25 June 2017. It was cloudy in Fukuoka, Japan. Me and my friend were on our holiday in Kyushu island, Japan.
Weekly Mass for me is a habit, something I do regularly. But attending Mass during holiday has became one of my favorite activity! It started since I accidentally attended a local Mass in Hong Kong. Since then, I tried to always visit the church during the holiday. But attend the Mass is not always easy to do, especially if I traveled with a non-Catholic friend.
But here I was in Japan, and my Catholic friend agreed to join me for a Mass.
#LittlePilgrimage 30. Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Daimyo-machi, Fukuoka, Japan, 〒810-0041 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Daimyo, 2 Chome-7-7.
In 1896, a small wooden chapel was built on the site where the present church is located. In 1938, the number of faithful from Fukuoka rose sharply, and then there was the need to expand the chapel premises. The church was rebuilt and reinforced with red brick.
In 1984 he began a new restructuring of the cathedral. In 1986 the church was demolished and a modern concrete church was built in its place. The old church only remained the main altar.
The church follows the Roman or Latin rite and is the main church of the Catholic diocese of Fukuoka (Dioecesis Fukuokaensis; カトリック福岡教区) which was created in 1927 with the Papal brief Catholicae Fidei under the pontificate of Pope Pius XI.
The church located between Tenjin Station and Akasaka Station. At the ground floor you can find the souvenir shops and parking lot. The church itself located at the second floor. Take the staircase next to our Mother Mary statue.
Here is another list of Catholic churches you could find around Fukuoka: http://www.gcatholic.org/churches/asia/2480.htm
I couldn’t find the Mass schedule, but I attended the English Mass on Sunday, 4PM.
We went to this church via subway to Tenjin Station. From Tenjin Station, you can take exit no.1 or no.4. But you can also exit from Akasaka Station and take exit no.3. It’s only walking distance from the subway station. You can spot the church’s bells tower with the cross from afar.