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The Japan Catholic Seminary

Japan Catholic Seminary
Japan Catholic Seminary
Fukuoka Campus
1-1-1 Matsuyama, Jonan-ku
Fukuoka 814-0131, JAPAN

Contact: Fr. Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama, PSS, Rector
Ph.: (81-92) 871-4943
Fax: (81-92) 863-6329
Email: seminary.japan@sulpc.org
Japan Catholic Seminary
Tokyo Campus
2-7-10 Sekimachi-Higashi, Nerima-ku
Tokyo 177-0052, JAPAN

Contact: Fr. John of the Cross Koshi Ito, Vice-Rector
Ph.: (81-3) 3920-2121
Fax: (81-3) 5991-0605
Email: seminary.japan@sulpc.org



In 1932, Bishop Albert Breton of Foreign Missions of Paris asks Saint Sulpice of Canada to establish a seminary in his diocese of Fukuoka. Responding to this request, Fathers Paul-Émile Léger and Charles Prévost arrived at Yokohama on October 17, 1933. Other Sulpicians came to join them. In April 1937, Fathers Paul-Émile Léger and Jacques Trudel open in Omuta a propedeutic year for five seminarians, which became the following year, with the help of Fathers Gaston Aubry and Henri Robillard, the Seminary of Philosophy of Fukuoka. Father Léger, recalled to Canada in April 1939, later became Cardinal-Archbishop of Montreal. Father Robillard became superior of the institution.

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During the war, from December 1941 to August 15, 1945, four Canadian confreres, Charles Prévost, Gaston Aubry, Jacques Trudel and Henri Robillard, live the internment. During this period, the first Japanese Sulpician, Fr. Peter Saburo Hirata, runs the seminary alone during a few months and protects the property of Saint Sulpice. It is in April 1948 that opens the Major Regional Seminary of Fukuoka first under the direction of Fr. Henri Robillard, then of Fr. Gaston Aubry in buildings belonging to the Bishop’s Residence of Fukuoka. In 1951, the Major Seminary moves into the new building it still occupies presently.
Saint Sulpice Seminary of Fukuoka.


From 1948 to 2008, the Seminary has trained 268 priests and among them eight bishops. In 1998 a curriculum reform has been completed: instead of welcoming the seminarians at the end of high school for a period of eight years, they are received when they have completed university studies or their equivalent. They then engage in theological studies spread over a period of six years: two years of philosophy and four years of theology.
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Saint Sulpice Seminary of Fukuoka.

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February 2, 2009 is a significant date for the Sulpicians of the Province of Canada. They celebrated the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first Canadian Sulpician missionaries to Fukuoka and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Major Seminary of Saint Sulpice.
Celebration of February 2, 2009 in Fukuoka.


The Japan Catholic Seminary

Since April 1, 2009, the Major Seminary of Saint Sulpice of Fukuoka is officially closed. By the decision of the Bishops' Conference of Japan, a new Major Seminary has been created to better meet the needs of priestly formation in the country. The Japan Catholic Seminary comes under direct jurisdiction all the bishops of Japan (16 dioceses) having for its higher authority the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which, among other things, appoints the rector. It has two camPSS one in Tokyo for philosophy and diaconal year and one in Fukuoka (in the ancient Seminary of Saint Sulpice) for theology.
The Sulpicians of the Province of Canada have been invited by this new seminary to collaborate in the training of priests in Japan. Its first rector is Fr. Joseph Tsuyomi Makiyama, PSS He directs the formation at both camPSS assisted by five other Sulpician confreres (four Japanese and one Canadian) and five diocesan priests from various dioceses of Japan.
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Tokyo Campus.

ed @ Peter Krasuski Source http://www.sulpc.org/ed/sulpc_sem_japan_en.html

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