PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
Views 129 Comment 0


Arakawa-san -- Japan's new Salesian -- now walks with Don Bosco

By Mr Chihiro Okawa, EXDB

Tokyo, Japan, 25 March 2019 -- At 2 pm, the Feast of Annunciation of the Lord, young novice Maximiliano Maria Kolbe Arakawa took the first profession of vows and started his vocation as a Salesian, especially for poor youth, at Chofu Salesian Seminary (Tokyo), before God, with around 200 people witnessing.

In his homily at the mass, Fr Provincial, Jacob Hamaguchi, SDB said , "As you walk the religious life, please pray to and imitate Our Lady St Mary, who was whispered to by God and invited to give birth and raise Jesus, and said Yes. Please live according to the desires of God and your vows. I also hope today will be a good opportunity for each of the participants to respond again to God's invitation with joy."

Fr Paul Tamura, SDB, the Rector of the Chofu Salesian Seminary, who was in charge of the introduction of the new Salesian today, said, “From violin to rakugo (Japanese traditional comic storytelling), Arakawa-san is truly versatile, and for the spiritual preparation for today, he walked with prayers from Fukuoka, his birthplace, to Nagasaki, the place of execution of Japan 26 saints. Arakawa-san, when you profess your perpetual vows, please walk from Kyoto, the starting point of the 26 saints to Nagasaki. It will be a long-way, but a very good pilgrimage! " (Laughs) . And Fr Provincial added at once "Arakawa-san, I will see you off in Kyoto at that time!” The chapel broke out in laughter. Fr Provincial also encouraged him to walk the religious life always with everyone, and with joy as a Salesian of Don Bosco.

Cl. Arakawa, who stood for a last greeting, expressed gratitude to the Salesians, his family members, and the participants, and said, "Because the days of the Novitiate were so enjoyable, I asked Fr. Michael Lap Haruyama, SDB, ‘please let me train for one more year.’ But his answer was of course ‘No.’ (Laughs) Today I have dedicated myself to God, and my parents also have dedicated me as their only son to God. I will continue to pray for you everyone, so please pray for me, too, " he said, and received warm applause.

Unfortunately, there are no novices in Japan from April. Today, everyone shared the joy of the birth of a new Salesian, but more your continued prayers and support for more vocations for Salesian priests and brothers are most welcome!




Maximum Attachments : 0Byte/ 15.00MB
Maximum File Size : 15.00MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

  1. 5049(III)_New parish priest and new rector in Indonesia

    By Fr Peter Tukan, SDB Surabaya, Indonesia, 24 March 2019 -- On the third Sunday of Lent, the Parish of S. Michael Archangel or “Santo Mikhael” Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia, witnessed the handing over of responsibilities for its Par...
    Date2019.03.27 CategoryINA Reply0 Views168 file
    Read More
  2. 5049(II)_What makes you happy as a Salesian Cooperator?

    Interview with Mr. Mamoru Umemura, Salesian Cooperator - Formator, GIA By Our Own Correspondent Tokyo, Japan, 26 March 2019 -- What makes you happy as a Salesian Cooperator? To find the spirit of Salesian Cooperators, or Salesian spirit giv...
    Date2019.03.27 CategoryASC Reply0 Views91 file
    Read More
  3. 5049(I)_Salesian Students Graduate

    University of Divinity Graduation, Melbourne, Australia By Fr Phil Gleeson, SDB Melbourne, Australia, 22 March 2019 -- On the evening of Friday 22 March, the various Colleges affiliated with the University of Divinity gathered in St Paul's ...
    Date2019.03.27 CategoryAUL Reply0 Views163 file
    Read More
  4. 5048(IV)_"Wake Up The World and Enlighten The Future"

    Annual Spiritual Retreat for the Salesians of Thailand - Cambodia - Laos By THA SC Hua Hin, Thailand, 26 March 2019 -- From 11 to 16 and from 17 to 23 March, the Salesians of the Province of Thailand - Cambodia - Laos [THA] gathered for the...
    Date2019.03.26 CategoryTHA Reply0 Views121 file
    Read More
  5. 5048(III)_A pilgrimage of preparation for first vows

    Arakawa-san -- Japan's new Salesian -- now walks with Don Bosco By Mr Chihiro Okawa, EXDB Tokyo, Japan, 25 March 2019 -- At 2 pm, the Feast of Annunciation of the Lord, young novice Maximiliano Maria Kolbe Arakawa took the first profession ...
    Date2019.03.26 CategoryGIA Reply0 Views129 file
    Read More
  6. 5048(II)_Vatican Honours 4 Priests and Religious sister in Dili

    Fr Eligio Locatelli among awardees in Dili, 2019 Adapted from UCAN Dili, Timor Leste, 25 March 2019 -- The Holy See has honoured four priests and one religious sister for their distinguished service to the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste. Ho...
    Date2019.03.26 CategoryTLS Reply0 Views159 file
    Read More
  7. 5048(I)_Communion - Mission - Solidarity - Formation

    Address of the ASC World Coordinator at the end of 2019 World Council Meeting By Mr Antonio Boccia, ASC World Coordinator of Salesian Cooperators Rome, Italy, 22 March 2019 -- "Dear Friends, in my brief conclusion, I will tackle the main th...
    Date2019.03.26 CategoryASC Reply0 Views50 file
    Read More
  8. 5047(II)_30 years of ADMA presence in Dumaguete

    By the ADMA Chapter Dumaguete, the Philippines, 24 March 2019 -- The Salesian presence in the southern city of Negros Island, Dumaguete, goes back to 1986, when the Salesian Congregation took over the former CICM school of St Louis started ...
    Date2019.03.25 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views105 file
    Read More
  9. 5047(I)_St John Bosco Parish Sunday School Year 2019

    By Cl. Afi'a Enosa, SDB Suva, Fiji Islands, 24 March 2019 -- As the new academic year begins in Fiji, the Catechetic classes (Sunday school) have also started. It is wonderful to see the young come from our parish centres in Muanikoso, Mako...
    Date2019.03.25 CategoryPac. Reply0 Views69 file
    Read More
  10. 5046(II)_9th Provincial Chapter of FIS province concludes

    By Our Own Correspondent Lawaan, Cebu, the Philippines, 23 March 2019 -- The 9th Provincial Chapter of the FIS (Philippines South – Pakistan) province of Mary Help of Christians was held in Don Bosco Retreat House (Lawaan, Talisay City – Ce...
    Date2019.03.24 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views160 file
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 ... 278 Next
/ 278