Appropriate to the season of green, an Irish duo has descended on southern Ibaraki, as Fathers Willie Donegan and Phil Murphy have been assigned to the Tsukuba and Tsuchiura churches respectively. Neither, however, is totally new to the area, as both served in the Tsuchiura Church in the 70's and early 80's before being transferred elsewhere.
While downtown Tsuchiura may not have changed all that much in the intervening time, Tsukuba certainly has, as the Tsukuba Church didn't even exist at that time.
Father Donegan first arrived in Japan in 1965, and except for a 6 year stint in Yamagata, he has spent the rest of that time right here in Ibaraki. During his time in Tsuchiura (1972 - 1984), Tsukuba University was formed, and he even taught a few English classes there.
Father Murphy first came to Japan a few years later, arriving in 1970, and except for 6 years spent previously in Tsuchiura ('78 - '84), spent most of his time in Yamagata. The past three years, however, he was stationed at the monastery in Tomobe.
<< | Master Index | >>
TsukuBlog is a daily blog for the foreign residents of the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan. It is a sister site to Alien Times. It includes up-to-date information on events, news, living in Japan, Japanese culture, and more.
If you find the articles interesting, you can sign up to receive the TsukuBlog articles by email (a daily email including all of the articles that are posted) or subscribe to the feed (so you can be notified of updates through your internet browser or feed-compatible software).
The advertisements that appear on paper and online versions of The Alien Times do not necessarily represent the views of the Alien Times. The Alien Times takes no responsibility for any transactions that occur between advertisers and readers.
The authors of articles that appear in Alien Times reserve the right to copyright their work. Please DO NOT copy any articles that appear in Alien Times without first receiving permission from the author of the article (when known) or the Alien Times Editor.