|BISHOP’S RESIDENCE & CHANCERY OFFICE|
|3-7-30, Chuomachi, Oita, OITA, 870-0035
|OITA (ST. FRANCIS XAVIER) CHURCH
3-7-30, Chuomachi, Oita, OITA, 870-0035
Paul Sueo Hamaguchi, Bishop of Oita
- August 1, 1948 Born in Nagasaki, Japan
- March 19, 1975 Ordained Priest
- March 25, 2011 Appointed Bishop of Oita
- June 26, 2011 Ordained Bishop
- Msgr. Vincenzo Cimatti, S.D.B. 1935-1940
- Msgr. Francis Ichitaro Ideguchi (Serving concurrently Apostolic Prefect of Kagoshima) 1940-1945
- Most Rev. Dominic Sen’emon Fukahori (Served concomitantly as Bishop of Fukuoka) 1946-1961
- Most Rev. Peter Saburo Hirata 1962-1969
- Most Rev. Peter Takaaki Hirayama 1970-2000
- Most Rev. Dominic Ryoji Miyahara 2000-2008
The two prefectures of Oita and Miyazaki, which were entrusted to Salesian Fathers from 1928, separated from the Fukuoka Diocese and became the Apostolic Prefecture of Miyazaki on January 28, 1935. Fr. Vincenzo Cimatti, S.D.B. was appointed the first ordinary. In 1940 Msgr. Cimatti resigned, and Msgr. Ichitaro Ideguchi, Apostolic Administrator of Kagoshima, served concomitantly as Apostolic Administrator of Miyazaki. From 1946 Bishop Sen’emon Fukahori of Fukuoka served concomitantly as Apostolic Administrator of Miyazaki.
On December 22, 1961, the Apostolic Prefecture of Miyazaki was raised to the status of a diocese and became Oita Diocese. Fr. Saburo Hirata was appointed the first Bishop of Oita and was consecrated on March 26, 1962. On November 15, 1969, Bishop Hirata was appointed Bishop of Fukuoka and Fr. Takaaki Hirayama was appointed to replace him in Oita. He was consecrated bishop on January 25, 1970.
On June 12, 2000, Bishop Hirayama retired and Nagasaki diocesan priest Fr. Ryoji Miyahara was appointed as his successor. He was consecrated bishop on October 1, 2000.
On March 19, 2008, Bishop Miyahara was appointed Bishop of Fukuoka,and installed in May.
Fr. Takashi Taguchi served as Diocean Administrator during the vacancy of the see. Fr. Sueo Hamaguchi was appointed Bishop of Oita on March 25, 2011 and consecrated on June 26, 2011.