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Tokyo Archbishop lauds laymen, women for choosing to be catechists

Divine Word Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi with new catechists (Photo supplied)

The Archbishop of Tokyo in Japan thanks laymen and women for opting to be catechists.

On September 9, Divine Word Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi held a mass and simple ceremony to give away the certification and commission of the fifth batch of diocesan catechists at St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

Three new catechists after a year of formation have been commissioned, and eight others were re-commissioned. 

"I am so grateful to many faithful who decided to dedicate themselves as catechists in the Archdiocese of Tokyo," the prelate said. 

It is so encouraging to note that so many have stepped out of the way to become new catechists, he added.

The Archdiocese of Tokyo is home to as many as 97,656 people, spread over 80 parishes, as per Vatican (2021) sources.

Masses in the Archdiocese are held in Japanese, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Polish. 

Since the 16th century, women catechists have played a significant part in Japanese history. Catechist women who engaged in persuasion and conversion ministries, as recorded in Haruko Nawata Ward's research Women Religious Leaders in Japan's Christian Century, 1549-1650.


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