Albertus Rahadi is a Javanese man cherished by his family for dedicating his life to priesthood. His family is overjoyed when he tells them he wants to join the seminary. For a devout Catholic family, having a priest from the family is a sign that God is pouring down His blessing to them. Above all this, Rahadi is a sharp-witted, strong, and gorgeous male. After being ordained as a priest, he is sent to study abroad. There, he meets Hildegard, a French girl, born and raised in Vietnam. Spending her hole life in Hanoi, Hilde has culturally been estranged from Europe, her parents’ homeland. Feeling lost after her father’s death, she seeks a foothold in the figure of Father Rahadi. Unfortunately, this physically and sexually attractive man vibrating with life is a Catholic priest, bound by a vow of hastity and celibacy. In a hilariously playful and intellectually-charged romance novel entitled Romo Rahadi, Father Mangunwijaya combines passionate emotions and logical consideration in his storytelling. This exceptional novel depicts the struggle between being a mere man and being a man of God embedded in the character and flesh of a priest.
Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya, Pr (1929–1999). He was graduated from the Philosophy of Theology Institute of Yogyakarta in 1959, and was graduated from the School of Engineering-Rhein- Westfalen, Aachen, Germany in 1966. In 1978 he followed a Fellow of Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Aspen, USA. Many of his writings have been published as books, and many of his articles have been published in various media. His book entitled Literature and Religiosity won the first prize of the Jakarta Arts Council for essay category, in 1982. While the Manyar Birds won the South East Asia White Award 1983. Some of his books are translated in Dutch, English, and Japanese.