DIOCESE OF TAKAMATSU (Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushima, Kochi)

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BISHOP’S RESIDENCE & CHANCERY OFFICE
1-8-9, Sakuramachi, Takamatsu, KAGAWA, 760-0074
TEL.0878-31-6659 FAX.33-1484
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SAKURAMACHI CHURCH
1-8-9, Sakuramachi, Takamatsu, KAGAWA, 760-0074
TEL.0870-31-7455

Bishop

Most Reverend
John the Apostle Eijiro Suwa, Bishop of Takamatsu

  1. July 8, 1947 Born in Kobe
  2. November 23, 1976 Ordained Priest
  3. March 25, 2011 Appointed Bishop of Takamatsu
  4. June 19, 2011 Ordained Bishop

Predecessors

  • Msgr. Jose Alvarez, O.P. 1904-1931
  • Msgr. Thomas de la Hoz, O.P. 1931-1935
  • Msgr. Modesto Perez, O.P. 1935-1940
  • Most Rev. Paul Yoshigoro Taguchi (Served concomitantly as Bishop of Osaka) 1941-1963
  • Most Rev. Francis Xavier Eikichi Tanaka 1963-1977
  • Most Rev. Joseph Satoshi Fukahori 1977-2004
  • Most Rev. Francis X. Osamu Mizobe, S.D.B. 2004-2011

History

    The Apostolic Prefecture of Shikoku was established on January 27, 1904 when the four prefectures of Shikoku (Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi) were separated from Osaka Diocese and entrusted to Spanish Dominicans of the Rosario Province. On February 26, 1904, Fr. Jose Alvarez, O.P. was appointed as the first Apostolic Prefect. In 1931, when Msgr. Alvarez resigned because of illness, Msgr. Thomas de la Hoz, O.P. succeeded him as Apostolic Prefect. In 1935 Fr. Modesto Perez, O.P. was appointed. He resigned in 1940, and from 1941 Bishop Yoshigoro Taguchi of Osaka Diocese served concomitantly as administrator of the Apostolic Prefecture of Shikoku. In 1949, the residence of the Apostolic Prefect was moved from Tokushima to Takamatsu.
    On September 13, 1963, the Apostolic Prefecture of Shikoku was elevated to the status of a diocese and its name was changed to Takamatsu Diocese. Fr. Eikichi Tanaka was consecrated bishop and became the first Bishop of Takamatsu. Bishop Tanaka resigned because of illness and Fr. Satoshi Fukahori was consecrated bishop on September 23, 1977 and took over as Bishop of Takamatsu. In May 2004, Bishop Fukahori resigned, and Bishop Mizobe was appointed Bishop of Takamatsu from Bishop of Sendai. Fr. Eijiro Suwa was appointed the successor of Bishop Mizobe on March 25, 2011 and consecrated on June 19, 2011.

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