Japanese congregation of the Australian Ordinariate

Is this Raphael Kajiwara?

Former bishop Raphael Kajiwara

We have been made aware of an amendment to the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross indicating that it now includes a Japanese congregation in Tokyo under the leadership of “Father” Raphael Kajiwara.

It has long been mooted that members of the Traditional Anglican Church of Japan (TAC) – the Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai – around their former suffragan bishop, the Right Revd. Raphael Kajiwara, retired bishop of Yokohama, would be or have been received into the Catholic Church and that they would in fact join the Australian Ordinariate.

In July 2012, then-Bishop Kajiwara wrote:

“Some people proceeded on the path toward the Ordinariate; other people stayed in the TAC. As for now, I am one to think that it is appropriate to call the latter the “New TAC”. The Church in Japan (Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai) will not join this New TAC, but rather, if it be God’s will, desires to take the path to the Ordinariate.”

Well it would seem that this is in fact what has happened and that former Bishop Kajiwara has been ordained a Catholic priest and will be pastoring the Japanese congregation.

This is indeed a cause for great joy, and hopefully we will be receiving more specific information from the Ordinariate in the near future.

On the official website of the new Ordinariate Community of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Tokyo, ( http://www.ordinariatejapan.org/index.html ) the following beautiful sentence appears in English:

“The life of the Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai has been returned to the hands of the Lord our living God, and reborn as the Ordinariate Community of St. Augustine of Canterbury.”

and it is dated 18 February 2015 (!)

(P.S. By the way, this story reminds me of a coincidence from my student days. When I was studying at the North Western Polytechnic in Kentish Town, London, in the 1960’s, we called one of our student magazines “Yokohama”. This was because of a cartoon which we had found at the time with the punchline “Where is Yokohama? Just around the corner from Camden Town”. Our college was indeed just around the corner from Camden Town.

The real coincidence is that I should be posting this news only two days after the Vicar of Camden Town, Father Philip North, in whose church my mother was christened 93 years ago, was ordained CofE Bishop of Burnley!!

David Murphy)

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12 Responses to Japanese congregation of the Australian Ordinariate

  1. EPMS says:

    This article https://geoconger.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/deposed-bishop-joins-roman-catholic-church-the-church-of-england-newspaper-june-24-2011-p-6/ states that Raphael Kajiwara has entered the Catholic church but I have not yet found information on his ordination.

  2. Fr Masaki says:

    Yes, it’s Bishop Kajiwara. I saw him two years ago in Tokyo and knew he has been working quietly for reconciliation with Rome, but his ordination as Catholic priest is a news to me. I wish all the blessings on the Japanese Ordinariate. Must be in his 80s now.

    (This comment is from Fr. Masaki Narusawa of Lancashire Ordinariate Group, England)

  3. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote: We have been made aware of an amendment to the website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross indicating that it now includes a Japanese congregation in Tokyo under the leadership of “Father” Raphael Kajiwara.

    It has long been mooted that members of the Traditional Anglican Church of Japan (TAC) – the Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai – around their former suffragan bishop, the Right Revd. Raphael Kajiwara, retired bishop of Yokohama, would be or have been received into the Catholic Church and that they would in fact join the Australian Ordinariate.

    This is indeed wonderful news!

    When the ordinariates were in the planning stages, then-Archbishop John Hepworth of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) stated in one of his pastoral letters that the Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai, then Japanese province of the TAC, were working with the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia (ACCA) to become part of the Australian ordinariate. Unfortunately, there had been no subsequent news of that body so it’s great to hear that its movement into the ordinariate is coming to fruition. The Nippon Kirisuto Sei Ko Kai had several communities, though some were quite small, at the time. Still, it could grow into a territorial deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

    In a similar vein, there has been a real vacuum of news about the Church of the Torres Strait since the announcement last year that it would come into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, likely as another territorial deanery thereof. This process obviously has complications due to the relative lack of existing Catholic presence in the islands of the Torres Strait. We need to keep this in prayer, too!

    Norm.

    • EPMS says:

      On the Anglo-Catholic blog in January 2011 someone named Russ who identified himself as a member of the Japanese TAC denomination commented that they had no parishes, just small house-fellowships, at that point; none in Tokyo. Raphael Kajiwara appears to have entered the Catholic church in 2011.

      • Fr Masaki says:

        No. He remained with the NKSKK until earlier this year, when he became a Catholic and was ordained to the priesthood.

  4. Fr Masaki says:

    I now understand Fr Raphael Kajiwara was ordained as Catholic priest last September by the Papal Nuncio in Tokyo.

  5. Bruce Hall says:

    Wonderful news. Is this the first community and priest in Asia? Now if only we can get a congregation in the largest English-speaking Catholic country — the Philippines.

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  7. Jason says:

    Fr. Masaki, do you know which Japanese prayerbook is used for worship in the Japanese ordinariate?

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Jason,

      You asked: … do you know which Japanese prayerbook is used for worship in the Japanese ordinariate?

      First, there is not a separate Japanese ordinariate. The ordinariate community in Japan is an extraterritorial community of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

      Second, the rites of Divine Worship are available only in English because there are no approved translations into any other language. Thus, the congregations in Japan must use the ordinary form of the Roman Rite if they wish to worship in Japanese, just as the Spanish-speaking congregations of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter must use the ordinary form of the Roman Rite if they wish to pray in Spanish.

      There probably will be an effort to translate the rites of Divine Worship into languages for which there’s a demand for them at some time in the future, but the completion of Divine Worship clearly is the more urgent priority.

      Norm.

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