When the ship berthed at Nagasaki, he met the local archbishop, who asked him if the Augustinians could return to that part of Japan.
Thomas Hunt recommended the American Augustinians for the task.
After due negotiation, Fr Joseph Dougherty O.S.A., the Provincial of the Villanova Province (eastern U.S.A.), obtained permission from the Sacred Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith on 16th June 1952,
Augustinian priests from the United States arrived in Nagasaki
on 22nd November 1952.
Now using a majority of Japanese-born Augustinians and under the leadership of Masaki Imada O.S.A., the Order today conducts a parish with P-10 school in Nagasaki, and also has communities staffing a parish each in the cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.
There is also in Tokyo a formation residence for Japanese entrants to the Augustinian Order. In 2009 nine Japanese are Augustinian priests.
In 2009, less than one percent of the total Japanese population was Christian, whether Catholic or Protestant. In 2009, there were thirteen Augustinian friars in Japan, one oblate, one seminarian and one postulant. In terms of nationality, three are from the U.S.A., one from Cebu Province (Philippines), and the remainder are Japanese.
The Life of a Witness for the Love of Christ: a story of the first Japanese person to be ordained a priest in the Order of Saint Augustine. Written for Augnet by Thomas Masaki Imada O.S.A., Fukuoka, Japan, February 2006. Click here.
Return to Nagasaki. By Thomas Purcell O.S.A. in Augustiniana (6), Augustinian Historical Institute of Louvain, July 1956, pp. 838-841.
To view the photo galleries of the Augustinians in Japan in this web site, select Japan: Fukuoka and Tokyo after you click here. A second gallery Japan: Nagasaki is also to be found there.