The Society of the Sacred Heart in Japan is committed to nurture young people through school education.
But at the same time, at Sanya in Tokyo and in Nagoya, communities of Sacred Heart Sisters commit themselves to our educational mission in alternative ways. Also, some are engaged in a variety of work individually in order to respond to the needs of the present day Japanese society.
If you walk for about five minutes from Minami Senju Station, Hibiya Subway, towards Namida Bridge, you will reach Sanya Community where four Sisters live. After September 2013 Sr. Chiaki Hatanaka lives in Haramachi Base in Soma-shi, Fukushima-ken with Holy Spirit Sisters in a new community, ‘Holy Trinity’. One Sister helps at ‘Sanya MAC, a half-way house where alcoholic people are assisted to return to normal life in society. She commutes three days a week.
Local Superior: Sr. Itsuko Watanabe
1-19-6 Nihon-zutsumi, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0021
The Academy is a Pilot Educational Project oriented to provide basic educational tools to children (6-15 years old) born to foreign parents that live in the Adachi region and its surroundings. AIA offers children a safe and warm place to develop themselves and tries to give them a Holistic Education, emphasizing a “person to person” approach. At the same time, AIA assists adult migrant workers to get knowledge about the Japanese system and culture and provides them tools for Japanese literacy.
5－11－17 Umeda, Adachi-ku, Tokyou 123-0851
On September 8th, 2013, Feast of the birth of Our Lady, Holy Trinity Community was born. Two Holy Spirit sisters, Sr. Kazue Hisamatsu and Sr. Setsuko Hayakawa, and a Sacred Heart Sr. Chiaki Hatanaka started a new community. After a morning prayer, three sisters go to Haramachi Base, 5 minutes by car. We prepare breakfast, and go to a nearby park with some volunteers to join a morning physical exercise. About 30 people from the neighboring temporary houses come together. We attend 7:00 am Mass. After breakfast we send off volunteers to their work, and we, too, go back to our routine work. Giving a tour of the devastated areas, visiting temporary houses, distributing vegetables, etc. etc., responding to the daily needs. We eat supper together with the volunteers coming back from their work, sharing their experiences of the day. We are touched by the work of God through each one, feeling refreshed. This time of the day is a treasure for us all. Please visit us when you have time.
2－35 Aobacho, Haramachi-ku, Minami Soma-shi, Fukushima
CTVC Caritas Haramachi Base
Sr. Chiaki Hatanaka
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