Fonds - Japan Ministry fonds

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Japan Ministry fonds

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  • 1934-1945 (Creation)
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    Sisters of St. Ann. Japan Ministry

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5 cm of textual records

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Four Sisters of St. Ann, led by Mother Mary Leopoldine (LEcuyer), sailed on the Empress of Russia in 1934 to begin ministries of teaching and health care in Japan. This first group settled at Taniyama, near Kagoshima, where they received help in studying the Japanese language and culture. Later the Sisters transferred to staff a kindergarten (Sei Anna Gakuin) in Fukuoka and finally the Sisters went to Omuta, where in 1939 they opened the Commercial High School. After Pearl Harbor (Dec. 1941), the Sisters experienced internment, evacuation, and repatriation.

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The fonds consists of detailed newsletters sent periodically from Japan to the Sisters in Victoria, B.C. The letters describe travels, efforts to open schools, cultural awareness, various personages and groups met at Kagoshima and Fukuoka; 1938 Bulletin of Bishop Breton (Diocese of Fukuoka), 1937 Report of Apostolic Delegate Paul Marella, correspondence 1930s-1940s, reference and subject files.

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BCAUL control number: SSA-3501

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