Our congregation, the Missionary Sisters of St. John the Evangelist, was born in a small village in Koganei in 1944, at the dawn of a difficult time that awaited Japan as the war was coming to an end. When everything was burned and there was no light to be seen, God gave us the grace.
Do not boast of the gifts you have received as if they were your own or your own credit, do not be overwhelmed and saddened by the cross that is the treasure of merit, do not envy others from your respective paths, and always fight cheerfully for the Heavenly Parent and neighborly love.
The staff of the school's food caterying used to have curry and rice on Fridays, but when the day of the week was changed due to an event, K-kun, who loved curry and rice, got upset because curry and rice was not served on Fridays. He had been looking forward to it so much. When the staff heard this, they were encouraged to make a special curry just for him.continue reading
People with intellectual disabilities, even if they are developmentally delayed, have wonderful personalities. They are kind, warm, honest, and pure-hearted, which strikes a chord with people. When newcomers come, they approach them with a friendly smile and ask, "Where are you from? Why are you here? Everyone is welcomed with open arms.continue reading
The winters in Oshino are much colder than expected, sometimes reaching temperatures of -16 to -20 degrees Celsius, and we needed a place where the residents could gather. It is a two-story gymnasium, partly raised and partitioned like a stage, with curtains that can be hung. It was used for various events such as Christmas parties, New Year's masses, and parent-teacher conferences, but on a regular basis it was used as a place for all the residents to run around.
The second phase of construction was suspended for about two years, and then resumed for another six months. The suffering of living in two places put a lot of strain on the inhabitants and staff who remained at the Konohara Institute, and the staff who remained at the Institute for a time called for a strike to protest their predicament. At a time when St. John’s was in the midst of the most difficult situation, the Archbishop of Tokyo, Seiichi Shirayagi, assumed the position of President. I think it is no exaggeration to say that St. John's Society is what it is today because of him.
After the death of the founder of Sakuramachi Hospital, Father Totsuka Bunkei, his collaborator, Okamura Fuku, was ordered by the then Archbishop of Tokyo, Doi Tatsuo, to found the Missionary Order of St. John the Evangelist and to take over the management of Sakuramachi Hospital.
One day, there were many cases of dysentery and epidemic diarrhea at the school, and Dr. Nakamura at the clinic was extremely busy. As a result of the stool tests, all the children and staff who had the disease were quarantined in the Mochitoku dormitory, where they lived together for about a month while undergoing continuous stool tests. At this time, the laboratory department of Sakuramachi Hospital was very helpful, and Sister Inagaki also came to the hospital to help out.
The staff and sisters took care of the children with all their heart and souls, and were supported and, in turn, learnt much from the children's innocense. They were often comforted by the children's gradual progress. The staff took turns praying before and after meals, but one day, a child who was eating before the others because he had to go out did not start eating even though the staff often encouraged him to do so.
The farmers in the neighborhood were kind enough to sell us vegetables and the grocery store provided us with food, so we were able to cook something that the children would enjoy, despite our poverty. One of the boys who oversaw the spreading of margarine on the cobbled bread for breakfast, dividing it into three equal portions and placing them on plastic plates. However, pieces went missing because the boy was popping them into his mouth while delivering it down the long corridor to the study room and cafeteria.
After the death of Father Totsuka Bunkei, the founder of Sakuramachi Hospital, his collaborator, Okamura Fuku, founded the Missionary Order of St. John the Evangelist in 1944, under the order of the then Bishop Doi to manage the hospital. When she was looking for a quiet place to build a training institute for the growing number of sisters, the head clerk of Sakuramachi Hospital came to her with a proposition.
Despite the Corona panademic, the flowers and grasses still find time to praise God.
We had a sales event for the St. John's Congregation at the Catholic Fuchu Church on Sunday, November 15th. This year, the annual bazaar which is usually held during this period was canceled due to Covid-19. Father Andrea, the presiding priest at the church, decided to hold this event out of consideration for the parishioners, just prior to Christmas, due to church events having been extremely restricted due Covid-19. Items produced by the St. John’s sisters, such as handmade cards, next year's calendars, stationery, bookmarks, stickers, and other handicrafts were sold.continue reading
The annual Catholic Fuchu Church bazaar was held on Sunday, October 20th. Although the weather had been rather unstable with constant rain. However, during the day it improved and we were able to finish safely.
Cycling around Lake Yamanakako and a visit to Fuji St. John Facility
On May 3 during the long holidays, the aspirants, postulants, and one other headed Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture early in the morning. Blessed with wonderful weather, the magnificent Mt. Fuji welcomed us. Taking a direct bus from Mt. Fuji Station to Lake Yamanaka we rented bicycles on the lake and went around Yamanakako. A refreshing breeze blew through the beautiful fresh greenery of the lake, and we were fascinated by the beautiful scenery of another world. We got off our bicycles on the way and viewed beautiful Mount Fuji from the lake again and again.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.