The Infant Jesus Sisters came to Japan in 1872, just before the end of a national isolation policy and the ban on Christianity was lifted in Japan (1873). Beginning with a home for poor children, the sisters devoted themselves for a long time to the education of girls and young women through schools.
In order to respond to various new needs arising from changes in society, sisters are presently engaged in faith education, teaching Scripture, counselling, and supporting migrant foreign residents, especially mothers and children. This ministry takes place in Tokyo, Shizuoka, and Fukuoka, where there are IJ communities, but in addition, some sisters go to neighbouring towns and cities for this ministry. The sisters strive to journey with those who are marginalized in society.
Knowing the principle that humility involves both a willingness to receive as well as to give, some of our senior sisters in this aging society receive benefits through their participation in the services offered in the area Day-Care Centres and continue the IJ mission by engaging with the people they meet there.