19 Japanese Catholics, Including Nine Nuns, Visit Takayama Memorial at University of Santo Tomas (UST)

The Nagasaki group poses for memento photographs in front of the statue of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon
The Nagasaki group poses for memento photographs in front of the statue of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon

►In 29 years of welcoming Japanese pilgrims tracing the footsteps of Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon (1552-1615) who died in Manila, we have had a range of tourists – from one jeepneyful to three tourist busloads – with only a few Catholics among them. In a Philippines which counts with over 200 religious women’s congregations, nine nuns do not really make a splash. But this group of nine nuns from Nagasaki Diocese in a tour group of 19 Catholics, accompanied by Fr. Michael Shimosako, who visited UST on Oct. 9, 2017 is a RARITY. Remember: Only ONE in 300 Japanese is Catholic!

The UST visit of the Japanese nuns of the Nagasaki Diocese was coordinated by the UST Office of Public Affairs (headed by Prof. Giovanna Fontanilla, A.P.R.) and the UST Graduate School (where the Takayama Memorial stands) under Dean Marilu R. Madrunio, PhD. ◘

Dr. ERNIE A. DE PEDRO
Managing Trustee
Lord Takayama Jubilee Foundation

One thought on “19 Japanese Catholics, Including Nine Nuns, Visit Takayama Memorial at University of Santo Tomas (UST)

  1. Thank you for sharing this photo. 1 out of 300 may seem insignificant but fait is not a numbers game.

    Take care, Dr De Pedro

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