Pilgrimage of Peace
Journey to Japan
“Never again war, never again the clash of arms, never again so much suffering! May peace come in our time and to our world.”
~ Pope Francis, Peace Memorial, November 2019
The mission of the Pilgrimage of Peace is to establish an ecclesial and personal relationship with the bishops of Japan to work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, expressing our heartfelt sorrow for the devastating experiences endured by their nation.
Day 8 Rain fell as Typhoon Khanun rolled into town. We started our day by continuing our discussions with the Archbishops of Nagasaki and the Bishop of Hiroshima about the partnership between our four dioceses. The talks were cordial, and we made quick progress as all parties agreed on the work’s major pillars. We attended…Read More
Day 7 The archbishops stayed with Archbishop Nakamura at his residence, which is part of the Catholic Center. This morning, they celebrated Mass, and we joined them later for a formal meeting about the idea of joining our four dioceses in an alliance or partnership. The discussions were fruitful and will continue tomorrow. After, we…Read More
Day 6 We started our day with a private Mass in the basement Chapel of the World Peace Memorial Cathedral in Hiroshima. We then embarked on a 5 1/2-hour bus ride to Nagasaki with several Japanese arch/bishops, and the Apostolic Nuncio to Japan, Archbishop Leo Boccardi. The countryside was captivating and sprinkled with rain –…Read More
Day 5 Clapping, chanting, and singing opened our day at an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony at the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound led by the Hiroshima Prefecture Federation of Religions. Our archbishops joined with other religious leaders to remember the souls of those who died 78 years ago on the anniversary of dropping the atomic bomb on…Read More
Day 4 Another remarkable and engaging day in Hiroshima. The archbishops met with a local Japanese reporter to share the story behind the Pilgrimage of Peace. This was followed by a meeting with Noriko Hiruma from the Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace and Tomoki Yanagawa from the Jesuit Social Center. Tomoki originally read…Read More
Day 3 We witnessed the sea of commuters rushing through the Tokyo train station this morning as we boarded the four-hour bullet train to Hiroshima. Speeding through the countryside, we saw numerous cities, coastal communities, gorgeous mountains, a few Christian churches, and rural areas before arriving in Hiroshima. Most Rev. Alexis Mitsuru Shirahama, Bishop of…Read More
Day 2 – Digest Today began with a train ride to Kamakura, a 12th-century city on the coast. The first stop was the Zen Engaku-ji Temple, founded in 1282 by Mugaku Sogen to honor those killed in wars against Mongolia. The quiet and peacefulness of the temple grounds, meditation rooms, and garden were palpable. After…Read More
Day 1 – Digest Our first full day was spent getting acclimated to the time change, the weather, the frenetic energy of the city, and the nuances of the Japanese train system. We also enjoyed the exquisite Japanese cuisine comprised of many small, beautifully displayed dishes. After lunch, Archbishop Wester and Archbishop Etienne met with…Read More
Day 0 – The Pilgrimage Begins Our delegations met for the first time in the LAX airport as we boarded the flight to Japan. After 12 hours we welcomed the sights of lush greenery and Japanese boats as we flew into Tokyo. We had no issues with customs, transfers or meeting up with our leader…Read More
July 17th – Preparing for a pilgrimage Our delegation has met online to prepare for this pilgrimage. Each of us is spending time in prayer, reading to enhance our understanding of nuclear disarmament and learning about the Japanese culture. Pilgrimage of PeaceRead More
The mission of our Pilgrimage of Peace is to establish an ecclesial and personal relationship with the bishops of Japan to work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons, expressing our heartfelt sorrow for the devastating experiences endured by their nation. Furthermore, through open dialogue, shared prayers, and a commitment to unity, we strive to build a sisterhood of dioceses, working together to ensure such human suffering is never inflicted upon humanity again. With the Holy Spirit as our guiding light, and under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Nagasaki, we embark on this mission, standing with the bishops of Japan to create a legacy of peace for current and future generations.
Novena for Nuclear Disarmament Aug 1 - 9, 2023
“In a single plea to God and to all men and women of goodwill, on behalf of all the victims of atomic bombings and experiments, and of all conflicts, let us together cry out from our hearts: Never again war, never again the clash of arms, never again so much suffering! May peace come in our time and to our world.”
~ Pope Francis, November 2019 at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima
Archbishop Public Remarks
Who: Delegations from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Seattle will travel together representing two major nuclear strongholds in the United States. They will be escorted by Hirokazu Miyazaki, Anthropology Professor at Northwestern University and Peace Correspondent for Nagasaki.
Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Seattle
Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe
Director, Social Justice and Respect Life, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Chief Communications Officer Archdiocese of Seattle
Leslie M. Radigan
Director, Communications/Social Media, Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
Executive Director, Nuclear Watch New Mexico
Kay Davis Professor Department of Anthropology Northwestern University
Nuclear Disarmament Specialist