The Jesuit community at the Ateneo de Manila celebrated a Thanksgiving Mass for the Beatification of Blessed Justus Takayama Ukon at the chapel of the Loyola School of Theology on Saturday, March 18 at 5:30PM.
Rev. Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, Jesuit Father Provincial, officiated at the concelebrated Mass, along with Fr. James McTavish, provincial superior of Verbum Dei Missionaries, and Fr. Iwao “Wow” Daniel Ikagami, FMVD.
In the congregation were Jesuit priests and scholastics, and nuns from various Metro-Manila congregations, and the former Jesuit Superior General in Rome, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, who lives in retirement at the Ateneo.
The homily was delivered by Fr. “Wow” Ikegami, a Brazilian-born Japanese who was ordained August 2015, sharing his journey to the priesthood and the relevance of Blessed Takayama Ukon to relations between the churches of Japan and the Philippines.
By Dr. Ernie A. De Pedro, Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation