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

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戸塚文卿師Fr. Bunkei Totsuka
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修道会の創立

 第2次世界大戦の前から、日本は結核が国民病と言われるほど流行し、貧困と病気のために多くの人々が悲惨な状況に追い込まれていたその頃のこと、若き医戸塚文卿は医学研究のためフランスへ留学中に特別な光を受けて、カトリック司祭となり、帰国すると聖ヨハネ汎愛医院を開いて、医療活動と司牧活動を開始しました。次第に協力者も患者も増え、品川から洗足、そして西小山へと移転し拡張していきました。戸塚師の活動を手伝っていた信心深い婦人たちの中に、岡村ふくもいて、彼女は戸塚師と親交のあったモンセニョ-ル・ウラジミール・ギカ師がフランスから来日され、西小山の教会でホーリークラウン(キリストの茨の冠の一片)によって信者を祝福された時に病気が癒され、戸塚師の活動に身を投じていきました。戸塚師は結核患者が収容し切れなくなったので、千葉県にサナトリウム海上寮を設立し、診療の傍ら、東京大神学院教授、カトリック新聞編集長を勤め、信心書の翻訳・著作活動も行い、次には小金井の地に桜町病院を建設すべく、超人的な働きをしました。そして桜町病院落成を目前にして病に倒れ、1939年8月17日、天に召されました。戸塚師の協力者であった岡村ふくは、当時の東京大司教土井辰夫の命を受け、戸塚師の遺志を受け継いで桜町病院を経営するために、修道会を創立することとなったのです。

Founding of Congregation

As with every congregation, the Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist was not formed by a single person. It was built by the dedication and prayers of many people and their interactions led by grace.

In the case of the St. John’s Congregation, Father Bunkei Totsuka sowed, Mother Fuku Okamura watered and through the blessings of Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, the congregation has flourished in many areas of service.

After graduating from the medical school of Tokyo University with honors, the young Dr. Totsuka went to the Pasteur Institute in Paris for further studies in medicine in 1921. While in Paris, he was led to become a Catholic priest. Soon after he returned to Japan, he started medical and pastoral care, particularly for tuberculosis patients, the typical epidemic in Japan around that time. So many people were driven to misery by the disease and the associated stigma and poverty.

Fr. Totsuka, gradually gathered together many co-workers as well as patients. While he was working in Nishi-koyama, Tokyo, many dedicated women of faith helped him. Among them was Fuku Okamura. She had a bone disorder which made her walking difficult, but she helped Fr. Totsuka in spite of it. While she was working with him, Msgr. Ghika, a
friend of Fr. Totsuka’s, visited Japan in 1933. They were both ordained in Paris only one year apart. It is said Fuku was healed by the blessing of Msgr. Ghika with a relic (the Holy
Crown) which he had brought with him to Japan. After gaining her health, she became even more active in serving patients and helping Dr. Totsuka.

In the mean time, Fr. Totsuka was occupied with many different projects including setting up a sanatorium in Chiba, teaching at the Catholic Seminary in the Archdiocese of Tokyo, serving as editor of the Catholic newspaper, translating and authoring many books of faith.

His next project was to lay the foundation for a new hospital to be called Sakuramachi Hospital located in Koganei, Tokyo. He completely exhausted himself in order to bring the new hospital into being, with very little time to eat or sleep. As a consequence, In August 1939, Fr. Totsuka departed to heaven at the age of 47 after having a heart attack, just before the hospital building was completed.

Like Moses, he could not reach the promised land he had been led to, but his followers/colleagues did. Archbishop Doi encouraged Fuku to take over Fr. Totsuka’s project and run the hospital. She felt it was too big a project for her, but after praying for days and nights, she finally decided to follow the path shown to her by God. In June 1944, Fuku Okamura, in cooperation with many others and with God’s blessings, founded a community called the Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist in order to serve the sick.

「神は、その独り子をお与えになったほどに、世を愛された。独り子を信じる者が一人も滅びないで、永遠の命を得るためである。」 ヨハネ 3:16-17「For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.」 John 3:16