KYUSHU NIPPON SEI-KO-KAI
Bishop Gabriel Syoji Igarashi
Nippon SEI-KO-KAI - The Diocese of Kyushu
The Nippon SEI-KO-KAI is The Anglican Christian church of Japan.
Member churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion. have different
names in different countries. in England. for example. it is called
the Church of England. and in America it is called the Episcopal Church.
A literal translation of the name Nippon SEI-KO-KAI is the Holy
Catholic Church of Japan. It was originally evangelized in 1859
by an Episcopal missionary, the Rt. Rev. C. M. Williams. Since
then it has spread throughout Japan.
We consider it a bridge church between the Roman Catholic Church
and other Protestant churches because it contains both catholic
and evangelical elements.
The Nippon SEI-KO-KAI is organized into 11 dioceses, Hokkaido, Touhoku,
North Kantou, Tokyo, Yokohama, Chubu, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Kyushu
The church sponsors Rikkyo University, St. Luke's College of Nursing
and Momoyama Gakuin University as well as other schools at various
levels. St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and St. Barnabas'
Hospital in Osaka are also sponsored by the Nippon SEI-KO-KAI.
There are about 300 other institutions, such as kindergartens,
senior citizens' homes and nurseries, throughout Japan.
Kyushu Diocesan Statistics
- Parish Churches: 19
- Mission Churches: 3
- Other: 1 (not yet organized as a parish or mission)
- Priests: 20
- Deacons: 3
- Clergy Candidates: 4
- There are 2,256 baptized laypeople of whom 1,180 ware regular
communicants (as of Dec. 31, 1995)