Ordination in Japan
The Catholic Church has about 509,000 faithful in Japan - less than 0.5% of the total population. There are 16 dioceses, including 3 archdioceses with 1589 priests and 848 parishes in the country.
|Deacon Maximilian Kolbe Nagasaki So|
Catholicism and Christianity in general, was introduced to Japan by Portuguese explorers and missionaries, especially the Jesuits, as St. Francis Xavier.
On Sunday April 26, universal Day of Prayer for Vocations, at 2.00 in the afternoon, our brother Maximilian Kolbe Nagasaki So was ordained a priest in the Cathedral in Osaka. Together with him a diocesan deacon was also ordained a priest .
|The Ordination Mass in the Osaka Cathedral|
The Osaka Cathedral, which was recently reinforced to withstand earthquakes, hosted the celebration. The ordination was an occasion of great celebration before a packed cathedral and in the presence of three bishops.
|Newly Ordained Priests. Fr. Nagasaki So on the left|
Along with the many priests of the diocese the Claretian Missionaries of Osaka and Tokyo participated in the celebrations.
|Ken Masuda making his perpetual commitment before Fr. Francisco Carin , |
Delegate Superior of the Claretians of East Asia
|Renewal of vows|
|The three professed Claretians in Japan|