The theme of the retreat was based on John 7:37~ [On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!].
During the two days of silence, the participants while watching an introductory DVD on the charisma of the congregation, talks and interviews, were made aware through the aid of the Holy Spirit as to their basic life’s calling.
We thank Fr. Hagiwara for his spiritual guidance and the sisters of the Koganei Holy Spirit retreat house for their help during the two days.
The newly completed Fuji St. John’s Facility was consecracted at a ceremony conducted by Fr. Morita Mitsuyoshi of the Catholic Fuji Yoshida Church on 25th September 2014. The old buildings will be demolished and the ceremony to celebrate the completion will be held in Spring next year.
This year’s annual retreat was held at the Holy Spirit’s Retreat House here in Koganei City under the direction of Jesuit Priest Fr. Amros from 14th-23rd September. 13 members of the congregation attended.
On August 16 the Director of Sakura Hospital together with staff and the sisters of St. John’s Congregation prayed for the eternal response of Fr. Bunkyo Totsuka – the founder of our hospital. The service was officiated over by Fr. Joseph Dinh of the Catholic Koganei Church.
On 6th June at 7pm a benediction officiated by Fr. Dinh of the Catholic Koganei Church, was held in preparation for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the St. John’s Congregation.
God desired the founding of the Congregation at a time when Japan was in disruption as a result of war. We prayed that we, who seek to live the consecrated life, may become appropriate neighbors to those who need our help, such as the sick and lonely, and that we may be able to continue to show God’s mercy. Furthermore, we prayed that God would send us new vocations.
The retreat was entitled “To walk in response to the invitation of the Lord – to follow the Virgin Mary”
The retreat was held at the Holy Spirit Retreat House here in Koganei City. Initially we were a little concerned about the weather due to travelers from afar. However, we were blessed by wonderful weather.
There were 10 participants, including our own aspirant, novice and staff. The retreat was directed by Fr. Fukuda Masanori of the Carmelites.
26th April was the 32nd anniversary of the death of Mother Fuku Okammura the foundress of our Congregation. As is customary, 16 members visited her grave at the Catholic cemetery in Fuchu.