students are expected to feel, describe, and process the joy and pain that is experienced by the society where they stay. The experience processing will be embodied in the form of live-in examen writing. With writing this live-in examen, student will be helped by accompanying team in social analysis. The best examen will be awarded in Saint Ignatius Day.

The main objective of live-in is to develop the spirit of social sensitivity and foster the spirit of serving others as experienced by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. This is the spirit to be men and women for others. Live-in is also a place for Gonzaga College students’ character building. Expected after following this activity the students will have a mature personality who would be involved in the problems of life together in society.

This time, Parish Church of Saint Peter Canisius in Wonosari is the place to live in for the students for five days. Parish Church of Saint Peter Canisius is located in Special Region of Yogyakarta. There are six regions of the parish church who receive the students. Pulutan and Kwangen located not so far from the church. Singkil and Baran region are located approximately 20 km from the church and Blakonang region 26 km from the church. The furthest area is Girisubo, which is located 37 km from the church. 213 students who were accompanied by 11 teachers live at the families’ home that were there. Each family received two students. During the families of the students work together in accordance with the jobs of families in which they live. When the household works as farmers, students who live there will be working in the fields. Students who live with a family of teachers was asked to teach at the school where their parents work. But there is also students who works in the market, because the parents that they follow trade in the market.

The following piece of the story of Ilham Rizky Athallah, a student from class Science described his experience after living with his parents in the village:

“For three days live-in, I learned to be a open and humble person. I learned to get this value when I was served some food by my mother for the first time. At first I don’t like the look, but once I tasted the food, it turns out I loved it. From this experience I learned to open my heart and my mind to new things. Simplicity is no stranger to life in the village. Value of simplicity is shown from the way they live. But there is one event that makes me amazed and touched. On the third day, my mother and housemate invited to walk around at night. At first I wondered why my mother took us to the streets at night. It turned out that at the end of the journey we ate in meatball stall. I was so touched. My mother who in daily only able to provide food potluck dinner table was willing to set aside her wages to buy us a portion of meatballs. A simple way you did to us makes us really touched, we feel loved. Thanks mom, she has taught the meaning of simplicity and genuine affection on me.”

Many valuable experiences and the values ​​obtained during this live-in. There also a story how they are very touched when greeted with a sincere and loving family where they lived. Despite the financial constraints, there was a sense of deep gratitude for the fortune that they receive day after day. The students also saw that the spirit of mutual cooperation between the people still strongly felt. Hospitality, sincerity, a sense of deep gratitude for the grace of life, the joy of sharing and helping each other become a desire to be a reflection they have learned in this live-in.

Hopefully, this experience wil be a provision of the students for their future life in society. Hopefully they are increasingly grateful for the greatness of God.

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.