Ai no Sato: Haven of Love

By Sr. Virginia Guerrero, MIC


Every Wednesday and Thursday, starting out from our convent in Aizu Wakamatsu, I take a thirty-minute walk to the station- to take the bus that brings me up to Shimo Yanagi Wara. From there I walk another ten minutes to Ai no Sato which means Haven of Love. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation I find myself repeating like a manta the words, “Thank you Lord!”

Lory and Cely: in the Footsteps of San Lorenzo Ruiz

Many Filipinos go to Japan for work. They go as dancers or entertainers or as domestic helpers. Now a different reason is moving some Filipino to go Japan. They are following the footsteps of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and going on lay mission with the Philippine (Catholic) Lay Mission Program.

Read On:

Lory and Cely
Lory Antonio and Cely Reyes are among the lay missionaries who set out from the Philippines for the diocese of Chiba, Japan, there to work with Bishop Paul Mori and his priests by doing something for the Filipino immigrants. But first let us look back at the history of Christianity in Japan.

Lost in Japan?

By Fr. Martin Dubuc
Nabeoka Miyosaki Prefecture


No Road to Escape
When I was assigned as missionary to Japan a little over ten years ago, little did I think that I would also be working with Filipinos, but for the past five years, besides my work with the Japanese, I have also been involved with migrant workers from other Asian countries, mostly from the Philippines. Most of these migrant workers were women, and the vast majority would be in Japan officially as dancers or singers. But some who come to Japan with a dream of making much money for themselves and for their families find themselves forced into prostitution with no road of escape.