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History of KKIOC 

On February 19, 1984, KKIA was founded and later developed into a non-profit organization in Southern California on March 27, 1991. 

Chapter 5 of KKIA (Orange County), which had long cultivated good relations with St. Philip Benizi parish, Fullerton, Orange County was officially integrated into St. Philip Benizi parish on January 2, 2002, with its official name being "St. Philip Benizi Indonesian Community", also commonly known as "Komunitas Katolik Indonesia di Orange County" (KKIOC).

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History Throughout the Years

On February 19, 1984, KKIA was founded and later developed into a non-profit organization in Southern California on March 27, 1991. The management of KKIA, Inc. consists of two bodies; the Board of Directors and the Board of Officers. The Board of Directors consists of representatives of people/members and representatives of groups and activities. This agency provides direction on all KKIA activities. The Board of Officers serves as the Central Board of KKIA to coordinate all KKIA activities.

The area of Southern California is too large, therefore KKIA was divided into several geographical areas called Chapters. At that time, KKIA consisted of five chapters, where each chapter was led by a Chapter Leader. KKIA as a Catholic organization was located in Los Angeles territorially and is under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. With assistance from the SVD Union in Indonesia and West Province, KKIA had been served by two chaplains from Indonesia since August 1993, namely Father Lukas Bao Teluma, SVD and Father Raymundus Bhea Wea, SVD.

Both Fathers served as Spiritual Directors within KKIA, Inc. and were the liaison between KKIA and the dioceses where we were located, namely the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Orange, and San Diego. Based on needs and age, there were several groups of activities. The Group Coordinator coordinates each activity group. The activity group consists of Charismatic groups, Youth KKIA, Young Adults, and Teens.

In each chapter and group, there were various activities with their own schedules. Examples of routine activities in each chapter are Eucharistic celebrations, Rosary prayers, faith deepening, Charismatic prayer fellowships, and various social actions such as yard sales, market stalls, visits to the elderly, sick people, etc. Activities under the Charismatic group include prayer meetings, deepening of faith, retreats, and Charismatic masses. There is also a Youth and KKIA Young Adults group that has all kinds of social and spiritual activities. In addition, Easter and Christmas are celebrated with the entire KKIA, Inc. family.

Due to the return of Father Lukas B. Taluma and the completion of Father Raymundus B. Wea's term with KKIA, Inc., the Indonesian Catholic Community in Southern California wanted to integrate each chapter into the parish where the chapter was and is located. The goal was to make it easier to get help from dioceses in Southern California by being part of the local parish of each chapter where the Indonesian mass has become part of that parish.

Thus, Chapter 5 of KKIA (Orange County), which had long cultivated good relations with St. Philip Benizi parish, Fullerton, Orange County, held a meeting on January 2, 2002, at 6:30 p.m., with Father Ignatius M. Kissel, OSM, the head of St. Philip Benizi parish, to discuss the official entry of Chapter 5 KKIA into St. Philip Benizi parish. With Christ's abundant blessing, Chapter 5 KKIA (Orange County) was officially integrated into St. Philip Benizi parish in this meeting, with its official name being "St. Philip Benizi Indonesian Community", also commonly known as "Komunitas Katolik Indonesia di Orange County" (KKIOC).

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