Celebrating the Holy Week and Easter through social media

Stephen Savarimuthu OMI – We are Oblates (Frs. Inui, Steve & Bro. Yagi) who form a community at Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. Our Parish, St. Joseph, has a mission station in Anan. In order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections, we are not allowed to have any form of group gatherings in churches throughout Japan. Therefore, the three of us decided to have an Oblate community celebration of Holy Week and Easter, and make it available to people through social media. Since most people in Japan use LINE and FACEBOOK, we agreed to stream the liturgy LIVE!

Continue reading
Posted in Oblates | Comments Off on Celebrating the Holy Week and Easter through social media

Evangelization in Japan

Bradly Rozairo OMI: Is evangelization difficult in Japan? This is a question often asked by many, and the answer is, Yes. Having lived in Japan for a good number of years I would say that missionaries do struggle, get disappointed and sometimes even plan to go back to their own country. The reason is that a materially rich country like Japan poses a big challenge to missionaries when it comes to evangelization.

Continue reading
Posted in Superior's Desk | Comments Off on Evangelization in Japan

I leaned down and kissed my son

Jerome Novotny OMI – Many individuals in today’s society understand the pain felt by mothers after they have aborted their babies. But what about Post-Abortion Syndrome which affects men? As the body count of unborn babies continues to increase, research shows that more and more fathers are desperately crying out in pain as a result of these abortions. Several weeks ago while browsing google on this topic, I ran across the following article: “My ‘Friend’ Assumed I’d Be Pro Abortion for Cleft Babies Like Mine & He’s Dead Wrong”. This, in turn, resulted in writing on abortion and unborn babies with cleft lip.

Continue reading
Posted in Right To Life, World Scene | Comments Off on I leaned down and kissed my son

ProLifers as Modern Disciples – The India Experience

Jerry Novotny, OMI: As I look out the window this morning, the world seems to have a surreal appearance. The feeling I sense in Japan is a quiet calmness before the storm hits. The effect of the Coronavirus pandemic will eventually touch all of us in some way. Hopefully, the world will come to realize the need “to work together” and “to put God back into society.” Without this, life will only continue to get worse.

Continue reading
Posted in Oblates, Right To Life | Tagged , , | Comments Off on ProLifers as Modern Disciples – The India Experience

Gender gap deeply ingrained in Japan, says top U.N. official Nakamitsu

Gender gaps remain significant in Japan as traditional roles for men and women are strongly reinforced in society and through mass media, leaving many women accustomed to restrictive norms and limited opportunities, a senior U.N. official has said.

Continue reading
Posted in Japan Scene | Comments Off on Gender gap deeply ingrained in Japan, says top U.N. official Nakamitsu

Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Mar 4, 2020.- Some Japanese dioceses have suspended Masses for several weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic across the country.

Continue reading
Posted in Japan Scene | Comments Off on Japanese dioceses suspend Masses amid coronavirus epidemic

Is Hikikomori (Extreme Social Withdrawal) a Global Epidemic?

In the late 1990s, just as home computers and internet access were becoming ubiquitous, people in Japan began paying closer attention to a severe form of social withdrawal—marked by the desire to be alone in one’s bedroom—that was becoming commonplace among adolescent boys. They called this form of extreme social withdrawal hikikomori.

Continue reading
Posted in Japan Scene | Comments Off on Is Hikikomori (Extreme Social Withdrawal) a Global Epidemic?

…they have seen a great light

Fr. Bernard ONDAP OMI – Last December 26-27, 2019, the Japan Oblate Delegation, joined by four diocesan clergy from Takamatsu Diocese, came together for the annual Christmas at Nakajimacho Parish Rectory in Kochi, Japan. The simple yet very meaningful atmosphere started with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Bishop Suwa. In his homily, the Bishop empathized that we should recognize the light that God has given us in our day to day life. We face a lot of challenges as Missionaries and as a Church in Japan, but God never fails to give us that light which radiates hope.

Continue reading
Posted in Delegation Articles, Japan Scene | Comments Off on …they have seen a great light

The Oblate Mission in Vietnam

Bradly Rozairo, OMI – The Missionary Oblates were allowed by the Communist government to enter Vietnam in 2010 to perform limited missionary work; they had been there since 2001. The Oblates are one of just a handful of religious congregations given permission to work in the country. Much of their work is pastoral in nature, but they also have outreach programs including overseeing the Bung Orphanage.

Continue reading
Posted in Superior's Desk | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Oblate Mission in Vietnam

Childhood in Japan is certainly not getting any easier

The girl was 15, the teacher in his early 30s. He recognized her ability, encouraged her, befriended her, seduced her. He took her to a love hotel and said, “This is what grown-ups do.”

Continue reading
Posted in Japan Scene, Right To Life | Tagged | Comments Off on Childhood in Japan is certainly not getting any easier