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Christmas Present for a Missionary

I would like to share with you one of the most delightful Christmas presents that I have ever received. In the mission parish of Katase in Yokohama Diocese where I was stationed we had a special catechumenate class for couples where the wife was baptized, but the husband was not.

By Fr. Barry Cairns
December 18, 2019

Do Not Be Afraid

I first met Mr. Ikehata when Rev. Tesshu, a Buddhist priest, took Columban Fr. Bede Cleary and me to meet him on a hot summer day. The four of us were sitting round a low table in the tatami room and in no time at all the conversation was about the Holy Spirit.

By Fr. Seamus Cullen
September 16, 2019

A Great Transformation

In January 1948, two Columban priests arrived in a devastated, demoralized Japan. Less than two and a half years after the end of World War II, the cities were in ruins, the people dispirited and the local church in disarray.

Fr. Leo Schumacher

February 23, 2018
Fr. Joe Brooder, right, and Tanaka Kun

Not Bad for a Non-Christian

Word came into the church that a homeless man was sleeping rough under Sotohori Bridge, in Japan. The local Church group looking after the homeless went to visit him. Yes, he was there living in an exquisite homemade cardboard style of a home. He would slide in and out of it like a drawer.

By Fr. Joe Brooder

October 25, 2017

The Homeless of Wakayama

In 2005 I went to work in the Yakatamachi parish where a group of Brothers and priests, inspired by Charles de Foucald, lived simply and worked among the homeless.

By Fr. Joe Broderick

August 1, 2017

Cultural Curiosity and Trends in Japan

Since first coming to Japan as a missionary 60 years ago I have had a cultural curiosity! It is still with me. It makes missionary life interesting. Such events as festivals, customs, ways of thinking and acting fascinate me.

By Fr. Barry Cairns

June 1, 2017

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