Fr. Paul Budi Kleden is elected as a member of the General Council of the SVD. He was a capitular representing the Ende Province in Indonesia (IDE).
Fr. Budi Kleden was born on November 16, 1965 at Waibalum-Larantuka, Flores, Indonesia. Born as the fifth child of Petrus Sina Kleden (gone to his eternal rest in 2000) and Dorotea Sea Halan, Fr. Budi Kleden has two brothers and 4 sisters. Fr. Budi Kleden did his schooling in SDK-Waibalun, Larantuka and the minor seminary at Hokeng.
He joined the SVD in 1985 at Ledalero and completed his novitiate and
philosophical studies there. He completed his theological studies at St. Gabriel, Austria. He was ordained priest at St. Gabriel, on May 15, 1993.
From 1993-1996, he worked in Switzerland as assistant parish priest first in Steinhausen and then in Auw. He did his doctoral studies in systematic theology in Albert Ludwig’s University at Freiburg, Germany from 1996-2000.
From the year 2001 he was professor of theology at Ledalero. He was a member of the provincial council (IDE) from 2005-2008, and was the Vice-Provincial for one year during this term. From 2011, he is also the director of post-graduate program in Ledalero.
–Picture and text provided by Sebastian Mattappallil, SVD