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.
Sr Jacques with her volunteer carer, a graduate of an IJ school in Tokyo.
Sr Mutsuko IJS, school social worker, visiting children in their homes.
Asian Mission Team - (L-R) Kikuko (J), Woranuch (Th), current and former resource persons Shu Quo and Marie Swee (S), Apinya (Th) and Amy (Ma) – meet to search for possibilities for the Laotian mission.
During Covid-19 lockdown, a scripture group led by Sr Marie Pia shared their reflections by mail.
A monthly Saturday RE class is run for 60 children from Catholic kindergartens who are now attending public primary schools.
Sr Marie de la Croix and Maria Immaculata drying persimmons to make seasonal gifts for parishioners.
A 100-week scripture group meet for study and reflection.
Children from the Adachi International Academy (AIA - an after-school learning support centre) planting rice as part of their extra-curricular activities.
AIA children harvesting the rice they planted. AIA is supported by 4 religious congregations including IJS, a number of whom have taught there, served on the board and do one-to-one tutoring.