Father Carlos Munilla Serrano

My name is Carlos Munilla Serrano. I was born on December 21, 1978, in Zaragoza, the northeastern region of Spain. After my degree in Philosophy and History, I was playing as a professional footballer soccer between 1995 and 2004. In 2003, I entered to Seminary in Zaragoza, receiving some missionaries experiences in South-America (Venezuela). I studied also psychology for three years. In 2008, I was ordinated as a deacon in February and as a priest in July. I worked as a diocesan priest for 4 years in the countryside in Spain (Longares and Alfamen). I joined to IEME (my group of Spanish missionaries) in 2012.

After that I studied English in Ireland (Maynooth) for a 9 months and finally, I arrived to Japan in 2014, 22 of March. Immediately after my arrival, I went to ECC International School of Japanese language and studied Japanese for two years.

After my graduation from the language school, I have been working mainly in parishes in the dioceses of Osaka. I started my pastoral work in Kishiwada, Hamadera and Izumi Church.
Presently, I am priest in charge of Umeda and Sekime Church, and also of Catholic Center of Sacra Familia.

Thank you.

Sister Yoshizumi Eriko

My name is Sister Yoshizumi Eriko, nice to meet you.

I was baptized at the Tetori Church in Kumamoto. I joined the religious Congregation of Saint Joseph in Osaka (Mother House in Minoo). I received the blessing of taking temporary vows in 2002 and permanent vows in 2008. I have been working at the Umeda Block since 2009.

I have lived in a Community near the Church of Sekime for about 8 years, but after the closure of Sekime, I am now living in the Community of Sonoda. I am mainly in charge of administrative affairs and some pastoral tasks. Thank you.

Father Joseph Bradly Rozairo

My name is Father Joseph Bradly Rozairo. I was born on October 30, 1964, in Trincomalee, the northeastern region of Sri Lanka. After graduating from high school, I joined a religious Congregation by the name of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) founded in France and was ordained a priest on August 22, 1992.

After the ordination, I had two years of experience in Hospital Chaplaincy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I received obedience from the Superior General and came to Japan on September 2, 1994. Immediately after my arrival, I went to Nagoya YWCA language school and studied Japanese for two years. Besides the language, I also studied a little bit of Japanese history and society at Nanzan University.

After my graduation from the language school, I have been working mainly in parishes in the dioceses of Fukuoka, Takamatsu and Osaka. Presently, I am attached to the Oblate community in Itami. Since 2017 I have been part of the pastoral team of Umeda Block serving the churches in Umeda and Sekime.

Thank you.

Father Akabae

I am Father Akabae, I work as a collaborating priest of the Block of Umeda (Umeda and Sekime Church) since April 2016.

I belong to the Society of Saint Paul. It has been over 40 years since I was ordained as a priest. I have been involved in teaching middle and high school students; also, in the edition of newspapers and magazines. But I recognize that being able to collaborate pastorally here, gives me great joy.

I look forward to working and serving all of you.