Bishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda, 62, was recently elevated to the seat of Hiroshima diocese in an ordination ceremony at Hiroshima Memorial Cathedral for Peace, with some 2000 people in attendance. Bishop Maeda’s predecessor, retired bishop Atsumi Misue, presided at the ordination. Also present were 18 bishops from all the dioceses of Japan, as well as representatives from other sees with close ties to Hiroshima, such as the Prelature of Infanta and the Diocese of Pusan in Korea. Many priests, Religious and laypeople made the trip from the Archdiocese of Nagasaki, of which Bishop Maeda is a native. Staff members from the General Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan, where he served as secretary general from April 2006 until this July, were also on hand. Bishop Maeda was born in Chuchi, Nakasaki Prefecture on March 3, 1949, and was ordained a diocesan priest in Nagasaki on March 19, 1975. Maeda’s selection for the office of bishop was made on May 13 of this year. At last count in December 2010, Hiroshima diocese is home to about 21,000 Catholics, 41 parishes, 70 priests, 214 women Religious, and 6 men Religious.