Updated: July 29, 2021 05:09 AM GMT
Archbishop Tarcisio Kikuchi of Tokyo (Photo: YouTube screenshot)
I will appreciate your prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit
“So it seems that I was chosen as an East Asian to replace the bishop of Macau,” the Japanese prelate said.Archbishop Kikuchi was elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan this month and will be taking office next February.The FABC, which completed 50 years of its establishment last year, is scheduled to have a plenary assembly next year in Bangkok.“I suppose I will have to work on that. I will work as hard as I can at that while relying on the secretariat in Hong Kong. I will appreciate your prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit,” Archbishop Kikuchi said.
The 63-year archbishop was a member of FABC’s Office of Human Development.
A member of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), he served as a missionary priest in Ghana for 13 years.
On his return from the African mission in 1999, he was elected as SVD's regional superior in 1999.He was named bishop of Niigata in 2004 and became archbishop of Tokyo in 2017.
He was Caritas Asia's president from 2011 to 2019.