DIOCESE OF NAGOYA (Aichi, Ishikawa, Toyama, Gifu, Fukui)

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BISHOP’S RESIDENCE
6-37, 2-chome, Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, AICHI, 461-0004
Tel.052-936-8367
CHANCERY OFFICE
Nagoya Diocese Center
6-35, 2-chome, Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, AICHI, 461-0004
Tel.052-935-2223 Fax.935-2254
CATHEDRAL
NUNOIKE CHURCH
12-23, 1-chome, Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, AICHI, 461-0004
Tel.052-935-6305

Bishop

Most Reverend
Michael Goro Matsuura, Bishop of Nagoya

  1. September 28, 1952 Born in Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken
  2. March 21, 1981 Ordained Priest
  3. April 19, 1999 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka
  4. July 17, 1999 Ordained Bishop
  5. March 29, 2015 Appointed Bishop of Nagoya
  6. June 13, 2015 Installed

Predecessors

  • Msgr. Joseph Reiners, S.V.D. 1922-1941
  • Most Rev. Peter Magoshiro Matsuoka 1941-1969
  • Most Rev. Aloysius Nobuo Soma 1969-1993
  • Most Rev. Augustine Jun-ichi Nomura 1993-2015

History

    The Apostolic Prefecture of Nagoya was established on February 18, 1922 when the two prefectures of Aichi and Gifu were separated from the Archdiocese of Tokyo and the three prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui were separated from the Apostolic Prefecture of Niigata. The new Apostolic Prefecture was entrusted to the German Fathers of the Society of the Divine Word, and Msgr. Joseph Reiners, S.V.D., who was also Apostolic Prefect of Niigata, was appointed concomitantly Apostolic Prefect of Nagoya. In 1926 Msgr. Reiners resigned as Apostolic Prefect of Niigata and became Apostolic Prefect of Nagoya alone. In 1941, with the resignation of Msgr. Reiners, Fr. Magoshiro Matsuoka took over responsibility for both Niigata and Nagoya as Apostolic Administrator. In 1945 Msgr. Matsuoka became Apostolic Prefect of both Niigata and Nagoya. In 1953 he resigned as Apostolic Prefect of Niigata.
    On April 16, 1962, the Apostolic Prefecture of Nagoya was raised to the status of a diocese, and Msgr. Matsuoka was consecrated as the first bishop. On June 26, 1969, Bishop Matsuoka resigned, and Fr. Nobuo Soma was appointed his successor. He was consecrated bishop on September 15 of the same year. On April 5, 1993, Bishop Soma resigned and Fr. Jun’ichi Nomura was appointed his successor. He was consecrated on July 4 of the same year.
    On March 29, 2015, Bishop Nomura resigned, and Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka, Goro Matsuura was appointed to the Bishop of Nagoya. He was installed on June 13.

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