聖ヨハネ会St. John's Congregation

福音史家聖ヨハネ布教修道会The Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist

Pilgrimage to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the “Hidden Christians of Japan.

Several of our sisters made a pilgrimage to  Nagasaki from the 16th-19th March to attend the commemorative mass for the 150th anniversary of the  “Hidden Christians of Japan.”

Around 150 worshippers attended the mass at the Oura Cathedral, a national treasure that was built in 1864, shortly after the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled during the Edo Period (1603-1867), ended its seclusion policy.

The church was built mainly under the leadership of French missionary Bernard Petitjean and held its consecration ceremony in February 1865.

A month later, a group of Kakure Kirishitan (hidden Christians) appeared at the cathedral and announced their faith to the priest.

After the shogunate banned Christianity in Japan in 1612, Catholics practiced in secrecy for about 250 years. They were believed to have been wiped out under heavy persecution before they appeared at the Oura Cathedral.

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8th June 2014 Social event for the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of St. John’s Congregation

Following Mass on 8th June we held a social exchange with parishioners of the Catholic Koganei Church.
Despite the rain about 100 people attended including members of the St. John’s Brothers and Sisters Association.
One person even attended who had just returned from France the day before despite his jet lag and tiredness.
Following a speech by the Mother Superior we showed a DVD entitled “The History of Fuji St. John’s Facility”.
After that there was a small party and a photo exhibition of the facility.  There was occasional laughter during the
DVD which made it an enjoyable experience.
 
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Edo Christian Pilgrimage 5th May 2014

On the 5th the novitiate made an Edo Christian Pilgrimage. It rained occasionally but didn’t hinder out walk, instead made it cooler.

We began from the Asakusa Station and made our way to the Asakusa Catholic church. We couldn’t enter the Jishi Park which was the site of the Tenmacho prison because it was under construction. However, we were extremely surprised and shocked to hear that some 1,700 prisoners had been executed here.

In addition we visited Fudanotsuji and the Takanawa Catholic Church where there is an underground crypt for the Edo martyrs together with a museum.

 
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Kamigoto, Nagasaki Pilgrimage 12th-15th May 2014

Between 12th-15th May, the priest and followers of the Catholic Koganei Church made a pilgrimage to Kamigoto in Nagasaki prefecture.  Amongst the places visited were:

 

Osagaura Church

Tainoura Church

Kashiragashimi Church

Ura Church

Doinoura Church

The hidden Christians’ sites

Fr. Marc Marie de Rotz’s grave

Shitsu Church

Kurosaki Church

Endo Shusaku Literature Museum

The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument

Saint Kolbe’s Museum

Urakami Cathedral

 
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8th June 2014 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the Congregation

POSTER

Details

• DVD (42 mins)(History of the Fuji St. John’s Facility)
• Photo Exhibition

Everybody is welcome is attend

except from the DVD “The History of the Fuji St. John’s Facility”

 

 
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150 anniversary of the Consecration of the Yokohama Catholic Church

A talk and thanksgiving Mass was held on 24th November in the Yokohama Diocese to celebrate the 150 year of the consecration of the Yokohama Catholic Church and the re-opening of the Japanese mission. Over 4,000 attended  from parishes of the Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Yamanashi, Nagano prefectures of the Yokohama Diocese.

160 of the chalices and ciboriums on the alter were made by people residing at our Fuji St. John’s Facility.

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Lithographs by Masako Okamura – our foundress’ s mother

From “The story of modern artists of our beautiful hometown Shinshu” which appeared in the Monday, 6th June 2005 edition of the Shinano Mainichi Newspaper.

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