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A Community Faith Dressed in Different Ways: Japanese Christian History

Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum 16 Jul 2016 2.30 to 4pm Free admission Speaker: Fr Renzo De Luca, SJ, Director, 26 Martyrs Museum, Nagasaki

This talk will focus on the way Christianity developed and adapted in Japan. In 16th century Japan, Jesuit missionaries took a new approach to the mission, more localised, less European than the ways used at the time in other places of the world. The speaker will introduce the accounts of the martyrs with the documents they left, and then explain the way the Christians hid and kept their faith for about 250 years without any priests or leaders from abroad. Finally, the historical re-encounter of the “hidden Christians” with the priests in 1865 will be discussed.

This lecture is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.

About the speaker

Fr. Renzo De Luca, SJ, was born in Larroque City, Entre Ríos, Argentina, in 1963. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981. He did 4 years of Theology studies at Sophia University and has a Masters in History from the Kyushu National University in Fukuoka. He was ordained as a priest in 1996. In 2004, he was named Director of the Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum in Nagasaki, a post he holds until the present. His written works include Valignano's Aim for a Japanese Church -The Concept of Mission in the 16th century in Japan, The Acceptance of the Christian Lords and the Trade Ship in Kyushu, and Xavier's Legacy and the Spiritual Growth of the Japanese Mission.


Caption: Handwritten letter of Blessed Julian Nakaura, SJ to Fr. Nunho Mascarenhas, SJ from Kuchinotsu, September 21, 1621.