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The 80th Year celebration of CND presence in Fukushima


On October 20, 2012, an unforgettable Mass was celebrated in the chapel of Fukushima CND convent, exactly on the same day, and at the same time as the actual arrival of the first five CND missionaries from Montreal to the city of Fukushima eighty years ago, i.e. October 20, 1932.


In preparing for the event, the Sisters of Fukushima had wished the celebration to be joyful but very simple, and it was perfomed that way.  Nevertheless, the joy quietly exploded in the hearts of the CNDs with the presence of Sister Josephine Badali and Sisters from the General Council.  Thus the arrival of the first five missionaries from Montreal was coincidentally commemorated by the five General Council members coming all the way from Montreal!  The Mass was preceded by a short word of thanks by Sister Kyoko Terashima, Leader of Maria Province.  The celebrants of the Mass were Bishop Martin Tetsuko Hiraga of Sendai, and Father Tomasz Pawelec, OP, Pastor of Nodamachi, Fukushima.  In addition to all the CND Sisters, some parishioners and Sakura no Seibo School colleagues and graduates and some old friends shared our joy.  In spite of the fearful memories and aftermath of the Earthquake of March, 2011, the peace and happy presence of Bishop Hiraga spread through those present in the chapel, as we praised the Lord in gratitude for every step of the CND history of these 80 years.

After the Mass, Sister Josephine sincerely thanked all those present, and we all remained in the chapel to view a presentation of the pictures depicting main events of the past 80 years.

Then all moved from the chapel to the dining room for refreshments and joyful exchange of friendship and gratitude.  Many of our Associates living in Fukushima joined us and helped us, making us even more conscious of the CND bond we have with them.

Magnificat for the past 80 years, and Fiat for the unknown years to come!



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