Monsignor Harry Entwistle writes in this month’s Australia-Wide:
The ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Joseph Paul Yamaoka was a joyous occasion that took place in the chapel of the Apostolic Nuncio to Japan on the feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist (June 24th).
The Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Chennoth was the Ordaining Bishop and as his future Ordinary, I also presented him for ordination.
Fr Joseph’s supporters included Fr Raphael Kajiwara, the pastor on the Ordinariate Community of St Augustine of Canterbury in Tokyo, the priest of the parish in Hiroshima where he had served as a deacon, and three Jesuit priests who were his friends.
The ordination was also a great family occasion, because Fr Paul’s wife, brother-in-law, his son, three daughters, one of whom had flown in from the USA with her husband and two children, were present both for the ordination and his Mass of Thanksgiving the next morning.
On both these occasions, members of the family read the Lessons and his son served his first Mass as a Catholic Priest. Also present were friends and supporters from the Tokyo Ordinariate Community, and as on the occasion of Fr Kajiwara’s ordination last year, the Sisters who minister in the Nunciature formed the singing group. Fr Yamaoka’s son-in-law and I were the only non-Japanese speakers present, but we were just swept up in the joyful prayerfulness of the occasions.
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross is deeply grateful to Archbishop Chennoth for his kindness and support, and our two Ordinariate Communities ask you to pray for them as they bear witness to the patrimony of the Ordinariates.
Ordinariate Community of St Augustine of Canterbury (Tokyo): Fr Raphael Kajiwara firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinariate Community of St Laurence of Canterbury (Hiroshima): Fr Joseph Paul Yamaoka email@example.com