JAPAN: Fr. Joseph Paul Yamaoka OLSC ordained priest

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.

13615086_1565609090402610_2635015762021182261_nFr 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.

Ordination 2On 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.

13631506_1565609120402607_7304939919177063833_nThe 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.

Ordination 3Ordinariate Community of St Augustine of Canterbury (Tokyo): Fr Raphael Kajiwara raphaelkaji@yahoo.co.jp

Ordinariate Community of St Laurence of Canterbury (Hiroshima): Fr Joseph Paul Yamaoka joepaulyama@yahoo.co.jp

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9 Responses to JAPAN: Fr. Joseph Paul Yamaoka OLSC ordained priest

  1. Rev22:17 says:


    This is more great news, and another ordination that has been a long time in coming. It is great to see the extraterritorial presence of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross grow to two communities in Japan!

    I’m hopeful that there will be more ordinations in Japan in the next year or two!


  2. It is interesting to read how Monsignor Entwistle writes that the two Ordinariate Communities in Japan “bear witness to the patrimony of the Ordinariates”. I should be very interested to learn what forms this witness takes. Since the approve “Divine Worship” liturgy is in English, is it fair to assume that the two communities celebrate the Nivus Ordo mass in Japanese, or do they celebrate in English?

    The same question also applies to the Spanish-speaking communities in the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and potentially to any future French-speaking groups in Canada.

    • Two commenters have expressed the opinion, which up till now I have shared, that because Divine Worship only exists in English, the non-English-speaking communities use the Ordinary Form in their vernacular language. It was precisely for this reason that I posed my question as to what Anglican patrimony is for a Japanese or Hispanic or potentially a French Canadian community.

      Moreover, EPMS writes: I would imagine that (the two Spanish-speaking OCSP congregations) will fold when their priest retires. The comparatively large group of 40 or 50 received in Flushing in 2015 appears to have been absorbed into their local parish, in the absence of a pastor. Finding a replacement priest for the small groups in Florida would be considerably more difficult, I would imagine.

      This is indeed a still open question: Has the group in Flushing really been abandoned? And if so, why?

      Regarding French Canadians, EPMS writes: As for francophones, the Anglican Diocese of Quebec opened its first francophone parish in 2000. Most of its parishioners are former Catholics who are drawn to more liberal positions on homosexuality, divorce, and the ordination of women. So I think the creation of a French-speaking Ordinariate community in Canada is not imminent. Indeed, we await any anglophone interest in Quebec. I seem to recall a posting here that Dom Charles Gilman of the monastery of St Benoît du Lac had offered to attempt to gather a group of interested Quebec Anglicans. I have not seen any follow-up.

      • EPMS says:

        Thank you for sharing this with your readers. Unfortunately, I erred in identifying two Florida communities as Spanish-speaking; only San Agustin in Pinecrest, FL in fact uses the OF in Spanish. I suppose we do not know for sure, either, that the Flushing community worships with its host parish owing to the lack of a pastor. Perhaps the group simply found it a congenial arrangement. I hope someone is able to follow-up with more information, as you suggest.

  3. EPMS says:

    Juan Garcia of the ACA Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean was one of six ACA bishops who petitioned to join the North American Ordinariate in 2011, prior to its erection. I am not sure what the current situation is there (the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Iglesia-Anglicana-en-America-Diocesis-de-Puerto-Rico-y-el-Caribe-292371341782/ is up to date but I see nothing there about the OCSP) but any uptake there would certainly add to the multilingual mix.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      I doubt that Bishop Juan Garcia was involved in the petition, as I’m pretty sure that the Anglican Church in America (ACA) did not have a Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (DPRC) at the time of the petition or of the formation of the Patrimony of the Primate. Further, the ACA and DPRC web sites seem to show only one congregation and one presbyter in addition to the bishop. Thus, it seems most likely that the ACA created the DPR and ordained Juan Garcia as its first bishop primarily to ensure that the ACA would have enough bishops to perform episcopal ordinations without reliance on other provinces of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) following the transfer of six bishops to the Patrimony of the Primate.


  4. EPMS says:

    The VOL article mentioned above, dated February 14, 2011, quotes John Hepworth referring to “Bishop Juan Garcia, Bishop of Puerto Rico”. The current Facebook cover photo appears to show seven clergymen with the bishop, and two missions are mentioned in addition to the church in Ponce, where two ordinations took place on July 16.
    Regarding the six ACA bishops in the US, only two, Campese and Moyer, actually entered the OCSP.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      You wrote: Regarding the six ACA bishops in the US, only two, Campese and Moyer, actually entered the OCSP.

      Yes, and neither has received ordination in the Catholic Church to date — a very unfortunate circumstance!


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