May 4, 2009

Priestly ordination on 6th May

Fr. Francisco Salesio Kohtaro SAKAMOTO will be ordained a priest for the Catholic diocese of Niigata on 6th May at noon in the Christ the King Cathedral in Niigata by Bishop Isao Kikuchi,SVD. You are welcome to join the celebration.

Fr.SAKAMOTO who is a native of IWATE, same as Bishop Isao, will join the existing 16-member diocesan clergy of Niigata. There are around seven thousand catholics in the diocese out of around 4.7 million people in 3 prefectures, namely Akita, Yamagata and Niigata . Though we need more priests for the diocese, Fr.SAKAMOTO is the last seminarian for our diocese in the Japan Catholic Seminary. We really have to pray for the vocation. At this moment SVDs, Franciscans and Picpus Fathers are helping the mission in the diocese. All together, 32 Fathers are working in 31 parishes, 5 quasi parishes and 4 mission stations.

Fr.SAKAMOTO's first appointment will be announced on the day of his ordination.

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