Martinus Dogma Situmorang

Martinus Dogma Situmorang OFM Cap (28 March 1946 – 19 November 2019) was an Indonesian Roman Catholic bishop.

Martinus Dogma Situmorang

Diocese of Padang
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Situmorang in November 2017
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Medan
DioceseDiocese of Padang
PredecessorRaimondo Cesare Bergamin, S.X.
Ordination5 January 1974[1]
Consecration11 June 1983[1]
by Alfred Gonti Pius Datubara
Personal details
Born(1946-03-28)28 March 1946
Palipi, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Died19 November 2019(2019-11-19) (aged 73)
Bandung, Indonesia
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoFides Per Caritatem Operatur
(Faith works through Love)

Dogma Situmorang was born in Indonesia and was ordained to the priesthood in 1974. He served as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Padang, Indonesia, from 1983 until his death in 2019.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Dogma Situmorang was born in the village of Palipi on Samosir Island to an ethnic Batak family. He was the third child of the couple Joseph Iskandar Arminius Situmorang and Maria Dina Sinaga. His father was a Roman Catholic catechist who was one of the forerunners in the foundation of the Catholic church on the Samosir Island. On 26 December 1978, when he was 12, Dogma Situmorang's birth mother Maria died and his father remarried to Maria Else Sinaga. In total Dogma Situmorang grew up in a large family with 8 brothers and 6 sisters.[3]

Religious lifeEdit

When he was in his early twenties Dogma Situmorang joined as a novice the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin colloquially known as Capuchins. On 5 January 1974 at the age of 27 he was ordained a priest of the Capuchin order.[1] On 11 June 1987 Simanullang was appointed to be bishop of Padang. On 17 March 1983 he was ordained bishop by Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga O.F.M. Cap. then archbishop of Medan, who served as consecrator. The prinicpal co-consecrators were Raimondo Cesare Bergamin S.X., then bishop emeritus of Padang, and Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga O.F.M. Cap, then bishop of Sibolga.[1]

Dogma Situmorang died on 19 November 2019 in a hospital in Bandung. He had been taken in ill on 8 November 2019.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang, O.F.M. Cap. †". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ Diocese of Padang
  3. ^ "Bishop of Palipi Village", Life Magazine Edition No. 23 June 8, 2008
  4. ^ "Mgr Situmorang, anak katekis yang jadi Uskup Padang dan mantan Ketua KWI, meninggal dunia" (in Indonesian). Pena Katolik. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.