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Toward the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Japan (Part 3)

From “The Narrow Road to Japan: In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeois” by Rose Cauchon, CND.

Arrival in Fukushima

At 9:30 a.m. on October 20, eighteen days after leaving Montreal, I boarded a train bound for Fukushima, where I was headed. On the train, the group witnessed various scenes different from those in their home country. Some people took off their shoes and sat in narrow seats, some smokers were on the train, some people bought ekiben and ate them with chopsticks, some mothers carried their babies on their backs and a box of remains of soldiers who died in China was placed on the incense-burning platform with fruit and candles offered in front of it. I was able to see Japanese customs for the first time.

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Toward the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Japan (Part 4)

(Vol. 4) From “The Narrow Road to Japan: In the Footsteps of Marguerite Bourgeoys” by Rose Cauchon, CND.

In this issue, I would like to introduce a benefactor from the early days of the mission, Reverend Yaroku Ebi.

To provide information about the pastor of the church at that time, Rev. Yaroku Ebi was born in Tono Town, Iwate Prefecture, as the sixth child of a Buddhist family. Under the influence of a priest of the Society of Foreign Missions in Paris who came to visit that town, a longing for priesthood grew in his young heart.

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Prayer To St. Patrick

Hail Glorious St. Patrick, We Honor You This Day

As In Many Days Of Yore.

For You Brought Good News Of Jesus

To The Land Of Erin's Shore.

With The Father And The Spirit In The Shamrock Held Aloft, Light Emerged From Darkness; Hope Pervaded All.

But In This Time Of Covid, With A World In Disarray

Our Lilt In Favorite Ditties And Our Step In Celtic Dance

Is Muted In Our Land,

While Hints Of War And Conquest Replace The Festive Band.

Plead For Our World Dear Saint Of The Isles To Our God Three In One, To Convert Us Anew

To The Message Of Jesus - To A Love That Subdues The Evil Around Us,

That We Might Have Life - A Life To The Full.

Amen

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