Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi 540-0004,
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Bishop Paul Toshihiro Sakai was born on March 23, 1960, in Ashiya, in the province of Hyogo, archdiocese of Osaka. After completing his studies at the Rokko Gakuin High School, in 1976 he began his formative journey within the Prelature of Opus Dei. In 1982 he completed his studies in pedagogy at the Ikuei University of Osaka, obtaining a licentiate.
In 1985 he went to Spain where he entered the seminary. In 1990 he received his doctorate in theology from the University of Navarre, and he returned to Japan in the same year. In February 1988 he gave his vow of fidelity and officially became a member of Opus Dei.
He was ordained priest on Aug. 20, 1988, in Torreciudad, Spain.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following positions: from 1990 to 2004: spiritual director of the Seido School in Nagasaki; from 2005 to 2010: professor of Christology at the University of San Tommaso in Ozaki, Hyogo; from 2007 to 2011: member of the Presbyteral Council of the archdiocese of Osaka; from 2012 to 2017: head of studies of the Opus Dei Prelature in Japan; from 2002 to 2018: spiritual director of the Opus Dei Prelature in Japan; from 2014 to 2018: spiritual director of the Seido Cultural Centre, in the archdiocese of Osaka; since 2011, member of the Liturgical Commission of the archdiocese of Osaka; since 2014, director of the commission of the archdiocese of Osaka for catechesis through Braille; and since 2018, secretary general of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Japan.