2017 March 1
Wednesday and Lenten Season
[Fear not,...be not discouraged!
Lord your God is with you, a mighty savior;
will quiet you with His love,
will rejoice over you with singing.] Zephaniah 3: 16,17
Year, and welcome back to Ordinary Time and celebrations for the Feast
of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, January 12.
we are back to school and various apostolates that have been on a short
vacation. Recently we celebrated the Associates and one member
especially who has been with the program for 25 years. All members
renewed their commitment on January 7.
invited members of the Lutheran Church in Fukushima to join us in
praying for Church Unity at our monthly "Izumi and Budonokai" meeting
special events here in December. Of course at each level in the schools,
Christmas plays, concerts and in the city overall Christmas
illuminations and music. At the parish decorations went up inside and
out on the 11th. This week we will welcome relatives and neighbors to
the convent on Dec. 23, the Emperor's birthday, for a Christmas lunch
and on the 24th final preparations for the evening Mass and reveillon.
Christmas day we will celebrate with our pastor after the Parish
celebrations and later in the afternoon we will visit our three sisters
in assisted living. Many sisters were baptized at Christmas and so we
will celebrate them Christmas Eve.
background to all of this classes continue and those involved spend busy
days keeping it all going smoothly. Here at the convent Christmas
decorations are up and we have welcomed the elementary school children
according to grades this past week to celebrate a prayerful Christmas in
26th all signs of Christmas will disappear in town and nearby shops as
the Japanese New Celebration goes into full swing. The whole atmosphere
changes and folks get ready for a three day holiday. It is the most
peaceful three days of the year.
So let me
close here wishing you a very joyful Christmas and Happy New Year from
the Sisters of Maria Province.
was a busy month as usual, so busy with the Official Visit of our new
Provincial and parish and school bazars that I had no time to
update here. Besides the fact that I was in Canada until October 12,as I
mourned the sudden death of my brother. Special thanks to all those who
sent condolence messages and cards. They were truly appreciated by me
and the family. Special thanks to the CND Sisters in Kingston who
supported me through yet another family funeral this year.
And so on
to November the month of All Souls. Each parish in Fukushima honored the
dead by holding either a Mass at the grave site or a prayer service at
the cemetery after the Sunday Mass which was offered for all the
deceased. At the convent we list up the names of all those who have
passed away this past year and include the prints of our CND sisters who
have died this past year. This little shrine rests at the foot of Mary's
statue in our chapel during the month of November and the bi-annual Mass
for our deceased sisters will be on November 16.
activity was on the 11th as we held our annual Taize gathering. We were
happy to share this precious prayer time with a number of parishioners
same weekend, Sr. Rumiko Matsumiya brought four young women who
participated in WYD in Poland this past summer. These young college
women shared their experience with us Sat. evening and the parishioners
after the Sunday Mass. About 140 young Japanese attended and there is a
great effort now to spread the good news about this event and prepare
participants for the next one in Panama.
We are now
preparing to celebrate CND International Day, the Feast of Christ the
King and then move into the new liturgical year with Advent.
with all in these busy days.
after a very long break. Much has happened during that time in the CND.
We are welcoming a new General Administration and an historic group it
is. Central America and Cameroon will be represented for the first time
as well as Canada and the U.S. We wish them a fruitful administration
and assurance of our prayers. Of course we are already looking forward
to welcoming them to Japan. We have never had CND visitors from CA or
Africa. Very exciting.
I hope to
keep you up to date on the various autumn events which are somewhat
overwhelming. We must pick and choose which to attend. Respect for the
Aged Day was Monday, Sept. 19 but we will celebrate our 80 years +
parishioners this Sunday. The Elementary School bazaar will be the same
day as well as a meeting in Sendai for Religious. We are stretched to
Angels come to visit you in various venues as we celebrate them in late
September and early October.
June, July, August 2016
editor of this page will be away so look for news after mid-August.
renewing our vows May 27 as our pastor will be away next week. With that
we will also celebrate at meals on Friday. United with all of our
sisters worldwide on this occasion. Wishing all a safe and restful
are already at May. Already plans are afoot for various opportunities to
teach our students about Mary and her importance as the mother of Jesus,
but also as the richest symbol we have of the sacredness of women. Let
us keep in mind those women and girls who have been treated in such evil
ways, they no longer love themselves. I also want to remember all those
who are working so hard to bring an end to the slave trade of women and
girls (boys too). Let us remember Mary our mother and the mother of all,
especially those most in need. "Remember O most gracious virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection or sought
thy help was left unaided..."
news of the earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan has reached you through the
news media. A very large area as well as many families have been deeply
affected. As we know in Fukushima, the recovery takes a long time.
Fortunately the nuclear plants in Kumamoto were not damaged in any way
so radiation is not a problem, but rebuilding and reopening companies
that employ many citizens will take some time. At present many
volunteers are there helping out as best they can. Service on the bullet
train has not resumed yet in Kyushu. Fortunately Mr. Chouinard had
completed his journey to Kyushu before this happened.
that families are undergoing the same suffering in Ecuador is
heartbreaking. We keep all in prayer and are open to help in whatever
ways are open to us.
highlight of this year's Easter season was the visit by Mr. Chouinard,
former CND Archivist. He carried the spirit of Marguerite to us and
moreover to our faculty and staff of our schools. He made a deep
impression with his gentleness and genuine love of St. Marguerite. May
God continue to bless his efforts on our behalf.
Today 3 of
our older sisters who lived at the beginning of our history here in
Fukushima shared stories from those days with our present faculty
members who are new to Sakura no Seibo and have limited knowledge of how
the school was built up. They enjoyed "soup and bread" for lunch in the
spirit of Marguerite. We will soon have a visit from Mr. Chouinarde,
former archivist for CND and he will share much of the history that he
has spent many years collating in our archives. We are all much more
aware of the important role of the archivist in preserving our history
for generations to come.
fast approaching the season of Lent and there are so many helps to
choose from on the internet. Here I will include a link overflowing with
ideas. Choose one is my advice. Here in Japan we are in the midst of the
end of one school year and all the activities that attend the season,
graduations, parties etc. So we must make an effort to "keep Lent".
Wishing all a grace-filled season of renewal.
also well aware of the opening of the General Conference in Montreal and
our prayers are with our sisters there.
enter Ordinary time, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The Christmas
decorations have come down and now we meet the adult Jesus who calls us
to join Him in being the beloved children of God, His Father. What a
gift we have been given through baptism.
Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Here I am
almost at the end of June. Don't ask where May went! We did have a
splendid Golden Week and various other events. We sent Father Thomas O.P.
off for his home visit to Poland and welcomed Father Aime Bolduc,Quebec
Foreign Mission Society, the new pastor at Nodamachi Catholic Church.
The annual Maria Festival at the Church was held on May 31 and now I'll
update you on June.
On June 7
two elementary school children received their First Holy Communion. Both
are members of the Sunday school where Srs. Reiko Yasuda and Sachiko
Egawa along with parents of the children hold weekly meetings after the
Sunday Mass. The two who received communion were so excited especially
as now they can serve as altar girls!
we welcomed Fr Jerzy's niece and husband-to-be next month in Poland.
They are enjoying a pre-wedding honeymoon for two weeks in Japan as
Monica has spent many months and a year here studying Japanese. After
the wedding Monica will be taking good care of me in Poland as I shall
be there for the wedding and an additional week.
Easter to all!
year is underway with an end to graduations in March and care for our
dear Sister Kimura who died on March 29. Holy Week and Sister's wake and
funeral took place in tandem. Now the Entrance ceremonies at each level
of the schools are behind us and the students are back to classes. The
cherry blossoms and tulips have given us hope as spring came early this
year. A blessing to be sure. We have expressed our gratitude and said
our goodbyes to Sister Marijke who is returning to Canada and on to
Now we are
looking forward to a splendid Golden Week in early May...
are, ready to enter the holy season of Lent. Wishing all who read this
page a fruitful season. There are so many sites on the Internet to help
us celebrate this season well, that I do not feel it necessary to add.
My recommendations would be to: Word On Fire and Pray-as-you-go. Both
come easily on Google.
October, November, December 2014
these three months go. Sorry for no updating here. As usual our life is
much influenced by what is going on in the schools and parish. Sr.
Nakamoto has been to Canada twice in these two months, one with students
and another in Nov. to contribute to preparations for our General
Chapter next year in Montreal. Sr. Kasahara invited the parish Women's
group (in Canada we would say the CWL) to the convent to enjoy a
different venue for their monthly meeting. A good time was had by all as
time was spent interacting with all the sisters. Much laughter and
chatter filled the air.
had a visitor from Cameroon. Colin has been studying at an Agricultural
center not too far from here. His family has been very connected with
our Sisters in Kumbo, especially his father has rendered great service
to the CND's there over the years. Colin grew up in this CND atmosphere
and I am sure he will follow in his father's footsteps. We enjoyed his
power point presentation so much that the high school Sisters invited
him to do a repeat for students.
recently we entertained Marie Louise's brother-in-law, Charles, from
Rwanda. He is the principal of the school which has been built since the
genocide tragedy, mostly with funds from Japan. The history of that
school has been modeled on Sakura no Seibo which also was built after
WWII. We are looking forward to meeting some of the teachers on his
staff next year.
And now we
are into December. The parish retreat is this weekend (6-7) and the
convent Advent retreat is next weekend. Remote preparations are underway
for a Christmas feast and all through the city we are entertained with
Christmas carols, religious and otherwise. Needless to say we hum along.
So this is
as up-to-date as I can bring you at this time.
wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
back in Japan after a restful summer. My retreat at a hermitage in
Newfoundland was a time of blessing. Visits with CND companions, family
and friends brought a much needed renewal of spirit and energy. Thanks
to all. Now it is back to the routines of life in Fukushima. The Sisters
are slowly recovering from what was a summer of record temperatures and
humidity. September as always is filled with many events both at the
parish and in the schools. Respect for the Aged Day will be celebrated
in the parish, Sept. 21 and the parish bazaar will be the following
Sunday. The high school festival, "okasai", will be held on the 13th and
14th. Then the elementary school mini-bazaar will be on Sept. 27. Trips
abroad this month for 9 college students and planning for an Oct. trip
abroad for about 20 high school students have kept some teachers busy
along with the usual school activities.
all of these activities is our prayer life with daily Mass and community
evening or morning prayer during which we keep in mind all those who
have asked for prayers as well as always for our students past and
to May, this month has been rather quiet. Of course school busyness
continues and now the rainy season is adding to our discomfort as the
humidity sets in. The quiet of June will soon be broken as we celebrate
Tonari and Date, 60,50,and 25 years devoted to Maria Province, CND in a
wide variety of situations. We praise God who has blessed them and thank
them for these years of service to Mission. We are expecting about 100
guests in all so the preparations will soon be underway as I write this.
will be in Canada for July and August, so this page will not be updated
during my visit home. May all of us enjoy safe and comfortable journeys
over the summer.
a golden Golden Week May 3 to 6 and the weather made it truly golden.
Flowers are blossoming and as I write this the roses are coming into
full bloom. However with such beauty around us still sadness has crept
in. Sr. Kitako Nakajima became ill and was bedridden for what we thought
would be a few days. But on the 7th she stopped eating and gradually
weakened to the point where she could not stand on her own. This
happened on Sat. and it was her good fortune that our pastor was in the
convent on other business and after saying a few prayers, went home to
come back with the oil for anointing the sick. So surrounded by most of
us and with beautiful roses to admire, she received the sacrament and
Eucharist, then we had to send her off to the hospital never imagining
she would not return to us in good health in spite of her advanced age.
She had been so well until the 7th. Last evening and today we held her
wake and funeral. Since Sr. spent her entire life as a CND here in
Fukushima and entered right after the war, she grew up with the history
of Sakura no Seibo Gakuin as it grew up around her. She taught at all
levels and was always in touch with graduates, so needless to say many
were present yesterday and/or today. She influenced so many others
through her various classes and sharing of her talents in "tatting". But
most of all she shared her life with us CNDs of Maria Province and we
will miss her dearly.
rest in peace.
month began with entrance ceremonies at all levels of the school, our
minds, hearts and prayers are with Sr. Gilberte and the two priests who
were abducted with her. Tomorrow our Mass intention will be for their
safety and God's care for them in this very dangerous situation. She and
Sr. Juliette were in the novitiate with me and I visited Cameroon and
Tchéré with our newer members group a number of years ago. Sr. Gilberte
was the school principal and I remember her kindness in giving me her
room in the convent while we were there. United in prayer with CND
Sisters, Associates and our friends.
On a more
cheerful note, our plum and cherry trees are in full bloom and the
tulips are ready to show off their beauty any day now.
were sad to say a final farewell to dear Sister Jeanne Bosse, still at
97 she deserves to rest in peace. What a wonderful woman and sister she
has been for all of us in Maria Province. R.I.P. Jeanne
of Lent is finally here and we feel the challenge right away as
graduations, farewell parties and such are part of the March rituals
here. But we also see the tulips beginning to sprout up an inch or so.
posted some hints for spending a fruit-filled, grace-filled Lenten
through Easter season on my Facebook page. I recommend
www.wordonfire.org If you have
not yet heard of this site and Fr. Robert Barron's wonderful homilies
etc. I recommend it with five stars. You can apply to have a daily hint
for Lent delivered to your mail box.
feel united in prayer, fasting and almsgiving as well as in praying for
peace in Ukraine.
I spoke to
soon about winter. We had two blizzards dumping from 50cm to 114cm of
snow all over Japan. Today, one week later the city has finally started
cleaning the roads many of which have been impassable. Thank God for the
sun on which we depend more than usual. It is the best melter of snow we
have in Fukushima.
sense the oncoming of Lent our hearts also turn to that season and
preparations material and spiritual are underway.
did January go? Christmas season and New Year's celebrations were
central and today as we mark the end of the Christmas season (Feb. 2 as
I write this), let us celebrate "Consecrated Life" as well as
remembering that each of us is a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Lord
comes to us in Eucharist just as he appeared in the temple (suddenly)
2000+ years ago as a baby. We are so blessed in our Redeemer.
in Japan has not been as severe as that being experienced in so many
parts of Canada and the U.S. as well as in Europe. As we enter February
the hope of spring coming soon is with us.
keep in mind and prayer and heart all those suffering as a result of
wars in Syria and the protests in Ukraine. May the God of Peace come to
the hearts of all who are responsible for changing this sad, sad
yet. We have many activities at home, in the schools and in the parish.
I'll report on them later this month. Meanwhile, may you experience the
joys of Advent and Christmas.
for the repose of the souls of those near and dear to us, CND Sisters,
family members, our parishioners and friends who have died this past
year. We also celebrated the Feast of Christ the King and followed it up
with our parish retreat, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Bishop Hiraga
presided and his theme was from Philippians 4:4-5. Rejoice always. And
so we once again enter into Advent.
just disappeared into history. With the return of our Pastor from
Poland, all postponed events piled up at the parish: Respect for the
Aged parishioners on Oct. 13, the parish bazaar on Oct. 27 etc. At the
convent we relished our days with Sr. Lorraine Caza and the three days
in late September of renewal in this Year of Faith. Then Sister stayed
on with us for a couple of weeks. Sr. Terashima spent another week in
October for her official visit. All in all, I did not get anywhere near
the homepage. And now it is November 2 with a new round of activities.
happened during my absence but the most notable would be the death of
Sr.Tae Sawa in July. While Sr. had been ill for sometime, still her
death took us by surprise. May she rest in peace and receive her reward
as a devout follower of Jesus.
optimistic note, our new Kindergarten building is complete and the
children are now enjoying their new building especially the indoor
looking forward to a visit with Sr. Lorraine Caza this month as we wind
down the Year of Faith but not our deeper faith gained over the past
year thanks to much input via various media.
summer travellers are back safely and now we get down to post-summer
humidity tasks at school and home and parish.
June comes to an end I want to share a wonderful site with links to
many, many even more wonderful sites. Please take a look for http://blueeyedennis-siempre.blogspot.jp
You won't be disappointed.
been too busy as usual and I have taken a lot of time with the Japanese
version of this site so that I have given little English news.
are in full swing for young people in Kyushu and Chofu so please keep
these young folk in prayer as they seek to fine out Who Jesus is for
all those who read this page. Have a nice summer. I'll be back in
believe it is May already. We will soon celebrate Pentecost Sunday which
is always a special day for me. I arrived in Japan 43 years ago on
Pentecost Sunday and the first words I heard at Mass were (are) "The
Spirit of God fills the whole world". What a wonderful start for a
new life. Join me in letting a new life begin as we once again
appreciate all the blessings we have received and will continue to
receive. May these days leading up to the end of the Easter Season bring
us all to new beginnings.
I want to
alert you to a wonderful site you may find inspiring as well as useful
for study groups.
look. You won't be disappointed.
blessings on us all this beautiful month.
had a beautiful Easter celebration and agape with five guests to enjoy dinner with us. During the Easter
vigil 7 catechumens were baptized and we received them with great joy.
"Jesus, Remember me
when you come into your kingdom"
This chant has been
echoing in my mind all through the Lenten season and now as we move
through the Liturgical Triduum towards Easter.
all our readers Easter Joy in abundance.
March has been filled
with all the end of the school year business, farewells, graduations and
at the parish a retreat with Bishop Koda. Father Koo, S.J. provided us
with a day of retreat in February. It was good to see him again after
two or three years.
We buried the ashes of
Mr. Minoru Endo, who has been ill these past few years. He has been a
pillar of the parish for many years and will be sorely missed. His wife,
a graduate of SSJC, is slowly recovering from her loss.
Wishing all a blessed
season of Lent...
Lots of snow and cold
weather but nothing compared to North America. January is a relatively
quiet month though we did have our monthly "Izumi to Budonokai" meeting
on the 3rd Saturday evening. This is an interfaith group and we are
reading Luke's gospel this year. One chapter per meeting and lots to
discuss and share. Recently a young man who has been at Taize and plays
the guitar beautifully has joined us so we sing some Taize chants. Nice
We celebrate St.
Marguerite with our associates and parishioners who wish to join us for
Mass at 13:30 followed by a powerpoint presentation on her life. Tea and
homemade donuts to bring us together in the dining room
Hoshino led us on our Advent retreat, Dec. 2. On Dec. 8 we buried Sr.
Yokozawa's ashes at the CND graveyard on Mt. Shinobu after Mass at 13:30
which was attended by parishioners and friends as well as ourselves. On
Dec. 8-9 Bishop Hiraga came to give the Parish Retreat and on Sunday
administered Confirmation on 9 young boys and girls as well as 3 adults.
At the end of Mass 21 Eucharistic ministers renewed their commitment for
two years and were blessed by the Bishop.On Dec. 19 we had the sad news
of the passing of Mrs. Sayuri Endo's husband, Joseph Satoshi Endo, who
has been ailing for some time. Today the 22nd was the funeral and the
church was filled with relatives and friends. His daughters attended
Sakura no Seibo and Miki participated in one of the India trips. And now
we are into the heart of preparations for Christmas. May God bless you
all at this beautiful season as we remember how God kept his promise and
sent us a Saviour, Jesus Christ, Adonai, Sprout of Jesse, Key of David,
Rising Sun, Emmanuel.
that passed so quickly, I hardly had time to breathe. The
highlights would include the visit from Father Paul Glynn, Marist, from
Australia, formerly pastor at Tomigaoka, Nara where our sisters worked
for many years. We celebrated the Feast of Christ the King followed by
our Parish Administration meeting for all. And a new liturgical year
has brought us much joy and sorrow. First the General Administration
members spent this month with us and we were blessed in many ways by
their presence, not the least being their encouragement and hope as we
face so many problems as a result of 3.11.
have sent Sister Monica Sumiko Yokozawa to heaven. Sister died Oct. 29
in the month of Mary as she wished. She had a very peaceful death and
was blessed with the presence of her family as well as her CND family.
Our Congregation Leader was here to bless and celebrate her life as next
year they would be sharing in Golden Jubilee celebrations. Sumiko will
be there in spirit for sure.
adding a personal note here as we received the news that our dear Sister
Anazawa has more than earned her reward. What a beautiful person has
moved on but not far away from us. When I arrived in Japan 43
years ago in the middle of the night with only a phone number of our
Chofu convent, it was Sr. Anazawa's voice that I heard first. That
moment has always been treasured by both of us and words were never
needed when we met to remind us.
rest in peace and be our intercessor through Mary to Jesus.
writing this on Sept. 14th Exaltation of the Cross Feast. Autumn seems
to have overlooked Fukushima as we continue to endure very hot weather
and no rain. Our garden is a sorry site. School is underway and the
College will start classes Oct. 1. Meanwhile we celebrate our
seniors at the Parish on the 16th and look forward to the Parish bazaar
on Oct. 7.
biggest news though is the completion of renovations at Matsukicho
Catholic Church. We have welcomed the parishioners to our convent since
mid-June for Sunday Masses. While it involved a bit of work getting
setup, it has been a wonderful opportunity for the parishioners to feel
comfortable in our chapel and dining room. Most had not had an occasion
to be with us in this way. We celebrated the First Holy Communion of 3
youngsters and 1 Junior High student. on the Feast of Corpus Christi. So
it has been busy as usual but we are grateful for the many graces
received over the summer.
May, June, July Where did you go?
are now well into August and getting ready to hold the CND Maria Province annual retreat
from August 17. Bishop Koda will guide the retreatants. Besides our
Fukushima Sisters we will welcome eight Sisters from other CND
communities creating a grand total of 30 participants. For those doing "benevole"
we pray that God will bless them with extra strength. Classes begin very
soon after the retreat ends August 24.
Blessings on what is left of your summer.
And so we
participated in Holy Week and attended the baptism of two men, one at
Matsukicho Catholic Church and the other at Nodamachi, at the Easter
vigil, thus joining in the universal joy of new brothers and sisters in
you all a very happy and holy Easter season.
come and gone with graduations at all levels of the schools. It has been
a cold March and remembering last year's March and with it lingering
victims, evacuees and the ever present but unseen radiation, we needed
the hope of Easter.
As we wind
down our school year (and what a year it has been) we also are in
remembering mode as 3/11 approaches. There will be a memorial Mass at
our parish church at 2:46 p.m., the moment the earthquake struck and
sent our lives into a whole new mode of living. Lent will be an
appropriate time to be aware of just how fragile our lives are and the
importance of living each moment of each day attentive to the inner
Voice which is always there.
you a blessed Lenten season.
As the New
Year unfolds, all too quickly, we are experiencing the cold winds and
snow of this coldest season. However we know the season is not so long
here and soon we will see signs of spring. Tulips are already on sale in
saddest image of this month is the open air where our former convent and
kindergarten buildings graced the neighborhood for so many years, about
80. It takes time to adjust ones vision to what will rise from the
ruins. Only God knows at this point and we ask for your prayers for the
future of our schools. We hope "April is not the cruelest month".
passing of Sr. Ekiko Kimura last week has been a wake up call for our
dear older Sisters. Mortality is real. Sister's wake and funeral at our
Chofu convent were impressive and well attended by family and friends as
well as the Sisters, some of whom traveled from Fukushima or Kyushu to
bid a fond farewell to a sister, dear to us all, and one of the pillars
of Maria Province for so many years. May she rest in peace.
Christmas and a Happy New Year!
few months have flown by and after my return from Canada in
mid-September, our main focus was on the process towards the demolition
of Marguerite Bourgeoys Center, the former Hanazono cho convent. It is
with great sadness these days that we watch the interior being gutted
and soon the outside architecture will disappear from our view. The time
had come and the earthquake in March was the death knell for the
building which has stood and accumulated CND history since 1932.
graduates and faculty as well as friends attended the final prayer
service before the work was started. We were very moved by the response
of many graduates and faculty who deeply wished we could change the
decision, but it was a "fait complet".
preserved that history and many artifacts which will be arranged in an
historical room in the junior college.
When it is
finished we invite you all to come and see.
wishes for a Holy and prayerful Advent season.
updating this page, so much has happened in Japan. Fukushima has become
world-famous for better or worse. Our hidden, happy valley has been
exposed to the world. I am sure most of you have seen the devastation on
TV and know of our daily worries about radiation levels. What you may
not know is that we have received countless messages of support from
around the world. Graduates, Parents, Friends and of course our CND
Family. We know about children collecting money to support the
recovery and those who have lost everything. Their situation will
continue for months to come. Yes our world here will never be quite the
same again. I like to use the expression, the new normal. We have
had to adjust our lens to accommodate the new realities, both
psychological and economic.
Great East Japan Earthquake
Sakura no Seibo Sponsorship
The Congregation de Notre Dame
The Congregation de Notre Dame Religious Corporation
Great East Japan
Earthquake Tomoshibi Kai
Sakura no Seibo
Sponsorship Program: Outline
Congregation de Notre Dame School Corporation and the Congregation de
Notre Dame Religious Corporation have set up a sponsorship program. It has
as its purpose the healthy upbringing of children who have lost their
parents in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Our objective is to use the
facilities of Sakura no Seibo Gakuin Kindergarten, Elementary School,
Junior High School, Senior High School and Junior College of the
Congregation de Notre Dame School Corporation to educate these children
who are to build the future of Fukushima and of Japan. It is our earnest
hope that they may find meaning in their lives and develop strength of
will, courage and love to contribute to the transformation of society as
genuine persons of character.
sponsorship program, we plan to implement the following projects.
1. For children who have
lost their parents or guardians and have no means of livelihood, we
intend to provide the environment of a warm family life.
*This program is
available to both boys and girls in the early grades. However, from
junior high school onwards we receive only girls.
* We will begin by
providing care for 10 students.
2. These students will be
exempt from paying entrance fees and tuition for Sakura no Seibo
Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School, Senior High
School, and Junior College. We hope to provide them with an education
that will enable them to become persons who can make a contribution to
3. For the emotional
well-being of the children who have lost their parents/guardians and
of the families who care for them, we will offer various opportunities
4. 80,000 yen per month
will be allotted as a support fund to the families who receive these
addition, for this project we earnestly ask the warm support and
cooperation of everyone in the following appeal.
making an appeal for foster homes for these children. For particulars,
kindly inquire at the address given on the back of this folder.
soliciting financial donations to help the families who have become
sponsors. A separate sheet outlines the main details concerning the
fund-raising, but for further information, contact the address on the
back of this folder.
East Japan Earthquake Tomoshibi Kai
(Sakura no Seibo Sponsorship Program) Appeal for Donations
Seibo Gakuin had its beginnings with the education of war orphans
world War II. We are returning to our origins, and even in severe
financial conditions, in each section of Sakura no Seibo Gakuin earthquake
and tsunami orphans will be exempted from
entrance fees and tuition. Moreover, as financial help to families who
receive children who have lost parents or family members, this sponsorship
program will provide a grant of \80,000 per month as a support fund for
their living expenses. At first we want to begin with about ten students,
so our financial aim will be about \10,000,000 for a year. Moreover, we
estimate that this will be a long-term project lasting about 20 years
until the children become adults and go into the world as worthy citizens
of their local society.
Therefore, we seek your support for the inauguration and continuation of
this sponsorship program, and your wholehearted cooperation as we solicit
donations for the children who will need our help for their living
expenses over a long period of time.
* We could not find a word to
express adequately the many-faceted beauty of the Japanese word
Tomoshibi, which means a light, beacon or torch.
Kai means an association or society.
Amount of donation 1 unit
of 5,000 yen yearly
would be appreciated if you could give more than 1 unit.
earnestly hope for the support of those who can make a
Range of soliciting
Individuals and corporations
financial transfers, please use the following bank account:
bank: Toho Bank, Main Office
number: Ordinary bank account
account: Great East Japan Earthquake
N.B. At the
present stage this Association is a voluntary group,
(not a registered charity)
and so a form for tax exemption cannot
be issued. We ask for your
support and understanding in advance.
Inquiries may be sent to
the following address:
Contact person: Ms. Soko
Great East Japan
Earthquake Tomoshibi Kai Head Office
(Sakura no Seibo Gakuin
School Corporation Office)
Fukushima City 960 – 8585
Tel. 024 – 531 – 6805
Fax 024 – 534 – 8891
5,000 yen is at the current rate equal to approximately 61 CAD, or 63 USD.
Bank is in Fukushima City. It may be used for donations in yen.
donations in USD, please use Mizuho Bank, Tokyo
no. 9102435 SWIFT code MHBKJPJT
donations in CAD: Bank of Tokyo –Mitsubisihi UFJ. LTD.
no. 1172583 SWIFT
Corporation Catholic Congregation de Notre-Dame is our name in the Tokyo