Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Msgr. Josep Maria Abella, CMF as Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka Archdiocese

Jul 15, 2018 | Cardinals and Bishops, General Superiors, Josep Abella Batlle

Osaka, Japan. At 11 am local time (4am in Rome) today, the 16th of July 2018, on the 169th anniversary of the Foundation of our beloved Congregation, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tamatsukuri Church) in Japan, our former Superior General, Fr. Josep Maria Abella Batlle, CMF and Fr. Paul Toshihiro Sakai of the Opus Dei, were both consecrated to the Order of the Episcopate by His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Cardinal Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka. Both are being installed as Auxiliary Bishops of the said Archdiocese.

Msgr. Abella, who received the appointment to this office from Pope Francis on the 2nd of June, is the first Titular Bishop of the See of Methamaucum or Malamocco in Italian, a Titular See recently established on February 2018.

Fr. Ricard Costa Jussà, CMF, Provincial Superior of Catalunya, Fr. Francisco Carin, CMF, Major Superior of East Asia, and our brothers from East Asia Delegation, represented our Congregation on this momentous event. Present also were the relatives of Msgr. Abella and some members of the Claretian Family.

Indeed, what a way to celebrate the 169th Foundation Day of our Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Happy Foundation Day to all Claretians around the world!

The ceremonies and the language of the live stream below is in Japanese. Time schedule: TOKYO – 11:00 / MANILA – 09:00 / BANGALORE – 07:30 / ROMA-MADRID – 04:00 / LONDON – 03:00 / CALIFORNIA 19:00 July 15 / CIUDAD DE MÉXICO – 21:00 15 de julio / CORDOBA 23:00 15 de julio


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