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KYOTO, JAPAN

Japan History

In 1950, the Bishop of the diocese of Wichita asked the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita to establish a dispensary and clinic for the poor in the Diocese of Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan founded in 794.

When the first three sisters arrived in Kyoto, the country was still recovering from World War II. The sisters were faced with wide-spread poverty, a scarcity of goods and a lack of modern conveniences. During their early years the sisters were dependent on the support from the Wichita congregation and its benefactors to establish their works of charity. They began small and soon received native Japanese women into the congregation. Today our native Japanese sisters number 26 and we have 1 Chinese sister. As the sisters increased their numbers they also increased their ministries in Japan. Today we are engaged in healthcare, senior care, education, and retreat ministry.

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