Phare

Location

Official Name Our Lady of the Lighthouse Abbey

44

Country Japan

City Hokkaido

Address 392 Mitsuishi Hokuto-shi

Postcode 049-0283

Contact Information

Telephone [81] (138) 75-2139

Fax [81] (138) 75-3222

Community Email phare@rose.ocn.ne.jp

Superior Dom Aloysius Yokouchi, Abbot 2015-2021.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Dioecesis Sapporensis (Sapporo)

OCSO Region ORIENS

Founded/Restored 1896

Origins

Founded by Consolation in 1896; Bricquebec immediately assumed paternity.

History

1896: Dom Bernard, abbot of Consolation, went to Japan on 1 January 1896, to study the possibility of making a foundation in the mission of Hakodate where he had been offered a property of 70 hectares. Jan. 6, he accepted in principle, promising to begin the following October. The local bishop undertook the construction of a small monastery for 12 monks and their superior, as well as a guesthouse for postulants and retreatants. Regular life began on 29 October 1896.
1897: It quickly became clear that Consolation would not be able to support its foundation and paternity was transferred to Bricquebec, which agreed to send Fr. Gerard as prior.
1905: Construction of the permanent monastery begins.
1925: Foundation of O.L. of the Holy Family at Shindenbaru, in the diocese of Fukuoka (Kyushu, southern Japan). This project was interrupted by the war and taken up again in Jan., 1951. 1946: 50th anniversary of foundation.
1952: Visit of the abbot general to Japan.
1953: The property of Holy Family was given to make a foundation of nuns, which began in July 1953. 1955: Dom Alexis Noda attended the General Chapter. He is the first Japanese abbot to take part. 1956: Second visit of the abbot general to Japan.

Foundations

Holy Family (1925-1953), Oita (1980).

Father Immediate

Bricquebec

Daughter Houses

Oita, Tienshien (since 1972), Sujong

Past Superiors

Gérard PEUILLER — Superior — 29/10/1896 – 01/03/1898
Gérard PEUILLER — Titular Prior — 01/03/1898 – ?/03/1925
Augustin BRÉHIER — Sup.ad nutum — ?/03/1925 – ?/05/1931
Benoît MORVAN — Sup.ad nutum — 15/07/1931 – 08/02/1932
Benoît MORVAN — Titular Prior — 08/02/1932 – 30/01/1936
Benoît MORVAN — Abbot — 30/01/1936 – 01/02/1949
Marc JAMME — Sup.ad nutum — ?/03/1949 – ?/08/1951
Thomas d’Aquin TAKASHIMA — Sup.ad nutum — ?/08/1951 – 31/10/1954
Alexis NODA YUKIYASU — Abbot — 31/10/1954 – 21/02/1962
Damien URAGUSHI MINORU — Sup.ad nutum — 11/03/1962 – 11/05/1966
Bonaventure MITSUNO — Sup.ad nutum — 11/05/1966 – 03/05/1969
Bonaventure MITSUNO — Abbot — 03/05/1969 – 13/05/1986
Maur TAKAGI — Abbot — 28/06/1986 – 2004
Paul TAKAHASHI SHIGEYUKI — Sup. ad nutum — 23/05/2004 – 10/04/2005
Jean-Baptiste SAKAMOTO — Sup. ad nutum — 10/04/2005 – 20/06/2008

Work and Sources of Income

Cookies and butter

Guest Facilities

20 persons

Transportation

Airport : Hakodate

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