Japan Catholic Seminary's two campuses in Tokyo and Fukuoka will now cover separate regions
Bishops in Japan have decided to once again divide the two-campus national Japan Catholic Seminary into two seminaries, reversing the merger between Tokyo and Fukuoka that took place in 2009.
At the Feb. 19-22 ordinary plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan (CBCJ), 16 bishops decided the Japan Catholic Seminary, which has campuses in both cities, would be separated into two inter-diocesan seminaries.
The CBCJ issued a statement explaining the background of the Japan Catholic Seminary and the bishops' latest decision. The statement was dated Feb. 20 released on the CBCJ's website three days later.
The Japan Catholic Seminary consists of two campuses, which were originally known as the inter-diocesan Tokyo Catholic Seminary and the regional Fukuoka St. Sulpice Major Seminary.
The Tokyo seminary was managed by Jesuits from 1947 to 1970, when it was transferred to a CBCJ committee. Sulpicians had been charge of the Fukuoka seminary since 1948.
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