TA members in Tokyo celebrated the centenary ofthe Pontifical Approval of the Teresian Association on January 13, with a Mass held at the St. Ignatius Church’s St. Mary’s Chapel followed by a presentation of the TA.

asistentesJust like the rest of the TA world, the members in Japan had been waiting for 2024, the centenary year of the TA’s Pontifical Approval, with joyful expectation. But exactly on New Year’s day, Japan was rocked by a powerful 7.6 earthquake, leaving over 200 persons dead and tremendous damage to homes and infrastructures on Ishikawa Prefecture, especially the Noto Peninsula and other areas in the Japan’s Sea Coast.

Amidst such unfortunate backdrop, the Teresian Association (TA) Japan commemorated the centenary of the Pontifical Approval in Tokyo on January 13 (Saturday) with a concelebrated Mass held at the St. Ignatius Church’s St. Mary’s Chapel with by Fr. Valentine D’Souza, SJ, as main celebrant with Fr. Paul Janocinski, OP, concelebrating with him.

We were joined by more than sixty congregants comprising of old and new friends, former colleagues and students, and co-workers in the parish and in the other places where we live our Teresian mission.

TA presentation

After the mass, a short and lively presentation on TA’s history followed.

As token of this significant milestone, we printed on a magnetic sheet the Prayer of Father Poveda in English and Japanese which we gave out together with a brief bilingual write-up on the TA.

The TA members and a few friends later enjoyed a chat over tea and snacks in a heartwarming celebration and fellowship.

The day ended with a startling thunderstorm and a light snowfall.

Another thanksgiving celebration is scheduled to be held in Nagoya towards the end of 2024 to close the centenary year.

grupo tokio

Eloisa Palisada.

 

 

 

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